Meet Sybil

Apr 30th, 2019

My arrival into the world precipitated great joy in my father’s family, since I was the first female born in two generations. However, my fame was short-lived when my two younger sisters arrived several years later.

I was raised and schooled in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada where I earned my B.A. from the University of Manitoba. Shortly after graduation, I married my husband, who was a student at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Ireland. I joined him in Dublin, where I was accepted into Trinity College, sister College to Oxford and Cambridge, all three having been established by Queen Elizabeth I.

Over the ensuing two years, I earned my M.A. degree as well as the Higher Diploma in Education, which qualified me to teach High School. Upon our return to Canada, we began our family, while my husband was a rural doctor in Southern Saskatchewan. We produced a son and two daughters before moving to Minneapolis, where my husband pursued a residency program in dermatology, while I stayed home to raise our young family.

Since education and community involvement  have always been important to me, I became a Community Resource Volunteer as part of an enrichment program for the Minneapolis Public School System.  Later I became involved in Girl Scouts, first as a troop leader, and eventually Vice-President of the Greater Minneapolis Council. I also served on the Appropriations Committee of the United Way, which determined how the funds would be distributed to the affiliated agencies.

During these busy years, I tutored new American immigrants in English language and acculturation. And having always been an avid reader I became a book reviewer and discussion leader along the way.

My husband and I both enjoyed international travel, as we journeyed far afield to Israel, Norway, China, Japan, Australia and New Zealand, Europe, South America, Alaska and Russia, Bermuda and Hawaii. After my husband’s demise, I still had a bucket list of places to visit, so I took my adult children, spouses and grandchildren to the Galapagos Islands, the Serengeti in Tanzania, Africa, Eastern Europe and Hudson Bay to see the polar bears in their natural environment.

My greatest joy throughout the years has always been my family, who have continued to be supportive and responsive to my needs.

I finally ran out of stamina, so I sold my home in Golden Valley, and moved to Parkshore.   After an adjustment period, I once again became involved in the community in which I live. Offering a program on Hanukah, I was gratified when 75 residents attended.

Throughout all the years, I have continued to be actively involved in my synagogue.

I feel happy that I can continue to participate in the exercise program, as well as  the interesting and varied presentations offered at ParkShore. Continuing attendance at Orchestra Hall and the Guthrie Theater fill out my cultural quest. I welcome new friendships and ongoing relationships at Parkshore!