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Memorable Manitobans: Mary Trochym Staub (c1934-1990)

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Mary Trochym Staub
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Bus driver.

Born at East Kildonan around 1934, Staub was raised on a farm at Gordon. She moved to Winnipeg to attend United College, receiving her teaching certificate in 1949, then left to teach at the primarily Aboriginal community of Barrows near Swan River. There, she married and returned to Winnipeg to raise her family. Soon after, she became a single mother and raised five children while working full-time as a housing manager at Manitoba Housing’s Lord Selkirk Park and Gilbert Park developments through the 1960s. Starting in 1970, she worked in the administrative office of Red River College. In November 1975, she responded to a Winnipeg Transit advertisement seeking female transit bus drivers, a first for the company. She was accepted for training and, on 2 January 1976, departed the North Main Transit Garage on her first solo run as Winnipeg’s first female bus driver. After a decade behind the wheel, she continued with the company as a controller, then a supervisor. She died on 26 February 1990 at the age of 59 and was buried in the Holy Family Cemetery.

Sources:

The woman behind the wheel” by Christian Cassidy, Winnipeg Free Press, 26 November 2017.

This page was prepared by Christian Cassidy.

Page revised: 19 February 2018

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