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Currie, Raymond

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  • Personne
  • 1934-

Raymond Currie was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1934. In 1960 he received a Licence es Sciences that was recognized by the University of Montreal. In 1967 he obtained permission to study at Fordham University where he obtained an M.A. in Sociology in 1969 & his PHD in Sociology in 1973. On January 1, 1972 he began an appointment as an assistant professor in Sociology at the University of Manitoba. He was Department Head from 1979-1984. In 1981 he became the Founder & Director of the Winnipeg Area Study. Currie was the Dean of Arts from 1991-1999. Upon his retirement, he was named Dean Emeritus. In 1999 Dr. Currie was awarded the Peter D. Curry Chancellor’s Award.

From 1998-2009 Currie was an Associate, Centre for Higher Education Research & Development. He was Executive Director, Canadian Research Data Centre Network, 2002-2010. He is a past member, Statistics Canada, Social Conditions Committee & Past President and a member of the Board, Prairie Action. In 2008 he wrote an autobiography “Secure & Uncertain: A Father’s Story”. He was awarded an Hon. Doctor of Laws, McMaster University, 2012 & the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award in 2013.

For a more detailed summary of Dr. Currie’s career, consult Box 2 Fd. 3 of his collection.

Kuzyk, Fred

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  • Personne
  • 1922-2016

Fred Kuzyk (1922-2016) was born in Glenella, Manitoba, to Ukrainian pioneers Sam and Anna (Sul) Kuzyk. He received his primary education in Poplar Point, Manitoba, where the family relocated in 1928, and his high school education in Brandon, Manitoba. In 1946 he graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. During the next few years, he was employed as an engineer on the electrification of rural Manitoba. In 1949, the year he married Kay, Fred established Amalgamated Construction, a road building company that he operated until his retirement in 1997. The company constructed over 500 miles of roads and participated in the construction of the Red River Floodway during the 1960s. Fred was a long-time member of the Association of Professional Engineers, and the Manitoba Road Builders’ Association. He also played a leading role as participant and organizer in many Faculty of Engineering, Class of ’46 Reunions. Within the local Ukrainian-Canadian community, Fred was actively involved with Ukrainian Catholic parish life, the “Obnova” student society, and St. Vladimir’s College in Roblin. He was a long-time member of the Knights of Columbus, St. Joseph’s Ukrainian Catholic Branch; the Ukrainian Professional and Business Club (UPBC) of Winnipeg; and the Sons of Ukrainian Pioneers (SOUP) Club. Beginning in the 1950s and for the remainder of his life Fred was actively involved in efforts to establish and then to sustain the Holy Family Nursing Home in Winnipeg.

Fred (Frederick Theodore) Kuzyk and Kay (Catherine; nee Sawchuk) Kuzyk were married for 66 years. They were an upwardly mobile, Ukrainian-Canadian couple who raised 6 children and were active in many of Winnipeg’s Ukrainian-Canadian organizations and institutions.

Head, Bruce

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  • Personne
  • 1931-2009

Bruce Head was born in St. Boniface, Manitoba on Feb.14, 1931. He graduated from the School of Art at the University of Manitoba in 1953. He worked as a commercial artist from 1953-1956. In 1956 he began a career of over 30 years as a graphic designer for C.B.C. Winnipeg. In 1960 he established the Grant Art Gallery. Taking an early retirement Head painted & sculpted full time in his St. Vital home studio. His work adorns hundreds of private & public collections including the National Gallery of Canada. One of his more renowned works is the concrete wall in the underground concourse at Portage & Main. It is the largest concrete form created by an artist in Canada.

Head was elected to the Royal Academy of Arts in the early 1970’s. In 2008 his career was celebrated with a retrospective of his work at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Heaadspace was curated by Amy Karlinsky & coincided with a book written by Karlinsky & art historian Pat Bovey that interpreted the exhibition works. Head died December 30, 2009. A copy of his obituary from the Winnipeg Free Press is held in Box 1, Folder 2 of the collection.

Storch, R. A.

  • Personne
  • [1903 or 1904]-1988

Rudolph Alexander Storch was born in [1903 or 1904]. He attended Lord Selkirk School, followed by St. John's Technical School and completed his Senior Matriculation in 1921. In 1927 he received his Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Manitoba. He belonged to the Royal Astronomy Society of Canada, and did a lecture on "Problems Involved in Travelling Through Outer Space" in 1944. In 1946 he became vice president of the society. Storch taught at Cecil Rhodes School, St. John's High School (then St. John's Technical High School), as well as Elmwood High School in Winnipeg. There is currently an award named after him at Elmwood High School. He was briefly vice-principal of King Edward School in 1953, then transferred to Earl Grey School as vice-principal in 1954. Storch died on January 14, 1988 at the age of 84.

