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Date of Passing: Feb 06, 2018

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SHIRLEY JUDITH HALAYDA It is with tender hearts that we announce the passing of our cherished mother, Shirley Judith Halayda (nee Polowski) on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at Seven Oaks Hospital. Shirley was predeceased by her mother, Antonia (Horbaty) and Stanley Polowski; her son Anthony; and sister Christine Rose Polowski (Woloshen). She is survived by her loving husband, Bob; sisters Marguerite (Bernie) Wenden, Cathy (Bob) Serban and Gwen (Murray) Lowes; daughter, Natasha (Sean Procter); Anthony's partner Erin Swirsky; and grandchildren Edwin and Solaiya (Procter) and Lily-Jane Halayda-Swirsky, as well as many other nieces, nephews and loved ones. Our mother was a beautiful, determined, courageous woman who guided our family through life's joys and challenges with all of her heart. She taught us to be at our best, to never cower from a challenge, to be kind and thoughtful and to always share with others. She instilled in us these values, leading by example; always giving generously of her time and expertise despite her full schedule. With her life's partner Bob, she enjoyed innumerable laughter-filled adventures. She glowed in nature, in her gardens and at the cottage, lounging in a sun hat and reading while everyone else went fishing. In her career, Shirley was a dedicated classroom teacher, a noted educator among her peers and a life-long learner. She began her career in a two-room schoolhouse in Seven Sisters, where she promptly was appointed principal. The following year, she was hired by Winnipeg School Division No. 1 and spent several years at Pinkham School. In 1973, Shirley was chosen to be one of 11 candidates for the Faculty Assistants Program, a joint project between the University of Manitoba Faculty of Education and Winnipeg School Division. When she completed the program she was a classroom teacher at David Livingstone School. Here, she was also involved with teaching teachers in after-school in-services. These experiences evolved into presenting opportunities for educator conferences across Manitoba, Canada and the United States. She was a literacy leader and mentor, contributing professionally to the Reading Council of Greater Winnipeg (several positions including president); the International Reading Association; the Child-centered, Experience-based, Learning Group Incorporated (also several positions including president); the Whole Language Umbrella and the Reading Recovery Program of Winnipeg No. 1, for which she was the divisional consultant. One of the highlights of her career was travelling to New Zealand, with Bob, to study Reading Recovery, as designed by Marie Clay. Before she passed a beloved colleague wrote "(Shirley) has made our city a stronger place to build literacy skills for thousands of students. Please convey to your Mom our deepest appreciation for all she has done for us as students, educators, mothers and literacy leaders in Manitoba. She was a role model as an educator and working mother who inspired us to be the best that we could be so that we could make a positive impact and "bloom where we were planted". Our family thanks everyone for their support and kindness in this difficult time. We thank the home care and agency professionals who attentively cared for Shirley: Sandy, Rowena, Alma, Esperanza, Kristelyn, Nicole, Feliciana, Lolita, Annabelle, Anastasia and Barbara. In lieu of flowers, please buy (and read) a book for a child you love or donate a book to any child-serving agency you support. Funeral Divine Liturgy will be celebrated by Fr. Volodymyr Bashutskyy at Blessed Virgin Mary Church, 965 Boyd Avenue, on Friday, February 16, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. with reception and burial to follow. VICHNAYA PAMYAT KORBAN FUNERAL CHAPEL (204) 956-2193

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 10, 2018

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • Sorry to hear of your loss, your absence has been duly noted. Our sympathies are with you. Hope to see you back in action soon. - Posted by: Jack Lawson (Acquaintance of Bob's) on: Feb 17, 2018

  • Shirley was an instructor in the reading recovery sessions I attended for many years. I appreciated her professionalism and her thoroughness in preparing us as instructors. Thanks Shirley. - Posted by: Chris Budlong (Colleague) on: Feb 17, 2018

  • My heart felt condolences Bobby, on the loss of Shirley. Stay strong. You're in my prayers. - Posted by: Russ Surowy () on: Feb 16, 2018

  • Deepest sympathies on the passing of your mom, Natasha. I remember her well. Kids at my school will enjoy the book that I will donate to the library. - Posted by: Bruce Sallee () on: Feb 12, 2018

  • So sorry hear about Shirley’s passing. My heart and prayers go out to everyone in the family at this difficult time. Shirley touched my life in so many ways as a fellow teacher and friend. She had such a big heart and was always so helpful. Shirley was always doing something kind and was so thoughtful. Sending you my deepest sympathy and love. - Posted by: Lori Chimuk (Colleague and friend) on: Feb 10, 2018

  • Dear Bob: so sorry to read about your wife passing. Our deepest sympathies to yo and your family. - Posted by: john and violet troschuk (friend) on: Feb 10, 2018

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