Memorable Manitobans: Geraldine Rose “Gerrie” Hammond (?-1992)
Born at Winnipeg, daughter of George Saunders McLean (1899-1977) and Harriet Rose Anderson (1898-1979), she spent most of her life in the city except for seven years at Brockville, Ontario and four years at Minnedosa.
She was a trustee for the St. James-Assiniboia School Division (1977-1980). She was elected to the Manitoba Legislature for the Kirkfield Park constituency at the 1981 general election, and was re-elected in 1986 and 1988. She served as Minister of Labour, Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, and Minister Responsible for the Civil Service (1989-1990). She did not stand for re-election in 1990 but she was Chair of the Manitoba Lotteries Foundation, Hay Commission, and Inez Trueman Foundation. She was also Chair of the Manitoba Women’s Initiative.
On 20 March 1954, she married Robert Douglas Hammond and they had three children. In recognition of her community service, she received the 1990 Woman of the Year Award and, two years later, was the first Manitoban to receive the Governor General’s 125th Anniversary of Confederation of Canada Medal.
She died at her Winnipeg home on 1 November 1992.
Obituary [George S. McLean], Winnipeg Free Press, 4 January 1977, page 60.
Death registratioin [George Saunders McLean, Harriet Rose McLean], British Columbia Vital Statistics.
“Former cabinet minister dies of cancer,” Winnipeg Free Press, 3 November 1992, page 14 (B2).
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 3 November 1992, page 46.
Members of the Legislative Assembly (deceased), Legislative Assembly of Manitoba.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 14 April 2022