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Memorable Manitobans: Flora Cowan (1902-1986)

Public servant, businesswoman.

Born at Edinburgh, Scotland on 15 July 1902, she immigrated to Brandon with her parents, Adam and Helen Cruickshank, in 1927. During her early years she was very involved in the Brandon Church Community, and was a prominent member of the Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire. In 1953 she became the Dean of Women at Brandon College, where she served until 1967. She was a member of the Provincial Council of Women, and served as an Brandon city alderman for 16 years. During her time with the city council, she was the first woman to be appointed Acting Mayor. She later served as Chairman of the Board for the Fairview Home in Brandon. In 1966 she received the Manitoba Golden Boy Award and, in 1967, she received the Trillium Business Professionals Club Woman of the Year Award. She died at Brandon on 25 September 1986 and was buried in the Brandon Cemetery. The Flora Cowan Hall at Brandon University is named in her honour.

Sources:

Voices of Yesteryear [Audiocassette], 1982. Westman Oral History Collection by the Westman Oral History Association (Effie McPhail, Chair). S. J. McKee Archives.

Brandon College Fonds, RG 1, Series 9 description, S. J. McKee Archives.

This page was prepared by Angela Graham and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 24 January 2015

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