Shack, Sybil

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Shack, Sybil

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  • Shack, Sybil Francis

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1911-2004

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Sybil Shack was born in Winnipeg on April 1, 1911 in a bedroom behind her maternal grandparents store on Pritchard Ave. She showed great promise academically and was awarded an Isbister Entrance Scholarship to the University of Manitoba at the age of 14. She graduated with a B.A. in 1929 and attended Normal School to become a teacher the following. Teaching jobs were scare as the Great Depression took a firm hold of the Canadian economy. For two years she supported herself writing editorials for Weekly News the Independent Labour Council newspaper, taking general assignments for the Western Jewish News marking papers or giving private tutorials. She also found placements as a substitute teacher. Finally at the point of giving up on her chosen profession, she wrote what she refers to as her desparation letter and secured a job at Foxwarren, Manitoba. After three years in rural Manitoba she returned to teach in Winnipeg. In 1945 Shack returned to the University of Manitoba winning the Gold Medal in the Bachelor of Education program. She received a Masters of Education the following year. Between 1950-1952, she took post graduate courses in supervision and administration at the Ontario College of Education. She was principal of several schools starting with Sargeant Park School in 1948 and retired as the principal of Kelvin High in 1976. For thirty years she was involved in school broadcasts on radio and television on C.B.C. In 1969 she received an Honorary Degree (L.L.D.) from the University of Manitoba. Shack is the author of several books including : Armed with a Primer published in 1965 by McClelland & Stewart. The two-thirds minority: women in Canadian education, was published in 1973 by the Guidance Centre, Faculty of Education, University of Toronto. Four years later she wrote Saturday's stepchildren: Canadian women in Business for the same publisher.

Shack was a leading propenent of pay equity for female teachers and called for government-supported nurseries to aid working mothers. She is the past president of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, was a member of the Advisory Board of the Centre on Aging at the University of Manitoba and was the only lay person on the Manitoba Judicial Council

Shack has been the recipient of several awards. She received the John M. Brown Award for contribution to education in 1976. She received three awards in 1983, the YMCA's Women of the Year Award for Community Service, a Citizen of the Year Award from the City of Winnipeg-Knights and a Person's Award. In 1984 she was became a member of the Order of Canada and Provost of the Buffalo Hunt. In 1987 she was elected a fellow of the Ontario Institute for Secondary Education. She received a Manitoba Human Rights Achievements Awards in 1995 and entered the Winnipeg Citzens' Hall of Fame in 1996.

Shack passed away on January 22, 2004.

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Created by Lewis St. George Stubbs (August 2003 and November 2004). Revised by N. Courrier (September 2019).

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