Memorable Manitobans: Elizabeth Helene Donaldson “Bessie” Maguet (1912-1997)
Born at Glasgow, Scotland on 10 May 1912, she immigrated to Canada with her mother around 1925, following the death of her father. Following disembarking at Montreal, they made their way to Winnipeg where she attended St. Charles Academy and the Central Normal School. She began teaching at Sandridge School (1931-?) before joining the Winnipeg School Division at Lord Nelson School (1933-1939, Elementary Department), Dufferin School (1939-1943), Central Normal School (1943-1944), Aberdeen School (1944-1945, Elementary Department), and Isaac Brock School (1945-46, Elementary Department). She was the Principal of Sir Sam Steele School (1946-1947), Pennarun School (1947-1948), and Makinak School (1956-1957). She was involved with the expansion of the Child Guidance Clinic. Within rural Manitoba schools, in addition to her educator career, she was also a custodian, nurse, and councillor. She completed her teaching career in the St. James School Division, after which she was editor and publisher at Pemican Publications. In 1947, she married farmer Emmanuel Augustin Maguet (1896-1990) and moved to Ste. Rose du Lac. The couple and had three sons. She was President (1954) of the St. Rose du Lac Catholic Women’s League subdivision. For her translation work on Hold High Your Heads, she received the Canada Council Award. She died on 3 November 1997 and her cremains were interred in Ste. Rose du Lac Roman Catholic Cemetery.
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“Woman’s overreaching ambition defeats itself IODE told at Dauphin,” Winnipeg Free Press, 12 October 1956, page 24.
Obituary [Emmanuel Augustin Maguet], Winnipeg Free Press, 3 November 1990, page 49.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 5 November 1997, page C7.
Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.
This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.
Page revised: 30 October 2022