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Margaret E. McPherson

100th Convocation Awards


Margaret McPherson

BSc, BEd


Margaret McPherson has been a strong supporter of The University of Winnipeg for a number of decades and an ardent fan and booster of the Wesmen family, for which her daughter played basketball in the 1970s.

McPherson joined UWinnipeg’s Board of Regents in 1985, and from 1992 to 1994 served as Chair of the Board. She offered unfailingly wise advice and guidance. Throughout her years on the Board, she acted as the Board’s conscience on gender issues and helped to ensure that the Board undertook a comprehensive review of the status of women employees. She was an accomplished educator, having taught and tutored for 52 years. She then served as the Assistant Archivist in the United Church Archives at UWinnipeg and was on the Editorial Board of the journal Touchstone.

McPherson was an active member of the United Church of Canada, including at the national level; she co-authored All Things Are Possible: A History of Westworth United Church, 1950-1990 and was co-editor of Prairie Spirit: Perspectives on the Heritage of the United Church of Canada in the West.

In honour of her unwavering dedication, Margaret McPherson was awarded the first Fellowship in the University of Winnipeg, in October 2000.