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Helen Lillian Granger-Young

Artist, sculptor.

Born at Mimico, Ontario in 1922, daughter of Lillian Shelley and Lewis E. Granger, as a child she won a scholarship to the Ontario College of Art where she studied under Charles Fraser Comfort and Franklin Carmichael. She worked as a sculptor (in porcelain and later bronze) and artist, doing commercial work for Eaton's and Hudson's Bay stores, and was an art instructor. During the Second World War, she produced technical drawings of military equipment. On 26 July 1949, she married William Allan “Bill” Young (1925-2003) at Winnipeg and they had four children. She continued to create, teach, and mentor art. In recognition of her community service, she was inducted into the Order of Manitoba (2013) and was selected as a Manitoba Women Trailblazer (2021).

Some of her works in Manitoba included:




Bruce Chown

Winnipeg Citizens Hall of Fame


Dufferin Roblin

Winnipeg Citizens Hall of Fame


Sister Geraldine MacNamara

Winnipeg Citizens Hall of Fame


Nellie McClung

Winnipeg Citizens Hall of Fame


Israel Asper

Winnipeg Citizens Hall of Fame


Donald Ian MacDonald

Winnipeg Citizens Hall of Fame


Famous Five Monument

Osborne Street, Winnipeg



Obituary [William Allan Young], Winnipeg Free Press, 9 April 2003.

Helen Granger Young, Canadian Women Artists History Initiative.

Helen Granger Young O.M., A.O.C.A., The Nellie McClung Foundation.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 3 September 2022

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