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Sykes, Eileen

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  • Personne
  • 1908-2002

Eileen Sykes was a Manitoba writer. She also worked for Dr. T. Glendenning Hamilton and participated in his experiments on parapsychology. Sykes was raised on a farm in La Vallee, Ontario, but spent most of her adult life in Winnipeg. Her farm childhood is credited as the source of her fantasies of forest animals and the world of nature. Her imagination, when coupled with her literary abilities, led her to publish several short books of children's literature including The Gay Garland (1954) and Fanella and the Forest Folk (1978). She also wrote short stories and poetry and was a member of the Manitoba Writers Guild and the Canadian Authors Association.

In 2000, the Eileen McTavish Sykes award for Best First Book by a Manitoba Writer was established by the Manitoba Writers Guild. Eileen Sykes passed away in 2002.

Tesla, Nikola

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  • Personne
  • 1856-1943

Nikola Tesla (1856-1943) was a brilliant but eccentric Serbian-American inventor who discovered the basis of alternating current machinery and conducted experiments in wireless technology. In 1899-1900, at his laboratory in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Tesla discovered terrestrial stationary waves. In the 1970s, a group of scientists came together as the International Tesla Society which aimed to unlock any secrets contained in Tesla's account of Colorado Springs experiments and to compile all of Tesla's patents. Part of this effort was based in Winnipeg, as the "Manitoba Research Group," from which this collection had its origin. The International Tesla Society ceased operation in 2000.

Rudnyc'kyj, J.B.

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  • 1910-1995

Jaroslav Bohdan Rudnyc'kyj was born to Ukrainian parents on November 28, 1910 in Przemyśl (Peremyshl') Austro-Hungarian Empire (now Poland). Rudnyckyj graduated with a Ph.D. from the University of Lviv in 1937, specializing in Slavic philology and the onomastics (geographical place names) of eastern Europe. To continue these and other studies abroad, he left his homeland in 1937, staying for short periods in Berlin, Munich, Rome, and Paris before lecturing in Slavic philology at the Ukrainian Free University, at Charles University in Prague, and at the University of Heidelberg. In 1949, shortly after his immigration to Canada, he was appointed Chairman of the new Department of Slavic Studies at the University of Manitoba, a position he held until 1976. He was also a co-founder of the Canadian branch of the Ukrainian Free Academy of Sciences (UVAN) in Winnipeg, serving as its president (1955-1970).

From 1963 to 1971, Rudnyckyj was a member of the Canadian Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism where he promoted the idea of a multilingual Canada. Rudnyc'kyj not only published widely and extensively but was also instrumental in developing a major Slavic collection for the University of Manitoba Libraries. He was interested in the philologies and literatures of East European languages, in the Slavic experience in Canada, and in the origin of place names. Rudnyc'kyj's publications consist of hundreds of articles and reviews, etymological dictionaries, translations, travel diaries, and onomastic studies. Rudnyc'kyj died in Montreal, Quebec on October 19, 1995.

Townsend, Joan B.

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  • Personne
  • 1993-2006

Joan B. Townsend was born in Dallas, Texas on July 9, 1933. She obtained an Associate in Arts degree (A.A.) from Christian College (now Columbia College) in 1952. In 1959, she received a Bachelor of Arts, followed by her Ph.D in 1965, both in Anthropology from University of California, Los Angeles.

Townsend taught briefly at East Los Angeles College from 1962 to 1963, followed by stints at Los Angeles State College in 1963 and southern Illinois University between 1963 to 1964. She began her career at the University of Manitoba in 1964. In 1981, she attained the rank of Professor. She is recognized as a founding member of the Department of Anthropology and as one of the initial creators of its graduate program.

Townsend was actively involved in field research beginning in 1958-1960 with the recording and excavation of various archaeological sites in Utah and southern California. From 1960-1982, she conducted numerous archaeological surveys and excavations in the Iliamna Lake region of Alaska, and studied Tanaina Athapaskans and Aglegmiut Yupik in the area.

Overall, Townsend's research encompassed three unique areas of anthropology: historic and prehistoric archaeology, ethnohistory, and religion, most notably traditional and neo-shamanism and new religious movements. She published numerous papers and articles in these areas and in 1970, produced the book Kijik: An Historic Settlement.

Townsend served on numerous department, faculty and university committees, including the University of Manitoba Board of Governors. For nineteen years, she also served as a member of Senate for the Faculty of Arts. In 1999, Townsend retired from the University of Manitoba and was named Professor Emeritus in recognition of her accomplishments in anthropological research and teaching. Upon retiring, Townsend continued to conduct research on Shamanism among traditional practitioners in Nepal, as well as ethno-medicine and non-allopathic healing.

Joan Townsend died in Winnipeg on 23 May, 2006.

Stobie Family

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  • 1909-2007

William Stobie was born June 1st, 1911 in London, England. He obtained a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Toronto and briefly did graduate work at the University of Illinois before returning to the University of Toronto to continue course work for a Ph.D. in English. In 1938, William married Margaret Roseborough, also a Ph.D. in English. That year he obtained an appointment to the faculty of De Pauw University in Greencastle, Indiania. The couple next moved to Missouri where William taught at the University of Missouri and Margaret taught at the Christian College for women. In 1944 they embarked on a two-year stint at Cornell University. In 1946 both Margaret and William joined the English Department of the University of Manitoba as assistant professors. William's area of expertise was Nineteenth-Century English writers. He participated in a lecture for University on Air in 1947 on the poet Frank Scott. William was the President of the Winnipeg Little Theatre Group in 1955-1958. William was active in the University unions and was President of the staff association of UMSU during the Harry Crowe affair. William sat on several university committees including the University College Building Committee. He attained the rank of Associate Professor in 1954 and full professor in 1967. He was the director of Summer and Evening session from 1965-1976. William Stobie retired in 1976 after 30 years with the English Department. William Stobie died in 2007.

Dr. Margaret (Peg) Roseborough was born in Vermillion, Alberta on February 26th, 1909. She received her B.A. from the University of Alberta in 1930. Margaret was awarded an IODE Overseas Fellowship and did an Honours Degree in English at King's College University of London in 1932. She returned to Canada completing an M.A. in 1934, and a Ph.D. in 1937, at the University of Toronto. The following year she published An Outline of Middle English Grammar with MacMillan's, and taught at Victoria College. In 1938, she married William Stobie. The couple moved to DePauw University in Indiana in 1938. From there, they moved to Missouri where Margaret returned to teaching at Christian College a Women's Institution. William and Margaret Stobie taught at Cornell University for two years from 1944-1946 before joining the English department at the University of Manitoba. Margaret was forced to retire from teaching with the inception of the nepotism law in 1950. She spent the next several years acting, producing and directing local theatre as well as working for the CBC in various dramatic roles and as a book reviewer on Critically Speaking. In 1958 she took an appointment at United College, but resigned in protest over the dismissal of Harry Crowe at the end of the year. In 1959 she was hired by St. John's College. From 1962-1965 she was on the executive of the College's Chapter of CAUT. In 1966 she attained the rank of full professor. Two years later she became a member of Senate and in 1971 she was appointed to the Research Grants Committee and Research Board. Margaret was the first women appointed to the academic panel of the Canada Council and was a board member of the Associations of Universities and Colleges of Canada. She wrote two more books A Critical Study of Frederick Philip Grove , Twayne Publisher (1973), and The Other Side of the Rebellion (1986). She was appointed to Professor Emeritus in 1975. Margaret Stobie died July 15, 1990. The University of Manitoba holds a lecture in Dr. Stobie's memory.

