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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Winkler Retarded School / Association for Retarded Children (851 Pembina Avenue, Winkler)

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Established at Winkler, the Winkler Association for Retarded Children (ARC) was founded in 1958, with classes for retarded (and later, also educable mentally handicapped) pupils being held in renovated basement space at Winkler School. Classroom space was temporarily rented at 198 Eighth Street for one year before this structure was built in 1963. It opened to students in March 1963, and was officially opened on 26 May 1963. The Garden Valley School Division took over responsibility for education of the students on 1 July 1967 and the facility continued operating under the ARC name until the summer of 1977. The premises was in use as a daycare centre at the time of an April 2019 site visit.

Principals

Period

Principal

1966-1968

William Braun

Teachers

Period

Teachers

1958-1959

Helen Loewen

1959-1960

Mary Epp

1960-1961

Mary Epp

1961-1962

Mary Epp

1962-1963

Mary Epp

1963-1964

Mary Epp

1964-1965

E. M. McRae, Anne Klassen (1965)

1965-1966

William Braun

1966-1967

William Braun, Viola Mildred Doell, Evelyn Janzen, Anne Klassen

1967-1968

William Braun, Evelyn Marguerite Janzen, Anne Klassen, Alfred Harry Kroeker (at Garden Valley Collegiate Institute)

1968-1969

William Braun, Evelyn Marguerite Janzen, Anne Klassen, Alfred Harry Kroeker (at Garden Valley Collegiate Institute)

1969-1970

William Braun (at Garden Valley Collegiate Institute), Viola Mildred Doell, Eleanor Gail Hildebrand

1970-1971

Viola Mildred Doell, Eleanor Gail Hildebrand

1971-1972

Viola Mildred Doell, Eleanor Gail Hildebrand

1972-1973

Viola Mildred Doell, Florence Marie Dyck

1973-1974

Viola Mildred Doell, Linda Anne Redekop

1974-1975

Viola Mildred Doell, Linda Anne Redekop

1975-1976

Viola Mildred Doell, Carolyn Anne Schellenberg

1976-1977

Viola Mildred Doell, Linda Giesbrecht, Helen Rempel (1976)

Photos & Coordinates

The former Winkler Retarded School building

The former Winkler Retarded School building (November 2020)
Source: Rose Kuzina

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.17802, W97.94441
denoted by symbol on the map above

Sources:

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

Manitoba School Records Collection, Winkler School No. 747 Daily Registers, GR2656, Archives of Manitoba.

Manitoba School Records Collection, Winkler School (Special Education) No. 747 Daily Registers, GR2656, Archives of Manitoba.

“School for retarded at Winkler,” Springfield Leader, 22 July 1958, page 4.

A History of Winkler, 1892-1973, by Frank Brown, 1973.

We thank Lorna Clark and Rose Kuzina for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 24 November 2020

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