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Memorable Manitobans: Donald Henry “Don” Penny (1939-2019)

Accountant.

Born at Virden on 8 November 1939, son of Samuel Henry “Sam” Penny (1915-1988) and Alice Elizabeth Gibbings (1910-2001), he moved to Winnipeg to study accounting, returning to Brandon in 1962 to join an accounting firm that would become Myers Norris and Penny (MNP). He became a partner in 1965 and became its Chief Executive Officer in 1977. Under his leadership, MNP became one of the largest accounting firms in the country with offices from British Columbia to Nova Scotia. He stepped down as CEO in 1998 and left its Board in 2005. He was a member of the Brandon Economic Development Board, Brandon Chamber of Commerce, YMCA, and Southwest Manitoba Kinsman Club. He played a leading role in the early development of the Brandon University Foundation, was Chairman of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, and was a member of the board for the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Manitoba. In recognition of his community service, he received an honorary doctorate from Brandon University (1999), was inducted into the Order of Canada (2006), and received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012). He died on 28 November 2019.

Sources:

Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary [Alice Elizabeth Penny], Brandon Sun, 18 July 2001, page 13.

“MNP co-founder was fearless and loved life,” Winnipeg Free Press, 29 November 2019.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 30 November 2019.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 23 October 2020

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