NeWest Press

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  • Collectivité
  • 1975-

NeWest Press grew out of the NeWest Review , a monthly journal of opinion and reviews focusing on Western Canadian culture. The Review was founded in 1975 by George Melnyk, a freelance writer and former university philosophy instructor who wanted to establish a Western alternative in a field dominated by publications from Ontario.

The idea of a literary press was first conceived at a 1977 party attended by Melnyk and several members of the faculty of the English Department at the University of Alberta. Its initial funding consisted of a $500 loan from the poet Douglas Barbour. The first book published by NeWest Press was Getting Here, an anthology of short stories by seven Albertan women that was edited by Rudy Wiebe. It made its debut on 8 March 1977, International Women's Day. Getting Here was followed by Of the Spirit, a collection of essays by the noted architect Douglas Cardinal.

NeWest Press, at the outset, was "a small gathering of people who used to meet in various living rooms." Melnyk and an editorial board consisting of his friends from the University decided which books to publish and how to raise the necessary funds. All of the day-to-day chores required to keep the Press operating were performed by Melnyk and his wife, Julia Berry.

NeWest Press made a strong debut, publishing a total of five books in its first year of operation. A lack of funds, however, resulted in a reduced output of three titles in 1978 and only two titles in 1979. An early demise was averted by a three-year grant from Nova Corporation that allowed NeWest to expand to four titles in 1980 and eight titles in 1981, including Blood Relations by Sharon Pollock, the recipient of a Governor General's Award for Drama. By 1982 the Canada Council and Alberta Culture were providing the Press with regular funding and at least a semblance of financial security.

The expansion of NeWest's productive output stemmed from Melnyk's desire to establish a general publishing house that would reflect the full range of Western history and culture in a variety of disciplines. In addition to promoting regional fiction and poetry, Melnyk wanted to publish books on history, current affairs, and the fine arts. NeWest's influence was to extend beyond Alberta's insular literary and academic communities and provide a populist forum where vital social and cultural issues could be addressed from a left-of-centre perspective. Melnyk's ultimate goal was to make NeWest the third-ranked press in the region, after Hurtig and WesternProducer Prairie Books.

The NeWest Institute of Western Canadian Studies, incorporated by Melnyk in 1979, was at least partially designed to offset the failure of the Press itself to make any significant inroads among the West's political and social establishment. The Institute organized a series of retreats and seminars on a variety of cultural and social issues and collaborated with the Press in the publication of a number of books, including one of its first big sellers, Rain of Death , an expose of the effects of acid rain in western Canada. The Institute's ambitious agenda, however, went largely unrealized; a lack of funding and an inability to extend its influence past a narrow segment of academia prevented it from having any real impact on Western Canadian society as a whole.

In 1982 George Melnyk announced his decision to withdraw from the Press; he, Julia Berry and Sam Gersonowicz, the three original partners in NeWest Press, transferred their shares to a new group of eighteen shareholders, most of whom were academics from the University of Alberta. In recognition of the Press's expanded mandate, the new owners of NeWest Publishers Limited included not only prominent literary figures such as Rudy Wiebe, Aritha van Herk and Robert Kroetsch but also people like journalist Myrna Kostash, sculptor Joe Fafard and political scientist Larry Pratt.

The new owners held their first meeting in September 1982; they adopted a new constitution and elected a new president, Diane Bessai of the University of Alberta English Department. All shareholders were expected to take an active part in soliciting manuscripts and choosing the titles to be published.

By the end of the decade NeWest Press was putting out eight or more books a year on a wide variety of topics. In November 1989 it published its seventy-fifth book, a lavishly illustrated volume on the architecture of Douglas Cardinal, who had recently been thrust into the national spotlight with the construction of the Museum of Civilization in Hull, Quebec. One of NeWest's most ambitious and, ultimately, frustrating, undertakings, the book aroused some controversy when Cardinal, upset over co-author Trevor Boddy's critique of his work, disassociated himself from the finished product.

NeWest's bestsellers have included Susan Haley's A Nest of Singing Birds, which was filmed for television by CBC; Eva Brewster's holocaust memoir Vanished in Darkness; and the short story anthology Alberta Bound. Since its inception NeWest's literary division has directed its efforts toward the publication of first novels and short story collections by Prairie writers. It has also made significant contributions to the Canadian literary scene through the Western Canadian Literary Documents Series, the Prairie Play Series and various other anthologies of poetry, fiction and literary criticism. In 1989 NeWest Press introduced the Nunatuk Series, which was designed to promote fiction by new Western Canadian authors.

Although George Melnyk's original vision has not been fully realized, NeWest has nonetheless established itself as one of the country's most enduring and respected small presses with an impressive catalogue of literary and non-fiction titles.

Western Region Canadian Association of University Schools of Nursing

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  • 1969-

WRCAUSN was founded in 1969 to provide a forum for the concerns of nursing educators in the four western provinces (Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia). WRCAUSN is one of the regional branches of the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN), but unlike CASN it allows both institutional and individual members. Annual meetings are hosted by an institutional member and the organization is governed by an elected executive (president, vice-president, secretary-treasurer, and members-at-large).

Winnipeg Commodity Clearing Ltd.

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  • Collectivité
  • 1901-1999

The Winnipeg Commodity Clearing Ltd. was a commodity futures clearing business. It was incorporated in June 1901 under the Corporations Act of the Province of Manitoba as the Winnipeg Grain and Produce Clearing Association. Its sole purpose upon inception was to clear trades effected through the Winnipeg Commodity Exchange. It began doing so in February 1904. In later years, the WCCL cleared Commodity Futures and Options transactions for the Winnipeg Commodity Exchange. This function included ensuring that every trade had an appropriate counter-party, paying and collecting funds as a result of trading, and arranging for the delivery or exercise of items traded.

The Winnipeg Commodity Clearing Ltd. was a member-owned company consisting of numerous shareholders. Only good standing members of the Winnipeg Commodity Exchange could become shareholders. The WCCL was governed by the Canadian Grain Commission, as well as by a Board of Directors, all of whom were representatives of clearing members or clearing members themselves with the exception of one who was an outside director. Board members were elected by shareholders on an annual basis.

In August 1998, the Winnipeg Commodity Exchange ended its nearly century-long association with the Winnipeg Commodity Clearing Ltd. when it announced that their new clearing provider would be the Canadian Derivatives Clearing Corporation (CDCC). The Winnipeg Commodity Clearing Ltd. dissolved and ceased operations on July 31, 1999.

Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association

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  • 1970-2003

The Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association is a non-profit, voluntary farm organization founded in 1970 as Palliser Triangle Wheat Growers Association. The first president of the Association was Wally Nelson. The Association helps individual wheat farmers to represent their interest to government and other sectors of the agriculture. The Association head office is in Regina. Revision of the Association name to Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association happened in 1985. The president of the Association at that time was George Fletcher. The Board of Directors is elected at the annual conventions. WCWGA is active and strives for establishment of the flexible system for individual farmers to maximize their profitability. The Association is entirely supported by member contributions.

