Unlike most bills, the new notes design is shaped vertically rather than horizontal, something Robson was elated about.
“This is amazing, unique, and our family will go down in history” – Wanda Robson, Viola Desmond’s sister
The reverse side of the bill will be an image of Winnipeg’s Canadian Museum of Human Rights as well as part of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and is expected to be in circulation by the end of the year.
Much of Desmond’s efforts weren’t talked about until recently, however now her name appears on the Halifax harbour ferry, a Canada post stamp, and there are plans to have streets named after her in Halifax and Montreal.
“With this new $10 bill, Canadians will be reminded how Viola stood up for her rights. One woman’s actions can really make a difference” – Wanda Robson, Desmond’s sister