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Memorable Manitobans: Arnold James Nicholls (1929-2003)


Born at McConnell on 3 April 1929, one of six children of Harry and Florence Nicholls, he was educated at McConnell School and Wawanesa School then, in Fall 1947, he began working as a permit teacher at Grove School. The next year, he attended the Provincial Normal School at Winnipeg. Following graduation, he taught at South Indian Lake School and Lyleton School (1950-1951), then was the Principal of Harding School (1951-1954) and Bradwardine School (1954-1961). In 1961, he went to Rivers School, first as Vice Principal then as Principal (1965-1968). During his time there, he completed studies for BA (1964) and BEd (1968) degrees.

In 1968, he became the Assistant Superintendent for the Rolling River School Division, becoming Superintendent ten years later. Seconded in 1981 to the Manitoba Department of Education, he developed school building programs across the province. He became Superintendent of the Birdtail River School Division in 1985, retiring in 1991. He was active in the Manitoba Teachers’ Society and the Manitoba Association of School Superintendents. In 1967, he received the Canadian Centennial Medal in recognition of his service to education in Manitoba.

Active in amateur hockey, he was the goalie for the Hamiota team that won the MAHA Armstrong Championship (1957-1958) and he coached the MAHA Provincial B Championship team (1976-1977). He served as President of the Minnedosa Golf Club and helped with the design and development of its course.

He died at Hamiota on 24 December 2003.


Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.

Harvests of Time: History of the R.M. of Edward by Edward History Book Committee, 1983, pages 160-165.

Obituary, Brandon Sun, 10 January 2004, page 105.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 13 July 2014

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