Memorable Manitobans: Gertrude Florence McCance (1910-1989)
Born at St. James on 10 February 1910, one of two daughters of Jean Allan (?-1955) and Charles Angus McCance (1878-1945), she graduated from the University of Manitoba (BA degree) and studied at the London Speech Institute in England. She taught at Rupertsland School for Girls and Havergal College (Toronto) before becoming head of the speech department of the Central Normal School in 1943. A year later she became director of school broadcasts for Manitoba, and she was responsible for Manitoba’s experiments with school television in 1958. She was the first woman named an honorary life member of the Canadian Education Association. She died unmarried at Winnipeg on 3 October 1989 and was buried with her parents in the Elmwood Cemetery.
Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Death registration [Charles Angus McCance], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Obituary [Jean McCance], Winnipeg Free Press, 31 January 1955, page 31.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 5 October 1989, page 46.
Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.
We thank Lyle Brennen for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 2 November 2022