Veronica Foster

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"Ronnie, the Bren Gun Girl" posing with a finished Bren gun.
Veronica Foster (1922 - 2000), popularly known as "Ronnie, the Bren Gun Girl," was the Canadian equivalent of the American cultural icon Rosie the Riveter, representing nearly one million Canadian women who worked in the manufacturing plants that produced munitions and materiel during World War II. Foster worked for John Inglis Co. Ltd producing Bren light machine guns on a production line on Strachan Avenue in Toronto, Ontario.[1]

She became popular after a series of patriotic posters were produced; most images featured her working for the war effort, but others depicted more casual settings like Foster dancing the jitterbug or attending a dinner party.[2]

Once she left Inglis after the war, she worked as a professional model for a time before finally ending up as the lead singer in a big band by the name of the Mart Kenny Band and marrying the trombone player, George Guerrette. Both stayed in the music industry for some time before retiring. They had five children together.

Veronica Foster (Guerrette) passed away in 2000.

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  1. All Aboard for the Future, Toronto Star, August 14, 2005
  2. Canadian War Industry during the Second World War, Library and Archives Canada

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