In Memory


George Plews - Founder, Habitat Yorkton

 George Plews, beloved husband of Dolena of Yorkton, formerly of Selkirk, Manitoba, passed away peacefully on December 5, 2017 at Yorkton. He was seventy eight years of age.  George was born in Wilkie, Saskatchewan. After finishing high school, George moved to Yellowknife, Northwest Territories to work with NWT Power as a lineman, before taking a position with Pacific Western Airlines as an agent. It was here that he met his wife, Dolena. He often told the story that he saw Dolena exit a plane and said, “I am going to marry that girl”. Three months later in January 1961, George and Dolena exchanged wedding vows in the First Baptist Church, Yorkton. In June 1961, when Pacific Western Airlines became Transair, George and Dolena moved to Flin Flon, Manitoba where George took the position of station agent. Shortly after the birth of their first son, George in 1963, the family transferred to Winnipeg, Manitoba where their second son John was born in 1965. After John’s birth the family settled in Selkirk Manitoba and in 1966, a third son, Trevor was born. The family was complete when their daughter, Tracy was born in 1970.  George worked for Transair for 20 years before becoming a public servant at Canada Employment and Immigration, where he worked until his retirement. During his time in Selkirk, George was very involved with his community. He was elected as a school board trustee, a member of the Selkirk Foundation, the Centennial Committee, the Selkirk Steel Kings, the Selkirk Curling Club, World Junior Hockey Championship, Manitoba Senior Games, founder of the Selkirk Square Dance Club and a variety of minor sports that his children were involved in. For the many volunteer activities he participated in he received several awards. After some years of retirement, George helped to establish the Selkirk Chapter of Habitat for Humanity in 2000. In 2006 George and Dolena moved to Yorkton to be closer to family. It wasn’t long before George saw a need for Habitat for Humanity and co-founded the Yorkton organization which has now built 7 homes.

George is greatly missed by all that knew him and Habitat for Humanity and the Yorkton families will be forever grateful for his contributions to our organization.