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Manitoba Organization: Manitoba Heritage Federation

This incorporated, non-profit organization was established on 26 January 1985 to promote, encourage, develop, and preserve Manitoba’s heritage among groups around the province. Among the groups that participated were the Association of Manitoba Archivists, Association of Manitoba Museums, Carberry Plains Culture Centre, La societe historique de Saint Boniface, Manitoba Archaeological Society, Manitoba Genealogical Society, Manitoba Historical Society, Manitoba Museum of Man and Nature, Morden and District Museum, Swan Valley Museum, Transcona Historical Museum, Vintage Locomotive Society, and Western Canada Aviation Museum. For several years in the late 1980s, the Federation published a newsletter called Heritage Spectrum.

Using funds provided to it from provincial lotteries and gaming, by 1992, the Manitoba Heritage Federation had awarded over 700 grants to some 300 organizations. At that time, the Manitoba government took over operation of the Heritage Grants Program. In 1995, the Federation inaugurated an awards program, in commemoration of Manitoba’s 125th birthday, that were presented every 18 months between 1995 and 1999. The organization became inactive by 2000.

Presidents

Period

Principal

1985

Terry Patterson

1986-1987

Ruth Mary Breckman (1932-2017)

1987-1989

Diane Haglund

Award Recipients (Individual)

Award Recipient

Award

Year

Sydney James Allen

Regional Volunteer

1996

Douglas Andrew

Regional Volunteer

1998

Nicole Botterill

Youth Special Recognition

1996

Remi Bouchard

Heritage Publication

1998

Elgin Chute

Regional Volunteer

1999

Vic Edwards

Heritage Tourism

1999

Erin Galbraith

Youth Special Recognition

1996

Jean Oscar “John” Guiboche (1927-2003)

D. L. Campbell

1998

Elwood W. Heath

Regional Volunteer

1996

Dorothy Henderson

President’s

1998

Leo Friman Kristjanson (1932-2005)

Regional Volunteer

1996

Ben V. Kroeker

Heritage Publication

1996

Elsie Demchuk Lesyk (1926-2014)

Heritage Preservation

1996

Royden K. Loewen

Outstanding Contribution

1996

Bob Mackenzie

President’s

1996

Brandi Martin

Youth Special Recognition

1996

Gordon McGill

Regional Volunteer

1999

Arthur McIntyre

Regional Volunteer

1999

William G. McKay

D. L. Campbell

1999

Myrtle McKenzie

Regional Volunteer

1998

Kristy McLean

Youth Special Recognition

1996

Gerald Morran

Special Recognition

1998

Cecil Pittman

Special Recognition

1999

Mary Rosalia Prokopowich (1916-2003)

Heritage Publication

1998

Wayne Ralph

Special Recognition

1999

Joe Robertson

D. L. Campbell

1996

G. H. “Rusty” Rutherford

Outstanding Contribution

1998

Kay & John Slobodzian

Regional Volunteer

1998

Morris Stefaniuk

Special Recognition

1996

Ray Storozinski

Regional Volunteer

1996

Ed Stubbington

Youth Special Recognition

1996

Ivan Traill

President’s

1999

Monty Trimble

Youth Special Recognition

1996

Marion Whyte

Regional Volunteer

1999

Stanley Witoski

Regional Volunteer

1996

Evelyn Vivian

Regional Volunteer

1998

Bernard Rodolph “Bernie” Wolfe (1922-2014)

Special Recognition

1998

Award Recipients (Group)

Award Recipient

Award

Year

Abigail’s at the Station (Roblin)

Outstanding Contribution

1999

Church of the Resurrection Restoration Committee

Heritage Preservation

1998

Crystal City Community Printing Museum

Heritage Preservation

1998

Elgin & District Historical Museum Board

Heritate Preservation

1998

Ethelbert & District Museum

Heritage Preservation

1999

Fort la Reine News (Vic & Joyce Edwards)

Heritage Publication

1999

Gimli Municipal Heritage Committee

Heritage Preservation

1996

Manitoba Naturalists Society

Outstanding Contribution

1998

Town of Gimli

Municipal

1999

Trembowla Cross of Freedom Inc.

Heritage Tourism

1998

Woodlands Pioneer Museum Board

Outstanding Contribution

1998

Sources:

“Billboard,” Winnipeg Free Press, 23 January 1985, page 32.

“The MAS and the Manitoba Heritage Federation” by Peter Walker, Manitoba Archaeological Quarterly, Volume 9, Number 1, January 1985, pages 61-64.

Heritage Spectrum, Volume 1, Number 2, 1986.

Manitoba Hansard, 5 June 1992.

“Manitoba Heritage Federation 3rd Annual Awards Banquet,” Neepawa Banner, 18 April 1998, page 24.

Obituary [Ruth Mary Breckman], Winnipeg Free Press, 23 December 2017.

Manitoba Heritage Federation website, Wayback Machine, Internet Archive.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 23 December 2017

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