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Who’s Who: Grace Hartman



Grace Hartman was the City of Sudbury’s only female mayor. Marianne Matichuk is the first female mayor of the City of Greater Sudbury.)


Hartman was one of the city’s first female councillors and served on council for 17 years. She became deputy mayor in 1962. In 1966 when Mayor Max Silverman died, she became mayor.


She was mayor during the city’s Centennial Celebration but was defeated in the fall election in 1967 by Joe Fabbro.


Grace Armstrong Hartman was born in Markdale, Ont., in 1900. After graduating from university and the Ontario College of Education, she taught languages at the high school level.


In 1939 she married George Hartman who was an executive at Inco Ltd. and moved to Sudbury.


In 1943 she became president of the Sudbury Women’s Canadian Club. She was the first president of the Women’s Voluntary Services during the Second World War.


In 1945, she was appointed the first female member of the Sudbury High School Board and she began her political career. She was active on many boards including the Sudbury Business and Professional Women’s Club.


Hartman was instrumental in developing an extension of Bell Park as a Centennial project.


An amphitheatre, modelled after the Roman’ amphitheatres, was build there to hold concerts. It was designed by architect Oryst Sawchuk. At the same time, the Jaycees built a Centennial Gard




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This is from Vicki Gilhula’s Nov. 16, 2007 blog.


Forty years ago Canada celebrated its 100th anniversary. Someone designed a nifty “tree” which represented the 10 provinces, the Yukon and the NWT. It was a great logo, for Canada’s Centennial, and it was everywhere.


A group of citizens in Sudbury, who were members of the Jaycees, (the Junior Chamber of Commerce), built a Centennial Garden in Bell Park near the amphitheatre. It was in the shape of the Centennial logo, The group raised the money for materials, and built it themselves. Each flower box contained one of the provincial flowers.


Over the past 40 years, it wasnt maintained properly by the city. It got in the way of people who use the park. It was “dangerous.” This week it was bulldozed.


No one seems to care about the people, who are now either dead or in ther 80s who built the garden. Did anyone ask them before the demolish crew arrived? Did anyone at the city even know the history of this garden?


A spokesman for the city says there will be a new garden dug on the area, but it will not be in the shape of the Centennial logo.


Once again, the city has ripped down part of its legacy.


Added May 2012

A few years later, the original Grace Hartman Amphitheatre, which was also built to celebrate Canada’s Centennial year, was demolished on a cold dark day in December before anyone, particularly the city’s heritage committee, could notice. Yes it was rundown, but money could have been spent to fix up this incredible landmark for the city. It had been left to decay for a decade. A new stage could have been built.


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  1. Marco Plo October 20, 2013 at 11:10 am

    Oh Vicki, how I feel & share your pain….this town is deplorable & bleak. all things of greatness are gone or are in the process of disappearing. The new Grace Hartman is a cold gaschamber sort of looking building. The Centennial Maple Leaf Logo Garden was right cool, as was the Original Grace Hartman.

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