Gwendolyn Margaret (née Cleary) Morris
Died: February 28, 2014 (Alexandria, Ontario)
Member: Glengarry (Ont.) Sports Hall of Fame (2000)
In high school, Gwen (née Cleary) Morris dominated sports at Maxville High School in Eastern Ontario. She had her name engraved on the Maxville High School Cup for five years in a row, earning recognition for achievements in the 50-yard toss, the high jump, the broad jump, and the softball throw. She also founded a women’s hockey team with players from surrounding communities, going on to become league scoring leader and captain of the championship team.
On graduating, she attended Ottawa Normal School for two years, becoming a teacher. Her first posting was a one-room school house at St. Elmo East. She then enrolled at Queen’s University in Kingston, where she captained the hockey and softball teams. She also won several track and field events.
In her 40s, she played catcher for Zoe Grant’s Red Devils, a local softball powerhouse.
Morris served as president of the local minor hockey association from 1959-65.
She retired from the classroom after a 35-year teaching career. She then entered politics, serving two terms as a member of Kenyon Township council before being elected reeve in 1995, the first woman to hold the post in the township’s two centuries.