Category Archives: MGS News

Thank you! Committee Chairs Appointed

Ten Standing Committee Chairs were appointed by the Executive at the June 19 meeting. Two more members have expressed interest since the Executive Meeting and will be appointed at the September Meeting. Thank you to all members who have agreed to serve for another year and welcome to our new Computer chair Aleta Foreman.

Administration Department
Library                              Mary Bole
Membership Services  Kenda Wood
Research                           Jim Rutherford
Special Projects             Kathy Stokes
Office Coordination      Vacant
Communications Department
Education & Outreach Bill Curtis
Generations Journal    David Farmer
Publicity                            Daryl Dumanski
Social Media                    Janice Butcher
Finance Department
Fundraising                      Vacant
Grants & Applications  Vacant
Information Technology Department
Computer & Network Operation  Aleta Foreman
MANI Management & Operation  Gord McBean

Report on MGS Annual General Meeting – June 2

A very successful AGM was held on Saturday, June 2 with about 30 people in attendance.

2018-19 MGS Executive

President                             Jayne Paradis
Past President                   Jim Oke
VP Administration            Vacant
VP Communications       Janice Butcher (appointed at Executive meeting)
VP Finance                          Jim McKerchar
VP Inform. Technology   Gayle Mager
2 Members-at-Large        Mona Phillip, 1 vacant
Treasurer                              Vacant
Secretary                              Rick Walker
Note that three Executive positions are still vacant. We need to fill these positions ASAP. If you are interested or know of someone else who is interested, please contact the Nominations Chair at

MGS Volunteer Service Award Winners

Joan Whiston Award           Stephanie Wood
Florence Cox Award            Kathleen Kristjanson
Kenda Wood
Bonnie Batchelor
Eric Jonasson Award          Enid Dorward

Congratulations to all recipients. For a description of the Awards see website

2018 Annual General Meeting


  1. Reports from the Executive and Standing Committee Chairs
  2. Approval of Financial Statements
  3. Approval of MGS Constitution Revisions* (will affect election of executive)
  4. Report of Nominations Committee – Election of Officers for 2018-19
  5. Presentation of Volunteer Awards: Eric Jonasson, Florence Cox, & Joan Whiston

Proposed Constitution Changes – Summary

  1. Add 2 Members-at-Large to Executive
  2. Add 2 new Standing Committees-Social Media, MANI Operations & Management

Please see document outlining proposed revisions.

Call for Nominations – Executive Positions

  1. Elected Positions
    These incumbents’ 3-year terms have expired:
  • VP Administration
  • VP Communications
  • VP Finance
  • VP Information Technology (presently vacant)
  1. New positions (if Constitution revisions are approved)
    2 Members-at-Large

Note: Elected positions are 1-year terms, renewable for 3 terms

  1. Appointed Positions– we need expressions of interest for:
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary

Please see Job Descriptions for list of duties.

Call for Expressions of Interest – Standing Committees

MGS is completely operated by VOLUNTEERS. We presently have many hard-working program volunteers but fewer administrative volunteers. We need 13 Standing CommitteeChairsto keep MGS running. MANY of the current committee chairs have served in their positions for many years. We need some NEW people to take on leadership roles.
Note: These positions are not elected by the membership but are appointed by the MGS Executive. In order to do that, we need to know who is willing to serve. How about YOU?
Here is a complete list of the 13 Standing Committee Chairs, separated into 4 departments that correspond to their respective Vice President.

            Administration Department

Library            Research

Membership Services      Special Projects

Office Coordination Vacant

      Communication Department

Education and Outreach      Publicity

Journal      *Social Media (new)

             Finance Department

Fundraising      Grants and Applications Vacant

      Information Technology Department

Computer and Network Operations Vacant

*MANI Management and Operation (new)

Please see Job Descriptions for list of duties.

Winnipeg Public Library Presentation

Wednesday, May 30: 6:30-8:30 pm
Even if you can’t read French, researching French Canadian ancestry can be easier than you think. For most people, French Canadian ancestry can be traced back fairly easily due to records that were well documented and preserved.
The workshop will explore church records, répertoire (indexes), various databases (free and subscription) and ‘DIT’ names. Free. Registration required.

100-131 Provencher Boulevard
Phone, visit or go online at to register.

Presented by Jayne Paradis, founding member of the Manitoba Genealogy Society and active Society volunteer for the last twenty years.