Turnstone Press

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  • 1976-1983

The origins of Turnstone Press can be traced to an informal meeting at the Montcalm pub close to the University of Manitoba on a 1976 afternoon. A group of English professors and their friends began discussing their desire to establish a non-profit cultural partnership.

First located in a small but rent-free office in St. John's College at the University of Manitoba (though separate from it), the publishing house was administered by an editorial board initially consisting of professors/writers. Turnstone, named after the sturdily-built turnstone bird generally known as a great survivor, was established to publish the works of Manitoba poets and writers.

The founders of Turnstone Press, all of whom were young academics with impressive scholastic records and promisingly-creative minds, are as follows:
Gimli-born David Arnason, the son of a fisherman, studied at the Universities of Manitoba and New Brunswick (BA/1961, Cert. Ed/1963, MA/1969, all from Manitoba and a Ph.D. from University of New Brunswick in 1980). He was a high school English teacher before joining the English department of the University of Manitoba in 1972 as Canadian literature professor. Besides his writing talents, he became a recognized specialist in Canadian, contemporary American and commonwealth literature. He served as Dean of Studies at St. John's College, chairman of the Literary Press Group, was a co-founder of the Journal of Canadian Fiction and is a well-known Manitoba editor, publisher, award-winning author, journalist and broadcaster.

Dr. John Beaver, a native of England, was a French professor at University of Manitoba and was managing editor/business manager of Turnstone Press until a teaching offer from McMaster University in 1979 precipitated his move to Hamilton.

Dr. Dennis O. Cooley, a native of Estevan, Saskatchewan, earned three degrees from the University of Saskatchewan (B.Ed/1966, BA (Hons.)/1967, MA/1968 and a Ph.D. from the University of Rochester in 1971). He was appointed to the University of Manitoba in 1973 and is a Canadian literature professor and assistant chair of English as well as a critically-acclaimed writer and editor.

Robert Enright was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and graduated from the University of Saskatchewan. He is well-known for his long career as an art/film critic and broadcaster (in both television and radio for the CBC).

Dr. Daniel S. Lenoski was born in Winnipeg, where he earned a BA (Hons.) and MA at the University of Manitoba. He received his Ph.D. from Queen's University. Dr. Lenoski spent many years as assistant and later associate professor of English at St. Paul's College, University of Manitoba. He was editor of the Canadian Journal of Irish Studies and is considered a specialist in Anglo-Irish, late Victorian and early 20th century literature.

A few years after its founding, Paul Hjartarson, who taught English at University of Manitoba, joined Turnstone as did Marilyn Morton (as managing editor of both Turnstone and Contemporary Verse II magazine) and David Michael Carr (associate editor). Carr was born in Chicago and came to Winnipeg in 1966. In 1985 he left Turnstone to work in the civil service.

By 1981 Turnstone had its own typesetters and began to produce much of its work on site as well as typesetting for others on a contract basis. Commissioned sales representatives distributed their books both nationally and internationally. Turnstone Press was incorporated in April 1983 with the following acting as first directors: Dr. David Arnason, David Carr, Dr. Dennis Cooley, Dr. Daniel Lenoski, Patricia Sanders and Dr. Wayne Tefs.

Initially Turnstone was strictly a poetry and prose fiction publisher but before long it began publishing drama, fiction, non-fiction and even plays. Turnstone's primary mandate has always been to facilitate exposure for both lesser-established and well-known writers by providing a quality prairie publishing house. As one of its editors commented in the April 1980 offering of Quill and Quire : "writers (in Manitoba) began as truck drivers, teachers, and farmers doing a little writing on the side. Access to publishing has helped them to take themselves seriously as writers." Among the established (and, in some cases, internationally-known) authors published by Turnstone were Sandra Birdsell, Bertram Brooker (posthumously), Patrick Friesen, Robert Kroetsch, Dorothy Livesay, Andrew Suknaski, Anne Szumigalski and Miriam Waddington. There have been several anthologies to come off Turnstone's presses. Reviews of Turnstone books are written and published worldwide and a number of the books themselves are required reading in many national universities.
Turnstone was able to function with the aid of Manitoba Arts Council grants over the years, along with intermittent funding from the Canada Council. Any profits realized from the sales of books went back into the publishing aspect of the press. Turnstone's first two publications were William Dempsey Valgardson's In The Gutting Shed and George Amabile's Open Country . The press fostered a growing group of Prairie or Manitoba writers and readers. When the Manitoba Writers' Guild formed in 1981, many of its founders were first-book authors with Turnstone.

Established during a period of significant growth in creative prairie literature, Turnstone quickly became a significant literary press in Canada and presently enjoys substantial national recognition.

Harland, Gordon

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  • 1920-2003

Gordon Harland was born near Treherne, Manitoba on December 27, 1920. He received a B.A. from the University of Manitoba in 1942 and a Bachelor of Divinity from United College in 1945. He taught church history at United College from 1946 to 1955 before starting the Ph.D. program at Drew University in New Jersey in the fall of 1955. Harland taught at Drew University while doing course work to complete his doctorate. Harland successfully completed his doctorate in 1959. He left Drew University in 1968 to found the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Manitoba. He would remain at the University of Manitoba for three years before joining the faculty at Penn State University. He returned to the University of Manitoba in 1973 and was made a Professor Emeritius upon his retirement in 1992.

Harland received a Doctor of Divinity from the University of Winnipeg in 1976 and one from Queen's University in 1989. He was the first occupant of the Chair of Christian Thought at the University of Calgary in 1987. He is the author of three books: The Thought of Reinhold Niebuhr (1960), Christian Faith & Society (1988), and co-author of Religious Studies in Manitoba & Saskatchewan (1993), as well as numerous articles. Harland combined the roles of preaching and teaching. He preached at several churches and was a sought after speaker, lecturing all over North America. Harland died on December 08, 2003.

Mol, Leo

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  • 1915-2009

Leo Mol, an internationally acclaimed Winnipeg sculptor, was born in January 15, 1915, in Polonne, Volhynia gubernia, Russian Empire (now Ukraine) under the name of Leonid Molodozhanyn (Molodoshanin). His father was a commercial potter and Leo worked for him from his early childhood. Leo’s father wanted him to continue the family business but Leo’s plans were different. He studied at the Leningrad Academy of Arts (1936-41), at the Wilhelm Frass’ studio in Vienna (1941-42), and after being hired by Fritz Klimsch, a well-known Berlin sculptor, he was accepted into the Kunst Academy in Berlin (1942-45).

In 1943 Leo Mol married his wife Margareth and in 1945 the family moved to the Netherlands after the Soviets occupied East Germany. In the Netherlands they spent some time in a refugee camp Eindhoven. In the town of Schijndel Leo Mol discovered a small ceramic factory and produced molds for figurines. He advanced to the position of supervisor and continued his studies at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague.

The Berlin Blockade, launched by the Soviets in (1948) persuaded Leo to move to Canada where he adopted the pseudonym Leo Mol. Leo and Margareth sailed to Halifax and continued their journey by train to Saskatchewan. They were destined to work on a farm near Prince Albert. They arrived in the winter, and there was no work on the farm. Leo Mol left for Winnipeg in search of employment and found work in a church supply store owned by Ukrainian-Canadian cartoonist and church painter Jacob Maydanyk. Leo worked hard for low wages decorating churches in Winnipeg, Brandon, and St. Anne. He supplemented his income by creating fine ceramic figurines with Canadian themes. They are considered now some of the best ceramics in Canada.

