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Memorable Manitobans: Amy Louise Clemons (c1906-1989)

Community worker.

Born at St. Peters, Manitoba, a great-great-granddaughter of Chief Peguis, her father’s early death caused her to leave school after grade 11 to work in Mission schools and hospitals before being employed at Dynevor Hospital near her home at Selkirk, Manitoba. She was later employed for ten years as a community worker in the Manitoba Friendship Centre in Winnipeg, returning to Selkirk as Executive Director of the Selkirk Indian-Métis Friendship Centre from which she retired in 1973. She was made an honorary citizen of Selkirk in 1972 and was named Woman of the Year by the Women’s Sales and Advertising Club of Winnipeg. In 1973, she was inducted into the Order of Canada for “her devoted social work and leadership in Indian Métis societies in Manitoba”. She received the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal in 1977. She died at Selkirk on 14 September 1989 and was buried in the St. Peters churchyard cemetery.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 16 September 1989, page 45.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 31 May 2011

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