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Memorable Manitobans: Alfred Leslie Stevens (1920-2004)

Educator.

Born in the St. Boniface Hospital on 5 February 1920, son of English immigrants Alfred Stevens and Grace Rayner, he attended Rosser Village School and the Central Normal School (1939-1940). He began a long teaching career at Island Lake School and then at Decker School. In December 1941, he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force and was shot down over Denmark in February 1944. He was a prisoner of war in Stalag Luft 3 until he was liberated by British forces in May 1945.

He returned from military duty and received a BEd degree from the University of Manitoba. He taught in the River East School Division and later the Fort Garry School Division, where he served as Principal of Viscount Alexander School (1951-1960), Vincent Massey Collegiate (1960-1963), and Radisson School (1964-1966). He became Superintendent of the Portage la Prairie School Division and was later a consultant on special education to the Manitoba Department of Education. He was a member of the Public Schools Finance Board and, for a short time, was Principal of the Manitoba School for the Deaf before retiring in 1983.

He died at Winnipeg on 14 March 2004.

Sources:

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

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 18 March 2004, page 28.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 19 December 2014

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