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Memorable Manitobans: Alison Jean Garnett Bailes (1949-2003)


Born at Calgary, Alberta on 3 December 1949, daughter of Bill and Irene Garnett, she received a degree in nursing from the University of Manitoba and worked as a nurse educator. In 1990, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and devoted the remainder of her life to improving access to effective diagnosis, treatment and support for individuals and families living with breast cancer. She organized the first breast cancer support group for women in Manitoba, which became Breast Cancer Action Manitoba. She was a member of the Manitoba Breast Cancer Advisory Council and chair of the Advocates Committee of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority Comprehensive Breast Health Strategy. She helped to establish the Breast Health Centre and the CancerCare Manitoba Breast Cancer Centre of Hope - Quality of Life Fund. She was the recipient of the Guardian Angel Breast Cancer Award of Distinction for 2002. She died at Winnipeg on 21 July 2003.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 25 July 2003.

This page was prepared by Ian Stewart.

Page revised: 11 March 2020

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