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News Release - Manitoba

May 31, 2000



Culture, Heritage and Tourism Minister Diane McGifford has reappointed William Neville as chair of the Manitoba Heritage Council and has also named 12 new members.

The council is an arms-length appointed body set up to advise the government on a wide range of heritage matters. Council members also participate in educational and promotional activities related to preserving Manitoba's heritage.

"Our provincial heritage is a precious resource and we will rely on the broad expertise of our council members to ensure it is preserved for future generations," the minister said.

Neville is a Winnipeg resident who has been actively involved in the city's Historic Buildings Committee and represents the province on the National Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.

New appointments to the council are:

  • Claudine Majzels of Winnipeg (vice-chair), a professor of art history and women's studies at the University of Winnipeg;
  • James Allum of Winnipeg, a historian and archivist with the City of Winnipeg;
  • Gordon Emberley of Lac du Bonnet, a founding member of the Lac du Bonnet Municipal Heritage Advisory Committee;
  • Larry Hamilton of Crystal City, principal of Crystal City Elementary School;
  • Wally Johannson of Gimli, a retired social studies teacher;
  • Paul Legault of Thompson, director of Heritage North Museum;
  • Annette Milot of The Pas, director of the Sam Waller Museum;
  • Diane Payment of Winnipeg, chief historian for Batouche National Park;
  • Virginia Petch of Winnipeg, a heritage consultant in archaeology and Aboriginal history and culture;
  • Dr. Katherine Pettipas of Winnipeg, curator of native ethnology at the Manitoba Museum of Nature;
  • Steve Prystupa of Winnipeg, a program consultant with the Canadian Heritage Department; and
  • Sharon Reilly of Winnipeg, history curator at the Manitoba Museum of Nature.

The minister also reappointed Emerson Mayor Wayne Arseny and Winnipeg historian Sheila Grover to the council. The appointments are effective June 1.

The minister can appoint up to 22 people to the council and will be naming several more council members over the next several months.

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