Eric Jonasson Award of Merit

The Eric Jonasson Award of Merit is the major award given by MGS. It was created in 1999 to honour Eric Jonasson  for his contributions to MGS. He was member No. 1 and one of the founding members of the Society in 1976. He was the first President and served until 1980. Eric wrote his first genealogical guide “Tracing Your Icelandic Family Tree” in the 1970’s, followed by “The Canadian Genealogical Handbook” in 1976. In 1983, he published “Untangling Your Family Tree”. Eric was involved in many community and cultural organizations in Manitoba. His wife, Liz, served as Secretary of MGS for a number of years after his death in 1998.

The annual awards below were presented in grateful acknowledgement of the recipient’s personal contribution to our Society.

Award Winners

2016
Shirle McGimpsey (Dauphin Branch)

2015
Orma Sozansky (SE/Winnipeg Branch)

2014
Pat Allan (SE/Winnipeg Branch)

2013
Rick McLellan (SE/Winnipeg Branch)

2012
Jayne Paradis (SE/Winnipeg Branch)

2011
Eleanor Burch (SW Branch)

2010
No award given.

2009
Gordon McBean

2008
Bill Borland

2007
Bob Stokes

2006
Mary Bole

2005
Eric Neufeld (Swan Valley Branch)

2004
Joan Whiston

2003
Daryl Dumanski

2002
Walt McCaw

2001
Margaret Goodman

2000
Betty Atkinson

1999
Jim Rutherford

Award of Merit

Prior to 1999 the Eric Jonasson Award was called the Award of Merit. It was given to members who demonstrated a high level of commitment towards the betterment of the Manitoba Genealogical Society. Like the Eric Jonasson Award of Merit after it, the Award of Merit was bestowed upon a member whose efforts stood out among a group of incredible volunteers.

1998
Connie McLeod

1997
Joyce Elias

1996
Donna Fox

1995
Eleanor Corbett

1994
Lorne Harris

1993
Ernest McCallum

1992
Jim Wall

1991
Hazel Runchey

1990
Gordon Breckman

1989
Elizabeth Briggs

1988
Edith Bjornson

1987
Ruth Breckman   Gerald Brown   Flo Cox   Reta McManus   Barbara Page

Louisa Shermerhorn   Mavis Smith   Kathy Stokes   Ruth Tester   Jean Tucker