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Memorable Manitobans: Cynthia Eleanor Forde Walkes (1937-2014)

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Educator, community activist.

Born in Port of Spain, Trinidad on 2 September 1937, the second of four children of Ralph and Mildred Forde, she was educated at Bishop Anstey High Schol in Trinidad before coming to Winnipeg where she received BA and BEd degrees from the University of Manitoba. She embarked on a teaching career in the Winnipeg School Division and Fort Garry School Division that included tenure at Churchill High School and service as the Vice-Principal at General Wolfe Junior High School, Kelvin High School, and Elmwood High School. She retired in 1998.

On 30 October 1964, she married Stirling Walkes at St. John’s College Chapel in Winnipeg. Active in the community, she served on the Manitoba Women’s Advisory Council and the Board of Governors of the University of Manitoba (Vice-Chair). She volunteered with the Manitoba Museum, Afro Caribbean Association of Manitoba, Golf Manitoba, and St. Paul’s Anglican Church.

She died at Winnipeg on 20 September 2014.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 24 September 2014.

We thank Frances Kasper for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 25 September 2014

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