Bella Hall Gauld

Bella Hall Gauld, labour educator, political activist (b at Lindsay, Ont 31 Dec 1878; d at Montréal 21 Aug 1961). Raised on a farm in Manitoba, Gauld qualified as a teacher before studying piano in Germany. Back in Canada (1905), she worked with German immigrants near Brandon and then joined J.S. Woodsworth's All People's Mission in Winnipeg (1911). On his recommendation, she was hired as first director of the Montréal University Settlement (1914).

She studied at the Rand School of Social Science (1919) and returned to Montréal to establish the Labour College (1920). On its demise (1924), she worked for the Women's Labour League, which sponsored camps for poor children. Gauld joined the Communist Party of Canada (1922), becoming president of the Montréal branch of the Friends of the Soviet Union (1926-39). In the 1930s she operated a soup kitchen and played piano at fundraisers for various ethnic communities. During WWII, she was a frequent soloist at Navy League concerts for servicemen. She remained active in the Party until her death.