Leo Mol was well known for his busts and sculptures of famous personalities such as President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Pope John-Paul II, Allan Eastman, Jacques Hnizdovsky, several Group of Seven painters, and many more. He received several commissions from the Canadian Government, the Provincial Governments of Manitoba and Alberta, the University of Manitoba and the Ukrainian Catholic University in Rome. Leo Mol also participated in many national and international competitions and produced monuments to John Diefenbaker, Max Bell and the Taras Shevchenko monuments in Washington, D.C., Buenos Aires (1971) and St. Petersburg (2001).

Leo Mol executed over 90 stained glass windows for churches in Manitoba. The most famous windows adorn the SS. Vladimir and Olga Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral in Winnipeg. In the 1970’s Leo Mol produced large life-sized figures of women. These nudes included “Hope”, “Dream”, “Europa”, “Balance”, “Negro Girl” and many more. During his artistic life he also created drawings of nudes. Leo Mol was primarily a sculptor but he was also a painter who created many beautiful paintings and drawings. His paintings depict Canadian and European landscapes.

In 1989 Leo Mol decided to donate his personal art collection to the city of Winnipeg. The Leo Mol Sculpture Garden was officially opened in 1992. This outdoor gallery is open to the public free of charge. People come to enjoy this unique and outstanding display of art and it attracts many visitors every year.

In 1995 the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden received the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association Award of Excellence for Innovation, and the Manitoba Parks and Recreation Department Award of Merit.

During his life Leo Mol received many awards and honors. He was a member and a past Vice President of the Manitoba Society of Artists and the Society of Artists and Sculptors of Canada. He also held memberships in many organizations such as the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, the Allied Artists of America, the Muenchener Kuenstlergenossenschaft, and the Society of Ukrainian Artists in Diaspora. Leo Mol received honorary degrees from the University of Winnipeg (1974), the University of Alberta (1985), the University of Manitoba (1988). He was inducted into the Order of Canada (1989), the Winnipeg Citizens Hall of Fame (1990), the Order of the Buffalo Hunt (1997), and the Order of Manitoba (2000).

Leo Mol’s work is recognized all over the world and his artwork can be found in galleries, museums and private collections in Canada, Europe and the United States. He passed away on July 4, 2009.

Muchin, J. S.

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  • 1920-2013

John Serge Muchin was born on November 25, 1920 in Odesa, Ukraine during the Civil War. He graduated from the Pervomaisk Pedagogic Institute (1939) in Mykolaiv Oblast, UkrainianSSR and from the Moscow Artillery College (1941). In Canada, he completed a B.L.S. at the University of Ottawa (1962) and an M.A. in Slavic Studies at the University of Manitoba (1972). John Muchin received his Canadian citizenship in 1956. He returned to Winnipeg in 1963 and became a librarian for the J. Richardson & Sons firm. One year later in 1964, he became the Slavic Librarian and cataloguer at the University of Manitoba, replacing Otto Bruer (1962-1964). As a Slavic Librarian and Slavic cataloguer, he increased collection volume from 5000 in 1964 to 56,000 in 1990. In 1968, he became Head of the Special Collections Department at the University of Manitoba and held that post until 1990. His biggest contribution to the Slavic Collection was compiling a card catalogue of all Ukrainian books published in Canada. His Canadiana catalogue is held in University of Manitoba Archives and Special Collections. John Muchin published two books: “Za viru bat’kiv: Uniiaty v khudozhnikh tvorakh V.G. Korolenka” (1976) and “Slavic Collection of the University of Manitoba” (1970). He was a member of the Ukrainian Free Academy of Sciences (UVAN), the Manitoba Library Association, and the Ukrainian Cultural and Educational Centre. John Muchin passed away on June 19, 2013 in King City, Ontario.

Walz, Eugene P.

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  • 1942-

Eugene (Gene) P. Walz was a professor in the Department of English and Film Studies Programme at the University of Manitoba. He was born on October 17, 1942 and graduated from St. John Fisher College, Rochester, New York in 1964. In 1966, he completed an M.A. at Indiana University and, in 1975, a Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts.

He started his teaching career at Frostburg (Maryland) State College in 1966 and became a part-time lecturer and teaching assistant at the University of Massachusetts in 1970. Gene Walz moved to Winnipeg in 1974, and became Head of the Film Studies Programme at the University of Manitoba. At the University of Manitoba, he also held the posts of Associate Head, Department of English (1983-1985), and Provost, University College (1997-2004).

Gene Walz is a writer, editor, consultant, filmmaker and a member of many professional societies and community advisory boards in the film industry. He was a member and president (1993-1995) of the Film Studies Association of Canada (1977-1995); a member of the Manitoba Motion Picture Industry Association (1987-1993; the Winnipeg Film Group (1982-1987); and Film Training Manitoba (1998-present?), plus many others.

Gene Walz is an author of many books and essays on film history and filmmakers. He published a book about a famous Manitoba Icelandic animator Charles Thorson, “Cartoon Charlie: the life and art of Charles Thorson” (1998), and edited two books on film history: “Flashback: people and institutions in Canada Film Industry" (1986), and “One Man’s documentary: a memoir about National Film Board” by G. McInnes (2004). As an authority on the Canadian film industry, Gene Walz also published many essays including, “Canadian and Manitoba films and filmmakers” and "Canada’s best features: critical essays”.

The famous French director, Francois Truffaut had always fascinated Gene Walz, who closely followed his artistic career over the years. His interest in Truffaut resulted in the publication of a reference book titled, “Francois Truffaut: a guide to reference” (1982).

As a writer and filmmaker, Walz never wanted to be viewed as just a critic of others in the film profession, but to actively engage in producing his own films. Writing the script for and directing “The Washing Machine”, a half-hour comedy-drama (story written by David Arnason), was a way to create his own work and experience the satisfaction of seeing his production from start to finish.

When the University of Manitoba School of Music staged the musical “You Can’t Beat Fun” (2002), Walz accepted the role of “President of Swingmore” and participated in the play as a cast member.

Professor Gene Walz retired from teaching at the University of Manitoba in 2012, and is very active on many film committees and advisory boards.

Stambrook, Fred

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  • 1929-2005

Dr. Frederick George Stambrook was a longtime serving faculty member of the Department of History, University of Manitoba. He was born Frederick Sternberg in Vienna, Austria on November 16, 1929. Following the untimely death of his mother (Edith, 1932) and while his father (Karl) managed various industrial concerns, he was raised by his maternal grandparents (Weiss) in Vienna, and subsequently exiled to Prague in 1939. He became part of the Kindertransport which allowed him to seek safety in England from the Nazi regime. Having been sent alone to England to the care of his eventual stepmother Mimi, he was later reunited there with his father. He was evacuated from London in 1940 to the town of Lincolnshire (Willoughby), where he attended the local village school, learned English, and won a scholarship to Alford Grammar School. He spent youthful summers with his parents and stepbrother (Peter) and performed his post-war military service as an Education Officer, Royal Air Force (1950-1952). Having attained academic success, he was awarded scholarships at Oxford, St. Catherine's College (B.A. Hons-History) and the London School of Economics (B.Sc. Hons-Economics, PhD). While completing a PhD in International History in London, Dr. Stambrook worked in the British Foreign Office on the translation of captured German Foreign Office war documents at Whaddon Hall (Bucks).

