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Memorable Manitobans: Irene Catherine Rebiffe Renaud (1933-2015)

Community activist.

Born at Winnipeg on 22 December 1933, daughter of Cora Braun Rebiffe, her childhood was spent on the family farm near Fisher Branch. She attended Kelvin High School and later worked as a dental nurse, serving on the executive for the Dental Nurses Association of Winnipeg. On 3 July 1954, she married Maurice Renaud at Winnipeg and they subsequently had three sons. She spent 30 years with Welcome Wagon, rising to become its President and Chief Executive Officer, and serving as Chairman of the Board for the longest period in the company’s history. In recognition of her community service, she received the 125th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation Medal in 1992. She died at Winnipeg on 5 October 2015.


“Irene Rebiffe chooses afternoon ceremony to wed Maurice Renaud,” Winnipeg Free Press, 5 July 1954, page 15.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 6 October 2015.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 11 October 2015

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