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MHS Centennial Organization: Union of Manitoba Municipalities - Manitoba Association of Urban Municipalities - Association of Manitoba Municipalities

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Manitoba Urban Association - Association of Urban Municipalities | Association of Manitoba Municipalities | Honourary Life Members | Founders

In 1905, John W. Fleming invited representatives from the cities, towns, and municipalities around the province to meet in his city, Brandon, to consider a proposal for a new organization. Fifty participants arrived from 31 rural and urban municipalities in time for the opening session in the afternoon of Tuesday, 14 March. The mood was unanimously favorable, for the assembled group promptly approved the creation of a Union of Manitoba Municipalities.

Each fall, the Union held an annual meeting, usually in Brandon or Winnipeg but occasionally in places such as Portage la Prairie, Stonewall, and St. Boniface. Their purpose was to highlight common problems, develop collective responses to matters of mutual concern, and pass along useful information. The organization faltered during the early years of the Great Depression; membership fell for a few years, but the benefits were sufficiently compelling that, as the economy recovered, so too did membership statistics. Over time, the urban municipalities, which had been represented from the outset, drifted away to form their own association. The separation was temporary, however, for in 1999, the Union of Manitoba Municipalities merged with the Manitoba Association of Urban Municipalities to become the Association of Manitoba Municipalities. The AMM thrives to the present day, having its offices in Portage la Prairie, and still holding a well-attended annual meeting each fall.

On 23 April 2006, a Centennial Organization Award was presented by MHS President Gordon Goldsborough to the Association of Manitoba Municipalities Vice President Garry Wasylowski and Executive Director Joe Masi.

Manitoba Lieutenant-Governor, The Honourable John Harvard (center), presents a MHS Centennial Organization Award
to AMM Executive Director Joe Masi (left) and AMM Vice President Garry Wasylowski (right) at a ceremony on 23 April 2006.

Union of Manitoba Municipalities (1905-1998)

UMM Presidents

John W. Fleming
John William Fleming

(1905-1906)

Robert C. Cochran
Robert Christie Cochran

(1907-1908)

James F. C. Menlove
James F. C. Menlove

(1909-1910)

Robert Forke
Robert Forke

(1911-1912)

Richard Gardner Willis
Richard Gardner Willis

(1913-1914)

Charles Edmund Ivens
Charles Edmund Ivens

(1915-1916)

Duncan D. McDonald
Duncan D. McDonald

(1917-1918)

Joseph Aldric Marion
Joseph Alderic Marion

(1919-1920)

John Haddow
John Haddow

(1921-1922)

Pierce Couling
Pierce Couling

(1923-1924)

James W. Mitchell
James W. Mitchell
(1925-1926)

Arthur Mitchell McFadyen
Arthur Mitchell McFadyen

(1927-1928)

David Leopold Mellish
David Leopold Mellish

(1929-1930)

W. Courtney Wroth
William Courtney Wroth

(1931-1933)

C. L. Stoney
Cassius Lamont Stoney

(1934-1935)

George Compton
George Compton

(1936-1937)

Washington Hector French
Washington Hector French

(1938-1939)

James Arthur Ross
James Arthur Ross

(1940)

Edward Sayer Browning
Edward Sayer Browning

(1941-1942)

Percy Beachell
Percy Beachell

(1943-1944)

Hugh MacIntyre
Hugh MacIntyre

(1945-1946)

Russell Barrett
Russell Barrett

(1947-1948)

Ray Mitchell
Raymond Mitchell

(1949)

Walter Ernest Clark
Walter Ernest Clark

(1950-1951)

Oswald McKay
Oswald Morton McKay

(1952-1953)

Clifford Alexander McCrae
Clifford Alexander McCrae

(1954-1955)

Harvey Cecil Odell
Harvey Cecil Odell

(1956-1957)

J. Lawrence Smith
J. Lawrence Smith

(1958-1959)

