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Lenia Chamberlain Biography

Lenia Chamberlain was born in Cyprus and emigrated to Canada where she lived for thirty years. She earned a BA in classics from LondonUniversity (Bedford College), England, in 1965 and an MA from Wilfrid Laurier University in 1986, concentrating on archaeology for which she earned the university's Gold Medal for academic excellence. She was a scholar in the truest sense of the term. As well as English and Modern Greek, she could read and write Ancient Greek and Latin and had a working knowledge of French and German. Her knowledge of ancient art and history and her love of books were reflected in her job in the Reference section of the Kitchener Public Library and her extensive personal library. Lenia was a member of CFUW K-W and active for many years in its main fundraiser, the annual Used Book Sale. Lenia's life was tragically cut short in 1998 by breast cancer.

The Lenia Chamberlain Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by a donation from the Chamberlain family in 1998 with the hope that the annual scholarship which it provides will help other women to follow the example of Lenia's love of learning.