Viola's challenge began in 1946. She had gone to a movie theatre and accidentally sat in the white only section. Viola was arrested, jailed and spent the night in jail. She was released after paying a twenty dollar fine and six dollars in court costs. Viola appealed this conviction but lost.
"Her court case was the first known legal challenge against racial segregation brought forward by a black woman in Canada, according to a Bank of Canada news release". Viola Desmond
The design and security features for the $10.00 bill featuring Viola Desmond will not be disclosed until closer to the release date in 2018.