Isabella Margaret Dryden


Born in 1918 and raised on a farm near Lenore, daughter of James Walter Dryden (1873-1931) and Mary McGregor (1891-1981), she attended the Central Normal School and had her first job in teaching at Erroll School (1937-1941). She then taught at Bardal School (1941-1942) before moving to Windsor, Ontario where she worked in the office of a manufacturing firm and took business courses in her spare time. Returning to Manitoba, she taught at Ross School (1947-1948) and the elementary school at Virden (1948-1949) before she began teaching business classes at Virden Collegiate. In 1967, she moved to Winnipeg to become the supervisor of business education for the Manitoba Department of Education. She retired in 1983 but, as of 2018, continued to teaching computer usage classes at Creative Retirement Manitoba at the age of 100. In recognition of her community service, she received the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers presented by the Governor General of Canada.


1921 Canada census, Ancestry.

Marriage and death registrations [James Walter Dryden], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary [Walter McGregor Dryden], Selkirk Journal, 22 July 2005, page 19.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

“A wealth of knowledge” by Bill Redekop, Winnipeg Free Press, 20 February 2017, page A4.

“Kudos for educator who’s still teaching at 100,” Winnipeg Free Press, 3 May 2018.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 3 May 2018