Memorable Manitobans: Margaret Anne Aikins “Peggy” Sellers (1915-1999)
Community activist, equestrienne, philanthropist.
Born at Winnipeg in 1915, daughter of Gordon Harold Aikins and Myrtle Chalmers Clint, she was a long-time advocate for the treatment of cancer in Manitoba. In 1987, she established the George H. Sellers Endowment Fund to facilitate cancer research and she endowed the Margaret Anne Sellers Chair of Cell Biology at the Manitoba Cancer Foundation (1998). She was the first recipient of the Janice Filmon Award for Leadership in the Advancement of Cancer Care and Research in Manitoba, and she received an Honorary Fellowship (1986) and Honorary Doctorate of Canon Law from St. Johns College. Her philanthropic interests included Balmoral Hall and the Winnipeg Art Gallery. She was a former member of the board of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, St. Johns College, and the Red River Exhibition. A well-known equestrienne, she was instrumental in introducing dressage to Western Canada. She married George Sellers and had three children: David Henry Aikins Sellers, Anne Sellers, and Joan Sellers. She died at Winnipeg on 1 October 1999.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 4 October 1999.
We thank James Arnett for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 6 April 2015
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