For over 50 years, the late Senator Marisa Ferretti Barth has dedicated herself to the well-being of fellow citizens, in particular seniors from the Italian-Québecois community and other cultural communities in Greater Montreal.
In 1997, she was the first Italian-born woman to be appointed to the Senate of Canada, where she actively participated in various committees, including for human rights, social affairs and finance. In May 2003, she served as president of the Canada-Europe Parliamentary Association.
Marisa Ferretti Barth
In June 2008, Senator Ferretti Barth received a title under the Ordre national du Québec, and in 2009, was honoured for all her work by the Desjardins Group and received the Québec Lieutenant Governor’s Seniors Medal.
More recently, she was the recipient of the Prix Hommage Aînés from the Montreal Steering Committee on Seniors (Table de concertation des aînés de l’île de Montréal) in 2010 and the Prix Grand-Aînée from the University of Montreal Observatory on Ageing and Society in 2015. In 2018, she was named Officer of the Ordre de Montréal.
A recipient of several honours for her community and civic involvement, Senator Ferretti Barth was named Woman of the Year for social and humanitarian activities in 1986 and was named Grand Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic in 2008.