Oral history interview with Shirley Cohn. Shirley Cohn was born in Detroit, Michigan, to Hungarian Jewish immigrants who came to the US before WWII. Several of her father's siblings and her 2 year old cousin were killed in the Holocaust. This has heightened her sensitivity to issues of discrimination and prejudice. She has been a member of the BCASW (BC Association of Social Workers) Multicultural and Anti-Racism Committee for many years.
In 1977 Shirley Cohn and her family moved to Burnaby, BC. Holding a Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan, Shirley earned her Master's of Social Work at the University of Michigan and has been dedicated to her practice in the field ever since. Shirley has worked in her profession at Burnaby Hospital for the past twenty years. She has been a member of both the BC Association of Social Workers Multicultural and Antiracism Committee and the Ethical Resource Committee at Burnaby Hospital (which educates staff on ethical issues, and reviews complex cases).
Shirley's life-long had an awareness ofpassion for fighting discrimination from an early age stems, stemming from the loss of family members in the holocaust. After Shirley's move to British Columbia, she submitted photos of her relatives for an exhibit at the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre.
Shirley is married to Dr. Ted Cohn.