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Memorable Manitobans: Elizabeth Suzanne Semkiw (1940-2000)

Community activist.

She was born in Winnipeg on 1 September 1940 in Winnipeg. Confined to a wheelchair all her life, she was a forceful spokesman for disabled persons. In 1981 she was appointed to Social Services Advisory Committee and to the Appeal Panel for Home Care in 1994. In 1998 she was the Manitoba League of Persons with Disabilities Representative on the Handi Transit Policy Advisory Committee. She received the Award of Merit from Manitoba Canadian Paraplegic Association (1979), the YWCA Woman of the Year Award for Community Services (1980), a member of the Order of Canada (1982) and the Independent Living Resource Centre Award (1992). She died in Winnipeg on 14 August 2000.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 17 August 2000.

Page revised: 21 December 2008

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