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Memorable Manitobans: Mary Jane Shortill McIntyre (1929-2017)

Social worker, community activist.

Born at Brandon on 4 June 1929, daughter of Lolita Olive Walker (1892-1988) and Robert Joseph Richard “Bob” Shortill (c1883-1960), sister of William Walker Shortill, she attended Wolseley School, Laura Secord School, and Gordon Bell High School. She graduated from United College and was in the first graduating class of the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Manitoba in 1950. She married Ken McIntyre in 1974.

She dedicated her career to advocating for others while working at Logan Neighbourhood House, United Way, and Lions House. She was also an active volunteer, working as a chairperson and board member at Deer Lodge Centre, director of the Deer Lodge Foundation, volunteering at Hospice and Palliative Care Manitoba, Winnipeg Public Library Board, and for the 1999 Pan Am Games.

She died at Winnipeg on 16 June 2017.


Obituary [Robert Joseph Richards Shortill], Winnipeg Free Press, 20 October 1960, page 31.

Obituary [Lolita Olive Shortill], Winnipeg Free Press, 14 December 1988, page 47.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 24 June 2017.

This page was prepared by Melanie Geraghty and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 3 January 2021

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