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Memorable Manitobans: Josephine DeBrincat (1902-1986)

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Josephine DeBrincat
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Born on the island of Malta on 14 March 1902, she came to Canada in 1922 and trained as a Registered Nurse at the Winnipeg General Hospital, graduating in 1925. She then became a Public Health Nurse with the Manitoba Department of Health, for which she traveled extensively in rural Manitoba. At the end of the Second World War, she served with the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Association, establishing refugee camps in Italy. She returned to her position with the Manitoba civil service in 1946, did postgraduate studies in public health nursing at the University of Toronto and University of Minnesota, and completed her career in 1963 with the Public Health Department, as a consultant in the Manitoba Care Services Department. In 1965, she was made an Honorary Member of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors. She died at Winnipeg on 23 January 1986 and was entombed in the Assumption Cemetery Mausoleum.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 25 January 1986, page 33.

We thank Tim Roark for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 2 February 2015

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