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Bernice Sisler fonds
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MSS 137 (A1998-020)
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- Sisler, Bernice
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1.69 m of textual records
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Berenice B. Warne was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on August 8, 1924. She graduated from East Kildonan Collegiate in Winnipeg where she won the Governor General's Award in 1941. She went on to achieve a Bachelor of Arts degree from United College, University of Manitoba in 1945 and a Diploma in Education from the University of Manitoba in 1946. In 1948, she married George C. Sisler. In 1970, she was presented with the University of Winnipeg Alumni Association's 25th Anniversary Award as the outstanding graduate of 1945 for her years of voluntary work in the church, community, the YWCA, and the United College Graduates' Association. Sisler served as president of the University of Winnipeg Alumni Association in 1974-1975 and was appointed to the University of Winnipeg Board of Regents from 1976-1979. She has received several awards for her work in the areas of family law and pension reform, including the Order of the Buffalo Hunt (1985), the Person's Award (1986), the YM-YWCA Woman of the Year Award for Public Affairs (1989), and an Honourary Doctor of Laws from the University of Winnipeg (1990). Her book,A Partnership of Equals: The Struggle for the Reform of Family Law in Manitoba was published in 1995. She passed away in 2019.
The fonds was donated to Archives & Special Collections by Berenice Sisler in 1998.
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The fonds consists of one series. The series is based on research material acquired by Berenice Sisler that relates to family law and related issues. This research was used in her book, A Partnership of Equals: The Struggle for the Reform of Family Law in Manitoba . The series is organized into three subseries. The first is material concerning family law and related issues. It encompasses the years prior to 1970 and up to and including 1996. The second subseries is material regarding the Anderson-Axworthy Affair. It begins with a summary written by Ms. Sisler in 1997 that documents the affair and her role in it. The documents regarding the affair include the years 1980 to 1984. The final subseries consists of various publications used by Sisler in her research. They consist mainly of government and special interest groups reports regarding the status of women in Canada. Included in the publications section is Sisler's book, A Partnership of Equals: The Struggle for the Reform of Family Law in Manitoba . The publications span the years 1968 to 1996.
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This collection is arranged into one series, Research Material, and subsequently divided into three subseries.
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Finding aid created by Karyn Riedel Taylor (2000). Finding aid encoded by Brett Lougheed (July 2006). Revised by N. Courrier (July 2019).