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Memorable Manitobans: Siegfried John “Sig” Enns (1924-2020)

Social worker, MP (1962-1963), MP (1963-1965), MP (1966-1968), administrator.

Born in Somolowka, South Russia (now Ukraine) on 16 April 1924, son of Rev. John Herman Enns and Agathe Unruh, brother of Harry J. Enns, his family came to southern Manitoba in 1925. They farmed at Ste. Elizabeth until 1933 when his father was called to become a minister of Winnipeg’s First Mennonite Church. He attended Daniel McIntyre Collegiate and the University of Manitoba. He became a social worker at Portage la Prairie, served with the UNRRA in Poland, Ethiopia and China (1946-1947), Executive Director of the Children’s Aid Society of Central Manitoba (1958-1962), and Chairman of the Management Committee of the Winnipeg School Board (1960-1962). He was elected to the House of Commons for Portage-Neepawa in 1962, was re-elected in 1963 and 1965, but was defeated in 1968. After leaving politics, he became Regional Director in the Manitoba Department of Health and Social Services. In 1978, he was appointed the Chief Executive Officer of Concordia Hospital, a position he held until retirement in 1991. For many years, he farmed near Pigeon Lake and operated a general store at St. Francois Xavier. He also served as a member of the Medical School Accreditation Committee and Chairman of the Manitoba Human Rights Commission. On 14 May 1949, he married Vera Loewen (1926-2010) and they had four children. He died in February 2020.

Sources:

The Canadian Directory of Parliament, 1867-1967, edited by J. K. Johnson, Public Archives of Canada, Ottawa [Library and Archives Canada], 1968.

Obituary [Vera Enns], Winnipeg Free Press, 2 February 2011.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 15 February 2020.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 15 February 2020

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