Let's Sing Out with Joni Mitchell

  • Collectivité
  • 1965-1966

"Let's Sing Out" is a television program hosted by Oscar Brand that originated on CTV in 1964, before moving to the CBC in 1966.

Stoughton, Arthur

  • Personne
  • [186-]-1955

Originally from the eastern United States, Arthur Alexander Stoughton (b. 1866? - d. 1955) became a famous architect. After completing his graduate degrees in Europe, he returned to New York City and co-founded the architectural firm Stoughton and Stoughton with his brother Charles in 1894. He married Florence Elsie Stoughton (b. 1879 - b.1961) after a long courtship in 1911. Arthur Stoughton became the first professor of architecture in the Department of Architecture at the University of Manitoba in 1913 and served as the head of the department until 1929. He designed many of the original buildings on the Fort Garry campus. Mr. and Mrs. Stoughton met and became close friends with Mr. and Mrs. Black and their children while in Winnipeg in 1918. The Stoughton's were without children of their own and treated Elinor, the youngest, as if she was their child. They called her "Sweet Childe" or simply "Childe" and implored her to call them Donna and Pater. By 1931, the Stoughton's had moved to Mt. Vernon, New York where Arthur had joined Stoughton and Stoughton once again. In 1950, Stoughton received an Honourary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Manitoba. He was a member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and designed the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument in New York City.

MacEwan, J.W.G.

  • Personne
  • 1902-2000

John Walter Grant MacEwan was born in 1902. His pioneer parents farmed north of Brandon, Manitoba and later at Melfort, Saskatchewan. He attended the Ontario Agricultural College, graduating in 1926. Later, he did post-graduate work in agricultural science at Iowa State University. He received a B.S.A. from the University of Toronto, and an M.S. from Iowa State University. For some years following, Grant MacEwan held senior positions with the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Manitoba. Before taking the post of Dean of Agriculture at Manitoba, he was professor of Animal Husbandry and Farm Superintendent at the University of Saskatchewan. After 23 years of University work, he resigned and moved to Calgary, mainly to write. As an author, Dr. MacEwan was a regular contributor to various farm magazines and newspapers, and saw more than 20 books published. However, he became involved in political life and served on the Calgary Council for 12 years, nine as an alderman and three years as mayor. From 1955 to 1959, he was a member of the provincial legislature and in the last part of that period was Leader of the Opposition. He was appointed Lieutenant Governor of Alberta and took office on January 6, 1966. He retired from this post on July 2, 1974. Dr. MacEwan married Phyllis Cline in 1935. They had one daughter and two grandchildren. J.W. Grant MacEwan died on June 15, 2000 in Calgary, Alberta.

MacArthur, Isabel

  • Personne
  • 1916-1978

Isabel MacArthur, a dietician and a social worker, was born on June 29, 1916 in Winnipeg. She graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1937, obtaining a B.Sc from the School of Home Economics. Her intership was at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. After graduation, she worked as a hospital dietician in Brandon and Winnipeg. During the Second World War, she served as a messing officer in the Women's Division of the Royal Canadian Air Force in Canada and overseas. She received a Master's degree (1948) and a Doctorate of Education degree (1952) from Teachers College, Columbia University. In 1952, Isabel MacArthur became the Director of the University of Manitoba School of Home Economics and the President of the Canadian Dietetic Association. She held the position of Director of the University of Manitoba School of Home Economics until 1957. In 1958, she became a dietary consultant for the Manitoba Hospital Commission and, in 1959, joined the staff of the Manitoba Department of Health and Public Affairs. She began to encounter physical disabilities and became a member of the Canadian Paraplegic Association. To eliminate architectural barriers for disabled persons, she joined the Community Welfare Planning Council Committee. She helped to bring changes to the Elections Act to permit disabled persons to vote by mail. For her work on behalf of disabled persons, she received the Order of Canada by the Governor-General, Ronald Michener, in 1972. Her awards and honors include a merit award by the Canadian Paraplegic Association in 1969, an engraved Centennial Commemorative Medal and a bound gold-lettered Centennial Book of Remembrance received from the President of the Manitoba Historical Society in 1971, and a medal of the 10th Anniversary of the Order of Canada, 1967-1977 in 1977. She was awarded a lifetime membership to the Manitoba Home Economics Association and Manitoba Dietetic Associaiton. She was also a member of the American Dietetic Association, the Canadian and American Economics Associations, the University Women's Club, the Women's Club, and the Manitoba Council of Girl Guides. Isabel MacArthur died on December 24, 1978 in the Deer Lodge Hospital at the age of 62.

