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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Ellen Douglass School (700 Elgin Avenue, Winnipeg)

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Constructed in 1960 and named for M. Ellen Douglass, this building housed a six-classroom school catering to the needs of disabled children and, on the second floor, the Child Guidance Clinic of Winnipeg. It was funded jointly by the Winnipeg School Division and the Manitoba Department of Health and Social Services. It was designed by William Enns, an in-house architect for the School Division who also designed St. John’s High School and Kelvin High School. The building’s cornerstone was laid by Canadian Governor-General Georges Philias Vanier on 28 April 1960 and was opened officially on 20 January 1961.

The school portion was closed in June 1980 and most of its students were relocated in September 1980 to Lord Roberts School where it was known as the Ellen Douglass Program. The main floor was then leased to the International Centre, primarily as ESL classrooms for new immigrants, before the building was taken over completely by the Child Guidance Clinic. By 2015, the clinic, now called Clinical Support Services, had vacated and the School Division put it up for sale. In February 2017, it was purchased by the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.

Principals

Period

Principal

1960-1963

Margaret Ruth Crosland (c1919-2006)

1963-1964

Mrs. May Robertson (Acting)

1964-1967

Margaret Ruth Crosland (c1919-2006)

1967-1973

Mrs. May Robertson

1973-1976

Wayne R. Bembridge

1976-1980

Catherine Anne “Cathi” Hill

Teachers

School Year

Teachers

1960-1961

Margaret Ruth Crosland (grades 3-5), Jean Ann Robertson (grades 1-3)

1961-1962

Ruth Halford (grades 3-5), Shirley Frances Jarvis (primary ungraded, May-June), Florence Mary Patey (primary ungraded, September-April), Mrs. O. Flatt, Mrs. Phyllis Frayer, Mrs. J. Robertson

1962-1963

?

1963-1964

Olive Eleanor Flatt (grades 2-3), Phyllis Dare Frayer (grade 1), Ruth Halford (grades 4-6), Sydney A. Lecker (intermediate ungraded), Mary Pankiw (grades 1-3), Ethel Louise Sutherland (primary ungraded), Mrs. J. Clark, Mrs. Ellen McQuaker

1964-1965

Margaret Ruth Crosland (grades 7-11), Olive Eleanor Flatt (grades 2-3), Phyllis Dare Frayer (grade 1), Ruth Halford (grades 4-6), Sydney A. Lecker (intermediate ungraded), Jean Ann Robertson (grades 2-4), Ethel Louise Sutherland (primary ungraded), Mrs. Ellen McQuaker, Miss M. Metcalfe

1965-1966

Mrs. Phyllis Frayer, Miss Ruth Halford, Miss M. Harder, Sydney A. Lecker, Mrs. C. McLean, Mrs. Ellen McQuaker, Mrs. J. Robertson, Miss Ethel Louise Sutherland

1966-1967

Mrs. Phyllis D. Frayer, Miss Ruth Halford, Miss M. Harder, Sydney A. Lecker, Mrs. Ellen McQuaker, Mrs. C. McLean, Mrs. J. Robertson, Miss Ethel Louise Sutherland

1967-1968

Mrs. Phyllis D. Frayer, Miss Ruth Halford, Miss M. Harder, Mrs. R. Johnson, Sydney A. Lecker, Mrs. M. McKerchar, Mrs. Ellen McQuaker, Mrs. J. Robertson, Ethel Louise Sutherland, Mrs. M. Wallman

1968-1969

Frances Irene Clement (grades 2-3), Margaret Harder (grades 4-5), Mary Belle Jaffray (grades 6-8), Sydney A. Lecker, Elaine May McLeod (kindergarten), May Robertson (grades 9-10), Ethel Louise Sutherland (grade 1), Martha Warkentin (grade 2), Mrs. Ellen McQuaker, Miss M. Metcalfe

1969-1970

Marlene G. Batke (kindergarten), Frances Irene Clement (grades 1-2, 1969; grades 2-3, 1970), Mary Belle Jaffray (grades 3-4), Sydney A. Lecker, May Robertson (grades 5-7), Ethel Louise Sutherland (grade 1)

1970-1971

Marlene G. Batke (nursery - grade 1), Angela Marion Einarson (grade 1), Mary Belle Jaffray (grades 3-4), Sydney A. Lecker, May Robertson (grades 5-7), Sylvia Torbiak (grade 2)

1971-1972

Marlene G. Batke (nursery - grade 1), Mary Belle Jaffray (grades 4-6), Sydney A. Lecker, Belinda Agatha Rossler (grades 1-2), Sylvia Torbiak (grades 2-3)

1972-1973

Marlene G. Batke (nursery - grade 1), Mary Belle Jaffray (grades 4-6, 1972; grades 4-5, 1973), Sydney A. Lecker, Belinda Agatha Rossler (grades 1-3, 1973; grades 2-3, 1974), Sylvia Torbiak (grades 3-4)

