Mary Coyne Rowell Jackman

1904 – 1994

GCLJ, D.Litt.S. YWCA Woman of Distinction, LL.D.

An active Methodist/United Church member and passionate believer in the Social Gospel, Mary Jackman promoted both ecumenical and international awareness and cooperation. A scholar and collector of Virginia Woolf and Canadian Art, she was a generous benefactor to artists, libraries, and galleries. She supported women’s education, culture and legal rights. Mother and protector of Henry (Hal), Eric, Edward and Nancy Ruth.

Mary’s commitment to Metropolitan United Church was life-long. Her social concern resulted in the nursery school for local children in the 1930s, her artistic sensibility contributed to the Dayspring Festivals & the Summer In The Park program. From her constant work in the Women’s Missionary Society to her war wok, from her social service work with the Women’s Association to her administrative work as a trustee and board member, Mary combined her passionate belief in Christianity, ecumenism & the Social Gospel, with innovative & practical measures to keep faith rooted in the real world.

Dayspring from on high hath visited us.

Over her lifetime, Mary Coyne Rowell Jackman was involved in the following organizations:

CGIT (Canadian Girls in Training) 1915-1917, Member

Head Girl, King’s Hall, Compton, 1920-1921

University Literary Society, Victoria College, 1921-1925, Member

Student Christian Movement, 1921-1925, Member

Bachelor of Arts, Victoria University, 1925

WSCF (World Student Christian Federation), 1925-1990, Member

Women’s Association, 1930-1935, President, Metropolitan United Church

CIIA (Canadian Institute of International Affairs), Founder, Women’s Committee, 1931-1975

Bond Street Nursery School, 1935-1937, President and Co-founder

Rosedale Public Home and School Association, President late 1930’s.

This is where Mary mt Louise Comfort and Charles Comfort (later head of the National Gallery of Canada and organizer of the cottage murals from the collage to the gallery).

Rosedale Conservative Association, member and supporter throughout her adult life, as were her husband and 3 children

Heliconian Club, 1930’s-1940’s, Member

Women’s Red Cross Committee, 1940-1947, President, Metropolitan United Church

YWCA National, assisted in many ways, supporting YWCA staff from Eastern Europe whose work was transferred to Canada because of WWII, from 1940-1947

Toronto Women’s Art Association, 1930’s-1940’s, Member

Women’s Committee, Art Gallery of Toronto, (Ontario), 1948-mid-1960’s

The Picture Loan Society, 1938-1960’s, started her art collection

Wymilwood, Victoria University, Building Committee, head of the modern furnishing committee, 1950’s

Board Metropolitan United Church, 1950’s

Virginia Woolf Collection was started in the 1950’s after the war

Studied to be an art critic at University of Toronto, 1952

Ecumenical Institute of Canada 1950’s-1980’s, Member

World Council of Churches, 1950’s-1980’s, Member

Worship Committee, Metropolitan United Church, 1960’s

Clark Institute of Psychiatry, 1960’s, Volunteer

Leader in ecumenical studies between Catholic and Protestant Canadians in the 1960’s-1990, through the Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem. MCTJ became a Dame Grand Cross of the Order

Dayspring Festival, Metropolitan United Church, 1970’s, Organizer

Out of the Cold, 1970’s, Volunteer

Summer in the Park, 1970’s, Volunteer

Board of Trustees, Metropolitan United Church, 1980-1985

Jackman Foundation, President, 1980-1985

Doctor of Sacred Letters, Victoria University, 1984

Woman of Distinction Award, Toronto YWCA, 1988

Doctorate of Laws, University of Toronto 1992

Producer and Director: Laura Sky

Director of Photography: Jim Aquila, CSC

Editor: Cathy Gulkin

Sound Recordist: Ross Redfern

Original Music Composed by David Wall

Sound Mix: Daniel Pellerin

Production Manager: Natalie Levesque

Voice and Dramatic Portrayal of Mary Coyne Rowell Jackman: Linda Griffiths

Dramatic Readings: John Jarvis, Margaret Lamarre

Narration: Laura Sky

Script Consultant/ Print and Stills Research: Arlene Moscovitch

Archival Research: Tanya Fleet

Post-Production Supervisor: Cameron Tingley

Assistant Editor: Tanyss Obonsawin

Sound Editor: Jakob Thiesen

Assistant Sound Editor: Jason Crowe

Additional Sound: Tim Henschel, Heald Audio Consulting

Additional Camera: Goran Dasaric

Costume Designer: Angela Thoman

Wigs: Alice Norton, House of Big Hair

Online Editor: Sharon Hartley

Post-Production Facility: triange

Post Audio Facility: Kitchen Sync

Photographs Courtesy of the National Gallery of Canada, Library and Archives, Ottawa:

Douglas Duncan, 1961. Photo by Ralph Greenhill.

Photo reproduced in R. Ayre, ‘ Artists’ Island” in Weekend Picture Magazine, Vol.41, 1953. Photo by Paul ockett.

Inauguration of the MacCallum Cottage Room at the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, 1969. Photo by John Evans.

Archival Footage and Photographs courtesy of:

Archives of Ontario, City of Toronto Archives

Footage Farm

Getty Images

Gisele Freund

The Globe and Mail

League of Nations Photo Archive

Micheal Williams

University of Newcastle, Australia

Nancy Ruth

National Film Board of Canada

National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

Pauline Greenhill (Estate of Ralph Greenhill)

Robert C. Brandeis, Chief Librarian

E.J. Pratt Library, Victoria University

Sara and Eric Jackman

Jean-Paul Riopelle, Composition, 1952, oil, Elliott Gallery, Art Gallery of Ontario

Documentary Participants:

  • Robert Brandeis
  • Ann McIntosh Duff
  • Tara Jackman Nolan-Jantze
  • Gwyneth P. Griffith
  • Reverend Edward Jackman
  • Eric Jackman
  • Maruja Jackman
  • Nancy Ruth
  • Rosario Onanad
  • Margaret Prang
  • Elizabeth L. Robinson
  • Eleanor Sanderson

With thanks to:

  • Sara Jackman
  • Beth Atcheson
  • Pat Staton
  • Martha Russell
  • Nancy’s Very own Foundation
  • Mary Sanderson
  • Christine Donald
  • Marie-Jeanne and John Coleman
  • Rosemary White
  • Bond Street Nursery School
  • Johanna M. Selles
  • Paul Gooch
  • Sharon Larade
  • Victoria University
  • University of Toronto
  • Lila Laasko
  • Dennis Reid, Chief Curator, Art Gallery of Ontario

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