Manuel G. Batshaw, Canadian social worker, Died at 101

Manuel Gilman Batshaw was born on April 17, 1915, and died on July 18, 2016.

He was a Canadian social worker.

Batshaw was best known for being the founder of Batshaw Youth and Family Centres.

Manuel spent more than 50 years in the field of social work in Quebec.

During the 1970s, Manuel was active in assisting Vietnamese boat people refugees.

During 1975, Batshaw headed an inquiry into abuses at institutions housing troubled young people, and the Batshaw Committee submitted a report that was the basis for legislation.

During 1993, five anglophone institutions merged and were named the Batshaw Youth and Family Centres in his honour.

Manuel G. Batshaw received an honorary degree from McGill University in 1998 and the National Order of Quebec in 2003, as well as the Order of Canada.

He married Rachel Lewitt in 1940, also a social worker, and had one child named Mark, who later worked in pediatric care and child development.

Following Rachel Lewitt’s death in 1990, Batshaw married his second wife, Ruth Schleien, a longtime volunteer of the Federation CJA

Manuel G. Batshaw passed away at 101 years old.