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Memorable Manitobans: James Lake “Jim” Asselstine (1921-2015)


Born at Chatham, Ontario in 1921, he grew up in St. Catharines, Ontario. While a resident medical officer in the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps during the Second World War, he recognized that the physical symptoms exhibited by returning soldiers were rooted in their wartime mental traumas. After graduating in medicine from the University of Toronto (1944), he moved to Selkirk in 1948 where he began his pioneering practice in psychotropic treatment at the Selkirk Mental Hospital (Psychiatry). He moved to Winnipeg in 1951 and, three years later, he became an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Manitoba. He was the founding Director of the Child Guidance Clinic of Greater Winnipeg, a position he held for 20 years. In the 1970s, he served short terms at the Alcohol Foundation of Manitoba and Manitoba Department of Health and Welfare, and he worked with a team of psychiatrists at Victoria General Hospital until retirement. He died in Winnipeg on 21 March 2015.


James Lake Asselstine Profile, Class of 1944, University of Toronto.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 28 March 2015, page A38.

This page was prepared by Ian Stewart.

Page revised: 18 October 2016

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