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Shumiatcher, Jacqueline

Teacher, Civil Servant, Management Consultant, Philanthropist, Patron of the Arts 1923-

Jacqueline “Jacqui” Fanchette Clotilde Clay Shumiatcher has had a tremendous impact on the Regina arts community. Together with her husband Dr. Morris Shumiatcher, Jacqui Shumiatcher has served Regina as a businesswoman, a philanthropist and a patron of the arts.

Jacqueline Shumiatcher was born in Vendin-le-Viel, Pas de Calais France in 1923. She emigrated to Canada in 1927. Jacqui worked as a teacher at Sacred Heart Academy, among other places, before she married Morris Shumiatcher, well-known Saskatchewan lawyer, in 1955 while he was counsel to T.C. Douglas. She founded her own management business in Regina, Managerial Services Ltd., to support her husband’s law practice.

Jacqui Shumiatcher has been a tireless community volunteer and donated her time to organizations like the Canadian Club, Dominion Drama Festival, Regina Council of Women, France-Canada Association, Women’s Business and Professional Association, Saskatchewan Centre of the Arts, Saskatchewan Veterinary College and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards.

Jacquie and Dr. Morris Shumiatcher have also donated generously to a number of organizations throughout the city during their time in Regina:

  • The Shumiatcher Sculpture Gallery at the Mackenzie Art Gallery boasts an impressive array of Inuit sculpture.
  • The Shu-Box Theatre at the Riddell Centre at the University of Regina is also named for their generous donation.
  • The Dr. Morris and Jacquie Shumiatcher Scholarship at the University of Saskatchewan provides funding for a law student.

Other Regina organizations that have benefited from the Shumiatchers’ philanthropy include the Regina Symphony Orchestra, Globe Theatre, New Dance Horizons, Opera Saskatchewan, the Saskatchewan Science Centre, Regina Little Theatre, Regina Lyric Light Opera and the Juventus Choir.

Jacqui Shumiatcher has, in turn, been repeatedly honoured by the community:

  • Named YWCA Woman of Distinction in 1996
  • B’nai Brith named her Citizen of the Year in 1999
  • Awarded Canadian Woman Mentor Award as well as a Mayor’s Community Volunteer Award for the Arts in 2000
  • Recipient of the Saskatchewan Order of Merit in 2001
  • Named Citizen of the Year for Regina in 2004
  • Given an honourary degree from the University of Regina

Jacqueline Shumiatcher was widowed in 2004 when her husband, Dr. Morris Shumiatcher, lost a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. She continues to work tirelessly in the community.