Mary Alberta Hornibrook, RN
Mary   Alberta   Hornibrooke    was   the   last   person   to   hold   the unique position of Matron at the Selkirk Mental Health Centre. Miss   Mary   Alberta   Hornibrook,   (RN   graduate   of   the   Montreal General   Hospital),   arrived   at   the   hospital   in   1946   and   retired twenty-one   years   later   in   December   1967   from   the   position   of Associate Director of Rehabilitation. She   arrived   at   was   then   called   the   Selkirk   Mental   Hospital which   had   over   1200   patients.   Miss   Hornibrooke   functioned   as the   head   of   the   female   nursing   services   as   well   as   that   of   the nurse   training   school.   During   her   time   at   the   hospital   she   not   only   witnessed   the advent   of   Electric   Shock   Therapy   which   was   introduced   in   the   early   1940s,   but also   witnessed   the   hospital   performing   leucotomies   in   the   Infirmary   Building operating suite in the 1950s. In    the    1940s    male    attendants,    with    Miss    Hornibrooke’s    instigation,    were permitted   to   join   the   nursing   lectures   with   the   female   nursing   staff.   By   the   end   of the 1950s, both groups of staff graduated together as psychiatric nurses. Although   short   in   stature   and   kind   in   disposition   she   was   a   mighty   atom   who played   a   important   role   in   the   development   of   psychiatric   nursing   in   Manitoba. Mary   Alberta   Hornibrooke   whom   prior   to   her   death   in   April   1982,   returned   to   the Centre for special events where she always received a warm welcome.