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Memorable Manitobans: Marlene Potash (1955-2006)

Community activist

Born and raised in Winnipeg, she founded SPEAK, an acronym for Suicide Prevention Education Awareness Knowledge, following the suicide death of her son. In 2004, she was nominated for a YMCA-YWCA Women of Distinction Award for her work. Potash committed suicide on 16 September 2006.


 “Support group founder finally lost will to live,” Winnipeg Free Press, 21 September 2006, page A5., 23 October 2006.

This page was prepared by Paul Armstrong.

Page revised: 2 October 2016

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