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Memorable Manitobans: Evelyn McKenzie (1905-1993)

Nurse.

Born at Craggie Inn, Daviot, Scotland on 29 September 1905, she came to Canada with her parents, settling in Winnipeg in 1909 and moving to Balmoral in 1911. She came to the Brandon Hospital for Mental Diseases and graduated from its psychiatric nursing course in 1927. Other than three years of service in the Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World War, she remained at the facility for the next 45 years, rising to the position of Assistant Superintendent of Nursing until retirement in 1970. She was instrumental in founding the Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association of Manitoba around 1960. She was a member of the Brandon Golf and Country Club, Brandon Quota Club, and First Presbyterian Church. She died unmarried at Brandon on 19 April 1993 and was buried in the Stonewall Cemetery. A recording in the Westman Oral History Collection is held at the S. J. McKee Archives at Brandon University.

Sources:

“Nurses group honors member for service,” Winnipeg Free Press, 27 May 1970.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 28 December 2021

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