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Memorable Manitobans: Loa Henry (1937-2020)

Educator, community activist.

Born at Winnipeg in 1937, daughter of journalist Ann Donnelly Henry, sister of Donnelly Rhodes, her husband artist Lenard Gerald Anthony (1937-2018) abandoned her and their four children around 1967, leading her to take a one-year education program at the University of Manitoba to qualify as a school teacher. She subsequently taught for 25 years, including at Voyageur School (1968-?) and Strathmillan School (1983-1984). During the 1970s, she was married to fellow teacher Ronald Caskey. She was a performer and later Artistic Director of the Nellie McClung Theatre, a feminist theatre company, which performed for a final time in May 2019 for the centenary of the Winnipeg General Strike. She was later the Artistic Director of the Winnipeg Labour Choir, and sang in the North End Jewish Folk Choir. In recognition of her community service, she was a YWCA Woman of Distinction Award for the Arts (2004) and she received a Canadian Dimension “Person who Changed the World” Award (2005) and Grassroots Women Award (2008). She died at Winnipeg on 26 January 2020.


Birth announcement [Len and Loa Anthony], Winnipeg Free Press, 23 July 1960, page 30.

[Classified advertisement, Leonard Anthony], Winnipeg Free Press, 21 March 1967, page 31.

Canadian voter lists, Ancestry.

Obituary [Max Smith], Winnipeg Free Press, 26 December 1975, page 44.

Obituary [Lenard Gerald Anthony], Winnipeg Free Press, 21 July 2018.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 28 January 2020.

“Gift for teaching, passion for the stage, and energy to spare” by Kevin Rollason, Winnipeg Free Press, 4 April 2020, page B1.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 4 April 2020

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