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Historic Sites of Manitoba: River East Collegiate (295 Sutton Avenue, Winnipeg)

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The River East Collegiate was built in 1960 based on designs of the Winnipeg architectural firm of Ward and Macdonald. It opened to students on 20 December 1960, who had previously been attending staggered classes at the East St. Paul Collegiate. The River East School Division facility, built at a cost of $508,970, had 15 classrooms, auditorium/gymnasium, commercial rooms, home economics rooms, shops, and an assortment of additional rooms. It was opened officially on 27 February 1961. The original structure was expanded greatly in 1963, adding 20 classrooms, two commercial rooms, one laboratory, and increased automotive shops space. The expanded facility opened in late November 1963.

In June 1990, the River East Collegiate Student Association erected a monument in front of the school in honour of late Principal J. Bruce Brown.

Principals

Period

Principal

1956-1957

James Edwin Scarrow (1902-1982)

1957-1961

?

1961-1981

Alexander J. “Alex” Smaluk (c1921-2016)

1981-1985

James Bruce Brown (1939-1985)

1985-?

?

?-?

William “Bill” Welsh (1936-2017)

?-2015

?

2015-?

D. Posthumus

Vice-Principals

Period

Vice-Principal

1956-1957

Mr. C. E. Douglas

1957-1968

?

1968-1969

Mrs. C. Cook
Mr. D. McMaster

1969-1970

?

1970-1971

Mr. J. B. Brown
Mr. J. Degen

1971-1976

?

1976-1978

Mr. H. J. Dick
Mr. W. Wawrykow

?-?

Joseph Anthony “Joe” Degen (1929-2016)

Teachers

School Year

Teachers

1956-1957

Mr. P. Enns, Mr. L. E. Gendron, Mrs. M. E. Lee, Mr. W. J. MacNab, Miss S. Mandziuk, Mr. G. Michalchuk, Miss J. W. Milton, Mrs. M. I. Redgwell, Mrs. N. M. Reese, Miss P. R. Taylor, Mr. R. J. Wilson

1957-1958

 

1958-1959

 

1959-1960

 

1960-1961

 

1961-1962

Peter Jacob Olchowecki, ?

1962-1963

Peter Jacob Olchowecki, ?

1963-1964

Peter Jacob Olchowecki, ?

1964-1965

Peter Jacob Olchowecki, ?

1965-1966

Peter Jacob Olchowecki, ?

1966-1967

Peter Jacob Olchowecki, ?

1967-1968

Peter Jacob Olchowecki, ?

1968-1969

Mrs. C. A. Beek, Mr. G. C. Bell, Miss E. Berthaudin, Mr. D. M. Botting, Mr. J. B. Brown, Mrs. P. Budyk, Mrs. M. R. Campbell, Mr. A. N. Cooper, Joseph Anthony “Joe” Degen (guidance), Mrs. I. de Graff, Miss N. A. Dyck, Mrs. G. D. Fast, Mr. J. R. Fast, Mr. D. Friesen, Mr. J. I. Friesen, Mr. J. Froese, Mr. E. Gilroy, Mr. L. G. Goodman, Mrs. Goodspeed, Mr. A. D. Gregor, Miss D. Head, Mr. L. Huska, Mr. Ilavsky (guidance), Mr. F. Kahler, Miss S. Klassen, Mr. W. Klassen, Mr. J. Koshelanyk, Miss L. C. Madill, Miss Magnusson (guidance), Mr. B. McKinnon, Miss D. J. Moroz, Mr. R. G. Morris, Mrs. B. A. Nelson, Mrs. O'Connor, Miss E. O'Gorman, Peter Jacob Olchowecki, Mr. J. S. Oliver, Mrs. E. Pankiewicz, Mr. G. Pankiewicz, Mr. C. S. Pattle, Mr. R. Peniuk, Mr. P. Peters, Miss S. Porth, Mrs. J. G. Poudrier, Mr. P. Prystupa, Mr. Reeves, Mr. J. Regher, Mr. H. Rempel, Mrs. Roy, Mr. H. Schroeder, Mr. P. J. Spencer, Mrs. N. Staska, Mr. W. Staska, Harold Melville Stinson, Mr. G. Strempler, Mr. K. L. Sturk, Mr. L. B. Syrnick, Mr. N. W. Trevenen, Mrs. J. Unruh, Mr. H. Visch, Mrs. J. Wawrykow, Mr. W. Wawrykow, Miss Young (librarian)

1969-1970

Peter Jacob Olchowecki, ?

