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We are not all called HELPERS OR HEROINES ? 21 upon to be mothers of little children, but every woman is called upon to "mother" in some way or another; and it is impossible to be in this country, even for a little while, and not be impressed with a sense of what a great work of "mothering" is in a special sense committed to the women of Canada. This special, "grand women's mission" to mother permeated the National Council's reform program and was regarded by Council members as the source of organized women's public, as well as private, authority.
Tilley of the London Local Council of Women,25 outlined two schemes by which local councils might take up the work of nursing. Tilley argued that an organized service to nurse the poor in their own homes was urgently needed. 26 It is a problem that constantly comes before the minds of the women who go in and out of the homes of the brothers and sisters who have not much of this world's goods. 27 Like many of her contemporaries, Tilley regarded nursing the sick poor as a branch of organized charity.
This, in her estimation, marked them as true students of Christ: In their desire to help their fellow creatures in the name of Christ, they were willing to take two days of hard, steady work in the factory or shop without a night between for sleep, the night being given to nurse the sick. All honor to these dear sisters who were willing to make personal sacrifice to carry out their Master's teachings. " 30 CARING AND CURING Tilley's narration of another episode implied that the nursing labour of the King's Daughters revealed more than the spiritual grace of its workers; it was also a means of evangelizing among the sick poor and their families.