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Memorable Manitobans: Doris Irene Penstock Greenshields (1925-2019)

Educator.

Born on 22 November 1925 and raised on a farm near Estevan, Saskatchewan, much of her education was completed by correspondence. Walter Dinsdale encouraged her to attend Brandon College, from which she received BA (1951) and BEd (1953) degrees.

She taught at Islay School (1951-1952), Morris School (1952-1953), Crystal City School (1953-1956, Principal 1954-1955), Manitou School (1957-?), Swan River Collegiate (1960-1962), and Pilot Mound School (1965-1966, 1971-1972). Active in the Manitoba Teachers Society, she served as its Vice-President (1972-1973) and President (1973-1974) for the Tiger Hills School Division.

In July 1963, she married farmer Walter Harold Greenshields (1913-1996). They had no children. The couple moved to Brandon following his retirement in 1978 where she directed plays and took courses at Brandon University. She was Director for the Rock Lake Camp for nearly 20 years. In her later years, she moved to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

She died at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on 30 October 2019.

Sources:

“Tiger Hills bells to ring September 2,” Brandon Sun, 20 August 1965, page 15.

“Charley’s Aunt at drama meet,” Winnipeg Free Press, 19 May 1971, page 24.

“District news briefs [Glenboro],” Brandon Sun, 20 June 1972, page 9.

“Glenboro news; Doris Greenshields heads Tiger Hills division of MTS,” Brandon Sun, 22 September 1973, page 9.

Obituary [Walter Harold Greenshields], Winnipeg Free Press, 30 November 1996, page C10.

Sickle 1979 [yearbook], Brandon University.

2000 Annual Report, Brandon University Foundation.

Vista Tales ... From Islay School District No. 733 in Vista, Manitoba compiled and edited by Gerald R. Brown, Islay (Vista) School No. 733 Reunion Committee, 2006, page 45.

2014 Annual Report, Brandon University Foundation.

Obituary, Brandon Sun, 20 November 2020.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 3 September 2022

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