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Memorable Manitobans: Eileen McTavish Sykes (c1908-2002)

Children’s book author.

Born at LaVallee, Ontario, she moved to Winnipeg and worked for psychic researcher Dr. Glen Hamilton and the Manitoba Department of Agriculture. She published children’s books of verse, stories, and magazine articles. She was a member of local writers’ groups, Manitoba Writers Guild, and Canadian Authors Association. In 2000, the Manitoba Writers Guild established the Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book by a Manitoba Writer. She taught Sunday School at Riverview United Church, supported the Big Sisters Organization, Cancer Care for children, CNIB, and was a Past President of the Princess Elizabeth Hospital Guild. She died at Winnipeg on 27 July 2002. Her papers can be found at the University of Manitoba Archives.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 31 January 2002.

“They will never be forgotten” by Kevin Rollason, Winnipeg Free Press, 31 December 2002, page A8.

This page was prepared by Ian Stewart.

Page revised: 12 January 2017

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