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Memorable Manitobans: Gertrude Florence McCance (1909-1989)


Born in St. James, she graduated from the University of Manitoba and studied speech and voice in England. She taught at private schools before becoming head of the speech department of the Manitoba Normal School in 1943. A year later she became director of school broadcasts for Manitoba, and she was responsible for Manitoba’s experiments with school television in 1958. She was the first woman named an honorary life member of the Canadian Education Association. She died in Winnipeg.


Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

Page revised: 25 October 2008

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