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Memorable Manitobans: Manitoba Women Trailblazers

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This list of noteworthy women was selected in 2021 by the Nellie McClung Foundation in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of Manitoba.

Individual Members

Trailblazer

Location

Sister Angelica of Mary (1851-1920)

Winnipeg

Luc d'Antioche [Delphine Beuglet] (1877-?)

Winnipeg

Helen Jury “Ma” Armstrong (1875-1947)

Winnipeg

Gail Asper

Winnipeg

Isabel George Hutcheson Auld (1917-2016)

Winnipeg

Annie McDermot Bannatyne (c1830-1908)

Winnipeg

Margret Jónsdóttir Benedictsson (1866-1956)

Winnipeg

Patricia Bovey

Winnipeg

Leanne Boyd

?

Doreen Stein Brownstone

Winnipeg

Barbara Bruce

?

Christine Mary “Chris” Burrows (1940-2019)

Winnipeg

Ann Callahan

?

Mae Louise Campbell

?

Sharon Carstairs

Winnipeg

Marianne Cerilli

Winnipeg

Rita Chahal

Winnipeg

Ruth Elaine Christie

Selkirk

Rayleen De Luca

Winnipeg

Wilma Derksen

Winnipeg

Harriet Snetsinger Dick (1867-1957)

Winnipeg

Agathe Dorge (1912-2008)

Winnipeg

Myrna Driedger

Winnipeg

Jessica Dumas

Winnipeg

Sister Leonne Dumesnil SNJM CM

?

Debora Durnin-Richards

Headingley

Mary Dyma (1899-1998)

Winnipeg

Lois Darlene Edie (1932-1998)

Dugald

Constance Thomas Eyolfson [Rainbow Woman] (1936-2002)

Winnipeg

Janice Filmon

Winnipeg

Jean Folster (1922-1994)

Norway House

Eira Alice “Babs” Friesen (1917-2008)

Winnipeg

Katherine Loewen Friesen (1918-2015)

Winnipeg

Elaine Froese

?

Raymonde Gagne

?

Helen Preston Glass (1917-2015)

Winnipeg

Margot Goodhand

Winnipeg

Peggy Jarman Green (1921-1990)

Winnipeg

Jarita Greyeyes

?

Sadie Mildred Grimm (1895-1970)

Winnipeg

Elba Haid

?

Martha Jane Richards Hample (1859-1927)

Winnipeg

Edith Hancox (1874-1954)

Winnipeg

Marsha Pearlman Hanen (1936-2019)

Winnipeg

Joan Mary Harland (1914-2016)

Winnipeg

Evelyn Hart

?

Susan Hart-Kulbaba

?

Ella Cora Hind (1861-1942)

Winnipeg

Jean Agnes Hird

Winnipeg

Clara Hughes

Winnipeg

Isabel Ross MacLean Hunt (1894-1990)

Winnipeg

June James

?

Sister Jean Eli, sgm

?

Janis Gundrun Johnson

?

Tina Jones

?

Shirley Kalyniuk

?

Tina Keeper

?

Mary Kelekis (c1925-2019)

Winnipeg

Betsy Kennedy

?

Erna Kimmel (1920-2010)

Winnipeg

Verna J. Kirkness

?

Bonnie Catherine Grant Hunt Korzeniowski (1941-2019)

Winnipeg

Marie Anne Gaboury Lagimodière (1782-1875)

St. Boniface

Jessie Hermione “Jess” Lang (1916-2018)

Winnipeg

Tabitha Langel

?

Olive Elizabeth Bend Little (1917-1997)

Poplar Point

JoAnn Lee MacMorran (1934-2021)

Winnipeg

Geraldine MacNamara (1938-1984)

Winnipeg

Kathy Mallett OM

?

Rachel Massicotte (1953-2006)

Winnipeg

Kanaye Connie Matsuo (1919-2014)

Winnipeg

Sandra McCaig

?

Senator Mary Jane Logan McCallum DMD

?

Nellie Letitia McClung (1873-1951)

?

Edith Mary McDowell (1899-1972)

?

Honourable Pearl McGonigal CM OM

?

Senator Marilou McPhedran CM LLM LLB LLD

?

Catherine “Kate” McPherson

?

Margaret Stovel McWilliams (1875-1952)

?

Susanna June Menzies (1925-2020)

Winnipeg

Tanis Mindell

?

Taylor Morriseau

?

Margaret Chown McDonald Morse (1925-2021)

Winnipeg

Catherine Mulaire (1843-1922)

Red River Settlement

Eleanor Mae “Lee” Newton (1952-2014)

Winnipeg

Angelique Nolin (1787-1869)

Red River Settlement

Marguerite Nolin (1780-1878)

Red River Settlement

Sheila North

?

Daphne Odjig (1919-2016)

Winnipeg

Theresa Oswald

?

Doris Mae Oulton

?

Mayor Anna Pazdzierski

?

Elizabeth Fulton “The Bookman” Parker (1856-1944)

Winnipeg

Tracy Patterson

?

Sherry Peden (1960-2018)

?

Carol Peloquin snjm

?

Dulcie Price

?

Honourable Judge Kimberly Prost LLB

?

