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Memorable Manitobans: John Leslie “Les” Milne (1935-2003)

Educator, musician, administrator.

Born at Lavinia on 20 February 1935, son of Bob Milne and Ellen Wilton, he attended the Manitoba Teachers’ College, Brandon College (BA 1961), University of Manitoba (BEd 1962), and University of Alberta (MA 1968) while playing a horn in a family band. He taught at Raven Lake School (1954), Hamiota School, and Brandon Collegiate. He was Assistant Superintendent (1968-1971) and Superintendent (1971-1993) of the Brandon School Division. He retired in August 1993. He served on the executive of the Brandon University Alumni Association, United Way, Family Planning, Canada Winter Games, Brandon Chamber of Commerce, Alcohol Foundation Board, and Native Employment Council, and was the Executive Director of the Brandon Area Community Foundation. He died at Brandon on 9 December 2003 and was buried in the Brandon Cemetery.


Ripples On The Lake: A History of Shoal Lake Municipality, 1884-1984 by Shoal Lake History Book Committee, 1984.

Obituary, Brandon Sun, 13 December 2003, page 106.

We thank Malcolm Bell for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 27 December 2014

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