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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Dakota Elementary School / Victor Mager School (81 Beliveau Road, Winnipeg)

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Located in the St. Vital School Division, this school across the street from Dakota Collegiate was originally known as the Dakota Elementary School. It was built during the winter of 1959-1960, with staff and students temporarily quartered at Hasting School during that period. Following a 1970-1971 expansion, based on designs of Ward Macdonald & Associates, it was renamed for former St. Vital Reeve Victor Mager.

Principals

Period

Principal

1960-1968

Jennie Ellen “Jean” Kerr (1903-2001)

1968-1973

Grace Darling Cormode Watson (1910-2005)

1973-c1975

?

c1975

Harold David Christie (1927-2019)

c1975-2016

?

2016-?

Karen Magnusson

?-2019

?

2019-?

Troy Reinhardt

Vice-Principals

Period

Vice-Principal

2016-?

Nicole Mager

?-2019

?

2019-?

Sheila Lynch-Mondor

Teachers

School Year

Teachers

1959-1960

Wreatha Allen (grade 2), Verna Louise Bendall (grade 1), Helen Bergen (grade 3), Margaret Brown (grade 3), Jennie Ellen “Jean” Kerr (grade 4), Blande Annette Matthews (grade 4), Irene Oliver (grade 2)

1960-1961

Wreatha Allen (grade 2), Verna Louise Bendall (grade 1), Helen Bergen (grade 3), Jennie Ellen “Jean” Kerr (grade 5), Blande Annette Matthews (grade 4), Elizabeth Menzel (grade 1)

1961-1962

Wreatha Allen (grade 3), Verna Louise Bendall (grade 1), Eldeen Henderson (grade 2), Jennie Ellen “Jean” Kerr (grade 5), Blande Annette Matthews (grade 4), Elizabeth Menzel (grade 5)

1962-1963

Wreatha Allen (grade 3), Verna Louise Bendall (grade 1), Jennie Ellen “Jean” Kerr (grade 6), Blande Annette Matthews (grade 4), Elizabeth Menzel (grade 5), Susan Ward (grade 2)

1963-1964

Wreatha Allen (grade 3), Verna Louise Bendall (grade 1), Elizabeth Menzel Chesko (grade 5), Pat Cibula (grade 2), Jennie Ellen “Jean” Kerr (grade 6), Audrey Jacqueline Cheetham McGregor (grade 1), Blande Annette Matthews (grade 4)

1964-1965

Wreatha Allen (grade 3), Verna Louise Bendall (grade 1), Grace Hartley (grade 2), Jennie Ellen “Jean” Kerr (grade 6), Audrey Jacqueline Cheetham McGregor (grade 1), Blande Annette Matthews (grade 4), Alvina Thiessen (grade 5)

1965-1966

Wreatha Allen (grade 3), Verna Louise Bendall (grade 1), Grace Hartley (grades 2-3), Dolores Horn (grade 5), Jennie Ellen “Jean” Kerr (grade 6), Audrey Jacqueline Cheetham McGregor (grades 1-2), Blande Annette Matthews (grade 4), ? (grade 1)

1966-1967

Wreatha Allen (grade 3), Verna Louise Bendall (grade 1), Dolores Horn (grade 5), Margaret Ann Huta (grade 2), Virginia Macartney (grade 6), Audrey Jacqueline Cheetham McGregor (grade 1), Blande Annette Matthews (grade 4)

1967-1968

Verna Louise Bendall (grade 1, 1967; grades 1-2, 1968), Elsie Helen Dyck (grade 5), Margaret Ann Huta (grade 2), Theresa Marion Kuryk (grade 3), Audrey Jacqueline Cheetham McGregor (grade 1), Blande Annette Matthews (grade 4), Mary Edith Smith (music), Mary Anne Sydor (grade 6)

1968-1969

Elsie Helen Dyck (grade 5), Helen Feniuk (grade 1), Margaret Ann Huta (grade 2), R. Komzak (grade 6), Theresa Marion Kuryk (grade 3), Audrey Jacqueline Cheetham McGregor (grade 1), Blande Annette Matthews (grade 4)

1969-1970

Elsie Helen Dyck (grade 5), Margaret Ann Huta (grade 2), R. Komzak (grade 6), Theresa Marion Kuryk (grade 3), Audrey Jacqueline Cheetham McGregor (grade 1), Blande Annette Matthews (grade 4), M. Moir (grade 1)

1970-1971

Suzanne Marie Bibaud (grade 2), Mabel Eileen Fair (grade 1), Alvin Edward Friesen (grade 5), Theresa Marion Kuryk (grade 3), Audrey Jacqueline Cheetham McGregor (kindergarten), Blande Annette Matthews (grade 4), Titus R. Premdas (grade 6), Henriette Cecile Raine (kindergarten, 1971), Sharon Mae LaRue Steeves (special education)

Photos & Coordinates

Victor Mager School

Victor Mager School (October 2015)
Source: Nathan Kramer

Site Location (lat/long): N49.83612, W97.10959
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: Victor Magar [Victor Mager] (1849-1930)

Sources:

“Staggered classes in many schools,” Winnipeg Free Press, 26 August 1959, page 3.

“Letters to the editor [Overcrowded School],” Winnipeg Free Press, 3 October 1959, page 44.

“Wading in St. Vital,” Winnipeg Free Press, 5 April 1960, page 3.

“Tender notice - Addition and alterations to Dakota Elementary School,” Winnipeg Free Press, 27 June 1970, page 14.

Obituary [Audrey Jacqueline McGregor], Winnipeg Free Press, 8 August 2009, page C13.

School division half-yearly attendance reports (E 0757), GR1196, Archives of Manitoba.

Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.

We thank Le Centre du patrimoine of La Société historique de Saint-Boniface and John Buermeyer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 17 May 2020

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