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Memorable Manitobans: Martin Mathew “Marty” Dolin (1939-2018)

Social activitist, MLA (1985-1986), MLA (1986-1988).

Born in New York City on 15 June 1939, he became involved in the civil rights movement at a young age. In 1967, he moved to Canada to avoid military service during the Vietnam War and settling in Nova Scotia, later moving to Winnipeg. Known for his booming voice and larger-than-life personality, in October 1985 he was elected at a by-election to the Manitoba Legislature, replacing his late wife Mary Beth Dolin, and was re-elected to another term in office in March 1986. He was defeated in the 1988 general election. Following his political career, he became involved with refugees and new Canadians as a member of the Canadian Council for Refugees and Social Planning Council for the City of Winnipeg, as well as Executive Director of Welcome Place (now the Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council) from 1990 to 2011. In recognition of his public service, he received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012). He died at Winnipeg on 14 February 2018.


Longtime activist and human rights defender Marty Dolin dies,” CBC News, 15 February 2018.

“Tireless, outspoken advocate for refugees,” Winnipeg Free Press, 16 February 2018, page B3.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 August 2019

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