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Memorable Manitobans: Nancy Louise Barbour (c1951-2005)

Community activist, actor, playwright.

Born at Toronto, Ontario around 1951, she explored Canada for many years before settling in the Point Douglas neighbourhood in Winnipeg. She worked as a housing coordinator for the North End Renewal Housing Corporation and was an active member of the Point Douglas Housing Committee. A devoted and respected member of her community, she was an activist for the residents; at the time of her death, she was involved in working with the Alternative Financial Services Coalition to provide the neighbourhood with access to non-profit financial services.

She was also an experienced actress and comedian and a member of the Manitoba Association of Playwrights. In March of 2005, she participated in a benefit for the North Point Douglas Women’s Centre, called Monologues, consisting of dramatic pieces submitted by female playwrights from all over Canada. She was a trained hypnotherapist, a keen gardener, and enjoyed long nature walks with her dog.

She died at Winnipeg on 15 June 2005.

Sources:

“Women’s words given life on stage,” Winnipeg Free Press, 6 March 2005.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 18 June 2005.

Hansard, Number 119, 20 June 2005.

This page was prepared by Lois Braun.

Page revised: 6 August 2021

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