His first academic appointment was as Lecturer in History at Sydney University (Australia). This was followed in 1968 by being appointed Assistant Professor of History at the University of Manitoba. It would be at the University of Manitoba where he would spend his academic career as an historian. His research interest in inter-war European diplomacy soon became secondary to his increasing administrative roles at the University of Manitoba where he served as Head of the German Department (1976-1977), Associate, Dean of Arts (1975-1977), Dean of Arts (1977-1982) and Vice-President, Academic (1982-1991). Following his administrative retirement, Dr. Stambrook was asked to fill-in as interim departmental head of Political Studies (1995-1997) and Native Studies (1998-1999). In May 2004, he was recognized as Dean Emeritus of the University of Manitoba. Later in his career, he and his wife, Dr. Stella Hryniuk, began doing extensive research on the immigrant experience to Canada, and the multicultural diversity of Hapsburg-Galicia. Much of his later research focused on the Ukrainian province of Bukovyna (Bukovina).

Besides being an academic, he loved sports. As a university student in England, he played cricket, rugby and football (soccer). His passion for soccer and his administrative talent were soon combined in his founding role with the Manitoba Minor Soccer Association. This led to his long-term contributions as President, Canadian Youth Soccer Association (1975-1979), President, Manitoba Soccer Association (1980-1986), and President, Canadian Soccer Association (1986-1992). His lifelong commitment to soccer was recognized with a Life Membership, Canadian Soccer Association (1999), Life Membership, Manitoba Soccer Association (2002), and induction as sports-builder into the Manitoba Jewish Sports Hall of Fame (1999) and Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame (2003). In April 2006 Fred Stambrook was inducted as a Builder into the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame. Some of his many achievements in sports were the championing of rural soccer in Manitoba, and of women's soccer in Canada, Host-President for the FIFA U-17 World Cup (Toronto, 1982), Chair of FIFA, Appeals Committees for soccer at the Los Angeles Olympics (1984) and World Cup (1994), involvement in Winnipeg Pan-Am Games bid (1999), and Chef de Mission for numerous traveling Canadian National Soccer Teams. He loved and supported the arts: ballet, opera and theatre, especially the Prairie Theatre Exchange. He also served as a Board Member of the Jewish Heritage Centre.

Dr. Stambrook passed away on July 15, 2005.

Yuzyk, John

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  • 1913-2003

John Yuzyk was born on April 19, 1913 in Rhein, Saskatchewan. He grew up in a Ukrainian pioneer family. His father Dmytro Yuzyk came to Canada at the age of fifteen from Kopychyntsi, Husiatyn county, Crownland of Galicia, Austro-Hungarian Empire (now Ukraine) and settled on a farm in Kamsack, Saskatchewan. John studied music and received a diploma from the London College of Music in 1940. He recorded two albums (1960) and his songs were played on ethnic radio stations. In Regina, he worked for Saskatchewan Civil Service in the Assessment Branch.

During the Second World War, he served overseas with the Royal Canadian Air Force (R.C.A.F.) as an aircraft mechanic. There, he joined other Canadian Ukrainian personnel and together they formed the Ukrainian Canadian Servicemen’s Association (UCSA). In 1959, he was appointed a Pilot Officer of the R.C.A.F. He retired as a Primary Reserve Officer in 1966 with a rank of a Flight Lieutenant, but was changed to the rank of Captain in 1968. After his honorable discharge from the military, John Yuzyk dedicated his life to Ukrainian veterans organizations in Canada. He was a longtime member of the Ukrainian Canadian Veterans Branch #141, Royal Canadian Legion and also president of the Ukrainian Canadian Veterans Association of Canada (UCVA; 1971-1974).

In Winnipeg, he worked in real estate for 35 years and retired in 1986. John Yuzyk was an active member of many Ukrainian organizations and received many awards and recognitions from the Government of Manitoba and the Ukrainian community. He passed away in Winnipeg on October 21, 2003.

Imich, Alexander

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  • Personne
  • 1903-2014

Alexander Imich was born in Częstochowa, Poland (then part of the Russian Empire), in 1903. As a child, Imich was a voluminous reader and especially enjoyed the works of Jack London and Joseph Conrad. He pictured himself as an adventurer and as such, decided that his calling was to be a sea captain. To accomplish this dream, he entered Marine School, but had difficulty overcoming the constraints which anti-Semitism put on him. One instructor, for example, declared that any Jews he took with him on his vessel would be left in the middle of the Atlantic. Imich decided a career change was in order. He developed a strong affinity for the natural world and as such, he went to Krakow to study Zoology at Jagiellonian University in 1920.

During his university career, anti-Semitism once again plagued Imich’s aspirations as some of the faculty did everything in their power to hold him back including forcing him to study in English, a language he spoke none of at the time, and assigning him a topic for his doctoral work that had already been covered by a previous doctoral student, thus making his dissertation very likely to be dismissed. Nonetheless, Imich was able to overcome these obstacles and obtain his doctorate in 1927, his dissertation being deemed “good enough”.

While at Jagiellonian, Imich fell in love with a chemistry student named Genia Mendelsohn, who eventually became his wife. While they were married, Imich worked in his father-in-law’s factory while Genia worked to become a painter. Imich’s life was shattered when Genia suddenly disappeared with her art instructor, only to turn up weeks later, her mental health decayed to the point that her father was in the process of committing her to an asylum near Warsaw. Genia spent several months in the asylum and Imich visited her regularly. Nonetheless, the incident irreparably damaged their relationship and they were divorced soon after Genia’s release.

While visiting Genia at the asylum, Imich met and fell in love with a young lawyer named Wela Katzenellenbogen who he married in 1936. Wela came from a very old German-Jewish family that included Karl Marx, Felix Mendelssohn, David Halberstam and Martin Buber. During World War II, both Imich and Wela were interred in a Russian labour camp near the White Sea for two years, but were liberated following the German attack on Russia in 1941. Imich and Wela managed to escape the brunt of the war’s horrors by relocating to Samarkand, Uzbekistan from 1942-1947. They returned to Poland to find that their parents and various members of their extended family had died in concentration camps. After this, Imich and Wela moved to France where Imich had a brother. In 1952 they moved to the United States, first to Upper Black Eddy, Pennsylvania and then to New York, dividing their week between the two cities.

To make a living, Imich initially took up chemistry, but once Wela made for herself a career as a psychologist in 1965, Imich turned to his real passion: parapsychology. Imich had been interested in the paranormal since childhood. By 13, Imich was dabbling with table tilting and with Ouija boards. As early as 1932, Imich published an article in the German parapsychology journal Zeitschrift für Parapsychologie that explained his encounters with a Matylda S. who was among the first psychics Imich encountered. While living in France, Imich began interacting with a network of mystics, yogis and gurus, particularly via the Ramakrisha Vivekananda Order, an organization that dealt in yogic philosophy.

In New York, Imich met medium Eileen J. Garrett and proposed to her an international meeting of parapsychologists, an idea that meshed with the Parapsychology Foundation’s First International Conference of Parapsychological Studies that Garrett had in the works and that took place in Utrecht, Holland, in 1953. For the rest of his life, Imich remained active in parapsychology, attending some conferences, delivering speeches at others and judging parapsychology-themed essay contests. He edited the book Incredible Tales of the Paranormal in 1995, entered the IM School of Healing Arts in New York, graduating two years later with the title “Reverend”, and in 1999, founded the Anomalous Phenomena Research Center (APRC) which sought to advance parapsychology through research and demonstration. Wela passed away in 1986, but Imich continued to live in the same apartment that they had rented in 1965.

