Historical Awards Given to Five Manitobans

WINNIPEG, MB. – Lt.-Gov. Janice C. Filmon presented awards to five Manitobans for their prolonged, meritorious service in the preservation and promotion of the province’s rich history and heritage.

The five Manitobans acknowledged were;

• Jacqueline Blay – Winnipeg;
• Robert “Bob” Holliday – Winnipeg;
• Jan Sirski – Dauphin;
• Kathleen Stokes – Winnipeg; and
• Allan “Al” Thorleifson – Manitou.

“Celebrating the many contributions of (the) honourees, and their ongoing commitment to preserve and promote the history of this great province, is even more meaningful as we celebrate 150 years since Canada’s Confederation,” said Lt.-Gov. Filmon. “A record number of nominations were received this year, reassuring us of the great number of historical caretakers throughout Manitoba, working to ensure this province’s rich history will be kept alive for the next 150 years and beyond.”

The MHS receives award nominations from the public and recommends up to five people to receive awards each year. Nominations are welcome at any time.

Further details of the award program along with a nomination form are available on the Manitoba Historical Society website at and can also be accessed through the website of the lieutenant-governor at

Government of Manitoba

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