Watson, Helen Griffith Wylie

Helen Griffith Wylie Watson, née McArthur, nursing administrator (b at Stettler, Alta 11 July 1911; d at Guelph, Ont 15 Dec 1974). A graduate of U of A, Watson received her first practical experience as a public-health nurse at an isolated settlement in the Peace River country during the Depression. In 1946 she joined the RED CROSS SOCIETY, eventually becoming national director of nursing services. She served as president of the Canadian Nurses' Assn 1950-54 and was active internationally with the Red Cross. In 1954 she was awarded the Florence Nightingale Award for her work in Korea - the highest award of the International Red Cross. An Officer of the Order of Canada, she retired in 1971.