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Memorable Manitobans: Shirley Gibb (1929-2001)


Born at Winnipeg in 1929, daughter of James White (?-1975) and Margaret Mary “Peggy” Street (c1902-1972), she taught in several Winnipeg elementary schools starting in 1951, including Woodhaven School (1957-1958, 1967-1974). She later advanced to administration and was the Vice-Principal of Buchanan School (1977-1978) and Principal of Chancellor School (1978-1982). She served as the first executive director of the Manitoba Choral Association (1984) and was a chorister in the Philharmonic Choir. She was a member of the Manitoba Music Educators’ Association, and was a conductor of school choirs. She was a strong supporter of the Winnipeg Music Festival and a recipient of the Lola MacQuarrie Memorial Scholarship for school chorus. Later in her career, she was appointed National Coordinator Consultant to “Music For Young Children.” She wrote scripts and narrated “Tuneful Tales” radio broadcasts. She and husband Alexander McTavish “Sandy” Gibb (1925-2010) had three children. She died at Winnipeg on 12 April 2001 and was buried in the Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens. In recognition of her community service, she received a posthumous Caring Canadian Award from the Governor General.


“White – Street,” Winnipeg Tribune, 9 December 1926, page 14.

Obituary [Margaret Mary White], Winnipeg Free Press, 23 May 1972, page 31.

Obituary [James White], Winnipeg Free Press, 15 May 1975, page 43.

“Parents’ views are very valuable,” Winnipeg Free Press, 6 February 1978, page 109.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 15 April 2001, page C6.

Obituary [Alexander McTavish Gibb], Winnipeg Free Press, 5 August 2010.

We thank Nathan Kramer and Athanasius McVay for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 16 July 2018

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