Mary Steinhauser (1942-1975)

“An example for all Canadians” are the words of Pierre Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, as he describes Mary’s heroic actions while being held hostage for 41 hours in a June 1975 attempted prison break and her service as a nurse, social worker and activist.

“Mary will be remembered with respect and gratitude for her outstanding courage and fortitude in recent days and for her service in a most difficult and demanding vocation. Your daughter has set an example for all Canadians” …. Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, in a June 11,1975 telegram to Mary’s parents on the day of Mary’s tragic death at the BC Penitentiary, New Westminster BC.
Sometimes referred to as a “BC Hero”, this outstandingly brave young woman began her career as a Registered Psychiatric Nurse at Essondale in 1960, graduating in 1962. Following graduation, she continued working as an RPN at Essondale, Woodlands School, and Tranquille School until 1965.

Call For Submissions To A Collection Of Memories Of Mary

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