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Memorable Manitobans: Elizabeth Irene Bennett (1946-2005)

Educator.

Born at Fort William, Ontario on 11 January 1946, daughter of George Bennett (?-1983) and Irene McLaughin (1902-1999), she received a BEd degree from the University of British Columbia (1972) and later an MEd degree from St. Boniface College (1995). She was a supporter of bilingual education, spending a summer at La Rochelle, France and one year at Laval University in Quebec to further her bilingual ability.

She moved to Winnipeg in the mid-1970s. She began working in the Fort Garry School Division, teaching at Agassiz Drive School for seven years, specializing in French-language education. She then taught at Chancellor School in its opening year, took a year to further her French education and returned for one year at General Byng School and three years at Ecole Viscount Alexander. She was then appointed Principal at Ecole Crane (1987-2004), which had just been converted to a French immersion program. She also took part in a teacher-exchange program, and taught on a Canadian military base at Baden-Baden, Germany (1979-1981). At her retirement reception in June 2004, a garden in front of the school was dedicated in her honour, with an accompanying plaque later that year.

She died at Winnipeg, unmarried, on 8 October 2005 and is believed to be buried in the Garry Memorial Park.

Sources:

“Crane says adieu,” Winnipeg Free Press, 30 June 2004, page 69.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 11 October 2005, page 36.

Bennett family tree, Ancestry.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 7 June 2015

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