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Val Werier was born in Winnipeg on June 29, 1917. He graduated from St.John's High School and then attended Manitoba Junior College to obtain the equivalent of first year university. He held a number of jobs while working as a freelance writer, having published in the Winnipeg Tribune as early as 1939. He was hired as a Tribune reporter in 1941. He joined the RCAF in 1942 and trained as a navigator. He completed a tour of operations with the RAF Bomber Squadron 626 achieving the rank of Flying Officer. Werier returned to the Tribune upon his discharge. He covered every major beat and was made City Editor in 1955. In 1961 he was appointed News Editor and was promoted to Associate Editor the following year. With the folding of the Winnipeg Tribune in 1980, Werier moved to the Winnipeg Free Press. Werier's life long devotion to heritage & environmental issues has enabled him to foment change through his writings. He continues to write the occasional column in a journalistic career that spans nearly 75 years.
Werier has been the recipient of a myriad of awards. In 1979 he was presented the Heritage Canada National Communications Award. In 1986 he received the Environment Canada National Heritage Award. He was named to the Order of Canada in 1998 and became an Order of Manitoba recipient in 2004. Werier has been appointed to several Commissions. He was member of the provincial Fact Finding Committee on Legal Aid in 1970. He was Commissioner of the Manitoba Law Reform Commission from 1971-1979. He was a Member of the Board of the Canadian Housing Design Council in 1978-1982. He was a member of the program committee, Manitoba Museum of Man & Nature. He was a member of the Winnipeg Jewish Community Council, 1986-1989.
Val passed away in Winnipeg, 2014.
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Created by Lewis St. George Stubbs (2013). Revised by N. Courrier (January 2020).