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Memorable Manitobans: Diane Kay Wilson Wolch (1935-2008)

Stockbroker, community activist.

Born in Montreal, Quebec on 17 February 1935, daughter of Muriel Olive and Charles Tappen Wilson, she graduated from McGill University with a degree in finance. She became the first female stockbroker at Burns Fry Limited in Winnipeg. She was also a financial consultant at the Exchange Consulting Group and was appointed to the Manitoba Securities Commission. After moving to Victoria in 1994, she was appointed to the British Columbia Securities Commission for three consecutive terms.

She was married to Dr. Lorne A. Wolch. They had two children, Susan and Bruce. She was actively involved in the Junior League of Winnipeg, eventually becoming its President. She was a member of the Board of Governors and Treasurer of Balmoral Hall School, and a Director of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet for nine years, culminating in her appointment as President of the Board of Directors. She was the first female Commodore of the Royal Lake of the Woods Yacht Club.

She died at Victoria, BC on 26 January 2008 after a long fight with cancer.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 29 January 2008.

“Manitobans’ Legacy a Better Province,” Winnipeg Free Press, 4 January 2009, page B1.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 23 December 2014

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