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Memorable Manitobans: David James “Dave” Bertnick (1947-2017)

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David James “Dave” Bertnick
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Born at Dauphin on 24 July 1947, son of Dan and Evelyn Bertnick, in 1968 he moved to Winnipeg to attend Teachers’ College and began teaching the following year, at Kirkfield Park School, teaching mentally handicapped students. He took evening and summer classes while working full-time to gain an education degree. He then taught a special education class at Linwood School before becoming a special education resource coordinator for the St. James-Assiniboia School Division.

He served as Vice-Principal of Bruce School (1979-1981) and Principal of Kirkfield Park School (1981-1986), Stevenson-Britannia School (1986-1988), and Strathmillan School (1988-1990). He was education services support administrator for the school division for four years before returning to administration as the Principal of Golden Gate School (1994-1999) and Ness School (1998-2003). He retired in 2003 but returned to teaching 18 months later, as a resource teacher at Westdale School and General Byng School. He was a founding board member of the Westwood Vocational Centre and an organizer and president of the Ratepayers Association at Dunnottar.

He died at Winnipeg on 25 May 2017.


“Dealing with tragedy,” Winnipeg Free Press, 21 October 1991, page C21.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 3 June 2017.

We thank Roslyn Roberts for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 4 December 2020

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