MacLeod, Margaret Arnett

  • Personne
  • 1877-

Margaret Arnett MacLeod was born in 1877 in London, Ontario, and later moved to Manitoba with her family. Her father, Lewis Arnett, came to the Red River region with the Ontario volunteers in the Wolseley Expedition of 1870. She was educated in Brandon and Winnipeg and taught in Stonewall, Manitoba, before marrying Dr. A.N. MacLeod. In 1935, she wrote The Frozen Priest of Pembina and, in 1937, wrote Bells of Red River. In 1947, she compiled her most famous work, The Letters of Letitia Hargrave. She also wrote Red River Festive Season (1962) and Grantown, the story of Cuthbert Grant, which she compiled in collaboration with Dr. W.L. Morton in 1963.

Magne, Pierre

  • Personne

John Boulton was a homesteader in Beaconsfield, Manitoba. He bought and settled on Section 17-6-9 in 1879. He left in 1882 and was living in Seattle, Washington in 1925. John Boulton was the brother of the author Anna Frances Willis. Paul Magne served as Postmaster at Beaconsfield, Manitoba from May 1927 until it closed in November 1929. Pierre Magne is a descendant of Paul Magne.

Makow, Henry

  • Personne
  • 1949-

Henry Makow was born in 1949. He obtained an M.A. from Carleton University, Ottawa, in 1976, and a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in 1982. He briefly taught English at the University of Winnipeg until 1998, when his sessional contract was not renewed.

Mandziuk, J. Nicholas

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  • Personne
  • 1902-1969

J. Nicholas Mandziuk was born in the village of Kryvche, Borshchiv county, Crownland of Galicia, Austro-Hungarian Empire (now Ukraine) on December 13, 1902. In 1904, he immigrated with his parents to Canada, where they settled in the Ashville district of Manitoba. He graduated from the Teacher's College in 1921 and taught for several years in various schools in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. In 1933, he graduated with honours from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Law degree. He practiced law in Oakburn, Manitoba and, in 1961, was honoured by being named Queen's Council. In Oakburn, he was active in community affairs, serving as Chairman of the Oakburn School District, President of the Oakburn Board of Trade, and Manager and founding member of Oakburn Credit Union. He was also active in the Ukrainian community, where he served on the following boards and associations: member and Chair of the Board of Oakburn National Home, founding member and executive member of St. George's Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Oakburn, President of the Manitoba Ukrainian Self-Reliance Association, and General Secretary of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress. His active role in the Ukrainian community resulted in his being awarded the Shevchenko Medal by the Ukrainian Canadian Congress and the Canada Service of Excellence Award by the Ukrainian Self Reliance League (USRL).

In 1957, Mandziuk ran as the Progressive Conservative candidate for the Manitoba federal riding of Marquette. He successfully won the riding and was re-elected in four subsequent elections. As a Member of Parliament, he served on various committees and represented Canada at international conferences, including acting as Chairman of the Manitoba Caucus, Member of the External Affairs Department, and Chairman of the Private Bills Committee, and serving on Canadian delegations to the United Nations, to the NATO Parliamentary Conference, to the Inter-Parliamentary Conference and to the Inter-Parliamentary Union.

Nicholas Mandziuk died on September 7, 1969. He was survived by his wife Mary (nee Wlasiuk), their daughters, Sonja Bejzyk and Darcia Zemlianski, and two grandchildren.

Hall, James Deakin

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  • Personne
  • 1854-1936

James Deakin Hall was born in Londonderry, Ireland in 1854. He immigrated to Brampton, Ontario with his parent in 1867 and moved to Toronto in 1868 to join the Notman & Fraser photography studio. In July 1881, Hall settled in Winnipeg and operated a studio with William Johnston at 360 Main Street. Hall bought out Johnson's share six months later and in March 1882, welcomed Skene Lowe as his new partner.

Hall & Lowe specialized in studio portraits as well as Winnipeg buildings and landscapes. They advertised their work as "Indian photos (taken from life), Xmas cards, views of Winnipeg." They also photographed railway construction in Manitoba.

Following a fire in their Winnipeg studio, Hall & Lowe moved to Vancouver, British Columbia where he opened a new studio in October 1887. Hall & Lowe dissolved their partnership in May 1892 when Hall became the sheriff of Vancouver.

Hall died in British Columbia in 1936.

