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Memorable Manitobans: Neilla Premachuk (1911-2007)

Entrepreneur.

Born in 1911, she came to The Pas from Ukraine in the early 1920s. After her husband Harry’s death in 1956, she ran the local store in The Pas until 1960 and in Lynn Lake from 1960 to 1975, returning to The Pas in 1980. She also owned stores in Pawistik and Brochet. She also ran a fly-in fishing and hunting lodge, catering to American fisherman in the 1960s and 1970s providing employment to local hunting and fishing guides. One of the visitors to her fly-in lodge worked for Walt Disney resulting in her being requested by his company to find animals to appear in Disney movies in the 1960s. In the summer of 2000, she was invited to tea at Buckingham Palace to honour her work to develop the north and its residents. She was also honoured by the local RCMP detachment in 1998 for more than 50 years of community service. In 2003, she was inducted into the Order of Manitoba. She died at The Pas on 5 June 2007 and was buried in The Pas Lakeside Cemetery.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 13 June 2007.

We thank Ralph McLean for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 9 July 2017

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