A native of Hamiota, Karen (Anderson) Dunbar was hired as the physical education & math teacher at Souris and soon became an outstanding coach and role model for her students. She was a pitcher and clean-up hitter with the Souris Blues teams that won several provincial senior B and C women’s titles and represented Manitoba in the Western Canadian championship. Her students and teammates always maintained that she was “the straw that stirred the drink.” An all-around athlete who also starred in basketball and curling, she was selected as Westman’s Athlete of the Year in 1975. She coached Souris at the Canadian junior women’s championship in 1976 and coached Team Manitoba at the Canada Summer Games in 1977.

Karen was also inducted into the Manitoba Curling Hall of Fame in 2016.

Shoal Lake Crossroads April 29, 2006

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