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Memorable Manitobans: Nora Grenfell (1926-2017)


Born at Bedlington, Northumberland, England on 10 January 1926, she married Ken Grenfell in 1950. She trained as a physiotherapist in Winnipeg and was founder of the University of Manitoba School of Medical Rehabilitation in 1953. Throughout her career, she worked for the Shriners’ Hospital, Canadian Arthritis Society, Grace General Hospital, and Deer Lodge Centre. She was awarded a lifetime membership to the Canadian Physiotherapy Associationin 1997. She was also a long-time volunteer at Agape Table and Meals On Wheels, and an active member of St. Andrew’s Woodhaven Anglican Church where she served as Rector’s Warden and People’s Warden. She was Synod Delegate and served on the vestry; was a member of the Altar Guide and church refugee committee. She died at Winnipeg on 21 October 2017.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 24 October 2017.

This page was prepared by Melanie Geraghty.

Page revised: 3 January 2021

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