A graduate of the University of Saskatchewan, Margaret started a 40-year career in journalism at weekly and daily newspapers in Regina. In the 1950s she spent two years as a foreign service officer in Ottawa and New York. She joined the staff of the Toronto Star in 1963 where she spent 28 years as a reporter, feature writer and member of the editorial board, writing editorials on social policy, the law, federal, provincial and municipal politics, human rights, the status of women and international affairs.
Her book, Envoys Extraordinary: Women of the Canadian Foreign Service, was published by Dundurn Press in Toronto in 1995.
In October 2009 she was named one of a number of Alumni of Influence by the University of Saskatchewan and in June 2010 the university awarded her an honorary Doctor of Letters degree. At the ceremony, she gave the convocation address to the Arts and Science graduating class.
Margaret joined the Heliconian Club in 1979, has served on the Executive Committee, was co-editor of The Bulletin for 10 years and is currently on the Board of Management of the Heliconian Hall Foundation as a past president.
“A Journalist First” by Beverly Fast (2010)