Rev. Doug Martindale

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Rev. Doug Martindale

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Rev. Douglas Fraser Martindale (b. 1947) obtained his Master of Divinity at Emmanuel College and the Toronto School of Theology in 1976, and served as a minister in Winnipeg from 1980 to 1990 before becoming a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba. Rev. Martindale was born in Brockville, Ontario, on May 25, 1947 to Marian May (Bellinger) and Allan Fred Martindale. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Brock University in St. Catherine's, Ontario, in 1973. In 1976, Martindale completed his Master's of Divinity at Victoria University in Toronto. Martindale's first appointment was the Prairie Neighbours charge in Saskatchewan. After spending four years in Saskatchewan, Martindale moved to Winnipeg to serve the North End Community Ministry (previously known as the Stella Mission). He was actively involved in several North End community organizations, including the Housing Concerns Group; Inter-Agency Group; the Anti-Sniff Coalition; and the Inter-Church Coalition on Resource Development. He was a founding member of the Inner City Voice newspapers and Project Peacemakers. He served on the Board of Directors of Woodsworth House Museum and the North Y Community Centre. He was also involved in converting St. John’s United Church into co-op apartments. Martindale first ran for office in 1988 to represent the New Democratic Party (NDP). He was elected in 1990 as a Member of the Legislative Assembly in the Burrows electoral district. He served as chairperson of the NDP caucus and chair of the Justice and Social and Economic Development Committees. In 2011, Martindale retired from politics and, once again, became actively involved in the United Church. As of 2017, he continues to teach courses on politics and religion at Booth University College. Martindale married Carol Wachniak in 1973. The couple have two children, Nathan and Tanissa, and live in Winnipeg’s North End.


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