Memorable Manitobans: Gertrude Blanche Perrin (1903-2001)
Born at Hartney on 20 August 1903, daughter of Henry Perrin and Ada Boyd, she graduated from Wesley College (BA 1925) and the Provincial Normal School (1926). She then taught school at Oak River School (1929) and Emerson School. After a year of secretarial training in British Columbia, she returned to Winnipeg to work for the provincial government, becoming secretary to Erick Willis, at that time Minister of Good Roads. In the early 1960s she attended McGill University, graduating with a Bachelor of Library Science. On returning to Winnipeg, she worked at the Manitoba Legislative Library, Manitoba Technical College, and Red River College. She retired from the latter in 1972.
She was actively involved with the Manitoba Historical Society, Dalnavert Museum, University Women’s Club, Manitoba Library Association, and Manitoba Drama League. For her efforts on behalf of Manitoba history, she was awarded the Douglas Kemp Award in 1989.
She died unmarried at Winnipeg on 6 January 2001.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 10 January 2001.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 19 November 2015
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