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Memorable Manitobans: Berenice Barbara Warne Sisler (1924-2019)

Community activist.

Born at Winnipeg in 1924, daughter of Alfred Warne (1884-1972) and Ruth May Dahl (1894-1990), she received the Governor General’s Medal upon graduation from East Kildonan Collegiate. She attended United College, serving as Lady Stick, and graduated with a BA degree in 1945. After earning a diploma in education from the University of Manitoba in 1946, she taught mathematics at Dauphin Collegiate for a year. On 18 September 1948, she married George Cooper Sisler and they had two children. She was active in the Resident Advisory Group for Assiniboine Park, Westminster United Church, Liberal party, and University of Winnipeg Alumni Association. She served on the national board for YWCA of Canada (1973-1977) and the Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women (1980-1984). She worked to reform family law legislation in Manitoba, described in her book A Partnership of Equals: The Struggle for the Reform of Family Law in Manitoba (1995). In recognition of her community service, she received the Alumni 25th Anniversary Award (1970) and an honorary degree (1990) from the University of Winnipeg, she was inducted in the Order of the Buffalo Hunt (1985), and she received the Commemoration of Persons Award (1986). She died at Winnipeg on 5 April 2019.

Sources:

“Two are hostesses for Berenice Warne,” Winnipeg Free Press, 16 September 1948, page 14.

Death registration [Alfred Warne], British Columbia Vital Statistics.

Obituary [Alfred Warne], Winnipeg Free Press, 9 September 1972.

Obituary [Ruth May Warne], Winnipeg Free Press, 14 February 1990, page 43.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 13 April 2019.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 13 April 2019

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