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Israel (Izzy) Asper
He was born in Minnedosa in 1932. He became a lawyer, and by the early 1970s he was leader of the Manitoba Liberal Party and an MLA. He bought KCND, a small TV station in Pembina, N.D., and brought it to Winnipeg, turning it into CKND and then Canwest Global Communications. He was inducted into the Order of Canada in 1995, the Order of Manitoba in 2000 and the Winnipeg Citizens Hall of Fame in 1999. When he died in 2003, he was working toward building the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.
Ruth "Babs" Asper
She was born in Winnipeg in 1933 and graduated from the University of Manitoba. She volunteered for the Age and Opportunity Centre and the Winnipeg Jewish Community Council. She was co-founder and chairwoman of the Asper Foundation. She was on the board of the Winnipeg Jewish Theatre, and she created the Babs Asper Professorship in Jazz Performance at the University of Manitoba. She received the president's award from the Winnipeg Press Club. She died in 2011.
She was a director of Canwest Global Communications and president of the Canwest Global Foundation and the Asper Foundation. After her father's death, she worked toward building the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. She was inducted into the Order of Canada in 2009.
He graduated from Brandeis University in Boston and the University of Toronto law school before joining his father's company, Canwest Global. He was president and chief executive officer of the media conglomerate when he stepped down as the company was restructuring. He is now CEO of The Fight Network.
He became a criminal lawyer and is noted for successfully representing David Milgaard in his battle against his wrongful conviction. He joined Canwest Global and was the company's executive vice-president. He is now a law professor at the University of Manitoba.
A lawyer, he was born in Winnipeg in 1928. He graduated from the University of Manitoba with a law degree and was called to the bar in 1952. He was a founder of the law firm Buchwald Asper Henteleff and was president of the Manitoba Bar Association and the Law Society of Manitoba. He served on the boards of the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba, the Health Sciences Centre Foundation and the Canadian Consumer Council. He was the first executive director of the Arts Stabilization Manitoba Inc. He was named to the Order of Canada in 2003. He died in 2008.
She volunteered for numerous organizations. One of the first was chairing a child-care committee for the Jewish Child and Family Service in 1963, which created a group home for boys. She was president of the National Council of Jewish Women. She set up a community meeting, which resulted in the establishment of Klinic. She was the first woman elected as president of the Winnipeg Jewish Community Council, and she was campaign chairwoman of the United Way in 1994. She was inducted into the Order of Canada in 1983.
Born in Winnipeg in 1917, he was one of three Canadian lawyers who represented the interests of interned Japanese-Canadians. Later, he was elected a Winnipeg School Board trustee, a councillor for Winnipeg Beach, an alderman on Winnipeg city council and a councillor for the Metropolitan Corporation of Greater Winnipeg. He was elected an MLA in 1962 and in 1969 became finance minister. He was the minister responsible for amalgamating Winnipeg into Unicity in 1971. He was board chairman of Manitoba Hydro. He was inducted into the Order of Canada in 1994 and the Order of Manitoba in 2002.
He was born in Saskatchewan to parents who left Poland before the Second World War. After the family moved to Winnipeg in 1957, he attended high school then studied law at the University of Manitoba. A prominent criminal defence counsel, he also served as chairman of the Manitoba Adolescent Treatment Centre.
Born in Winnipeg, he became an actor, comedy writer and producer. He helped create Elvis Presley's 1968 comeback concert and produced the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, the Andy Williams Show and That's My Mama. He was inducted into the Manitoba Order of the Buffalo Hunt.
He was born in Winnipeg, received his BA at the University of Manitoba, his MA at Princeton University and his law degree at the University of Oxford in England. He became a barrister in England before being called to the Manitoba bar in 1971. He has been senior legal counsel for B'nai Brith Canada. He has done human-rights work with Amnesty International, Manitoba Association of Rights and Liberties and Canadian Helsinki Watch Group. He was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010 and was inducted into the Order of Canada in 2008.
A lawyer, for decades he has helped children and adults with cognitive and physical disabilities by donating thousands of hours of legal work to help fight discrimination. He was inducted into the Order of Canada in 1997.