Faculty of Law

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  • Collectivité
  • [ca.1860] -

The University of Manitoba first became involved in legal education in 1885 when it established a three-year course of studies leading to the LL.B. degree. This course did not include instruction, it simply prescribed a reading program with three annual examinations, which articled law students couId follow concurrently with the course prescribed by the Law Society. In the years 1911-1912, the Law Society was prompted by the Law Students Association to provide a short series of lectures. In 1913, H.A. Robson, then Manitoba's Public Utilities Commissioner and a former judge of the Court of King's Bench, organized a considerably improved course of lectures and began to lay the plans for the establishment in the following year of a permanent law school modeled after the Osgoode Hall Law School of the Law Society of Upper Canada.

The Manitoba Law School was jointly sponsored by The University of Manitoba and the Law Society of Manitoba. Both bodies took part in the planning from the beginning. In the summer of 1914, they entered into an agreement, subsequently endorsed by legislation, which provided for the creation of the School, offering a three-year course consisting of lectures and apprenticeship leading to both an LL.B. degree and a call to the Bar and admission to practice. Expenses of the School were shared equally by the two parent bodies, and its operations were supervised by a jointly appointed Board of Trustees. This arrangement between The University of Manitoba and the Law Society of Manitoba continued until 1966 when the Law School became the Faculty of Law of the University of Manitoba.

The Faculty of Law presently offers programs of study leading to two degrees, the LL.B. and the LL.M. The latter degree program was brought into existence in 1949 by the Manitoba Law School. It was substantially revamped by the Faculty of Law in 1968.

National Research Centre Bid Committee

  • CA UMASC MSS 407, EL 72 (A13-127)
  • Collectivité
  • 2009-2013

In 2007, the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement required that the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) establish a National Research Centre (NRC) to continue to inform Canadians about the Residential School system and assist in a process of reconcilliation. The NRC
is to house: thousands of hours of video- and-audio recorded survivor statements; millions of archival documents and photographs the TRC has collected from the Government of Canada and Canadian church entities including,the United Church, Catholic Church, Presbyterian Church and Anglican Church;
works of art, artifacts and other "expressions of reconciliation" presented at TRC events; lastly, all records pertaining to the research and activities undergone by the TRC over the life of its five-year mandate.

Beginning in 2009, the NRC Bid Committee at the University of Manitoba developed a proposal spanning over two years with a team of scholars, students and staff, many of whom have family members who are survivors, working together as allies on campus. The proposal, "National Research Centre on Indian Residential Schools" was submitted to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission by the University of Manitoba on February 16th, 2012. The proposal includes: a vision; 'who we are'; aboriginal support; a governance model; archival expertise and facilities; privacy and access; technical excellence and interactivity; employment and education; commemoration; public engagement; proximity to Aboriginal population; accessibility; financial stability; timeline and a conclusion.

The NRC Bid Committee included: Co-Chair Dr. Laara Fitznor (Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation), education professor; Co-Chair Dr. Jean Friesen, history professor; Deborah Young (Cree), executive lead for Indigenous achievement; Dr. Marlene Atleo (Ahousaht First Nation member), education professor; Dr. Greg Bak, professor in the master's program in archival studies, history department; Prof. Karen Busby, law professor and academic director, Centre for Human Rights Research; Camille Callison (Tahltan), Indigenous services librarian, assisted in the final stages of drafting the submission after joining the University of Manitoba in January 2012. Callison brings her experience in organizing, preserving and providing access to traditional knowledge; Helen Fallding, manager of the Centre for Human Rights Research; Dr. Rainey Gaywish (Cree-Anishinabe), a program director in Aboriginal Focus and Access Programs; Dr. Kiera Ladner (Cree), Canada Research Chair in Indigenous politics and governance; Dr. Tom Nesmith, professor in the master's program in archival studies, history department; Dr. Fred Shore (Metis), Native studies professor; Kali Storm (Anishinaabe/Metis), director of the Aboriginal Student Centre; Dr. Shelley Sweeney, head of Archives & Special Collections, the Libraries; Professor Wendy Whitecloud(Sioux Valley Dakota Nation), law.

On National Aboriginal Day, June 21st 2013 the National Research Centre Signing Ceremony took place at the University of Manitoba. This event was to recognize the University of Manitoba as the permanent host of the NRC to house the video- and- audio recorded statements, records and other materials gathered by the TRC over its five -year mandate. Since the acceptance of the Univeristy of Manitoba as the home of the NRC, the NRC bid committee has achieved its goal and has since disbanded and donated their records to the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections.

Lamont, May Bastin

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  • Personne
  • 1890-1950

May Bastin Lamont was born in the rural municipality of Louise, Manitoba on April 29, 1890. She received a B.A. from Manitoba College in 1910. She enrolled in the Winnipeg School of Art from 1913-1919. In 1916, her painting titled The Homestead received favourable reviews in an exhibition of Winnipeg Sketch Club members' work. She was secretary of the Sketch Club from 1917-1918. Lamont was a member of the United Empire Chapter of IODE from 1912-1950. She was also a member of the University Women's Club and of Westminster United Church. On August 8, 1922 she married Winnipeg lawyer John S. Lamont. Together they raised five children. May Bastin Lamont died June 17, 1950.