Imich passed away on June 8, 2014, shortly after being named the oldest man in the world at the age of 111 in April 2014.

Rozumna, Oksana

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  • Personne
  • 1938-

Oksana Rozumna’s name is closely associated with many Ukrainian cultural and educational organizations. She was born in Sudbury, Ontario in 1938 where she attended elementary and secondary schools. Oksana moved to Winnipeg and earned her BA (Psychology) in 1961. During her student years she organized radio-programs, music concerts, exhibitions and participated in many dance and theater groups. Upon graduating from the University of Manitoba, she became a member of the Alpha Omega Ukrainian Women’s Alumnae, and served on the recital committee providing publicity for the organization in the Ukrainian newspapers. She became Vice-President in 1982 and served as a representative of the organization to the Ukrainian Canadian Congress. Oksana was also a member of Holodomor Committee, Plast (Ukrainian Youth Organization), a secretary for the Civil Liberties Commission (1980’s), and a secretary of Canadian Friends of the National University of Kyiv – Mohyla Academy. She is married to Dr. Jaroslav Rozumnyj, former head of the Slavic Collection, University of Manitoba. During his active years she provided research and secretarial assistance to him and accompanied him on many trips to Ukraine. She serves as a translator for Ukrainian delegations and organizes the Commemorations for the Chornobyl tragedy, Ukraine’s Independence, and the Holodomor.

St. John, Peter

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  • 1938-

Oliver Peter St. John is a Senior Scholar and former Professor in International Relations at the University of Manitoba. He was born February 27, 1938 in Victoria, British Columbia. He attended University of Lausanne in 1955 studying French language and literature. In 1960, he graduated from the University of British Columbia with a B.A. in Political Studies. In 1958, he was recognized as International Student of the Year. St. John received an M.A. in International Relations from the London School of Economics in 1963. This was followed by a Ph.D. in International Relations from the University of London. He was a lecturer at the University College, London from 1963-1964. He joined the faculty of the University of Manitoba in 1964 as a lecturer in Political Studies. In 1966, he was named Assistant Professor. He obtained the rank of Associate Professor in 1972 and full Professor in the year of his retirement in 1998. The following year he was named Senior Scholar. He was awarded a SSHRC grant in 1982, a University of Manitoba Outreach Grant in 1996 and the Olive Beatrice Stanton Award for Teaching Excellence in 1997.

St. John is and expert in intelligence, espionage, insurgency and terrorism. He is the author of several books and articles. They include: Fireproof House to Third Option: Studies in the Theory and Practice of Canadian Foreign Policy (University of Manitoba Press, 1977); MacKenzie King to Philosopher King: Canadian Foreign Policy in the Modern Age (University of Manitoba Press, 1984); and Air Piracy, Airport Security and International Terrorism: Winning the War against Hijackers (Quoram Books, New York, 1991). He has been the President of the Agassiz Institute for the Study of Conflict. He was the Director of Counter-Terror Study Centre in Winnipeg (1985-1993). He was a regular quarterly lecturer at the U.S. Air Force Special Operations School, Revolutionary Warfare Course in Hurlburt Field in Florida.

In 1998 he became the ninth Earl of Orkney.

Suknaski, Andrew

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  • 1942 -2012

Poet and visual artist, Andrew Suknaski, was born on a homestead near Wood Mountain, Saskatchewan on July 30, 1942, to parents Julia (Karasinski) and Andrew Suknaski, Sr. To develop his interest in visual arts, Suknaski studied at the Kootenay School of Art in Nelson, British Columbia, and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts' School of Art and Design, receiving a diploma of Fine Arts from the Kootenay School in 1967. He also attended the University of Victoria, Notre Dame University in Nelson, B.C., the University of British Columbia, and Simon Fraser University.

For a time, he worked as a seasonal worker across Canada, including being a farmhand and a night watchman. He wrote during his travels. He was editor for Anak Press and Deodar Shadow Press, among others. In 1969, he founded the underground magazine Elfin Plot in Vancouver and created concrete poems, exhibiting at the Expo in Buenos Aires in 1971. From 1977 to 1978, Suknaski was writer-in-residence at St. John’s College, University of Manitoba. Among his early works published in chapbooks, pamphlets and Al Purdy’s anthology, Storm Warning (1971), was the notable On First Looking Down From Lions Gate Bridge (1976). Suknaski’s first collection was Wood Mountain Poems (1976), edited by Al Purdy, followed by The Ghosts Call You Poor (1978) and In The Name of Narid (1981). Ghosts won Suknaski the Canadian Authors Association Poetry Award in 1979. Octomi (1976) and East of Myloona (1979) were published as small chapbooks. Montage for an Interstellar Cry (1982) and Silk Trail (1985) were the first and third parts respectively of a larger work that was to be called Celestial Mechanics. Suknaski’s poems have appeared in such anthologies as Number One Northern (1977) and Studio One: Stories Made for Radio (1990).

Sukanski also worked as a researcher for the National Film Board, contributing to such films as Grain Elevator (1981) by Charles Konowal and The Distinherited (1985) by Harvey Spak. Spak made a documentary of Suknaski in 1978 entitled Wood Mountain Poems, considered by Steven Scobie in The Land They Gave Away to be “the best critical statement we have on the poet’s life and work.” Suknaski’s Polish and Ukrainian heritage, his concern for First Nations, and the people and place of Wood Mountain feature strongly in his realist poetry.

Suknaski passed away in Moose Jaw on May 3, 2012.

Haas, Maara

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  • 1920-2012

Maara Haas (née Lazeczko) was born in Winnipeg on Feb. 12, 1920. Her father, Michael Lazeczko was the first Ukrainian-Canadian pharmacist. At the age of fifteen she received an IODE Laura Secord award for her essay “Let No Man Call Me Foreigner.” After studying journalism at the University of California (Berkeley) in 1939, she spent two years as a reporter and literary reviewer in the United States before returning to Winnipeg. In 1947 she was awarded First Prize by the Manitoba Poets' Society for her poem The Prodigal. In 1959 she was awarded a certificate of achievement (hramota) by the Ukrainian Free Academy of Sciences (UVAN) in Winnipeg for her efforts to popularize and translate the poetry of Taras Shevchenko into English.

Haas had a varied career as a poet, writer, playwright, actress and creative writing teacher. She had a chap book of her early poetry entitled Viewpoint: Collected Poems published by Ryerson Press in 1952. Over the years her work appeared in The Canadian Review of Literature, The Indian Record, The Washington Post and The Canadian Dimension. In 1976 McGraw Hill Ryerson published her first novel The Street Where I Live about growing up in Winnipeg's ethnically diverse North End. That same year her stage play Otherworlds/ Other Faces was produced by the Winnipeg YMCA. In the 1980's Haas taught creative writing in local schools, on Cree and Salteaux reservations at Oxford House and Grand Marais, and in Bermuda. Her second book, On Stage with Maara Haas (Lilith, 1986) consisted of short stories and poems. Turnstone Press published Why Isn't Everybody Dancing in 1990. The book was about slavery in Bermuda and expressed Maara’s grief after the loss of her daughter.

