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Memorable Manitobans: Beulah Vernon Bourns (1906-1990)


Born at Havelock, New Brunswick on 28 March 1906, Bourns completed her nurses’ training at the Winnipeg General Hospital, receiving her diploma in 1929, and being made an honorary life member of the WGH. In 1932, she was sent to Korea as a missionary of the United Church of Canada, working in North Korean communities, training nurses and in public health clinics. Learning the language, she became well-loved in the community. During the Second World War, she was interned by the Japanese for seven months before being repatriated to East Africa. Returning to Korea in 1948, she continued working there until 1974, working in Seoul. For her efforts, she recieved recognition from the President of Korea. In addition to her official duties, she frequently took babies into her own home for special care until homes could be found for them. After retirement, she returned to Manitoba and lived at Somerset. She died at Morden, Manitoba on 28 March 1990.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, Friday, 6 April 1990, page 52.

This profile was prepared by Kris Keen.

Page revised: 30 September 2009

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