Ledohowski, Edward

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  • Personne
  • 1953 -

Edward Michael Ledohowski was born in 1953 and grew up in Poplarfield, Manitoba. He received a Diploma in Agriculture from the University of Manitoba in 1977, and later a Bachelor of Science in Geography from the University of Winnipeg. He completed a Master of Arts at the University of Manitoba in 1988 with a thesis titled "Rural Vernacular Architecture as a Cultural and Economic Resource in Manitoba: A Methodology of Techniques for Management of a Rural Resource ". From 1981 to 2014, Ed was employed with the Historic Resources Branch of the Manitoba Department of Tourism, Culture, Heritage, Sport and Consumer Protection. He initially worked as an architectural field researcher, later as Provincial Heritage Site Designation Officer, and finally as a Municipal Heritage Consultant. He has written or contributed to several history projects and books, particularly on topics related to areas within the province of Manitoba.

Rabinovitch, David

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  • Personne
  • 1951-

David Rabinovitch is an award winning producer, screenwriter, and director of television, radio, and film documentaries. Born in Morden, Manitoba in 1951, he began his career at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1967. He moved to Toronto, Ontario to work at CBC headquarters, where he wrote produced and narrated programs for the CBC Radio Network series "Between Ourselves," "Ideas," "Five Nights," "Matinee," "Concern," "Auction Set," and "Alarm Clock". He wrote, directed, and produced the CBC television series "Take 30," "Adrienne at Large," and "Hard Times." In 1977 David Rabinovitch moved to Los Angeles where he produced the Emmy-winning magazine series Here & Now for CBS. He then served for two years as Senior Producer of the documentary unit at KRON (NBC) in San Francisco, California. Since then, his work has been featured on major networks including CBS, NBC, PBS, Fox, A&E, and The Learning Channel. Rabinovitch was Vice-President of Production at KCTS (PBS) in Seattle from 2000-2003.

Since developing his own production company, Fleetwood Films, Rabinovitch has produced several award-winning historical dramas including, "Secret Files of the Inquisition," "The Sultan's Women," and "The Perilous Flight". In addition to winning an Emmy Award, Rabinovitch has also received a Peabody and Canada's Gemini Award for Best Director.

Ellis, O. Jim

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  • Personne
  • [19-?] - 2013

O. Jim Ellis was a researcher of the spiritualist and paranormal. Ellis spent six decades documenting the sittings of direct-voice medium Leslie Flint. Ellis passed away on September 17, 2013.

Flint, Leslie

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  • Personne
  • 1911-1994

Leslie Flint was one of Britain's most well know spiritualists. Born in 1911 Flint stated that he first encountered the dead at the age of eight when he saw the solid figure of his deceased uncle standing in his grandmother's kitchen. Later in life Flint utilized his gift as a direct-voice medium where the deceased would speak in their own voices from space just outside of Flint's body. Many people felt that celebrities and ordinary people alike spoke through Leslie Flint. Sittings were conducted in the dark ostensibly because Flint emitted ectoplasm which would form an "etheric voice-box" through which the dead would speak. Flint was tested repeatedly to verify the legitimacy of his performances. He held water in his mouth during seances, and made use of a throat microphone which demonstrated that no vibrations were emitted from his voice box to deny claims of ventriloquism. Flint died in 1994.

Winnipeg Spiritualist Church

  • MSS 425 (A13-139)
  • Collectivité
  • [1952]-2012

The Winnipeg Spiritualist Church, also known as the Winnipeg Psychic Society, was a small congregation that existed in Winnipeg from the date of its founding by Reverend Evan Clarke, among others, in the early 1950s until its dispersal in 2012. In its early years, the congregation was called The Spiritualist Church of Divine Truth; its name was changed to the Winnipeg Spiritualist Church in 1954, and also came to be known as a society in the 1960s. In 1984 the name Winnipeg Spiritualist Church was re-adopted, as well as incorporated, and the name Winnipeg Psychic Society became a name notation for the church. Upon its founding, the objectives of the Winnipeg Spiritualist Church were defined as the advancement and promotion of the religion of Spiritualism in Southern Manitoba, the education of future healers and demonstrators of Spiritualism, furtherance of the works of the Spiritualistic Society, and a commitment to charitable works. The church and its members upheld and promoted a belief in the seven principles of Spiritualism: 1) The Fatherhood of God; 2) The Brotherhood of man; 3) The communion of spirits and the ministry of angels; 4) The continuous existence of the human soul; 5) Personal responsibility; 6) Compensation and retribution hereafter for all good and evil deeds done on Earth and 7) Eternal progress open to every human soul. The small congregation did their best to further develop the Spiritualist community in Winnipeg by holding annual psychic teas, hosting classes or workshops on topics such as clairvoyant development, palmistry, symbology, dream interpretation, past life regression or spiritual evolution, and by hiring visiting mediums, such as Gaye Muir, to attend the church and exhibit evidence of psychic phenomena and life after death.

