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Memorable Manitobans: Blanche Isabel Megaffin (1894-1975)

Missionary, educator.

Born at Virden on 3 September 1894, daughter of Thomas A. Megaffin and Rebecca Ann Coulter, she went to Japan as a worker for the United Church of Canada. She also taught a bible class there, and taught at the Tokyo Girls’ College from 1922 to 1927. Back in Canada, she helped to find employment and housing for Japanese-Canadians moved from British Columbia during the Second World War, for which she received the Order of the Sacred Treasure of Japan, in 1969. She taught English in schools at Winnipeg and Portage la Prairie, and she was the Vice-Principal of St. James Collegiate (1951-1956), and Principal of Silver Heights Collegiate (1957-1959) and St. Agnes School (?-?). She retired around 1968. She received the Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal in 1953. She died at Winnipeg on 6 December 1975.

Sources:

Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.

“Ex-teacher gets Japanese award,” Winnipeg Free Press, 25 January 1969, page 49.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 20 April 2020

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