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.
Shirle McGimpsey (Dauphin Branch)
Orma Sozansky (SE/Winnipeg Branch)
Pat Allan (SE/Winnipeg Branch)
Rick McLellan (SE/Winnipeg Branch)
Jayne Paradis (SE/Winnipeg Branch)
Eleanor Burch (SW Branch)
No award given.
Eric Neufeld (Swan Valley Branch)
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.
Ruth Breckman Gerald Brown Flo Cox Reta McManus Barbara Page
Louisa Shermerhorn Mavis Smith Kathy Stokes Ruth Tester Jean Tucker