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Memorable Manitobans: James Edward “Jim” Potton (c1939-2014)

Civil servant, community activist.

After receiving a Masters degree in recreational management from the University of Minnesota, he spent six years working for the US National Parks Service in Hawaii, Wyoming, and Montana. In 1968, he became Assistant Deputy Minister of Parks for the Province of Alberta, later moving to Manitoba as Director of Parks. He was the Director of the Manitoba Forestry Association for 25 years, in which capacity he helped to establish, in 1997, the Envirothon program for Manitoba high school students. He represented Manitoba on the North American Envirothon Committee. In 2013, in recognition of his service to Envirothon, he was inducted into the Manitoba Order of the Buffalo Hunt. He died at Winnipeg on 29 March 2014.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 5 April 2014, page B17.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 25 July 2021

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