Memorable Manitobans: Dorothy Marie Slaughter (1920-2004)
Born at Winnipeg on 16 August 1920, one of two daughters of Pearl Bernice Gallinger (1890-1965) and John Frederick Slaughter (1891-1950), she received her education at Greenway School, General Wolfe School, and Daniel McIntyre Collegiate. In 1941, she taught a class of 60 students in a one-room classroom at Victoria Beach. In the following two years, she taught at Kenville School (1942-1943) and Minitonas School (1943-1944).
She returned to Winnipeg in 1944 and worked as a substitute teacher, working at Champlain School (1944-1946). In 1950, she organized the first kindergarten at Weston School in Winnipeg and stayed there for 11 years. She taught at a DND School at Soest, Germany from 1961 to 1963, afterwards returning to Winnipeg and teaching kindergarten at Gladstone School for the next three years. In 1966, she taught nursery school at Weston School until 1970. In 1970-1971 she took a sabbatical leave to complete a degree at the University of Manitoba, and during the spring and summer of 1971, she worked for the provincial government as a supervisor-consultant for the pre-school programs among Indigenous children in Manitoba. In September 1971, she became Principal of Fort Rouge School, a position which she held until retirement in 1980.
She died at Winnipeg on 3 February 2004.
Ontario birth registration [John Frederick Slaughter], Ancestry.
Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
1921 Canada census, Ancestry.
Obituary [John F. Slaughter], Winnipeg Tribune, 10 July 1950, page 23.
Obituary [Pearl Bernice Slaughter], Winnipeg Free Press, 20 July 1965, page 23.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 6 February 2004.
Winnipeg School Division: Celebrating One Hundred Fifty Years, 1871-2021 by Winnipeg School Division, 2021.
We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 6 March 2023