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Memorable Manitobans: Douglas Henry Walter “Doug” Lawrence (c1927-2015)

Administrator, social worker.

Born at London, England, around 1927, he served in the British Armed Forces before coming to Manitoba. He graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Social Work degree, and worked at the Logan Neighbourhood House, with the Boy Scouts, and Royal Canadian Air Cadets (Beaver Squadron) in Winnipeg. He worked at the Knowles Home for Boys in North Kildonan, first as Program Director (?-?) and then as Executive Director (1955-1959), followed by tenure as Superintendent of the Manitoba Home for Girls (1959-1965) in West St. Paul.

From 1965 to 1967, he was as a community development consultant to the federal government and was Executive Director of Neighbourhood Service Centres of Greater Winnipeg (1967-1971). He resigned on 1 January 1971 to become a Program Supervisor / Rehabilitation Officer at the Headingley Correctional Institution, where he also served as Acting Superintendent (1973) and Superintendent (1973-1975). He went on to work as Director of Adult Corrections (c1979-1983) and a Senior Policy Analyst (1980s) for the provincial government, wherein he was awarded the Corrections Exemplary Service Medal (1985).

Around 1948, he married Joan Marguerite Rich (c1926-2012) and they had four children.

He died on 20 January 2015.


“Man takes over Home for Girls,” Winnipeg Free Press, 9 November 1959, page 3.

“Directors, social workers, form team,” Winnipeg Free Press, 3 March 1971, page 51.

“Lawrence named Jail Superintendent,” Winnipeg Free Press, 20 April 1973, page 7.

“Jail operating normally,” Winnipeg Free Press, 27 April 1973, page 30.

News Service, Appointees announced for Corrections posts, 7 February 1975, Government of Manitoba.

“Archer jail-scuffle inquiry ruled out,” Winnipeg Free Press, 5 January 1979, page 9.

“Evans replaces officials in corrections branch,” Winnipeg Free Press, 22 October 1983, page 3.

News Service, Twelve Correctional Officers get medals, 18 October 1985, Government of Manitoba.

From Boys’ Home to Treatment Centre: A History of the Knowles Centre Inc. by Kristine Baker, 1995.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 24 January 2015.

Obituary [Joan Lawrence], Winnipeg Free Press, 7 March 2012.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 5 September 2021

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