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Leitch, William G.

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  • Person
  • 1914-2009

William Graeme Leitch was born 28 September 1914 to Jim and Ethel Leitch of Winnipeg. William Leitch was a Boy Scout during his youth and in 1930 was a member of the team that won the Wallace Nesbitt Junior Championship First Aid Competition. He attended Wesley College prior to entering the University of Manitoba, from which he graduated in 1938 with a B.Sc. degree in zoology and geology. On 27 November 1939 he married Inez Isabel Fines, and in 1947 they had one daughter, Janet.

In 1939, he enlisted in the RCAF as a pilot officer, spending most of the war with the Easter Air Command in Canada’s maritime region. He retired in 1945 with the rank of Squadron Leader. Following the war, Leitch began graduate studies in wildlife management at the University of Toronto, then returned to Winnipeg to continue his studies at the University of Manitoba. He graduated in 1952 with a Master of Science degree in wildlife ecology.

Leitch first joined Ducks Unlimited in 1939 as a field biologist following graduation from the University of Manitoba. After the war, he re-joined the company and in 1951 was appointed Chief Biologist, a position he held for 26 years until his retirement in 1977. Leitch was also one of the founding members of the Winnipeg Skeet Club, serving as its president in 1966, and was the Manitoba Skeet Champion in 1963 and the 410 Gauge Champion in 1969.

Leitch’s published works include: Ducks and Men: Forty Years of Co-operation in Conservation (1978), Fireside Waterfowler: Fundamentals of Duck and Goose Ecology (1987), and numerous technical and professional papers. Recognitions for his work included the Province of Manitoba’s Professional Wildlife Conservation Award and the establishment of the William G. Leitch Habitat Project in the Couteau Hills of Saskatchewan by Ducks Unlimited (Canada).

William Leitch passed away on 2 January 2009.

Lehrman, Jonas

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  • Person
  • 19??-

Jonas Lehrman joined the University of Manitoba's Faculty of Architecture in 1966. A graduate of the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, he studied Planning at London University, followed by a stint at McGill University studying Housing. After receiving his M.Arch. at McGill, he held the position of assistant professor in McGill's School of Architecture from 1961 to 1966. He then accepted a position of associate professor in the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Manitoba. He then joined accepted a joint appointment with the University of British Columbia's School of Community and Regional Planning and the School of Architecture in 1971-1972. He then returned to the University of Manitoba and became a full professor in 1975. He later became president of the University of Manitoba Faculty Association. During his presidency, the University of Manitoba became the first major English-speaking university in Canada with a unionized faculty, setting an example that was eventually followed throughout the country. Lehrman held the position of associate dean of the Faculty of Architecture between 1984 and 1989. He also served as assessor and as a committee member on the University's Board of Governors and Senate. Lehrman was President of the Manitoba Association of Architects, Chairman of the Manitoba Association of the Canadian Institute of Planners, and a member of the Board of Governors of the Winnipeg Art Gallery. While working in the Department of Architecture, Lehrman's prime interest and concern was his involvement in design studio. His students won several national competitions. Lehrman published many articles and papers in the fields of urban design, planning and housing, design aspects in general, and Islamic and Indian studies. He contributed to several books and authored Earthly Paradise: Garden and Courtyard in Islam. Lehrman practiced in private and public offices in both the United Kingdom and Canada during the course of his career. He retired from the University of Manitoba in 1996.

Legault, Maurice

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  • Person
  • 1935-

Maurice Legault was born on 4 February 1935. He and his partner Alexander Pereima were long-time members of First Spiritualist Church of Montreal (FSCM), attending many lectures there and at St. James United Church in Montreal, with which there was a lecture exchange; later, they attended Springdale Church in Toronto. They knew a number of prominent Spiritualists, including British medium/SNU minister Mrs. Hilda Martin, and British direct voice medium Leslie Flint and his partner Bram Rogers.

Lebrun, Richard

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  • Person
  • 1931-

Richard A. Lebrun was born in Milton, North Dakota, USA on October 1, 1931. He is married and has six children. He has resided in Winnipeg, Manitoba since 1966. Lebrun graduated from St. John’s University in Minnesota with a Bachelor of Arts in History in 1953. In 1957 he graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Master of Arts in History, followed by a PhD in History in 1963. He specializes in the histories of modern Europe, France, Catholicism, and in particular 18th- and 19th-century French intellectual history.

Lebrun held various positions from lecturer to Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa from 1960 to 1966. In 1966 he became an Associate Professor at the University of Manitoba; he was promoted to Professor in 1972. He was Associate Head of the Department of History from 1968 to 1969 and Acting Head of the department from 1969 to 1971. He was then Associate Dean of Graduate Studies from 1971 to 1973. Lebrun has been a Professor Emeritus since 2002.