The Winnipeg Spiritualist Church was originally located on Notre Dame Avenue in Winnipeg, and moved to a building at 293 Kennedy Street in the early 1980s , followed by a move to 295 Broadway in 1986. In the autumn of 1989 the small congregation purchased the building at 1551 Arlington, and, after many months of renovations, held the Grand Opening Ceremony of the new building on Dec. 3, 1989. Services at the Winnipeg Spiritualist Church were held twice on Sundays; one service in the morning and another in the evening. In addition, a healing service was held on Sunday mornings. Services consisted of a combination of aura cleansing and energizing, guided meditation, healing, the presence of clairvoyants, singing of hymns or worshipful songs, and a message in accordance with the principles agreed upon by the church, in an effort to promote and expand the understanding of Spiritualism. The small church, numbering approximately 20-80 members throughout the years, survived financially upon the generous donations of its members, one of whom accepted the mortgage of the church building at 1551 Arlington under her own name. Also conducive to the financial stability of the church were social hours, workshops, demonstrations, evenings of clairvoyance, annual psychic teas and other fundraisers hosted by the church and its members for small costs, as well as the fees paid yearly by members of the church. A Board of Directors made up of 5-9 members led the church. The leadership positions were filled by members of the church, and were newly voted upon and elected by fellow members of the congregation each year. Aside from membership disputes in 1992, relationships between the members and leaders of the Winnipeg Spiritualist Church were harmonious. The positions of leadership changed hands often until the election of Reverend Linda Zagozewski as president of the congregation in 1989; Zagozewski was a board member and/or president of the small church from 1986 until her death in 2005. After the death of Zagozewski, her husband Reverend Duncan Wilson became president of the small church until his own death in 2012. Without anyone to carry forward the role of leadership in the dwindling congregation, the remaining members chose to disperse the funds, library materials and records of the Winnipeg Spiritualist Church to the Survival Research Institute of Canada and the Universty of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections, among other organizations. The hopes of the members upon the dispersal of the Winnipeg Spiritualist Church were that the funds and materials of the church donated to various institutions would be carried forward in the furtherance of research and the understanding of Spiritualism.

Taylor, Robert

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  • Personne
  • 1940-2013

Robert “Bob” Ross Taylor was born on June 16th, 1940 in Toronto. He earned his diploma in science photography from Ryerson Polytechnical Institute in 1963. Taylor was a photographer his entire working life, renowned for his vivid nature photography. Among his favourite subjects were polar bears, grey owls, and other wildlife and nature scenes.

At the age of 14, Taylor spent a summer as a junior volunteer at the Royal Ontario Museum. This experience affirmed his interest in photography and led to his career as a nature photographer. After his graduation, he worked at the Saskatchewan Museum of Natural History, where he helped develop the audiovisual department. In 1967, he transferred to the Manitoba Museum as head of the photographic department for six years. Taylor also served as a wildlife extension specialist for Manitoba Natural Resources for a year before embarking on a career as a freelance photographer. He set up his own photography gallery in downtown Winnipeg in 1975. From that point, Taylor devoted his time to conducting photography lectures and workshops and leading arctic and sub-arctic tours in Canada and safaris in Africa. His photographs have grazed the pages of national and international publications including Equinox , International Wildlife , Life , Reader’s Digest, Airone , Photo Life , Birder’s World , American Birds , Photo Digest , Birds of the Wild , The Beaver , Art Impressions , Wilderness Canada , Native Canada , Ontario Naturalist , and Canadian Geographic . Taylor's work was also featured in several books by various publishers before he established his own publishing company, Windermere House Publishing. Taylor published books depicting the beauty of Manitoba and his favourite subjects, polar bears and grey owls. Publications by him or that feature his photographs include: The Yellowhead Route (1980); The Manitoba Landscape: A Visual Symphony (1990); The Edge of the Arctic: Churchill and the Hudson Bay Lowlands (1992) which was revised as The Edge of the Arctic: Hudson’s Bay Region ; The Great Gray Owl: On Silent Wing (1997); Manitoba: Seasons of Beauty (2002); The Great Gray Owl: Smithsonian Nature Series (2004); and Tales from the Tundra (2005).