Charles N. Argue
Charles N. Argue

(1960-1961)

D. F. Rose
David Francis "Mac" Rose

(1962-1963)

James C. Scott
James Chester Scott

(1964-1965)

A. T. Hainsworth
Arthur Thomas Hainsworth

(1966-1967)

Kenneth D. Rapley
Kenneth David Rapley

(1968-1969)

Robert Samuel Adrain
Robert Samuel Adrain

(1970-1973)

Albert Thomas Chapman
Albert Thomas “Ab” Chapman

(1974-1979)

R. E. Howard
Raymond E. Howard

(1980-1981)

David Harms
David Harms

(1982-1983)

Alan Beachell
Alan Beachell

(1983-1987)

Raymond Sigurdson
Raymond Sigurdson

(1987-1989)

Manson Moir
Manson Moir

(1989-1991)

James Knight
James Knight

(1991-1993)

Jack Nicol
Jack Nicol

(1993-1998)

Wayne Motheral
Wayne Motheral

(1998)

 

UMM Secretary-Treasurers (Executive Directors)

John Cardale
John Cardale

(1905-1913)

Robert Forke
Robert Forke

(1914-1921)

Duncan D. McDonald
Duncan D. McDonald

(1922-1931)

John Spalding
John Spalding

(1932-1948)

Russell Barrett
Russell Barrett

(1949-1959)

J. Lawrence Smith
J. Lawrence Smith

(1960-1967)

James C. Scott
James Chester Scott

(1967-1976)

Warren H. Rusk
Warren H. Rusk

(1976-1989)

Jerome Mauws
Jerome Mauws

(1990-1998)

 

 

 

Manitoba Urban Association - Manitoba Association of Urban Municipalities (1950-1998)

MUA - MAUM Presidents

William L. Bullmore
William Lewis Bullmore

(1950)

Edgar Allen Deacon
Edgar Allen Deacon

(1951)

Cyril Steventon
Cyril Steventon

(1952)

Edward Ingo Dow
Edward Ingo Dow

(1953)

J. Leslie Bodie
John Leslie Bodie

(1954)

James Hubert Chipperfield
James Hubert Chipperfield

(1955)

Chaim N. Kushner
Chaim Nachman Kushner

(1956)

William Whitmore
William Whitmore

(1957)

Stewart E. Maclean
Stewart E. McLean

(1958)

John Paxton
John Paxton

(1959)

Harvey Alfred Cochlan
Harvey Alfred Cochlan

(1959-1960)

Anthony D. Burneski
Anthony Daniel Burneski

(1960-1961)

Joseph-Philippe Guay
Joseph-Philippe Guay

(1961-1962)

Harold J. Mobberley
Harold J. Mobberley

(1962-1963)

James A. Burgess
James A. Burgess

(1963-1964)

Harold Lloyd Henderson
Harold Lloyd Henderson

(1964-1965)

Peter J. Kroeker
Peter James Kroeker

(1965)

Richard Alan Wankling
Richard Alan Wankling

(1966-1967)

Stephen Juba
Stephen Juba

(1967-1968)

J. Hugh C. Dunlop
J. Hugh C. Dunlop

(1968-1969)

David Wilfred Pekary
David Wilfred Pekary

(1969-1970)

B. G. Morden
B. G. Morden

(1970-1971)

Daniel Abraham Yanofsky
Daniel Abraham Yanofsky

(1971-1972)

William A. Linden
William Allen Linden

(1972-1973)

Robert Ashley Steen
Robert Ashley Steen

(1973-1974)

Donald Edward Perry
Donald Edward Perry

(1974-1975)

Andrew C. Newton
Andrew C. Newton

(1975-1976)

Elwood Clinton Gorrie
Elwood Clinton Gorrie

(1976-1977)

Lloyd R. Wersch
Lloyd R. Wersch

(1977-1978)

Al Ducharme
Albert “Al” Ducharme

(1978-1979)

