Eileen Dailly

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Eileen Dailly
Member of the British Columbia Legislative Assembly
for Burnaby North
In office
September 12, 1966 – October 22, 1986
Preceded by Riding Established
Succeeded by Barry Jones
Personal details
Born (1926-02-15)February 15, 1926
Vancouver, British Columbia
Died January 17, 2011(2011-01-17) (aged 84)
Salt Spring Island, British Columbia
Political party New Democrat
Occupation Teacher

Eileen Elizabeth Dailly (February 15, 1926[1] – January 17, 2011[2]) was an educator and political figure in British Columbia, Canada. She represented Burnaby North in the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia from 1966 to 1986 as a New Democratic Party (NDP) member.

She was born Eileen Elizabeth Gilmore, the daughter of Joseph Gilmore and Mary Scott,[3] in Vancouver, British Columbia and taught school for ten years in British Columbia. In 1951, she married James Dailly.[1] She served ten years as a school trustee and was chairman of the Burnaby School Board for four years. In the assembly, Dailly served as deputy premier[4] and as Minister of Education. As education minister, she banned corporal punishment in schools in 1973; she also introduced mandatory kindergarten and created the first First Nations school board in the province (School District 92 Nisga'a). She retired from politics in 1986.[2] From 1988 to 1991, she hosted a senior's program on community cable television called "Coming of Age".[1]

Dailly died on Salt Spring Island at the age of 84[2] from complications following skin cancer surgery.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Dunae, Patrick A. "Eileen Elizabeth Dailly". The Homeroom: British Columbia's History of Education Web Site. Malaspina University-College. Retrieved 2012-01-04. 
  2. ^ a b c "Veteran politician Eileen Dailly remembered". Burnaby NewsLeader. February 3, 2011. Archived from the original on 2012-11-27. Retrieved 2012-01-04. 
  3. ^ a b Shanahan, Noreen (February 25, 2011). "She spared the rod and spoiled corporal punishment in school". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2012-01-04. 
  4. ^ Webster, Daisy (1970). Growth of the N.D.P. in B.C., 1900-1970: 81 political biographies.