Monty (Halperin) Hall
He was born in Winnipeg and graduated from the University of Manitoba with a science degree. He started working in radio in Winnipeg and then moved to Toronto before heading to New York. He began hosting and guest hosting game shows before starting Let's Make a Deal in 1963. He was inducted into the Order of Canada in 1988.
He was a world-renowned pediatrician who began campaigning in the 1950s to stop young people from starting to smoke. He was one of the first doctors to begin telling parents to prevent their children from being poisoned with household products and warned people in rural areas the high concentration of nitrate in shallow wells was causing blue babies. He was inducted into the Order of Canada in 1990. He died in 1995.
Dr Charles Bernstein
He graduated from the University of Manitoba's Faculty of Medicine in 1985 and completed his fellowship in gastroenterology at UCLA in 1991, where he became associated director of its Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center. Returning to Winnipeg in 1993, he established the IBD Clinical and Research Centre which has become a world leader into inflammatory bowel disease.
He was born in 1913 and called to the Bar in 1937. He worked as a criminal lawyer until he died in 2011, one of the longest serving lawyers ever in Canada. He worked to abolish the death penalty in Canada. He co-founded the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba and was inducted into the Order of Canada in 2010.
She was born in Winnipeg and grew up in the North End. She has served as president of Jewish Child and Family Services, vice-president of the National Council of Jewish Women, campaign chairwoman for the building of the Gwen Secter Creative Living Centre and president of the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba. She is currently executive director of the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba.
She was born in Winnipeg in 1911, graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1929 and received her teaching certificate two years later. She didn't get a teaching job for two years because of the Great Depression so she wrote articles for the Western Jewish News and the Labour Council's newspaper. She later joined the Winnipeg School Division and was a principal at Lord Roberts, River Heights, Kelvin and Isaac Brock. She earned a national reputation in the 1950s for her educational programs on CBC radio and wrote several books including Armed with a Primer and The Two Thirds Minority. She was president of the Manitoba Teachers' Society, national president of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, honorary president of the Manitoba Association for Rights and Liberties and sat on several boards including the United Way and the Social Planning Council. She was inducted into the Order of Canada, the Manitoba Order of the Buffalo Hunt and the Winnipeg Citizens Hall of Fame. She died in 2004.
He was born in 1914, brother of Sam Freedman. Because his family couldn't afford to send him to university, he read as many books as he could at the University of Manitoba library for four years. He began writing for the Edmonton Bulletin and joined the Winnipeg Free Press as Ottawa correspondent after the Second World War. He became the paper's Washington correspondent and then returned to Winnipeg as its senior editorial writer. He joined the Manchester Guardian and became its Washington correspondent in 1953. He started a syndicated column with the Chicago Daily News and at one point it was carried by more than 100 papers. He died in 1980.
Born in Hungary, he came to Canada in 1947 and went to the University of Manitoba. He did puppet theatre before founding Theatre 77 with Tom Hendry which later merged with the Manitoba Little Theatre and became the Manitoba Theatre Centre. He became the new theatre's first artistic director. He moved on to be co-director of the Stratford Festival and then head of television drama at the CBC. He became artistic director of the Stratford Festival in 1980. He died in 1989 and was inducted posthumously into the Winnipeg Citizens Hall of Fame.
Born and raised in Winnipeg, he practiced law for almost 15 years before devoting himself full time to his business interests. He is a partner in Western Glove Works, founder and president of Stern Partners and chairman and chief executive officer for some of the group's operating companies. He is also chairman of FP Canadian Newspapers Limited Partnership, which owns the Winnipeg Free Press and Brandon Sun. He lives in Vancouver where he also has served on many community and corporate boards including the Vancouver Airport Authority, the Vancouver General Hospital, the Vancouver Symphony Society and the Canadian Council for Israel and Jewish Advocacy.
