Alfred Barnett, RPN He was a founding member of the Cambrian Credit Union (Selkirk), a founder, planner and director of Tudor House Personal Care Home, founding president of the Registered Psychiatric Nursing Association of Manitoba, and one of the founders of the Selkirk Row-A-Lung.  He was also involved in many other community organizations including Christ Church Anglican, the Manitoba Housing and Renewal Corporation Board, the Association for Community Living, Male Voice Choir, Selkirk Glee Club and Selkirk Seniors Harmonicats Band. In his years of good health, Alf enjoyed bowling, playing the harmonica, square dancing, and was a Blue Bomber season ticket holder. Alf was a kind, hard working, dedicated and understanding man. It came naturally to Alf to anticipate whatever was needed to be done and he was never afraid of the hard work required to get it done. He did not like receiving anything unless he had worked for it. He gave of himself, and his service was always above and beyond the call of duty.  In 1999, Myrtle wrote the following: “Through Alf’s six years of a gradual dementia, I have entertained a lot because of his love of people. He loved to tell and repeat so many of his favourite experiences but gradually the number he remembered were fewer, and then suddenly, all gone.”  The profession of Psychiatric Nursing in Manitoba owes much to the vision and courage which Alf had and to the ongoing support and encourage which Myrtle gave him and his colleagues. Alf saw the Psychiatric Nurses Association of Manitoba receive royal assent in 1960 to become the Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association. Alf was a leader and all of us have benefited from his legacy.  On November 27th, 2009, The Selkirk Psychiatric Institute (SPI) became the “Alf Barnett Building” (ABB) as a tribute to his memory and contributions to the profession.
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