Maara Haas died on August 29th 2012.

Yereniuk, Roman

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Roman Yereniuk was an Associate Professor at St. Andrew’s College and a Sessional Lecturer with the Centre for Ukrainian Canadian Studies, the Department of Religion, and the Department of German and Slavic Studies, at the University of Manitoba. He taught courses on the History of Eastern Christianity and the experience of Ukrainian Canadians. Yereniuk was born in Salzburg, Austria in 1946 and immigrated to Edmonton, Alberta, with his parents and siblings in 1949. He received his primary and secondary education in Edmonton. A graduate of the University of Manitoba (B.A., 1970), Yereniuk also earned an M.Div. in Theology (St. Andrew's College, 1970), an M.A. in Religious Studies (McGill University, 1972), and a Licentiate (1978) and Doctorate (1988) in Eastern Christian History from the Oriental Institute in Rome.

At St. Andrew’s College he was employed as Lecturer and Dean of Residence (1972-1975), Assistant Professor and Dean of Students (1980-1988), Principal and Associate Professor (1988-1998), Associate Professor (1998-2008), and Associate Professor and Acting Director of the Centre for Ukrainian Canadian Studies (2008-2016). He served as a sessional lecturer in the Departments of Religion, Slavic Studies and the Centre for Ukrainian Canadian Studies on numerous occasions from the early 1970s through the 2010s.

In addition to numerous popular and scholarly articles, Yereniuk co-authored (with Basil Rotoff and Stella Hryniuk) “Monuments to Faith: Ukrainian Churches in Manitoba” (Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1990), and he published two works on the Ukrainian Orthodox Church: a pamphlet entitled “A short historical outline of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada (UOCC)” (Winnipeg: Ecclesia Publishing, 2008) and a monograph “Ukrains’ka pravoslavna tserkva: vybrani istorychni narysy z XVII-XVIII st. i z Ukrains’koi kanads’koi diiaspory” (Lviv: Litopys, 2010). He also served as editor of “Vira i kul’tura” (Faith and Culture) an irregular scholarly journal published by St. Andrew’s College.

Yereniuk was also active in civic and federal politics. On two occasions, he was elected and served as a school trustee with the Winnipeg School Division (1989-1995, 1998-2006). In 1993-1994 he was the Regional Director of the Manitoba Association of School Trustees. During the 1997 and 2000 federal election campaigns Yereniuk ran unsuccessfully as a New Democratic Party candidate in the Winnipeg—St. Paul constituency.

In 2019 Yereniuk was awarded a Ukrainian Canadian Leadership Award of Excellence by the Ukrainian Canadian Congress.

Phelps, Arthur

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  • 1887-1970

Arthur Leonard Phelps was born on December 1, 1887 in Columbus, Ontario. He graduated with a B.A. from Victoria College, Toronto in 1913 before furthering his religious training. By 1915, he was an ordained minister and was married to Lila Irene Nicholls. He already possessed a literary and artistic flare publishing several poems and some illustrated and wildlife articles for the local Toronto newspaper and publications like The Christian Guardian and Canadian Courier. A chance encounter during a speaking engagement led to Phelps being offered a teaching position within the English Department at Cornell College in Iowa in 1920. The following year, Phelps embarked on a twenty-five year tenure at Wesley College at the University of Manitoba where he soon became the Chair of the English Department.

Phelps published two thin books of poetry: Poems (1921) and Bobcaygeon (1922). In 1941, material from his C.B.C. radio broadcasts were published as This Canada and These United States. In 1951, he published the critically acclaimed Canadian Writers with McClelland and Stewart. In a career that spanned over forty years on the air as both a radio and television journalist, Phelps came to be regarded as the foremost cultural critic of the era. Beginning with a series of "University on the Air" debates produced locally in Winnipeg in the late 1920s, Phelps quickly moved over to a fledgling Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. In the early 1940s, he hosted the "Canadian Pattern", expounding on the theory that Canada needed its own National Arts Board to stimulate the country's artistic community. For seven years, he broadcast "Letter to Scotland" over the B.B.C. He wrote and delivered a monthly editorial comment for "Trans Canada Matinee" as well as serving as the host for the long running Sunday morning series "The Neighbourly News." Phelps was something of a pioneer in television as well, acting as a moderator on three shows during the 1960s: "It's Debatable", "Students Themselves", and "Canadian Question Bee".

In 1945, Phelps left United College (formerly Wesley College) to become the General Supervisor of the International Service, a position he held for two years before returning to academia. From 1947 to 1953, Phelps was a professor of English at McGill University. It was during this time that A.S.P. Woodhouse nominated him for entry into the Royal Society as a Man of Letters. Subsequent academic postings followed well into his retirement. He was a Special Lecturer at University of British Columbia in 1954-1955, a Special Lecturer at University of Toronto between 1956 and 1958, and taught Summer School at Queen's in 1959. In 1965, Phelps' wife Lila died. He married Margaret Duncan in 1968. Phelps died in 1970.

T.B. Roberton

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  • 1879-1936

Thomas B. Roberton was born in Glasgow in 1879, where he worked as a printer in his youth. In 1910, Roberton left Scotland for Canada, settling first in Alberta and then in British Columbia for a time. In order to support his small family, Roberton held a variety of jobs, working by turns as a farmer, market gardener, worker in lumber camps, and printer. When Roberton moved to Winnipeg in 1916, he found a job as a writer and compositor for the Labour weekly The Voice where he worked until joining the staff at the Free Press in 1918. Over the next eighteen years, Roberton not only became assistant editor-in-chief at the Free Press, but gained national acclaim for his contributions to the newspaper’s editorial page. As well as writing well-received editorial columns on a variety of subjects, Roberton published The Fighting Bishop (1925), a book about the life of John Strachan, the first Anglican Bishop of Toronto. Although nationally known for his writing, Roberton was a shy and private man, who spent his spare time going to films and listening to nautical yarns at the Cutty Shark Club. After Roberton’s sudden passing from stroke in January 1936, The MacMillan Company of Canada published a volume of his newspaper articles with the title T.B.R.: Newspaper Pieces. This volume, put together by Roberton’s long time colleague J.B. McGeachy, was a great success and was awarded the prize offered by Lord Tweedsmuir, Governor General of Canada, for the best prose work other than fiction published in Canada in 1936. The award was accepted in Toronto by Roberton’s son George. A second volume of Roberton’s newspaper articles was printed by MacMillan in 1937 under the title A Second Helping of Newspaper Pieces.

Stubbs, Lewis St. George

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  • 1878-1958

Lewis St. George Stubbs was a judge and politician in Manitoba. He was born on June 14, 1878 in the Turks & Caicos Islands, British West Indies. He left Cambridge University, where he was studying to become a medical missionary, to fight in the Boer War 1900-1901. He immigrated to Winnipeg in 1902 and was called to Manitoba Bar Association in 1906. In 1904 he married Mary Wilcock. In 1908 they moved to Birtle, Manitoba where he practiced law for fourteen years.

