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Gimli Public School 100th Reunion: June 26, 27 & 28, 2015

We are planning a big party! We hope all former students and staff can attend.

Who's who? How good is your memory?

In conjunction with this summer’s Gimli Public School “Homecoming 2015” the Gimli Municipal Heritage Advisory Committee (MHAC) is sponsoring a commemorative history of the 1915 Public School building.

The Gimli MHAC is seeking photographs, school yearbooks and student newspapers, and similar material for possible use in the publication.

With your help, we want to identify those currently noted as “unknown” in the photos below (click on the photo or the link to see a full class photo):

1960–61 Grade 7 Moroz (pdf 193 KB)

1961-62 Grade 4 and 5 Kardal (pdf 221 KB)

1966–67 Grade 1 Wlosek (pdf 188 KB)

Individuals with information, old photos or other material, (to be carefully scanned and returned) are invited to contact Wally Johannson at: or (204) 651-1123, or Ed Ledohowski at: or (204) 799-0714.


Family donates toward local heritage (June 2013)

During an Open House at the Gimli Pavilion on June 29th, the Sutherland family presented the Gimli Municipal Heritage Advisory Committee with a cheque for $4,000. The Sutherland family, who own a heritage cottage in Gimli, said that they wanted to recognize and support the MHAC's work in the community.

On the same occasion, owners of ten heritage properties received heritage certificates and will have plaques put up on their properties in the future.

More than 25 sites in the Gimli area have been recognized as heritage properties.

Dr. Eric Sutherland (left) presenting the cheque
to Gimli MHAC Chair Wally Johannson

The Sutherland family


125th Year Celebration of the RM

A Heritage Open House attracted a crowd of over 100 heritage enthusiasts. Mayor Greenberg and MLA Peter Bjornson presented certificates to the owners of four cottages designated as municipal heritage sites. We displayed new posters of recently inventoried cottages in Sandy Hook and farm buildings in Foley.

Handing out centennial site certificates. MLA Peter Bjornson (left) with Andy Blicq receiving the certificate and Gimli Mayor Lynn Greenberg (right) with Thomas and Margaret Wolstencroft receiving the certificate.

Two Heritage Guided Tours
– Andy Blicq guided a cottage tour in Gimli while Councillor Richard Petrowski and Wally Johannson hosted a bus tour of heritage sites, largely churches, from Foley to Dnister.

Tour group at Dnister church

Berlo Booklet

Our committee produced an architectural/community history of a unique and early German strip-farming community within the RM. Sandy Driscoll did the design work for the cover. The booklet has been sold largely to descendants of the first settlers, and is so popular that we have gone through three printings.

Gimli Area Historic Cottage Owners’ Handbook
– This was developed by Christin Burgess under the supervision of Andy Blicq. It illustrates the heritage qualities of Gimli cottages, and suggests how to preserve these qualities during renovations. These booklets have been distributed gratis to owners of heritage cottages in our inventories. The objective is to save our built heritage through persuasion rather than regulation.

Council has appointed three new members
, Claire Gillis, Alana Rogan and Spence Allison, to our committee. Alana owns a designated heritage cottage and Spence is a retired property assessor from the provincial Assessment Branch. Claire is a local pharmacist who has much needed skills in editing and publishing. All three add valuable expertise to our committee.

PowerPoint by Ken Krebs
– Ken produced a sophisticated presentation of archival photos of 1920 Gimli and Loni Beach cottages, which can be used for presentations.

Centennial tags
were added to seven plaques at heritage buildings/sites which were at least 100 years old.

– Heritage building grants permitted renovation work on the Gimli Dance Pavilion and St. Michael’s Church in Foley, two of five priority sites.

– Four cottages were designated as municipal heritage sites, including the Thorson Cottage, Maryville Cottage, the Goodman Cottage the Davidson/Wigg Cottage.

Our Heritage Management Plan for 2012–2015
outlines the proposed projects for the three provincial fiscal years from April 1 to March 31, 2015

– The activities of the committee helped generate about a dozen heritage articles in the Interlake Spectator and Interlake Enterprise, hopefully making RM residents and owners more aware of the value of our built heritage.