Rabinovitch, Sheila

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Rabinovitch, Sheila

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1914 - 2012


Sheila Rabinovitch was born Sheila Cohen on July 10, 1914 in Canora, Saskatchewan. Her father, Samuel Cohen, was a successful manager of hotels including the Brooklands Hotel (now Brooklands Inn) on Keewatin St., established in 1926 when the Cohen family relocated to Winnipeg. Rabinovitch's paternal grandfather also built the Nugget Hotel in downtown Winnipeg and her ancestors were among the founders of the Congregation Shaarey Zedek. Rabinovitch graduated from Daniel McIntyre Collegiate in 1932 and then attended the University of Manitoba. With the outbreak of World War Two, she moved to Toronto to work as a journalist and was quickly promoted to department editor for Industrial Canada magazine. She also attended the University of Toronto.

In 1946 she married Milton Rabinovitch and moved to his hometown of Morden, MB where they raised a son (David) and twin daughters (Celia and Sandra). She and her husband later relocated to Winnipeg, where she got actively involved with the art scene. She taught painting and other art forms in Winnipeg public schools and was art consultant to the Toronto Dominion Bank for a period of time. In the early 1970s, she simultaneously embarked on a new career as a writer and broadcaster, working for a period of time with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Her interviews received many accolades including first prize from the Media Club of Canada for "Cora Hind - Woman of the West" and an Actra Award nomination for documentary excellence for "Ralph Connor - The Man from Glengarry." During her career she produced many documentary profiles of Manitoba personalities of local and national interest, which constitute the bulk of the fonds. Rabinovitch passed away on October 2, 2012 at the age of 98.


Canora (Sask.) 1914 - 1926; Winnipeg (Man.) 1926 - c.1940; 1959 - 2012; Morden (Man.) 1946 - 1959

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Created February 14, 2014 by Kevin Palendat and J. Nichol


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