Douglas L. Fletcher
Dougald Leslie Fletcher

(1979-1980)

J. Howard Gilmour
J. Howard Gilmour

(1980-1981)

Ric Nordman
Ric Nordman

(1981)

Harold Unger
Harold Unger

(1981-1982)

Elmer Greenslade
Elmer Greenslade

(1982-1983)

Jae Eadie
Jae Eadie

(1983-1984)

Adrian Degroot
Adrian De Groot

(1984-1988)

Robert Stefan Oliver
Robert Stefan “Bud” Oliver

(1988-1989)

Harold Gould Macdonald
Harold Gould Macdonald

(1989)

Homer Gill
Homer Gill

(1989-1992)

Henry Wiebe
Henry Wiebe

(1992)

Stella Locker
Stella Locker

(1992-1994)

Arthur K. Dyck
Arthur K. Dyck

(1994-1995)

Margaret Hodgson
Margaret Hodgson

(1995)

William Glenn Carlson
William Glenn Carlson

(1995-1997)

Michael Maksymyk
Michael Maksymyk

(1997-1998)

Grant Buchanan
Grant Buchanan

(1998)

 

MUA - MUAM Executive Directors

Jessica Coulter
Jessica A. Coulter

(1949-1950)

Peter F. C. Byars
Peter Ferguson Copland Byars

(1950-1961)

Chaim N. Kushner
Chaim Nachman Kushner

(1961-1966)

Jessica Coulter
Leslie “Les” Hutcheon

(1966-1969)

Jessica Coulter
Gerald F. Saunders

(1969-1980)

Jessica Coulter
Rochelle Zimberg

(1980-1998)

 

 

Association of Manitoba Municipalities (1998-present)

AMM Presidents

Wayne Motheral
Wayne Motheral

(1998-2001)

Stuart Briese
Stuart Briese

(2001-2004)

Ron Bell
Ron Bell

(2005-2008)

Doug Dobrowolski
Doug Dobrowolski

(2008-2015)

Chris GoertzenChris Goertzen
(2015-2018)

Ralph GroeningRalph Groening
(2018-present)

 

 

AMM Executive Directors

Jerome Mauws
Jerome Mauws

(1998-2001)

Joe Masi
Joe Masi

(2001-present)

 

 

Honourary Life Members

Name

Organization

Municipality

Albert Andrews

UMM

Arthur

Harry Armstrong

UMM

Shellmouth

Alan Beachell (1924-2015)

AMM

Rosser

Arcade Bedard

UMM

LaBroquerie

Ronald M. “Ron” Bell

AMM

Birtle

Arnold “Bud” Birch

AMM

Neepawa

John Leslie Bodie (1909-1997)

MAUM

East Kildonan

Les Boguski

AMM

Roblin

Rick Borotsik

AMM

Brandon

Stuart Briese

AMM

Langford

Grant Buchanan

AMM

The Pas

Anthony D. Burneski

MAUM

Brandon

Kari Byron (1892-1973)

UMM

Coldwell

Vernon A. Campbell

UMM

Grandview

Kenneth Donald Carels (1938-2005)

AMM

Melita

Glenn Carlson

AMM

Portage la Prairie

James Hubert Chipperfield (1917-2001)

MAUM

Minnedosa

Robert Christie Cochran (1868-1939)

UMM

Blanshard

Percy Coutts

UMM

Harrison

T. A. Demasson

UMM

Morton

Edward Ingo Dow (1904-1992)

MAUM

Boissevain

Josaphat Doyon

UMM

Lorne

Max Dubas (c1908-1980)

