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Chair in German-Canadian Studies, University of Winnipeg

  • GCS-Chair
  • Corporate body
  • 1989-

The Chair in German-Canadian Studies was established in 1989 with a grant from the Secretary of State's Program for Canadian Ethnic Studies and with a grant from a group of private philanthropists within the German-Canadian community of Winnipeg. It is affiliated with the History Department at the University of Winnipeg.

Cubbidge, Arthur Edward

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  • Person
  • 23 May 1881 - 28 October 1952

Arthur Cubbidge (1881-1952) was a Winnipeg architect. Cubbidge was born in Maidstone, England and immigrated to Winnipeg in 1907, where he worked as an assistant to local architect John Woodman. In 1917, Woodman invited Cubbidge to become a partner in his firm, where they worked on local public buildings, primarily schools. In 1924, Cubbidge began his own firm, where he continued his work on public buildings such as schools, hospitals, businesses both locally and beyond. Cubbidge also designed many residential projects, particularly in the Wellington Crescent neighbourhood.

Arthur Cubbidge (1881-1952) was a Winnipeg architect. Cubbidge was born in Maidstone, England and immigrated to Winnipeg in 1907, where he worked as an assistant to local architect John Woodman. In 1917, Woodman invited Cubbidge to become a partner in his firm, where they worked on local public buildings, primarily schools. In 1924, Cubbidge began his own firm, where he continued his work on public buildings such as schools, hospitals, businesses both locally and beyond. Cubbidge also designed many residential projects, particularly in the Wellington Crescent neighbourhood.

Houle, Kelly

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  • Person
  • 1967-

Kelly Houle is an Indigenous, transgender women who has overcome many challenges in life to become a beloved and well-respected member of community. She was born in 1967 in Winnipeg, Manitoba and raised on the Sandy Bay First Nation in the traditions, culture, and language of the Ojibway/Saulteaux people. At the age of 5, she was forcibly taken from her home to attend the Sandy Bay Residential School. Following her parents’ divorce, she left Sandy Bay and moved to Winnipeg to live with her mother and her five siblings. She attended several schools in Winnipeg including King Edward, William Whyte, R.B. Russell, and Argyle. She began identifying as a transgender girl at the age of 11. During her childhood and adolescence, she experienced racism, homophobia/transphobia, violence, and abuse but remained resilient.

While in high school, she entered the Winnipeg sex trade where she worked for 28 years and is a survivor of homelessness and drug addiction. After witnessing the death and disappearance of many Indigenous women, girls, and Two-Spirit/transgender folks, Houle left the sex trade in 2005 and entered transition programs at Sage House and New Directions’ TERF (Transition, Education, and Resources for Females). Following her graduation, Houle began her career as an experiential outreach and peer support worker, first as the Oshkitwaawin Outreach Worker to women, youth, and Two Spirit people at Circle of Life Thunderbird House, and then at Ndinawe Youth Resource Centre, Sage House, Sunshine House’s Like That program, Nine Circles Community Health Centre, All Nations Hope AIDS Network, and the Manitoba Harm Reduction Network.

Houle has been involved in advocacy efforts related to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two-Spirit people, as well as supporting Two-Spirit culture and tradition. She joined the Tears4Justice Walk, a 7,400 kilometre walk across Canada to raise awareness and demand justice for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, and was instrumental in the inclusion of transgender and Two-Spirit people in this movement and the subsequent federal inquiry. She has attended several Two-Spirit Gatherings and was crowned the 18th International Two-Spirit Princess. In 2017, Houle, a jingle dancer, helped organize the first Two-Spirit Powwow at a Pride event in Canada and was named the Grand Marshal of the Winnipeg Pride parade. She has served as Co-Chair and Vice-Chair of Two-Spirited People of Manitoba. She is open to speaking about her life experiences and has served on several committees advocating for improved health and safety programs for transgender and Two-Spirit people in Manitoba.

