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Manitoba History No. 88
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Manitoba Organization: Wildlife Foundation of Manitoba / Fort Whyte Nature Centre / FortWhyte Alive

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Establishment of a facility for outdoor education in the Fort Whyte area of southwest Winnipeg began informally when the Principals of six schools in Greater Winnipeg approached Norman Wilde, Director of the Winnipeg School Division’s Science Centre for help in setting up a nature trail for their students. Wilde referred them to Allan Murray, Chief of the Manitoba government’s conservation education section and, after examining several potential sites, Fort Whyte was chosen due to its close proximity to Winnipeg, its comparatively untact woodlands, protection from vandalism afforded by the fact the site was privately owned by the Canada Cement Company, and the presence of lakes (formed when pits excavated for clay used in the manufacture of cement) that attracted water birds.

Initially known as the Fort Whyte Waterfowl Sanctuary, a nature trail was established by Canada Cement employees, most notably Don Muir, along with members of the Lucky 13 Rod and Gun Club, and the Natural History Society of Manitoba. It opened in September 1966, its operation was assumed by the newly incorporated Wildlife Foundation of Manitoba.

Eventually, a small building was constructed along McGillivray Boulevard with financial support from the Devonian Foundation. In 1983, a larger Interpretive Centre was designed by Winnipeg architect H. H. G. Moody and constructed nearby.

Trustees

Trustee

Period

Robert B. Brennan

?-2014

William P. “Bill” Elliott

?-2014

Richard Enright

?-2014

Donald William Muir (c1932-1990)

1966-?

Peter Muir

?-2014

Henry Stewart Perdue (1904-1979)

1966-?

Douglas E. Pollard

?-2014

George Taylor Richardson (1924-2014)

1966-?

Norman Elliot Rodger (1907-2010)

1966-?

Alan W. Scarth

1966-?

Brian Thiessen

?-2014

Clarence I. Tillenius (1913-2012)

1966-?

George Eric Tritschler (1901-1993)

1966-?

Council

Trustee

Period

Larry J. Beeston

?-2014

Richard A. N. Bonnycastle

?-2014

Norman Brandson

?-2014

David R. Burrows

?-2014

Calvin H. Buss

?-2014

Nancy G. Cipryk

?-2014

Malcolm H. Crooks

?-2014

Junior Daminidis

?-2014

Robert Edgar

?-2014

R. A. “Sam” Fabro

?-2014

Doug Harvey

?-2014

Thomas J. Henley

?-2014

Boris Hryhorczuk

?-2014

Shannon Johnson

?-2014

Tina Jones

?-2014

Louis Kliman (1929-2016)

?-2014

Ruth Krindle

?-2014

Timothy A. Kurbis

?-2014

Jeff Lamothe

?-2014

Jack Lazareck

?-2014

Bill Mitchell

?-2014

Timothy Nosworthy

?-2014

Bill Parrish Jr.

?-2014

Maureen Prendiville

?-2014

Brian Ransom

?-2014

Joan Richardson

?-2014

George Taylor Richardson (1924-2014)

?-2014

Estelle Rochon Fraser

?-2014

Alan W. Scarth

?-2014

Michael Scatliff

?-2014

Rob Simpson

?-2014

Robert P. Stewart

?-2014

Michael B. Susser

?-2014

Larry Watson

?-2014

Sources:

“Wildlife bill moves,” Winnipeg Free Press, 26 March 1966, page 30.

“Nature: The teacher” by Patrick Gordon, Winnipeg Free Press, 16 September 1967, page 70.

The Fort Whyte Story: Human. Nature. by Jake MacDonald, Winnipeg: FortWhyte Alive, 2009. ISBN 978-0-9813732-0-1.

Page revised: 16 May 2018

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