Memorable Manitobans: Laverne Mitchell Lewycky (1946-2020)
Cleric, educator, MP (1980-1984).
Born at Dauphin on 12 February 1946, he attended Dauphin Collegiate then received BA and MA degrees from the University of Manitoba. He worked as an ordained minister, leading congregations in Manitoba, Quebec, Ontario, and New Brunswick, and as a parole officer at Stony Mountain Penitentiary and Headingley Gaol.
He taught at schools of the Mountain View School Division as well as at Assiniboine Community College (Dauphin), Crandall University (Moncton, New Brunswick), Heritage College (Hull, Quebec), Algonquin College (Ottawa), Nipissing University (North Bay, Ontario), University of Manitoba, Canadian Nazarene College, and Providence College & Seminary. He worked with Toastmasters International, a course instructor with Dale Carnegie, and a supervisor with Manitoba with Disabilities.
Active in provincial and national politics, he was a New Democratic candidate for the Sturgeon Creek constituency in the 1973 provincial general election. He subsequently ran in the Dauphin constituency in the 1974, 1979, 1980, 1984, 2015, and 2019 federal general elections, being successful only in 1980. After losing in 1984, he left politics to pursue a doctoral degree at Carleton University (Ottawa).
He died at Dauphin on 3 August 2020 and was buried in the Dauphin Riverside Cemetery.
Obituary, Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Services.
We thank Bill Blaikie for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 12 January 2022