Taylor used his work to promote Churchill, Manitoba as a polar bear sanctuary and helped transform it into a popular tourist attraction. Through his photography, he was also able to showcase the landscapes of Manitoba and other Canadian provinces. Taylor helped launch the Prairie Canada Carvers Association in 1986 and served as president of the Professional Photographers Association of Canada and vice-president of the Professional Photographers of Canada and of the Canadian Science Film Association. Because of his love and respect for nature and his dedication to his profession, Taylor received numerous awards, including a fellowship from the Professional Photographers Association of Manitoba, an honour award for Master of Photographic Arts from the Professional Photographers of Canada, the Queen’s Silver and Diamond Jubilee medals and a Bronze Award from the Columbus Film Festival for the film Assiniboine Forest. Taylor was also given an award for Creative Excellence from the US Industrial Film Festival for the film Prairie Insights . A few weeks before his death, he was also awarded the Order of the Buffalo Hunt for his achievements and contributions to Manitoba. Taylor was one of the few photographers who were accepted into the prestigious Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.

Robert Taylor died on August 15th, 2013 at the age of 73.

Pruitt, William O.

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  • Personne
  • 1922-2009

William Obadiah Pruitt was born in Easton, Maryland on September 1, 1922. He served with US Army Medical Corp during the Second World War. He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland in 1947. The following year he completed an M.A. followed by a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1952.

After teaching at the University of Alaska, University of Oklahoma, and Memorial University, Dr. Pruitt joined the University of Manitoba in 1969 and retired in 1996. He remained a Senior Scholar in the Department of Biological Sciences following his retirement.

In 1973, Pruitt launched the Taiga Biological Station, a research outpost in the boreal forest and he has been called has been called "the father of North American boreal ecology." Pruitt personally provided some of the original funding for Taiga.

Pruitt published extensively over a fifty-year period (1951-2001) and is known world-wide for his research on the influence of snow on animals.

He received several awards and honours including the Government of Canada Northern Science Award Centenary Medal in 1989 and the Vilhjalmur Stenfansson Award by the University of Manitoba Northern Studies Committee the same year. He was also a Fellow of the Explorers Club. He received an Honorary Doctor of Science from the University of Alaska in 1993 and an Honorary Doctor of Science from Memorial University in 2001. Dr. Pruitt died on December 7, 2009.

Leitch, William G.

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  • Personne
  • 1914-2009

William Graeme Leitch was born 28 September 1914 to Jim and Ethel Leitch of Winnipeg. William Leitch was a Boy Scout during his youth and in 1930 was a member of the team that won the Wallace Nesbitt Junior Championship First Aid Competition. He attended Wesley College prior to entering the University of Manitoba, from which he graduated in 1938 with a B.Sc. degree in zoology and geology. On 27 November 1939 he married Inez Isabel Fines, and in 1947 they had one daughter, Janet.

In 1939, he enlisted in the RCAF as a pilot officer, spending most of the war with the Easter Air Command in Canada’s maritime region. He retired in 1945 with the rank of Squadron Leader. Following the war, Leitch began graduate studies in wildlife management at the University of Toronto, then returned to Winnipeg to continue his studies at the University of Manitoba. He graduated in 1952 with a Master of Science degree in wildlife ecology.

Leitch first joined Ducks Unlimited in 1939 as a field biologist following graduation from the University of Manitoba. After the war, he re-joined the company and in 1951 was appointed Chief Biologist, a position he held for 26 years until his retirement in 1977. Leitch was also one of the founding members of the Winnipeg Skeet Club, serving as its president in 1966, and was the Manitoba Skeet Champion in 1963 and the 410 Gauge Champion in 1969.

Leitch’s published works include: Ducks and Men: Forty Years of Co-operation in Conservation (1978), Fireside Waterfowler: Fundamentals of Duck and Goose Ecology (1987), and numerous technical and professional papers. Recognitions for his work included the Province of Manitoba’s Professional Wildlife Conservation Award and the establishment of the William G. Leitch Habitat Project in the Couteau Hills of Saskatchewan by Ducks Unlimited (Canada).

William Leitch passed away on 2 January 2009.

Morison, Glenn

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  • Personne
  • 1959-

Glenn Morison was born in 1959 to James and Doreen Morison of Winnipeg. He is an ordained minister of the United Church of Canada who has worked throughout Canada, and is a chaplain at the Winnipeg Remand Centre. He has been a sessional instructor for the Faculty of Theology at the University of Winnipeg in the area of theology and the arts.

