Memorable Manitobans: Catherine “Caye” Scott (1907-2003)
Born at Winnipeg on 13 June 1907, daughter of Elizabeth Jane Matheson (1875-1931) and John Wesley Scott (1873-1959), sister of Rachel Margaret Scott and great-granddaughter of Duncan McRae, at a young age her family moved to the Portage Plains, where she attended Rob Roy School and the Portage Collegiate Institute where she was a Governor-General’s Medalist in her graduation year. She received a teaching certificate from the Brandon Normal School and earned two degrees at the University of Manitoba.
Her teaching career began at Edwin School and Belmont School, after which she joined the Winnipeg School Division and taught at Principal Sparling School (1936-1938), Montcalm School (1938-1940), and General Wolfe School (1940-1954). She went on to be Principal of Sir Sam Steele School (1954-1959), Clifton School (1959-1966), Weston School (1966-1972) and was also an exchange teacher for one year at Joliet, Illinois. She was President of the Winnipeg Teachers’ Association (1964) and a member of the University Women’s Club, United Nations Organization, Laurier Club, Liberal Party, Lord Selkirk Association, Manitoba Historical Society, and Westminster United Church.
She died unmarried at the Grace Hospital on 24 August 2003 and her cremains were interred in the Kildonan Presbyterian Cemetery.
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Winnipeg School Division: Celebrating One Hundred Fifty Years, 1871-2021 by Winnipeg School Division, 2021.
This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.
Page revised: 7 May 2023