Memorable Manitobans: Grace Edna Johnson (?-?)
Nurse, hospital administrator.
Her nursing career began in 1934, at the Winnipeg General Hospital. Three years later, she became Head Nurse of its maternity ward. During the Second World War, she was one of 4,500 women who enlisted with the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps, serving as Head Nurse of the neurological surgical ward of the Canadian Neurological Hospital at Basingstoke, England.
In 1949, she was appointed the first Director of Winnipeg’s Maternity Pavilion (now the Women’s Hospital at the Health Sciences Centre). She spent a year travelling around North America and the UK to find best practices to implement at the new facility which opened on 26 April 1950.
In 1954, she left Winnipeg to become Director of Nursing at McKellar Hospital at Fort William (now Thunder Bay), Ontario. In 1962, she was hired by Veterans Affairs in Ottawa as a consulting nurse for the care of nearly 10,000 Canadian veterans in hospitals across Canada. Her whereabouts after this time are, as yet, unknown.
Biographical profile, Canadian Nurse, Volume 58, Number 6, June 1962.
This page was prepared by Christian Cassidy.
Page revised: 3 December 2019
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