Before ghost writing Nick Ternette’s autobiography with Ternette, Morrison had published opinion and humour pieces for newspapers and magazines , as well as a book titled “Quitting”. Morison is married to Alexandra Merrill and has two children, Matthew and Morag.

Allan, Hugh

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  • Personne
  • 1917-2004

Hugh Jeffery Gray Allan was born on May 14, 1917 in Cypress River, Manitoba. The Allan family moved around alot when Hugh was a child, but Hugh spent most of his adult life in Winnipeg. Allan was a well-respected photographer whose work has been displayed in many publications including: The Winnipeg Tribune, Time magazine, Swedish Press International, Maclean's magazine, and Sports Illustrated. Allan attended Gordon Bell High School and designed the school's crest. In 1947 while Allan was working at the Swift's Plant in St. Boniface, Harold Plant and Art Smales, Swift's news correspondents, knew of Allan's work as an amateur photographer and thought he would be the ideal for taking pictures for the Swift's newspaper. Allan used this as an opportunity to improve his technique and to produce better quality photographs. Over the next few years, Allan began to establish himself as a high quality photographer within the Winnipeg region. Allan was one of the first photographers to perfect the panoramic shot and to use bouncing light to conquer harsh shadows. Allan's big break happened during, the 1950 Manitoba flood disaster where the Winnipeg Tribune hired him to help their photo staff cover the flood. By October 1950, the Winnipeg Tribune hired him as a full time staff photographer. Allan became a well-respected photographer within the Tribune for over twenty years but decided to leave and form his own free lance business in 1970. During Allan's long career, he had the opportunity to cover many exciting events, sports and people such as: the Winnipeg Centennial celebrations, royal visits, the last steam locomotive passenger train, John F. Kennedy in Grand Forks, ND, the 1967 Pan Am games, the Bobby Hull signing at Portage and Main, the Winnipeg Jets, the Blue Bombers, the 1972 Canada-Russia Summit Series, and visits to Winnipeg by Gypsy Rose Lee, Harry Belafonte, Pierre Elliot Trudeau, Gordie Howe and many more.</p>
Allan's love of sports was evident by his participation and his photographic coverage of sports. Allan especially enjoyed golf and curling. Allan was a founding member of the Grey Owl Tournament and was five times skip champion at the newsmen bonspiel tournament. Allan was also one of eight media journalists to begin the Manitoba Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association, (M.S.S.A.) and in 1956, they inaugurated the annual dinner and awards ceremony for Manitoba Athlete of the Year. Allan covered many sport including golf, curling, the Blue Bombers, the Winnipeg Jets, and M.S.S.A atheles of the year.
Allan accumulated awards and honours based on hi swork and contributions to photojournalism which include: the Floyd Davis Memorial Award for substantially contributing to the preservation of the bonspiel (1973), he was inducted to the Media Roll of Honour from the M.S.S.A. (1989), and he was inducted to the Winnipeg Blue Bomber Media Roll of Honour (2002). Hugh Allan passed away on May 30th, 2004.

Lebrun, Richard

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  • Personne
  • 1931-

Richard A. Lebrun was born in Milton, North Dakota, USA on October 1, 1931. He is married and has six children. He has resided in Winnipeg, Manitoba since 1966. Lebrun graduated from St. John’s University in Minnesota with a Bachelor of Arts in History in 1953. In 1957 he graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Master of Arts in History, followed by a PhD in History in 1963. He specializes in the histories of modern Europe, France, Catholicism, and in particular 18th- and 19th-century French intellectual history.

Lebrun held various positions from lecturer to Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa from 1960 to 1966. In 1966 he became an Associate Professor at the University of Manitoba; he was promoted to Professor in 1972. He was Associate Head of the Department of History from 1968 to 1969 and Acting Head of the department from 1969 to 1971. He was then Associate Dean of Graduate Studies from 1971 to 1973. Lebrun has been a Professor Emeritus since 2002.

O'Hare Family

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  • 1876-2013

The O’Hare family was a prominent Manitoban family. John O’Hare, born on July 1 1876, was the son of Peter O’Hare and Sarah Ann O’Hare. Sara Ann later remarried Henry Lawrence and changed her name to Sarah Ann Lawrence. John O’Hare married Florence Frances Bridger (daughter of Thomas and Sara Bridger) in 1901, they had three children: Ralph, Elva, and Zella Mae. Elva graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1928 with a degree in Varsity Arts. Zella Mae married Bill Webber. Bill Webber served in WWII in the Canadian Navy as a member of the Fleet Air Arm. He also managed the Winnipeg Monarchs to two Canadian junior Hockey Memorial Cup National Championships in 1935 and 1937.

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