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Kathleen M. Richardson

Community activist, philanthropist.

Born at Winnipeg in 1928, daughter of James A. Richardson and Muriel Sprague, she graduated from Kelvin High School in 1945 then attended the University of Manitoba. She has served on several corporate boards including Gulf Canada, Barclays Bank of Canada, Sun-Life Assurance Company, and James Richardson & Sons. Widely recognized for her philanthropic work, she has served on the boards of the Manitoba Arts Council, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Pan-Am Games Society, and The Winnipeg Foundation (1971-1982). As President of the Kathleen M. Richardson Foundation, she has supported such arts groups as the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Contemporary Dancers, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, and Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre. She is perhaps best known for her long association with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.

In recognition of her exemplary community service, Miss Richardson has received a Manitoba Golden Boy Award (1961), the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal (1977), Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal (2002), and Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012). She received an honorary doctorate from the University of Manitoba (1989), and she was inducted into the Order of Canada (1994) and the Order of Manitoba (2005). In recognition of her work on behalf of Dalnavert Museum, she received a Distinguished Service Award from Heritage Winnipeg. She received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Manitoba and the Edmund C. Bovey Award from the Council for Business and the Arts in Canada.

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This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 27 June 2015

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