Memorable Manitobans: Charlotte Louise Kingdon Oleson (1932-2017)
Librarian, municipal official, MLA (1982-1986), MLA (1986-1988), MLA (1988-1990), community activist.
Born at Minnedosa on 17 May 1932, daughter of Elsie Wilmot (1901-1993) and John Clarence Kingdon (1901-1990), she grew up on a farm in the Clanwilliam district and was educated at Crocus Hill School, Minnedosa Collegiate, and Central Normal School (1951). She taught at Glenboro School (1951-1953) then, in 1953, she married Stanley Adaljon Oleson and they had three children. She worked as a librarian for the Town of Glenboro and later Glenboro Collegiate, and was a councillor (1977-1980), and Deputy Mayor (1980-1982) of Glenboro.
In November 1981, she was elected to the Manitoba Legislature representing the Gladstone constituency and was re-elected in 1986 and 1988. She served as Minister of Community Services (1988-1989) as well as Minister of Employment Services and Economic Security and Minister responsible for the Status of Women (1988-1990). She did not seek re-election in 1990.
From 1977 to 1981, she was a board member of the Manitoba Human Rights Commission and the Manitoba Motor Transport Board. She served as President of the Glenboro Development Corporation, Vice-Chair of the Cypress Planning District (1980-1982), Chair of the Friends of Spruce Woods Park, Chair of the Lakeland Regional Library Board, Director of the Manitoba Library Trustees Association, Chair of the Criddle-Vane Homestead Committee, Honorary President of Manitoba Ladies Curling Association, and Director of the federal Progressive Conservative Women’s Caucus. She was an active member of the Glenboro and Area Historical Society and St. Stephen’s Anglican Church. In recognition of her community service, she received the 125th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation Medal (1992) and honorary life membership in the Manitoba Progressive Conservative party (2000).
She died at Glenboro on 19 February 2017 and was buried in the Glenboro Cemetery.
Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Obituary [Clarence Kingdon], Winnipeg Free Press, 8 August 1990, page 21.
Members of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba (deceased).
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 22 February 2017.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 28 December 2020