Edna Perry knew from a very young age

that she wanted to be a teacher and she began her teaching career at the age of seventeen.

In the early years of her teaching career,

she rode her bike to school. In the winter months, when she couldn’t bike to school, she would go to the train station with newspapers and matches in hand. She would light the newspapers as a signal to let the conductor know that she needed a ride on the train. The conductor could see the

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flames from a distance and would let the train engineer know that Edna was waiting at the station. The engineer would then toot the whistle to acknowledge that he saw her.

She would then stuff the lighted newspapers into a snow bank. The conductor and the baggage man would be ready at one of the doors of the train, the train would slow down, one of the men would grab her suitcase and the other would grab her arm and lift her on board, and that was how she got to school in those early days.

Edna married her husband Jack overseas when he was with the Royal Air Force. Jack later became a Councillor in Transcona.

He worked in the CN stores accounting department from 1947 until his retirement in 1981.

Edna taught at Wayoata School for nine

years and was the last principal of Central school, before it was closed down. Edna was a founding member of the Transcona Historical Museum Board, East End Community Club, and the Library Board. A street in Transcona has been named in her honour.

Edna said that she learned from her parents to be kind and display good manners to others. She also learned her love of music from her parents. Edna loves her community

Edna at the street sign, Edna Perry Way

of Transcona, as there is so much comradeship, and a friendly atmosphere, all within a small town like setting.