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Memorable Manitobans: Arnold George Minish (1930-2014)


Born in the Swan River Valley on 4 October 1930, he earned BPaed (1957), BSc, and BEd (1965) degrees from the University of Manitoba, and later served on its Board of Governors (1970-?). His career in education began as a permit teacher, followed by tenure as Principal of Binscarth School (1958-1961) and Major Pratt Collegiate (1961-1966). He then became Superintendent of the Pelly Trail School Division (1968-1972) and Lord Selkirk School Division (1972-?) before joining the Seven Oaks School Division, as a teacher (?-?) and Principal (?-1991) at Garden City Collegiate. He retired in June 1991, having worked 36 years in the field of education. He also served as President (1973-1974) of the Manitoba Association of School Superintendents and ran as the NPD candidate in the Birtle-Russell constituency in the 1962 provincial general election. He and his wife June married around 1956 and had four children. He moved to Selkirk in 1972. He died at Selkirk on 15 May 2014 and was buried in a cemetery in the Swan River Valley.


“Wednesday is the big day for these university gradutes [Bachelor of Education],” Winnipeg Free Press, 16 May 1958, page 17.

“List of election candidates,” Winnipeg Free Press, 13 December 1962, page 3.

“Russell,” Winnipeg Free Press, 8 September 1964, page 4.

“Record number will graduate at 87th Exercises [Bachelor of Education],” Winnipeg Free Press, 19 May 1966, page 27.

“U Board members named,” Winnipeg Free Press, 19 October 1970, page 58.

“Minish gets top position,” Winnipeg Free Press, 30 March 1973, page 26.

“Kids strive to save lives,” Winnipeg Free Press Weekly North Edition, 5 February 1989, page 1.

“Garden City Collegiate holding retirement tea to honor principal,” Winnipeg Free Press, 23 May 1991, page 25.

“Scholarship presentation refused,” Winnipeg Free Press Weekly North Edition, 30 June 1991, page 2.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 24 May 2014, page 47.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 2 January 2018

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