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Memorable Manitobans: Judith Ursula Peterson “Judy” Burns (1945-2013)

Community activist.

Born at Brighton, England on 2 June 1945, her lifetime activism began in her early teens when she participated in nuclear disarmament protests at Aldermaston. After immigrating to Canada in the 1960s, she became an active opponent to the Vietnam War. After marrying Raymond Burns and moving to Winnipeg in 1969, she fought for local projects such as a new gymnasium at Luxton School, the establishment of an alternative flexible learning program in the Winnipeg School Division, the school ownership and operation of the cafeteria at Gordon Bell High School, a riverbank trail through St. John’s Park to downtown, and prior to her death was a committee for the bicentenary of the arrival of Selkirk settlers to the Red River Settlement. She was an active member of the New Democratic Party. She died at Winnipeg on 6 July 2013.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 13 July 2013.

We thank Frances Kasper for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 10 August 2013

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