Sickert, Guenther

  • Person
  • May 16, 1928 - May 29, 2015

Guenther Sickert was born on May 16, 1928 in Ober-Mittelebersbach, Germany to Dr. Rudolf Sickert and his wife, Elfriede (Nicke). He is the oldest of five children, Christian, Magdalene, Gabriele, and Dieter. In 1932, the family moved to Neschwitz, Germany. In 1952, Guenter Sickert immigrated to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He married Gerda Worgull in 1958, who had come from Germany to begin a life with him. Together, the couple had three children, Helga, Rolf, and Ingrid (McManes). By 1962, Sickert had begun his career as a personal and small-business accountant. Sickert was an active member of the German-Canadian community in Winnipeg. He was a member of the German Society of Winnipeg since 1954, and throughout his life served as a Financial Secretary, Treasurer, and two terms as President. He supported associations affiliated with the club, and helped establish Camp Neustadt on Lake Winnipeg, Villa Heidelberg, and the Kildonan Park Witches Hut. He was awarded the City of Winnipeg's Citizenship Award and also the Federal Republic of Germany's Bundesverdienstkreuz for his contributions to the German-Canadian Community. Guenther Sickert died on May 29, 2015 at the Victoria General Hospital at the age of 87.

Stewart, George A.

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  • Person
  • 1922-1994

George Andrew Stewart was born in Boissevain, Manitoba and was the son of a United Church minister, Reverend J. F. Stewart. Stewart graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Architecture from the University of Manitoba in 1948. He was awarded, among other prizes, the Manitoba Association of Architects (MAA) Scholarship and the Ralph Hamm Memorial Scholarship. After graduation, he established his own practice which he ran until 1970.

From 1970-1982, George A. Stewart worked as the Director of the University of Manitoba, Physical Planning and Design Office. During this time, he designed the Ellis Building, renovated the Buller Biological Laboratories and oversaw the design and construction of several new buildings.

Stewart served on the Manitoba Association of Architects (MAA) Council and as MAA President (1958). As well he served on numerous committees of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC). He was appointed as a Fellow of the RAIC in 1966. In 1965, he was appointed to the Winnipeg Better Housing Commission.

Stewart had a particular interest in community public libraries which led to commissions for both the St. Vital and the Fort Garry branches.

Thompson, Harlyn Elwood

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  • Person
  • 1933-2021

Harlyn Elwood Thompson was born in Fargo, North Dakota, on July 3, 1933. He graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture from North Dakota State University in 1956. He then studied at the University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana) receiving a masters of Architecture in 1960. After graduation, he moved to London, England and worked for Chamberlin, Powell & Bon Architects, the architects for the Barbican. He was a ‘Block’ Architect responsible for large scale 'flat' housing.

Returning to the USA, he worked for a year with Vincent G. Kling & Associates, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on the Norfolk Civic Center, Norfork, Virginia. From 1962-64, he worked with Louis I. Kahn, in Philadelphia. Projects underway included the Salk Institute in LaJolla, California. Thompson was Project Architect on the Bryn Mawr College Dormitory, Pennsylvania.

From 1964-1973, Thompson taught in the Department of Architecture & Planning, The Queen's University of Belfast, Belfast, Northern Ireland; the Department of Architecture, North Dakota State University, and the Department of Architecture, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio.

In 1973, he became a Professor at the New Jersey School of Architecture, New Jersey Institute of Technology. He was also appointed as the new school's first dean. He was accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) in 1978.

In 1980, Harlyn Thompson came to the University of Manitoba and joined the Faculty of Architecture as a professor and then as Dean, as well as working in private practice. He continued with the University in teaching and management roles until 1996. From 1997-2007, Thompson was Senior Scholar in the Faculty of Architecture, University of Manitoba.

Thompson also served as a consultant on a range of international projects. From 1990-96, he worked with the Architecture & Rural Planning, Nepal Education Project, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). From 1996-2005, he was a volunteer advisor through CES/SACO on the following projects: Site Analysis/Site Planning for a Motel, Grand Rapids First Nation (1996); Space Planning, Neechi Foods Co-op, Winnipeg (1998); Site Report, Outdoor Recreation Facility, Fisher River First Nation (1998); Introduce Architectural Consulting Services using CAD via the Internet, Chisinau, Moldova (2002).

Harlyn Thompson continued to contribute to Winnipeg’s architectural community through support of the annual Harlyn Thompson lecture series at the University of Manitoba and participation as a member of the Faculty of Architecture Partners Programme.

Harlyn Thompson passed away on August 17, 2021.