Lara Rae

?

Milla Rasmussen (1892-1980)

Winnipeg

Samantha Rayburn-Trubyk

?

Pamela Rebello OM

?

Diane Redsky OM

?

Helena Friesen Reimer (1905-1993)

Winnipeg

Shirley Render

?

Kathleen “Kate” Rice (1883-1964)

The Pas

Mary Margaret Richard (1940-2010)

Winnipeg

Gertrude Matilda Twilley Richardson (1875-1946)

?

Kathleen Margaret Richardson (1928-2019)

?

Muriel Sprague Richardson (1890-1973)

?

Tannis Richardson CM LLD

Winnipeg

Delphine Rivard (1871-1966)

Ste. Elizabeth

Florence Edith McTavish Rogers (1876-1947)

Winnipeg

Dr. Mirjana Roksandic PhD

?

Dr. Noralou P. Roos OC PhD

?

Anne Glaz Ross (1911-1998)

Winnipeg

Charlotte Whitehead Ross (1843-1916)

?

Diane Roussin

?

Agnès Gosselin Roy

?

Gabrielle Roy (1909-1983)

?

Sophie May “Diamond Queen” Ryan (1876-1952)

?

Connie Magnusson Schimnowski

?

Corrine Joan Scott OM MBA

?

Mary Scott

?

Sybil Francis Shack (1911-2004)

?

Jennifer Mary Walker Shay (1930-2018)

Winnipeg

Carol Ann Warner Shields (1935-2003)

Winnipeg

Shahina Siddiqui

?

Gudrun Helga Julia Sigurdson

?

Bernadette Smith OM MLA

?

Muriel Smith OC OM

?

Dayna Spiring LLB

?

Clarissa May Joyce “Chriss” Tetlock (1941-2011)

Winnipeg

Susan A. Thompson OM LLD

?

Sherri Walsh LLB

?

Judy Wasylycia-Leis

?

Beatrice Watson

?

Dr. Alexandria Wilson EdD

?

The Very Reverend the Hon. Lois M. Wilson CC OOnt

?

Adele Wiseman (1928-1992)

?

Helen Granger Young OM

?

Group Members

Trailblazer

Location

Council of Women of Winnipeg Inc.

Winnipeg

Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire (Jon Sigurdson Chapter)

?

Junior League of Winnipeg

Winnipeg

Manitoba Speech and Hearing Association, founders Idell Brady, Mary Jane Cairns, Lila Ellis, Muriel Lyons, Mabel McQuillan, Alice Mellor, Marion Mills, Margaret Morse, Angela Murphy, Isabel Richard, Christina Rickards, and Marijke Vogel

Winnipeg

Manitoba Women's Institute

Brandon

Mentoring Artists for Women's Art (MAWA)

Winnipeg

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Thrift Shops, founders Selma Loewen, Sara Stoesz, Linie Friesen, Susan Giesbrecht and dozens more

?

National Council of Jewish Women of Canada

Winnipeg

Nellie McClung Foundation, including founding member Bette Mueller

Manitou

Patersons LLP partners: Jodi Wyman (Alexander), Kelli Potter (Virden), Breena Murray (Brandon)

Various

The Shameless Circle

Winnipeg

University Women's Club of Winnipeg

Winnipeg

Winnipeg Raging Grannies

Winnipeg

Women of the Fur Trade, including Thanadelthur

Various

Women's Health Clinic, founding Board of Directors: Ellen Kruger, Linda Taylor, Paula Harris, Paula Gardner, Niki Garson, Robert Janz, Dr. C. Yuen

?

Religious Orders

Trailblazer

Location

Les Soeurs du Sauveur

Notre Dame de Lourdes

Missionary Oblate Sisters

St. Boniface

Sisters of Charity (Grey Nuns)

St. Boniface

Sisters of Misericorde

Winnipeg

Sisters of Service

?

Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary

Winnipeg

Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate

Winnipeg

Institute of the Sisters of Service of Canada

Winnipeg

See also:

Manitoba Recipients of the King George V Jubilee Medal

Manitoba Recipients of the Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal

Manitoba Recipients of the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal

Manitoba Recipients of the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal

Manitoba Recipients of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

Manitoba Inductees to the Order of the British Empire

Manitoba Inductees to the Order of St. Gregory the Great

Manitoba Recipients of Knighthoods

Manitoba Recipients of the Canadian Centennial Medal

Manitoba Recipients of the 125th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation Medal

Manitoba Members of the Order of Canada

Manitoba Members of the Order of Military Merit

Members of the Order of Manitoba

Members of the Order of the Metis Nation

Members of the Manitoba Order of the Buffalo Hunt

Recipients of the Manitoba Centennial Medal

Members of the Manitoba Order of the Crocus

Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Historical Preservation and Promotion

Winnipeg Citizens Hall of Fame

Recipients of Manitoba 150 Honours

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Order of Manitoba Monument (Assiniboine Park, Winnipeg)

Sources:

“The 150 Manitoba Women Trailblazers,” Winnipeg Free Press, 28 January 2021, page A15.

“The 150 Manitoba Women Trailblazer Awards,” Winnipeg Free Press, 3 February 2021, page A5.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 4 October 2021

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