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Memorable Manitobans: Evelyn Shapiro (1926-2010)


Born in Lithuania, she received a BA and MA at McGill University in Montreal. She joined the University of Manitoba in 1972, becoming an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social and Preventative Medicine. She became a Full Professor in 1990 and Senior Professor in 1998. An internationally recognized aging and health-care researcher, she served as Chair of the Manitoba Health Services Commission from 1982 to 1988 and Senior Policy Analyst from 1988 to 1990. An early critic of regional health authorities, she was a strong supporter of the Canadian Health Act. As director of the Office of Continuing Care, she was responsible for the development and implementation of its single point of access Continuing Care program, the first province-wide home care program in Canada. She received an honorary doctorate from the University of Manitoba (2000) and the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal, and she was inducted into the Order of Canada (2006) and the Order of Manitoba (2009). She died at Winnipeg on 10 November 2010.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 13 November 2010.

“Created care program that became model for other provinces,” Winnipeg Free Press, 16 November 2010, page A6.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 12 July 2015

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