Leacock, Stephen

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  • Person
  • 1869-1944

Stephen Leacock was born in Swanmore, Hamshire, England in 1869. Emigrating to Canada in 1867, the Leacock family settled on a farm a few miles south of Lake Simcoe near the village of Sutton, Ontario. Leacock graduated from Upper Canada College in 1887 and Strathroy Collegiate Institute in 1888. He worked as a high school teacher in several schools and became housemaster of Upper Canada College. He obtained an honours B.A. from the University of Toronto in 1891 and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1903. Leacock married Beatrix (Trix) Hamilton, an aspiring actress, in 1900. He began lecturing at McGill University in the early 1900s and was appointed as the William Dow Professor of Political Economy and Chair of the Department of Economics and Political Science in 1908. He remained in this position until he retired in 1936. Leacock, along with eleven colleagues, founded the Unversity Club of Montreal. Throughout his life he enjoyed considerable success as an author. His first and most profitable book was Elements of Political Science (1906). He became famous throughout Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom for both his public lectures and publications. Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town (1912) is considered to be his literary masterpiece. He won a Governor General's Award for My Discovery of the West: A Discussion of East and West in Canada. Leacock died in Toronto in 1944 leaving three unfinished books, including his autobiography Last Leaves (1945), which were published posthumously.

Linguistic Circle of Manitoba and North Dakota

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  • Corporate body
  • 1959-

The Linguistic Circle of Manitoba and North Dakota (LCMND) started out in 1959 as an initiative by University of Manitoba and University of North Dakota professors. It was intended to provide a cross-border forum for scholarly exchange and has been highly successful in realizing its aim by organizing yearly conferences for some forty years in Winnipeg, Grand Forks, Fargo, and Minot (1995). Apart from the founding universities, further administrative and financial support was later provided by the University of Winnipeg, North Dakota State University, and Minot State University who joined the Circle as Institutional Members in 1980, 1985, and 1988 respectively.

Lamont, May Bastin

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  • Person
  • 1890-1950

May Bastin Lamont was born in the R.M. of Louise, Manitoba on April 29, 1890. She received a B.A. from Manitoba College in 1910. She enrolled in the Winnipeg School of Art from 1913-1919. In 1916 her painting, The Homestead, received favourable reviews in an exhibition of Winnipeg Sketch Club members' work. She was secretary of the Club in 1917-1918. She was a member of the United Empire Chapter of IODE from 1912-1950. She was also a member of the University Women's Club & Westminster United Church. On August 8, 1922 she married Winnipeg lawyer John S. Lamont. Together they raised five children. May Bastin Lamont died June 17, 1950.

L'Ami, C. E. (Charles Ernest)

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  • Person
  • 1896-1981

Charles Ernest L'Ami (L'Amie) was born in Ireland in 1896. His family immigrated to Canada in 1907 and settled in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Charles L'Ami attended the Saskatoon Collegiate Institute and, after serving in the Canadian Army during World War I, assumed a position with the Saskatoon Star, thereby beginning his career in journalism. Between 1922 and 1938, he worked for the Winnipeg Tribune, Winnipeg Free Press, Border City Star (Ontario), and Winnipeg Mirror. In 1938, he joined the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as press representative for the prairie region and editor of CBC Times. In 1954, he was promoted to the position of supervisor of information services. After retirement in 1961, he produced the radio program "Neighbourly News from the Prairies." From 1962 to 1977, L'Ami continued to submit radio scripts. In 1952, his novel The Green Madonna won the Westminster Prize for fiction. He lectured on journalism and creative writing at the University of Manitoba Evening Institute from 1945 to 1951.

Kuplowska, Olga

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  • Person
  • 19??-

Olga (Olya) Kuplowska was born and raised in Montreal, Qubec. She studied at McGill University (B.A., Major in Psychology) and at the University of Toronto (M.A., Applied Psychology). Recently, she has taken early retirement from TVOntario, Ontario's educational broadcaster, where she worked for over 32 years in several capacities, starting as a Research Officer testing program concepts and pilots with children and students, then as Director of Policy, Research and Planning, and finally as the Board Secretary and Director of the Board Secretariat. While at TVOntario, she represented the organization at various international forums, participated in international research ventures, and guest lectured at different universities. Her research activities included not only broadcast television but also television based learning systems and new technologies.

Throughout her life, Kuplowska has been an active member/supporter of the Ukrainian-Canadian community. Growing up in Montreal, she was a member of the Ukrainian Youth Association (SUM) and the Poltava Dance Ensemble. Moving to Toronto in the early seventies, she became active in SUSK (Ukrainian-Canadian Students Union) and served on various defence committees such as the Committee in Defence of Soviet Political Prisoners, the Plyusch Tour Committee, and Action for Women’s Rights in the USSR. Later on, she became involved with the Ukrainian Canadian Professional and Business Association and served on its Board for many years. She has also served on other community boards, including those of St. Vladimir Institute and the Ukrainian Canadian Research and Documentation Centre. In addition, she has volunteered hundreds of hours as needed to numerous activities and projects over the years. Currently, she is President of the Canadian Foundation for Ukrainian Studies.

Now that she is in semi-retirement, Kuplowska is in the process of determining where next to channel her energies. Her key interests remain women's and human rights, multiculturalism, education, and the environment.

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