1970-1971

Mrs. C. A. Beek, Mr. G. C. Bell, Miss E. Berthaudin, Mr. J. Bitchok, Mr. G. W. Bochinski, Mr. D. W. Botting, Mrs. P. A. Budyk, Mr. A. M. Cooper, Mr. H. Dick, Miss N. A. Dyck, Mrs. G. D. Fast, Mr. J. R. Fast, Mr. D. Friesen, Mr. J. I. Friesen, Mr. P. Friesen, Mrs. J. L. Froese, Mr. W. Funk, Mr. E. H. Gilroy, Miss S. G. Greening, Miss M. D. Head, Mr. L. Huska, Mr. J. Kasdorf, Mr. W. Klassen, Mr. J. Koshelanyk, Mr. K. J. Krawchuk, Mr. M. J. Krochak, Mr. E. J. Kuch, Mrs. G. L. Lakusiak, Miss L. C. Madill, Mr. B. McKinnon, Mrs. S. McLachlan, Miss D. J. Moroz, Mr. R. G. Morris, Mrs. B. A. Nelson, Miss O’Gorman, Peter Jacob Olchowecki, Mr. J. S. Oliver, Mrs. E. Pankiewicz, Mr. G. Pankiewicz, Mr. C. S. Pattle, Mr. R. Peniuk, Miss S. Porth, Mrs. J. G. Poudrier, Mr. P. Prystupa, Mr. D. M. Reed, Mr. J. Regehr, Mr. H. Rempel, Mr. L. W. Ruppel, Miss H. J. Rutherford, Mr. H. Schellenberg, Mr. H. E. Schroeder, Mr. D. A. Sernyk, Mr. Smith, Mr. P. J. Spencer, Mrs. N. Staska, Mr. W. Staska, Miss H. Sukkau, Mr. Z. B. Syrnick, Mr. N. W. Trevenen, Mrs. J. Unruh, Mr. W. Wawrykow

1971-1972

Peter Jacob Olchowecki, ?

1972-1973

Peter Jacob Olchowecki, ?

1973-1974

Peter Jacob Olchowecki, ?

1974-1975

?

1975-1976

?

1976-1977

Mr. Berger, Mr. D. Blais, Mr. Bochinski, Mr. Bradshaw, Mrs. Bradshaw, Mrs. Brocki, Mr. Carter, Miss Dale, Mr. Dentry, Miss Dyck, Mr. E. Dyck, Mr. Fast, Mr. Friesen, Mrs. Gamble, Miss Greening, Mr. Harvey, Mr. Kells, Miss Klassen, Mr. Klassen, Mr. Koshelanyk, Mr. Kozak, Miss Kran, Mr. Krawchuk, Mr. Krochak, Miss Laurie, Lynn Mattisen, Mr. McBurney, Mr. Metcalfe, Miss Moroz, Mr. Neil, Mr. Olfert, Mr. Oystryk, Mr. Pattle, Mr. Peniuk, Mr. Pomarenski, Mrs. Popeski, Mr. Puttaert, Mrs. Puttaert, Mrs. Redekop, Mr. Regehr, Mr. Rempel, Mrs. Rempel, Mr. Ruppel, Mr. Scheer, Mr. Schellenberg, Mr. Schroeder, Mrs. Schurek, Mr. Scott, Mr. Shaw, Mr. Spencer, Mr. Staska, Mrs. Stoesz, Mr. Sutton, Mr. Syrnick, Mrs. Tegg, Mr. Tucker, Mrs. Vensel, Mr. Wiebe, Mr. Wilson, Mrs. Woolison, Mrs. Zubrycki, Mr. Zybrycki

