Hunter, Trenna (1906-1996)

See OH81

Born in Brandon, Manitoba, Trenna taught in one-room schools in Alberta for thirteen years before graduating with an RN diploma from Vancouver General Hospital and receiving a certificate in public health nursing from the UBC School of Nursing in 1940.  From September 1940 to March 1942 she was in charge of health services for the Japanese Canadians interned at Hastings Park.

She received a Bachelor of Science in nursing in 1944 and that year was appointed Director of Nursing for the Metropolitan Health Services where she worked until her retirement in 1966.  She played a prominent part in the development of the industrial health consultant service in Vancouver.  From 1948 to 1950 she chaired the National Committee on Public Health Nursing.

After serving in vice-presidential positions for nine years, she became president of the Canadian Nurses Association in 1956, leading the Canadian delegation to the International Congress of Nursing in Rome in 1957.

Contents of Biographical File

  1. Nomination for the CNA Memorial Book.
  2. Transcript of Oral History interview by Ethel Warbinek, March 26, 1993.
  3. Miscellaneous handwritten notes
  4. “Trenna Hunter: Remembering Yesterday,” RNABC News (1989), 21 (5), 17.
  5. “Trenna Hunter, President”, The Canadian Nurse (1956) 52 (40), 799-800.
  6. Executive Committee, Trenna G. Hunter, The Canadian Nurse (October 1950), p. 803.
  7. “Interesting People”, The Canadian Nurse (1944), 40, (11), 876.
  8. Two letters from Joan Bugge to Esther Paulson, dated September 16, 1996 & September 30, 1996.
  1. Letter to Trenna Hunter from the Japanese Canadian Committee, August 19, 1942.
  2. Biographical information.
  3. Six b&w photocopies of photographs of the Japanese Canadian’s Evacuation, Hastings Park, May 18, 1942, with covering information.


  1. “The Long Arm of the Nurse”, The Canadian Nurse (March 1954), 50 (3), 172-174.
  2. Trenna Grace Hunter 1906-1996. Biographical information.
  3. Obituaries
  4. Razzell. Mary, “Nurse Trenna Was Ray of Hope.”
  5. Miss Hunter’s remarks. Address given on the occasion of her retirement party.
  6. Trenna Grace Hunter, 1906-1996. Handwritten notes by Esther Paulson, undated.
  7. Two b&w photographs, one negative.