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Memorable Manitobans: Norma Killeen Price (1920-2008)

Hotelier, MLA (1977-1981).

Born at Winnipeg on 19 August 1920, she was educated at the Immaculate Conception parochial school and completed her education at St. Mary's Academy. She started in the hospitality business at the Viscount Gort Hotel in Winnipeg, rising to become the first woman in Canada to be a General Manager of a major hotel. She later moved to the International Inn where she was the Sales and Public Relations Manager for ten years. After a defeat in the 1973 provincial general election, she was elected as a provincial Progressive Conservative MLA in the 1977 election, the only woman elected to the legislature that year, only the sixth woman ever elected to the Manitoba Legislature, and only the second female Cabinet Minister in the 111-year history. She served as Minister of Labour (1977-1978), Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs (1978-1979), and Minister of Cultural Affairs and Historical Resources (1979-1981).

She switched careers in the 1970s, working for the Sun Life Assurance Company as an underwriter. She was instrumental in having Sun Life’s human resource manuals revised to make them gender neutral. She was chairperson of the home visiting program for the Prison Chaplain’s Volunteers for ten years helping federal prisoners manage their relationships while they were in prison. She donated of her time for the United Way, Meals on Wheels and various church fundraisers. She received numerous awards including one of the YWCA’s Women of the Year awards (1977) and a Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal (1977). She was one of the first inductees in the Women Business Owners of Manitoba Hall of Fame (1996).

She died at Winnipeg on 24 February 2008.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 26 February 2008.

Members of the Legislative Assembly (deceased), Legislative Assembly of Manitoba.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 17 October 2021

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