Remembering Valdine Johnson

Valdine Johnson spent her life enriching the young minds of children across Manitoba and beyond. As a young teacher in 1942, she took her first assignment in a one-room schoolhouse in the small town of Clearwater, Manitoba. In the 1950s, Valdine travelled overseas to educate the children of military personnel at a base school in Saint-Germain, France. After returning to Canada, she took positions in Churchill and then Winnipeg until her retirement in 1984. During this time, Valdine moved from the classroom into the role of principal before this remarkable lady became the first female area superintendent for Winnipeg School Division #1. Throughout her 42 years in education, Valdine personally taught and enhanced the lives of thousands of students of all ages.

In addition to her years committed to youth in the classroom, Valdine was also a decades-long supporter of the Children’s Hospital Book Market. So when Valdine’s niece Teresa Walsh heard that the hospital was opening a new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), she knew it would be a fitting way to honour her late aunt, and she bequeathed $5,000 to this important project in Valdine’s name.

“I know that my late aunt would have been so appreciative of the new NICU and the specialized, crucial care it will provide to newborns,” says Teresa, who asked that the funds be used in the NICU wherever the need is greatest.

Giving this thoughtful gift in her aunt’s name is a wonderful way to remember Valdine and her dedication to young lives. The donation will go on to positively impact so many and further Valdine’s legacy for years to come.

Thank you Valdine and Teresa for your kind donation. Honour your loved one today with a donation to the Children’s Hospital Foundation.