UMM

St. Clements

Al Ducharme

MAUM

Winnipeg

Arthur K. Dyck

AMM

Altona

Jae Eadie

AMM

Winnipeg

O. S. Eiriksson

UMM

Lakeview

Magnus Eliason

MAUM

Winnipeg

Cecil G. Ferguson

UMM

Lansdowne

Felix Fitzpatrick

UMM

Riverside

Walter Froom

UMM

North Cypress

Arthur Galbraeth

UMM

Cameron

Homer Gill

MAUM

Neepawa

J. Howard Gilmour

MAUM

Pinawa

Frederick J. Gould

UMM

Woodworth

Joseph-Philippe Guay (1915-2001)

MAUM

St. Boniface

Harold Lloyd Henderson (1907-1993)

MAUM

Portage la Prairie

Charles Edmund Ivens (1889-1946)

UMM

Wallace

Bjorn Thorlaksson Jonasson (1884-1966)

UMM

Siglunes

Stephen Juba (1914-1993)

MAUM

Winnipeg

Ben King

UMM

Woodlands

Jim Knight

AMM

Portage la Prairie

John Krahn

AMM

Winkler

Peter J. Kroeker

MAUM

Winkler

Chaim Nachman Kushner (1905-1997)

MAUM

West Kildonan

Stephen Adolph Magnacca (1902-1980)

MAUM

Brandon

Les Magnusson

AMM

Steinbach

Michael Maksymyk

AMM

Teulon

Joseph Alderic Marion (1864-1954)

UMM

St. Boniface

Thomas Marsden

UMM

Cornwallis

Helen Frances Marsh (1918-1995)

MAUM

Dauphin

Mr. McBride

UMM

Portage la Prairie

William McCallum

UMM

Elton

G. I. McCullough

UMM

Swan River

Duncan D. McDonald (1868-1953)

UMM

Dauphin

Robert Melvin

UMM

Edward

Manson Moir

AMM

Albert

B. G. Morden

MAUM

Morden

Wayne Motheral

AMM

Louise

Andrew C. Newton

MAUM

Dauphin

Jack Nicol

AMM

Springfield

R. S. “Bud” Oliver

AMM

Selkirk

R. A. Paterson

UMM

Morton

John Paxton

MAUM

Gladstone

Edward “Ed” Peltz (1931-2016)

AMM

Woodlands

Robert George Perfect (1882-1950)

UMM

Louise

Charles Poole

UMM

Archie

John Potoski

UMM

Dauphin

Llewelyn Brychan “Chappie” Powell

UMM

Glenwood

James Rae

UMM

Russell

John Ramsden

UMM

 

S. L. Reidle

UMM

North Cypress

Gordon Scott

MAUM

Winnipeg

Eugene Semard

UMM

Ellice

Harry Shearer

UMM

Grey

Ray Sigurdson

AMM

Gimli

Jacob Single

UMM

Glenella

John Spalding (1886-1954)

UMM

Miniota

David Stewart

UMM

Miniota

W. G. Sutcliffe

UMM

Albert

M. F. Szewczyk

UMM

Dauphin

Bert Thompson

UMM

Russell

Gordon Tingey

UMM

Edward

Harold Unger

MAUM

Steinbach

Martin Vertz

UMM

South Cypress

Larry Walker

AMM

Miniota

Richard Alan Wankling

MAUM

Fort Garry

Webb, A. O.

UMM

Birtle

Carl Weddow

UMM

Pipestone

William Whitmore

MAUM

Neepawa

Henry Wiebe

MAUM

Winkler

James Williamson

UMM

Strathcona

Sigurder Wopnford

UMM

Bifrost

Daniel Abraham Yanofsky (1925-2000)

MAUM

West Kildonan

Founders

The following people attended the 1905 Brandon convention that led to the formation of the Union of Manitoba Municipalities:

Photo source: Gordon Goldsborough

Name

Position

Municipality

No. in Photo

Henry Lamont Adolph (1862-1940)

Alderman

Brandon

 

John G. Barr (1864-?)

Councillor

Blanshard

 

Maurice Edmund Boughton (1853-1947)

Secretary-Treasurer

Lansdowne

 

William A. Bridgett (1867-?)

