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Memorable Manitobans: Helen Anita Curle Woollard (1929-2013)

Police officer.

Born at Winnipeg on 27 November 1929, she grew up in St. James. A former taxicab dispatcher, she joined the Winnipeg Police Force in 1959 to supervise the city’s newly introduced 911 emergency telephone service. In May 1960, she became the first woman to attend a full, regular police recruit class, and the first woman in Winnipeg to wear a police uniform. In later years, she worked in the Human Resources Department to hire more women as police officers. She retired from the force in December 1989. She died at Winnipeg on 29 November 2013.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 7 December 2013.

“Joining the boys’ club” by Gordon Sinclair, Winnipeg Free Press, 12 December 2013, page B1.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 14 December 2013

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