1973-1974

Marlene G. Batke (nursery - grade 1), Margaret Harder (grades 3-4), Catherine Anne “Cathi” Hill (ungraded), Mary Belle Jaffray (grades 4-5), Sydney A. Lecker, Sylvia Torbiak (primary ungraded)

1974-1975

Marlene G. Batke (nursery - grade 1), Margaret Harder (grades 3-4), Catherine Anne “Cathi” Hill (ungraded), Mary Belle Jaffray (grades 4-6), Sydney A. Lecker, Sylvia Torbiak (grades 1-2)

1975-1976

Marlene G. Batke (nursery - grade 1), Margaret Harder (grades 2-3), Catherine Anne “Cathi” Hill (ungraded), Mary Belle Jaffray (grades 4-5), Sydney A. Lecker, Sylvia Torbiak (grades 1-2), Anthony Paul “Tony” Wawryko (ungraded), Mrs. L. Wawryko (ungraded)

1976-1977

Marlene G. Batke (kindergarten - grade 1), Jane Dawson (ungraded, 1977), Margaret Harder (grades 2-4), Catherine Anne “Cathi” Hill (ungraded, 1976), Mary Belle Jaffray (grades 5-6), Sydney A. Lecker, Jo Lynne Overall (ungraded, 1976), Sylvia Torbiak (grades 1-2)

1977-1978

Marlene G. Batke (nursery - kindergarten), Heather Crawford (ungraded), Margaret Harder (grades 2-4), Mary Belle Jaffray (grades 5-6), Sydney A. Lecker, Sylvia Torbiak (grades 1-2)

1978-1979

Heather Crawford (ungraded), Mary Belle Jaffray (grades 4-6), Sydney A. Lecker, Sylvia Torbiak (kindergarten - grade 2)

1979-1980

Marlene G. Batke (grades 1-3), Margaret Harder (grades 3-6), Janice Arlene Hunter, Sydney A. Lecker, Thomas Maxwell Shelton, Charlotte Kay Sloan (ungraded, 1979), Neil Martin Stern (ungraded, 1980)

1980-1981

Lord Roberts School: Marlene G. Batke (kindergarten - grade 2), Margaret Harder (grades 3-6), Janice Arlene Hunter, Sydney A. Lecker, Thomas Maxwell Shelton, Charlotte Kay Sloan, Anthony Paul “Tony” Wawryko

1981-1982

Lord Roberts School: Marlene G. Batke (grades 1-3), Margaret Harder (grades 3-6), Janice Arlene Hunter, Sydney A. Lecker, Charlotte Kay Sloan, Dave Taylor, Anthony Paul “Tony” Wawryko

1982-1983

Lord Roberts School: Marlene G. Batke (grades 1-3), Margaret Harder (grades 3-6), Janice Arlene Hunter Foge, Sydney A. Lecker, Charlotte Kay Sloan, Dave Taylor (grades 5-7), Ira Udou, Anthony Paul “Tony” Wawryko

1983-1984

Lord Roberts School: Marlene G. Batke (grades 1-3), Janice Arlene Hunter Foge, Margaret Harder (grades 3-6, 1983), Charlotte Kay Sloan, Dave Taylor, Barbara Town (grades 3-6, 1984), Ira Udou, Anthony Paul “Tony” Wawryko

Photos & Coordinates

The former Ellen Douglass School building

The former Ellen Douglass School building (May 2015)
Source: Nathan Kramer

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.90566, W97.15735
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Lord Roberts School (Daly Street South, Winnipeg)

Sources:

“Vanier to be asked to lay cornerstone of new city school,” Winnipeg Free Press, 7 April 1960, page 24.

“Official ceremonies set for Vanier visit to city,” Winnipeg Free Press, 12 April 1960, page 3.

“Vaniers wave goodbye,” Winnipeg Free Press, 28 April 1960, page 1.

[Photo caption], Winnipeg Free Press, 25 February 1961, page 11.

“The Winnipeg School Division No. 1,” Winnipeg Free Press, 13 January 1973, page 43.

“Bembridge new Principal,” Winnipeg Free Press, 14 April 1973.

“School’s goal - to make children independent,” Winnipeg Free Press, 8 December 1977, page 46.

HSC to revamp old school into $8.8-M clinic,” Winnipeg Free Press, 6 October 2017.

School division half-yearly attendance reports (E 0757), Archives of Manitoba.

Manitoba School Records Collection, Winnipeg School District #1 (Ellen Douglass School) - Daily Registers, GR13335, Archives of Manitoba.

We thank the Winnipeg School Division for providing information used here.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer, Christian Cassidy, and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 February 2020

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