Jane Barnes Wisdom died in Pictou County at the age of ninety-one (b. 1884). Born in New Brunswick, she had studied social work in New York and came to Halifax in 1916 to work with the Halifax Welfare Bureau. Considered the first professional social worker in Nova Scotia, she survived the Halifax Explosion and played an active role in the recovery efforts. She did research on the working conditions of women in Nova Scotia in 1920, and in the early forties she conducted studies on the social conditions in the coal mining town of Glace Bay with a colleague, Charlotte Whitton (who later became mayor of Ottawa). She subsequently developed the social services program for Glace Bay and served as their first welfare officer, retiring from that role in 1952.