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Memorable Manitobans: Helen MacFarlane Allison (1927-2017)

Nurse, author.

Born at Scotland on 19 September 1929, she trained as a nurse. In 1974, she became the coordinator of Canada’s first the palliative care unit at the St. Boniface Hospital. She attained a Master of Social Work degree in medical social work and helped to develop palliative care units in western Canada. She was also the senior author of the book Social Work Services as a Component of Palliative Care with Terminal Cancer Patients. She died at Winnipeg on 26 August 2017.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 30 September 2017.

“Lives lived to the fullest, prominent Manitobans who died in 2017” by Kevin Rollason, Winnipeg Free Press, 13 January 2018.

This page was prepared by Ian Stewart.

Page revised: 9 January 2021

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