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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Sansome School (181 Sansome Avenue, Winnipeg)

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Built during the spring and summer of 1965 to serve the growing needs of the Westwood area, this St. James - Assiniboia School Division school, like the street on which it is located, commemorates local municipal official Joseph Henry Sansome. Designed by architect John M. Venables of the firm of Pratt, Lindgren and Associates, the building was constructed by the Arlington Builders at a cost of $534,016. It opened for classes in November 1965 and an official opening ceremony, attended by Premier Duff Roblin, occurred on 19 May 1966. Initially serving junior high grades, the facility was later converted into an elementary school.

Principals

Period

Principal

1965-?

Emile Dupas

?-1971

?

1971-1980

Donald Taylor “Don” McKinnon (1926-2012)

1980-1981

Mr. J. Friesen

1981-1985

Thaddeus Edward “Ted” Witoski (1932-2014)

1985-1989

Jack Carnegie

1989-1994

Wenda Engbrecht

1995

Nicholas “Nick” Yacheson

1995-1996

?

1996-2006

Peter Mingo

2006-2015

?

2015-2016

Patrick Betz

Vice-Principals

Period

Vice-Principal

1969-1973

Victor Wieler

1973-1979

?

1979-1981

Steve Hyrich

1981-1982

Betty Rae

1982-1985

Donald Timmerman

1985-1987

Betty Rae

1987-1988

?

1988-1990

Elenore Wieler

1990-1992

?

1992-1993

William “Bill” Cann

1993-1996

?

1996-1997

David William “Dave” Frye (1942-2020)

1997-1998

Gail Surman

1998-2005

?

2005-2006

Michelle Gashyna

Teachers

School Year

Teachers

2005-2006

Susan Arnason, Diane Beggs, Heather Bell, Tracy Betz, Kyle Briggs, Christina Brophy, Janet Cassell, Kathryn Hearsum, Lizanne Lemay, Judith Lemon, Sharon Marshall, Aimee McDonald, Jim McMurtrie, Celia Mikkelson, Andrea Paul, Tanis Ryznar, Joseph Staska, Tony Szarkiewicz, Jocelyn Ward, Gary Wasilewski, April Waters

Among the other teachers of Sansome Junior High School was Leslie B. Ewacha.

Photos & Coordinates

Sansome School

Sansome School (May 2020)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.87599, W97.30633
denoted by symbol on the map above

Sources:

“Truck backs over cyclist on ground,” Winnipeg Free Press, 11 July 1967, page 4.

School division half-yearly attendance reports (E 0757), GR 1196, Archives of Manitoba.

A Brief History of the Origin and Development of Sansome Junior High, St. James Assiniboia School Division, 1974.

“St. James-Assiniboia School Division No. 2,” Winnipeg Free Press, 7 December 1994, page 70.

Obituary [Leslie Bohdan Ewacha], Winnipeg Free Press, 11 April 2020.

We thank Mari-Jean Nachtigall, Bill Cann, Arnold Reimer, and Dorothy Young for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 19 October 2020

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