Johnston, Mary.
Mary Johnston fonds. - 1941-1998; predominant 1970-1998.

ca. 1.3 m of textual records.
ca. 1.1 m of graphic material.

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Mary Johnston, a dedicated and influential educator, pursued a career as an elementary public school teacher and thereafter as public school principal in Waterloo, Ont. She is also widely known for the contribution she made to education-related local and provincial committees as well as to the Presbyterian church and to many community initiatives. She was also presented with many awards during her career in education.

Mary Johnston was born in Edmonton but moved to Waterloo at a young age and attended elementary and secondary school in this city. She is a graduate of Stratford Teacher's College and she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Western Ontario. She also holds a B.Ed. Degree and a M.Ed. Degree from the University of Toronto.

She began her teaching career at a one room school house on Bearinger Road in Waterloo. She then moved on to teach at MacGregor, Empire, and Centennial Public Schools in Waterloo. She was made vice-principal of Centennial Public School. She later became principal of Brighton and Winston Churchill Public Schools and thereafter of Keatsway Public School. Mary Johnston was an active member of many local education board committees and provincial committees. She was a member of the Ontario Teachers' Federation advisory committee to circular 14. She also worked as Regional Professional Development Chairwoman for the midwestern region of the Ministry of Education from 1974-1976.

She was also involved in local community endeavours and was a member of the K-W University Women's Club. She also served on the City of Waterloo's architectural advisory committee and on the publication committee of the Waterloo Historical Society. She was ordained an elder of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in 1973 and has been actively involved in many of the church's activities including teaching the Communicants class and serving on the advisory committee for the student intern programme.

She also wrote a book detailing the history of education in Waterloo County. Mary Johnston was presented with the Weigand Award for teaching excellence and was named Professional Woman of the Year in 1975. She also received the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal. In 1978 she was awarded the Diamond Jubilee Award by the Waterloo County Women Teachers' Association and by the Federation of Women Teachers' Associations of Ontario. This award was designed to honour an outstanding elementary school teacher and was presented to commemorate the sixtieth anniversary of the federation. (Source : Materials in GA 118 Mary Johnston Fonds.)


Fonds consists of materials belonging to Mary Johnston which she acquired during her time as a school teacher and principal, as a member of various teachers' organizations, and during the time she spent serving on various education-related local and provincial committees. This collection consists of correspondence, legal documents, minutes and other supporting documents re meetings, course materials produced for training courses and workshops, summary reports and other supporting documents re conferences, clippings, publications, printed materials, scrapbooks, and ephemera.

Arranged in 7 series as follows :

  1. Correspondence and Information Files;
  2. Meetings;
  3. Events and Activities;
  4. Historical, Topical Files: Clippings;
  5. Publications, Printed Materials;
  6. Scrapbooks;
  7. Ephemera.


  • Title based on content of the fonds.
  • Donated in 1999 by Mary Johnston.

    Call number: GA 118