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A Memoir of a Newfoundland Nurse
Janet Penney Winsor

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About the Author
Born in an era when it was thought girls and women didn't need an education, taken out of school to do household chores and sent to work "in service" in St. John's where she remained for twenty years, Janet never gave up her dream of being a nurse. With a grade five education, she began attending night school, obtained her high school equivalency, applied for nursing school, and was rejected. Frustrated, she kept trying. When someone told her, "Janet, you'll never make it," she became more determined than ever to prove them wrong. With the help of her night school teacher, she was finally accepted into nursing school at The Grace General Hospital at a late age. "Some of the younger students thought I was the nursing supervisor," Janet says.

Graduating in 1951, Janet, like many Newfoundlanders today, sought career opportunities on the mainland and in the US, working in Ontario and Quebec and in Boston. She sacrificed her social life to advance her career and further her education, earning a BN degree from McGill in 1963.

The book relates the incidents of a thirty-year nursing career, everything from the merely amusing and interesting to the frightening and tragic. Finally, passed over for the administrative position at a major hospital, which she felt she deserved, Janet was becoming discouraged and considering giving up her nursing career. It was then that she met Wilbur Winsor, founder of Winsor Agencies Limited who was in Montreal on business. Always "cautious and shy" around men, Janet found Wilbur easy to talk to and she soon realized that he was a suitor. They were married in Montreal in 1974.

Janet left nursing and returned to Newfoundland with Wilbur. They spent six and one half happy years together, years of travel and companionship, until Wilbur's sudden death in 1981.

Janet started over, devoting her time to writing, research, and producing in 1990, her first book, Wilbur Winsor: A Man and His Family. This present book is the product of many years work and the distillation of eight thousand pages of her journals. Enjoy!


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