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Memorable Manitobans: Rayleen V. De Luca (1942-2022)

Psychologist.

Born at Shawinigan, Quebec on 29 April 1942, daughter of Isabelle “Elsie” Giacomin (c1918-2013) and Leno Giacomin (c1914-1973), most of her life was spent at Winnipeg. She was a professor of Psychology at the University of Manitoba, specializing in the mental health of children, holding the position of Director of Clinical Training. She became one of Canada's foremost researchers in the area of child sexual abuse. She served as President of the Folks Arts Council and Vice-Chair of the Board of Governors of St. Paul's College.

In recognition of her service, she was inducted into the Order of Manitoba (2011) and Order of Canada (2016), and she received the Clifford Robson Award from the Manitoba Psychological Society and a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012). She was selected by the Nellie McClung Foundation as a Manitoba Women Trailblazer (2021).

She died at Winnipeg on 22 March 2022.

Sources:

Obituary [Leno Giacomin], Winnipeg Free Press, 10 January 1973, page 37.

Obituary [Isabelle Giacomin], Winnipeg Free Press, 11 May 2013.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 26 March 2022.

Family-first professor of psychology lauded as tireless advocate,” Winnipeg Free Press, 7 May 2022, page C1.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 7 May 2022

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