Van Wart, Jean

Jean Van Wart presently lives at Sunnybrook, where she was interviewed by Charlie Nogas, Gabe Hirson, and Jacob Hanning, in her room in the Veterans’ Wing in February 2017.  Jean was born in Quebec, and when the war came around she was attending Carleton University in Ottawa.  Like many women in her day, she enlisted in the CWACs, choosing to make her contribution.  After training, Jean was deployed overseas to England, where she was a driver and mechanic.  Like the men, she was exposed to dangers, especially the Buzz Bomb threat at war’s end.  Jean met her husband in England, and has many other fond memories of her time there.  After the war the two returned to Canada to raise a family in postwar Toronto.