In 1921 he ran unsuccessfully for the Liberal Party against T.A. Crerar the leader of the Progressive Party in the federal riding of Marquette. In April 1922 he became the first judicial appointment of the newly appointed Mackenzie King and moved back to Winnipeg. The MacDonald Will Case in 1929 brought Stubbs notoriety and conflict with his fellow judges and the legal establishment. In the following three years several complaints of judicial misbehavior were lodged by the Attorney-General of Manitoba with the Department of Justice. In January 1933 a Federal Commission led by Justice Frank Ford staged an inquiry into Stubbs judicial conduct. He was removed from the bench by order-in-council June 1, 1933.

A month later he won the nomination to become the newly C.C.F. party’s first candidate in a by-election in the riding of Mackenzie in Saskatchewan. He lost the election and returned to the practice of law in Winnipeg. In 1936 Stubbs ran as an independent candidate in the provincial election. On a platform of Human Rights and Social Justice and a campaign budget of $200.00, he swept the polls with greatest electoral majority ever recorded in the Manitoba Legislature. He won re-election in 1941 & 1945. Stubbs was active in many left leaning/united front political organizations. He was the President of the Winnipeg Committee to Aid Spanish Democracy from 1936-1939 and President of the local arm of the National Committee for Peace and Democracy 1938-1939. In 1956 Stubbs appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada representing John Tunney in a suit against the Teamsters’ Union.

Stubbs died in May 1958.

Stobie, Margaret

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  • 1909-1990

Dr. Margaret Stobie was a professor at the University of Manitoba. Margaret (Peg) Roseborough was born in Vermillion, Alberta on February 26th, 1909. She received a B.A. from the University of Alberta in 1930. Margaret was awarded an IODE Overseas Fellowship and did an Honours Degree in English at King's College University of London in 1932. She returned to Canada completing an M.A. in 1934, and a Ph.D. in 1937, at the University of Toronto. The following year she published An Outline of Middle English Grammar with MacMillan's, and taught at Victoria College. In 1938, she married William Stobie. The couple moved to DePauw University in Indiana in 1938. From there, they moved to Missouri where Margaret returned to teaching at Christian College a Women's Institution. William and Margaret Stobie taught at Cornell University for two years from 1944-1946 before joining the English department at the University of Manitoba. Margaret was forced to retire from teaching with the inception of the nepotism law in 1950. She spent the next several years acting, producing and directing local theatre as well as working for the CBC in various dramatic roles and as a book reviewer on Critically Speaking. In 1958 she took an appointment at United College, but resigned in protest over the dismissal of Harry Crowe at the end of the year.

In 1959 she was hired by St. John's College. From 1962-1965 she was on the executive of the College's Chapter of CAUT. In 1966 she attained the rank of full professor. Two years later she became a member of Senate and in 1971 she was appointed to the Research Grants Committee and Research Board. Margaret was the first women appointed to the academic panel of the Canada Council and was a board member of the Associations of Universities and Colleges of Canada. She wrote two more books, A Critical Study of Frederick Philip Grove Twayne Publisher (1973), and The Other Side of the Rebellion (1986) . She was appointed to Professor Emeritus in 1975. Margaret Stobie died July 15, 1990. The University of Manitoba holds a lecture in Dr. Stobie's memory.

Radchuk, Leona

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  • 1948-

Leona Radchuk (née Kosjar) was born in Vynnytsia Oblast, UkrainianSSR in 1931 and arrived with her parents in Canada in 1948. She attended King Edward Junior High School and Isaac Newton High School. After high school, she attended the University of Manitoba, where she obtained Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Pedagogy, Bachelor of Education, and Master’s of Education degrees. After finishing her university studies, she taught high school for 20 years, then changed careers and became a business manager for the next 18 years.
Ms. Radchuk was and remains active in several community associations. She was a Winnipeg school trustee, Girl Guide Commissioner, St. Andrew’s College (University of Manitoba) Board member and Chairperson, Seven Oaks Hospital Foundation Board member, Ukrainian Women’s Association of Canada member, founding member of Winnipeg’s Ukrainian dance group Rozmai (formerly the SUMK dancers – Soiuz ukrains'koi molodi Kanady), and a long-time member of Alpha Omega Alumnae (an association of Ukrainian Women Graduates of the University of Manitoba).

Ms. Radchuk is married to attorney, Dr. Serge Radchuk, and they have two daughters, Julie and Natalie.

Stubbs, Roy St. George

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  • 1907-1995

Roy St. George Stubbs B.A., LL.B. (Man.) (1907-1995)

Roy St. George Stubbs, born in 1907, to Mary and Lewis St. George Stubbs. Lewis was born in the Turks and Caicos Islands and came to Manitoba after service in the South African War. Lewis was also a lawyer and is well remembered as an outspoken judge of the County Court and Surrogate Court, social critic and reformer, and long-time independent Member of the Legislative Assembly.

Roy St. George Stubbs was educated in Provencher School and The University of Manitoba and worked for a year as a reporter for the Winnipeg Tribune in 1928-1929 before entering the Manitoba Law School. He received his law degree and was called to the Bar and admitted as a solicitor in 1936. He practiced law with his father and brothers, save for wartime years in which he served in England and India with the RCAF, when he became a Squadron Leader and had occasion to employ his legal knowledge in several courts martial. In 1970, he was appointed Senior Judge of the Winnipeg Family and Juvenile Court and served in that office until his retirement in 1977.

Roy St. George Stubbs was prolific writer having written over 35 biographical sketches for various law journals, 100 newspapers, and wrote in excess over 100 book reviews. In addition, Stubbs multiple books including: Lawyers and Laymen in of Western Canada (1939), Men in Khaki (1941), Prairie Portraits (1954), Four Recorders in Rupertsland (1967), and In Search of a Poet (1975). The University of Manitoba conferred upon him an honorary Doctor of Laws in 1995.

Yanchyshyn, Anne

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Anne Yanchyshyn was born and raised in Meleb, Manitoba. After attending Normal School in Winnipeg, she taught in several rural schools in Silver, Gilbert Plains, Lyleton, and Whytewold Beach. She moved to St. Vital in 1959 and graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1968 with a BA degree in Geography, English, and Philosophy. Yanchyshyn taught in Varennes School for 24 years and after her early retirement she took Oral History workshops at the Provincial Archives. Using this training, Yanchyshyn edited the book MPC Flashbacks: a commemorative local history celebrating the 90th anniversary of the arrival of settlers in the Meleb-Park-Cumming School District Area. In this book, she documented the local history of the Ukrainian, Polish, as well as German and Jewish pioneers in the Interlake area. She traveled many miles to conduct interviews and recorded the oral histories on eight audiotapes which she donated to Archives & Special Collections, University of Manitoba in 2005.

Majzels, Claudine

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  • [1940?] -

Claudine Majzels was born in Montreal; she received a B.A. from McGill in 1969 & a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1977. She has taught at the Cambridge, St. Andrews, Edinburgh in the United Kingdom & from 1988-2013 at the University of Winnipeg. She obtained the rank of Associate Professor in the Department of History teaching in the Art History Program as well as teaching courses in Women’s & Gender Studies. Claudine created new courses on Feminism & Art History, Women Art & Society, Women & Craft, Aboriginal Arts, Dance History, and a seminar on “The Body in the Visual Arts” in the M.A. Cultural Studies: Curatorial Practices Program.

Claudine was a ballet & contemporary dancer, dance teacher & choreographer until 1985. Since her retirement she has begun to study printmaking.

A more detailed biographical sketch & CV is contained in Box 1, Folder 1 of the collection.

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