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Memorable Manitobans: Sophie B. Mocha [Zofia Polanski] (1903-1991)

Community activist.

Born at Czarna, Poland on 5 November 1903, she came to Canada in 1927 in search of a better life with her husband and two daughters. Enduring difficult times during the Depression, she became an active pioneer member of the Polish Holy Ghost Roman Catholic Church and Ligia Koblet (CWL). Starting in 1928, she became an active member of the Polish ‘Sokol’ Gymnastic Association, as well as the Sokol Choir and the Drama Club. She received special recognition from the Canadian Red Cross for her fundraising, knitting and sewing for war orphans and her work in the Polish Federated Women’s Society. For many years, she also served on the board of the Polish Canadian Congress. She died at Winnipeg on 24 February 1991.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 28 February 1991, page 34.

This profile was prepared by Kris Keen.

Page revised: 15 December 2009

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