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Memorable Manitobans: Eileen Charlotte Landerkin Collins (1923-2018)

Community activist.

Born at Purves on 22 April 1923, eldest of four daughters of Clifford William Landerkin and Helen S. Burton (1902-1996), she attended Willowdale School and helped her father to operate a general store, grain elevator, and implement dealership. After attending United College for a year, she taught school briefly before marrying Rodney Arnold Collins (1917-2007) in 1942. They had eight children and operated a farm and several businesses at Pilot Mound. She was involved in numerous community projects including development of a recreation centre, service for 17 years as a school trustee, and establishment of a nonprofit housing corporation. In recognition of her community service, she was inducted into the Order of Manitoba (2006) and received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012). She died at Pilot Mound on 27 March 2018.

Sources:

Obituary [Rodney Arnold Collins], Winnipeg Free Press, 2 July 2007.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 31 March 2018.

“A dreamer, baker and community builder,” Winnipeg Free Press, 26 May 2018, page B1.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 26 May 2018

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