In commemoration of Melvin Manishen
April 25, 1925 – November 10, 2006
“Melvin Manishen loved reading, learning and sharing.”
Jeff Manishen, son of Melvin Manishen
Born in Winnipeg as the youngest of 6 children, Melvin joined his father in the family business, Empire Sheet Metal, which he later came to operate for almost 50 years. Furnaces, pipes, sheet metal fabricating and related aspects of the industry weren’t enough to satisfy his need for challenge so he expanded the business into product lines such as electronics, home furniture and even plastic injection-moulded picnic coolers. His sense of humour and creative spirit led him to imaginative advertising and marketing ideas. He and his wife Beverly were married on July 2, 1947 and raised three sons: James, Jeffrey and Wayne, all of whom married and had children of their own.
When James’ son, Ira, was diagnosed with autism, Mr. Manishen determined to do everything he could to learn more about the condition. His efforts led him to several newspaper and magazine articles as well as a book written in French that he paid to have translated into English. He even consulted with internationally renowned experts to gain a greater understanding of the challenges Ira and the family would have to face. When Joshua, Wayne’s son, was also diagnosed with autism, Mr. Manishen’s research efforts continued with even more dedication.
In 2006, Mr. Manishen was diagnosed with cancer. Ever thoughtful of others, he was concerned that the information he had gathered on autism would be lost. Through the efforts of his son, Jeffrey, a Hamilton lawyer and longtime friend of Joel and Nicole, the Directors of Behaviour Innovations, arrangements were made for Mr. Manishen’s materials to be delivered to Behaviour Innovations for the benefit of families under their care.
The news of how his legacy gift would be used gave Mr. Manishen great comfort. He passed away a few days later on November 10, 2006.
It is with great honour that we are able to share Mr. Manishen’s devoted interest with the rest of the community. Please feel free to peruse the material at your leisure.
31. PLAN facts, 2002