Who is Elizabeth Fry?

Portrait of Elizabeth FryElizabeth Fry (1780-1845) was a pioneering campaigner for better conditions in prisons during the Victorian Period. She was a middle class Quaker who sought to highlight the squalid and unsanitary conditions in British prisons and provide practical solutions to help improve conditions and reform prisoners. Gaining the support of prominent members of society, such as Queen Victoria and Florence Nightingale, she played in important role in later legislation which improved conditions in prisons.

Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies

The first Canadian Elizabeth Fry Society was established in Vancouver in 1939. The Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies (CAEFS) was originally conceived of in 1969 and was incorporated as a voluntary non-profit organization in 1978.

Today, there are 24 member societies across Canada with two in Nova Scotia: ours (Mainland Nova Scotia) and our sister society in Cape Breton, Elizabeth Fry Society of Cape Breton.