1977-1978

Mr. W. Berger, Mr. Blais, Mr. Bochinski, Mr. Bradshaw, Mrs. Bradshaw, Mrs. Brochi, Mr. Carter, Miss Dale, Mr. Dentry, Mr. E. V. Dyck, Miss N. A. Dyck, Mr. Esselmont, Mr. Fast, Mr. Friesen, Mrs. Gamble, Miss Greening, Mrs. Harvey, Mr. Kells, Miss S. Klassen, Mr. B. Klassen, Mr. Koshelanyk, Mr. Kozak, Miss Kran, Mr. Krawchuk, Mr. Krochak, Miss Laurie, Miss Mathers, Mr. McBurney, Mr. Metcalfe, Miss Miller, Miss Moroz, Mr. Neil, Mr. Olfert, Mr. Oystryk, Mr. Pattle, Mr. Peniuk, Mr. Pomarenski, Mrs. Popeski, Mr. Puttaert, Mrs. Puttaert, Mrs. Quinton, Mrs. Redekop, Mr. Regehr, Mr. Rempel, Mrs. Rempel, Mr. Staska, Mrs. Stoesz, Miss Sutton, Mr. Sutton, Mr. Syrnick, Mr. Tucker, Mr. Wiebe, Mr. Wilson, Mr. Zubrycki

1978-1997

?

1997-1998

Mrs. Bistyak, Mr. Blais, Mr. Bochinski, Mr. Bohardt, Mr. Chartrand, Mr. Clark, Ms. Doell, Miss Drzystek, Ms. Ens, Mr. Esselmont, Mr. Fast, Mr. Gagne, Mr. Graham, Mr. Habing, Ms. Harris, Mr. Harvey, Mr. Hildebrandt, Mr. Janz, Mr. Kasian, Mr. Koshelanyk, Ms. Kraemer, Ms. Kraemer, Miss Kran, Mr. Krawchuk, Mrs. Mackay, Mrs. MacLaren, Mr. Magnifico, Ms. Markusa, Mrs. Marsland, Miss Mathers, Mr. Matte, Mr. McBurney, Mrs. Miller, Mr. Mohammed, Mr. Munro, Mr. Neil, Mr. Neufeld, Ms. Neumann, Mr. Oystryk, Mr. Panas, Mr. Pedersen, Mrs. Powell, Mrs. Pura, Mr. Puttaert, Mrs. Ramsay, Mr. Redekopp, Miss Richardson, Mrs. Ridd, Mr. Ruppel, Mr. Shaw, Ms. Skublics, Mr. Sparkes, Mr. Stankevicius, Mrs. Stephens, Mr. Struch, Mr. Sutton, Mrs. Tate, Mr. Tucker, Mrs. Vukets

Photos & Coordinates

Entrance to River East Collegiate with commemorative monument
for Principal J. Bruce Brown

Entrance to River East Collegiate with commemorative monument
for Principal J. Bruce Brown
(October 2015)
Source: Nathan Kramer

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.94304, W97.08108
denoted by symbol on the map above

Sources:

“River East School Division No. 9,” Winnipeg Free Press, 23 November 1960, page 29.

[Photo caption], Winnipeg Free Press, 25 February 1961, page 6.

“Know your Principal,” Winnipeg Free Press, 13 May 1964 page 3.

“Male lead Mike finds lost chord,” Winnipeg Free Press, 24 February 1967, page 21.

“Students not rushing to bars at noon, Syms says,” Winnipeg Free Press, 15 March 1977, page 4.

“Staggered classes set at East St. Paul Collegiate,” Winnipeg Free Press, 28 August 1960, page 48.

“River East School Division No. 9 public notice,” Winnipeg Free Press, 29 September 1962, page 36.

“Many suburban acclamations but bylaws may lure voters,” Winnipeg Free Press, 23 October 1962, page 3.

“Tenders - addition to River East Collegiate,” Winnipeg Free Press, 15 February 1963, page 36.

New River East Collegiate addition opening Friday,” [newspaper clipping], November 1963. Jim Smith / MMC Alumni.

We thank Jim Daher for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 28 March 2020

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