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Our Namesake

Mary Margaret Hanley (1907-1975) was a dynamic teacher and administrator. She loved children and teaching and inspired many of her students to become teachers. Her students never forgot her. 

Born in Belleville, Ontario, she moved to Edmonton at the age of six. She graduated from St. Mary High School, Camrose Teacher College, and the University of Alberta. In 193l her career began with the Edmonton Separate School District. After teaching at Sacred Heart, St. Edmund and Grandin schools, the school board recognized her exceptional talents by appointing her the first lay principal in the Catholic system. Mary Hanley opened St. Margaret School in 1950 and retired from there in 1972. 

Mary's love of music strongly motivated her students, and her rhythm bands regularly won top honors in the Kiwanis Music Festivals. She broadcasted elementary music programs on CBC radio, and also gave teaching demonstrations in Edmonton, Calgary and Regina for the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine Conferences. In 1969, the Centennial Medal was conferred on Mary Hanley in recognition of her valuable service to Canada. After forty-one years, Mary Hanley left her beloved profession.

Mary Hanley School opened on March 7, 1985.  Mary Hanley's spirit lives on in this "Place of Joy".

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