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Memorable Manitobans: Hendrik “Henk” DeBruyn (1935-2011)

Cleric, community activist.

Born at Lemmer, The Netherlands on 18 January 1935, he came to Canada in 1956. After receiving theology degrees, he served as a pastor at the Christian Reformed churches in Fredericton (New Brunswick), Windsor (Ontario), and Detroit (Michigan). In 1974, he came to Winnipeg as founding Director of the Indian Family Centre (Indigenous Family Centre), an outreach activity of the Christian Reformed Church. He served in the position for 26 years and remained active with it after retirement in January 2000. He helped to initiate and served on several community boards. He died at Winnipeg on 21 February 2011.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 23 February 2011.

History, Indigenous Family Centre.

We thank Bill Blaikie for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 20 February 2022

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