Historic Sites of Manitoba: I. L. Peretz Folk School / Faith Academy / Faith Academy Middle School (600 Jefferson Avenue, Winnipeg)
Located in West Kildonan, the I. L. Peretz Folk School’s Garden City branch was established in 1956. The school was expanded twice, first in 1962 with an auditorium on the east side of the original structure, and later, a split-level addition on the west side and renovations to the original structure in 1968. This later expansion housed four classrooms on the upper level, with a library, multi-purpose room, and science lab on the lower level. Upon re-opening of the expanded building in January 1969, the school’s activities were consolidated here, resulting in the closure of their Aikins campus location. The facility was later purchased by Faith Academy, which used it as their main campus before moving to the Joseph Wolinsky Collegiate on Matheson Avenue, though later re-activating this site for middle school grades.
Photos & Coordinates
“School to open addition,” Winnipeg Free Press, 7 January 1969, page 3.
“The Metropolitan Corporation of Greater Winnipeg Board of Adjustment Zoning [Case No. 197-68],” Winnipeg Free Press, 13 May 1968, page 10.
Obituary [Harav Shimshon Heilik], Calgary Herald, 5 March 2005.
We thank Jacob Heilik for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.
Page revised: 11 May 2019