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Memorable Manitobans: Barbara Isabelle Cook (1930-2017)

Dancer, educator, cleric.

Born on 28 March 1930, by the 1940s she was performing as a dancer with the Volkoff Canadian Ballet and with the Janet Baldwin Ballet in the 1950s. As an instructor, she ran a dance program in Sudbury, Ontario and a summer school in Elliot Lake, Ontario. She played a role in initiating the dance program at Grant McEwen College and Alberta Ballet in Edmonton, Alberta. As a Royal Academy of Dancing examiner, she toured Canada testing dance students. In retirement, she was involved with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Alumni Association and the RWB Archives. In the 1970s, she began studying theology and became an ordained minister of the United Church of Canada in 1984. She served at Hartney United Church (1984-1987), Lauder United Church (1987-?), Dand United Church (?-?), St. Andrew’s United Church (?-?), and Oxford United Church Winnipeg (?-?). She died at Winnipeg on 26 October 2017.

Sources:

A Community With Spirit: Hartney, 1982-2002 by Hartney History Book Committee, 2003, page 9.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 28 October 2017.

This page was prepared by Melanie Geraghty.

Page revised: 8 October 2021

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