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Memorable Manitobans: Norma E. Walmsley (1920-2011)

Educator, community activist.

Born on 12 April 1920, during the Second World War she served in the Women’s Division of the Royal Canadian Air Force where she became Senior Officer in Charge of Women’s Division Supplies for Canada and Overseas. Following graduation from McGill University, she taught Political Science at Brandon College from 1955 to 1967. During her time in Brandon, she was active in promoting the work of the United Nations and its specialized agencies, serving on UNESCO delegations twice, in 1960 and 1962. She later moved to Ottawa then Wakefield, Quebec where she devoted her life to local, national and international causes. She was the founder of MATCH International Centre and worked to reconstruct the Wakefield Covered Bridge after it burned in 1984. She was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1993, and was given honorary doctorates by Brandon University (1988) and Carleton University. She received the Governor General’s Persons Award, Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal (1977), and Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal (2002). She died at Wakefield, Quebec in January 2011.


“Brandon professor on UNESCO delegation,” Winnipeg Free Press, 3 November 1962, page 6.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 11 January 2011.

We thank Joan Garnett for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 15 February 2021

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