He was born in Russia in 1889, and came to Canada with his family, going first to Saskatchewan, then moving to Brandon. He later moved to Thunder Bay where he bought a hotel with his brother. He bought the Bell Hotel in Winnipeg in 1912 and later got into the liquor business, first selling it by mail order. He moved to Montreal and founded the Distillers Corporation, later buying Joseph E. Seagram and Sons Ltd., to create the Seagram Company. His company became the world's largest liquor-distilling firm. He was president of the Canadian Jewish Congress from 1938 to 1962 and honourary vice-president of the World Jewish Congress. He was inducted into the Order of Canada and the Manitoba Order of the Buffalo Hunt. He died in 1971.
He was born in Winnipeg and initially studied theology in Israel before going to the University of Chicago. While there, he saw comedian Lenny Bruce perform and decided to become a comedian. He joined The Second City company in Chicago. His controversial comedic sermons helped get The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour yanked off the air. He appeared on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson more than 130 times, second only to Bob Hope, and was the youngest person ever to guest host, doing it 12 times. He has directed episodes of Seinfeld, Friends, Mad About You and Curb Your Enthusiasm.
He went to the University of Manitoba before going into business in 1970. He has been the president of Western Glove Works since 1980 and is co-owner and director of Western Glove Works and Warehouse One. He is a partner of FP Canadian Newspapers Ltd. Partnership, the owner of the Winnipeg Free Press. He has volunteered as co-chairman of the Premier's Economic Advisory Council, chairman of the University of Manitoba's Smart Park and Chancellor of the University of Winnipeg. He is being inducted into the Order of Manitoba in July.
He was born in 1914, and with his five brothers created General Distributors (Gendis), which had exclusive Canadian rights for distributing Papermate pens. A chance spotting of an ad in Japan led to him getting the Canadian rights for Sony. Cohen and his brothers owned the SAAN and Metropolitan stores. He was past president of the Manitoba Theatre Centre and the Winnipeg Clinic Research Institute. He was inducted into the Order of Canada in 1983. He died in 2011.
Born Channah Glaz in 1912 in Ukraine. The family moved to Winnipeg and changed its name to Glass. She went to both United College and the University of Manitoba before studying nursing at Winnipeg General Hospital and then psychiatric nursing in New York City. Her first job was as the only full-time staff member at the Mount Carmel Clinic. She stayed and rose to become executive director and transformed it into a broad-ranging community clinic with medical, social and educational services. She retired after 37 years in 1985 and promptly launched AGR Health Services to Seniors to address the needs of residents in the downtown. She died in 1998.
She is an actor and director and a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada. She has directed several plays with the Winnipeg Jewish Theatre, including Death of a Salesman, as well as plays at the Manitoba Theatre Centre and Prairie Theatre Exchange. She was artistic director of the WJT from 2005 to 2007, and currently is the theatre's artistic advisor.
She was born in Winnipeg in 1916. She graduated from St. John's High School. She was active in the Jewish community and was president of the Aliyah Chapter of Hadassah. She and her husband, Bert Settler, were founding members of the Rosh Pina Synagogue. She and her mother opened a small antique shop in 1948, and by the mid-50s the Curiosity Shop had moved downtown, adding the Upstairs Gallery a decade later. She became interested in Inuit art, was part of a federal government task force on Inuit art in Frobisher Bay and helped develop the Inuit art collections at the National Gallery of Canada and the Canadian Museum of Civilization. She initiated the Gallery on the Avenue project showcasing the work of young artists in Portage Avenue storefronts. She died in 2004.
She was born in Winnipeg in 1928, after her parents immigrated here from Ukraine. She went to St. John's High School and the University of Manitoba before beginning work as a social worker. She started writing on the side, publishing her first novel, The Sacrifice, in 1956. The book won the Governor General's award for fiction. Her next novel, Crackpot, came out in 1974. She also wrote plays and essays. She was a friend of author Margaret Laurence and after their deaths, a book of their correspondence was published in 1997, Selected Letters of Margaret Laurence and Adele Wiseman. She died in 1992.
Source: Winnipeg Free Press archives, Manitoba Historical Society, Jewish Foundation of Manitoba's Book of Endowment and Wikipedia.
-- Compiled by Kevin Rollason
Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 26, 2012 J15
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