Councillor

Virden

 

Christopher Campbell (1865-1931)

Alderman

Winnipeg

 

John Cardale (1860-?)

Councillor

Blanshard

 

Robert Christie Cochran (1868-1939)

Reeve

Blanshard

16

George Robson Coldwell (1858-1924)

Alderman

Brandon

3

Michael Collins (1844-1912)

Secretary-Treasurer

North Cypress

 

Pierce Couling (1877-1947)

Councillor

Oakland

 

George Albert Coulter (1865-1915)

Councillor

Cameron

 

Robert Dalgarno (1859-1933)

Reeve

Strathclair

31

Louis-Misael Bougret dit Dufort (1848-1914)

Reeve

St. Norbert

 

George Languer Eamer (1868-1945)

Councillor

Oakland

28

Thomas Henry Emes (1852-1941)

Councillor

St. Paul

22

John William Fleming (1868-1928)

Mayor

Brandon

34

John Edwin Gayton (1849-1923)

Secretary-Treasurer

Pembina

 

Carson Glenn (1860-?)

Councillor

Strathclair

26

John Fletcher Goldsborough (1863-1943)

Councillor

Macdonald

18

James Goring (1859-1941)

Councillor

Daly

 

Joseph Haig (1849-1942)

Reeve

Alexander

 

John Henderson Haverson (1854-1932)

Mayor

Carman

 

Charles Howard (1877-1955)

Councillor

Daly

 

Henry William Johnston (1857-1943)

Councillor

Elton

 

Richard Langtry (1866-1954)

Mayor

Virden

 

Allan Leslie (1858-1938)

Reeve

Cornwallis

 

W. G. Livingstone

Councillor

Rockwood

 

Victor Magar (1849-1930)

Councillor

St. Vital

 

John P. McDougall (1849-?)

Reeve

St. Francois-Xavier

 

James M. McNaughton (1866-?)

Reeve

St. Paul

 

Robert Harrison Metcalfe (1868-1933)

Councillor

St. Boniface

 

John Harvey Miller (1851-1922)

Councillor

Wallace

 

John Richard Morgan (1854-1925)

Councillor

North Cypress

 

Alexander Polson (1855-1912)

Reeve

Rockwood

 

Charles Poole (1858-1935)

Reeve

Archie

 

David Porteous (1855-1915)

Reeve

Woodlands

 

John Grant Rattray (1867-1944)

Reeve

Pipestone

 

Henry L. Ross (1865-?)

Councillor

St. Francois-Xavier

 

Henry “Harry” Sandison (1861-1942)

Alderman

Winnipeg

 

John R. Shepherd (1850-?)

Reeve

Cameron

 

Edward Soldan (1854-1927)

Reeve

Saskatchewan

 

Horace V. Stevenson (1868-?)

Secretary-Treasurer

Woodworth

 

Christopher Stinson (1864-1929)

Reeve

Wallace

 

William M. Taylor (1858-?)

Reeve

Miniota

 

Robert Burns Thompson (1861-1947)

Councillor

Whitehead

 

Thomas Bennett Tomes (1856-1913)

Reeve

Lansdowne

 

Joseph Turenne (1846-1920)

Mayor

St. Boniface

 

Malcolm Turriff (1849-1917)

Clerk

Saskatchewan

 

George Walter Ullyot (1850-1925)

Mayor

Manitou

 

William H. Wheatland (1867-?)

Councillor

Macdonald

 

See also:

MHS Resources: Manitoba’s Municipal History

Memorable Manitobans: Longest-Serving Municipal Reeves and Mayors

Sources:

We thank Louise Ayotte and Monica Ball of the Manitoba Legislative Library for their help in locating biographical information on the AMM Founders, and Lynne Bereza at the AMM for providing photographs of UMM, MAUM, and AMM officials. Ken C. Baldock and Cathy Eamer helped with the identification of people in the founders photo. We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

Page revised: 28 November 2018

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