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Memorable Manitobans: Sheryl Ann Janine MacDonald (1939-2003)

Businessperson, community activist.

Born at Minot, North Dakota on 19 March 1939, daughter of Harry and Olga Lohse, she attended North Dakota State University in Fargo and earned a degree in education from the University of Saskatchewan at Regina. She taught in Regina, moved to Winnipeg in 1970 and taught in the St. Vital School Division and Fort Garry School Division. She worked at Assiniboine Travel and in 1977 opened Encore Travel Limited. She served as provincial and national Education Committee Chair and President of the Alliance of Canadian Travel Associations (1986-1987). In 1988, she was named the YM/YWCA Women of Distinction Award for Business, was a founding member of Tourism Winnipeg, a Director of the Forks Corporation, and served on the Boards of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, Winnipeg Convention Centre, and Centra Gas, and as a Director for the Health Science Centre Foundation. She loved the ever-changing views of the Lake of the Woods, where she spent her summers. She died at Winnipeg on 12 August 2003.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 16 August 2003.

“They will never be forgotten” by Kevin Rollason, Winnipeg Free Press, 31 December 2003, page A6.

This page was prepared by Ian Stewart.

Page revised: 29 April 2017

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