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Freemason Lodge No. 186 remembers Donald W. Beattie through the creation of new award

On May 31st, 2023, the Templum Sion Lodge of Freemasons generously gifted The University of Winnipeg Foundation $17,600 to support the creation of a new award, the Donald W. Beattie Award in Masters of Arts in Peace and Conflict Studies. Established by Lodge members Dr. James Christie, Mr. Ron Clement, Mr. Kevin Latozke, and Mr. Lynn Latozke, the award will be used to support a graduate student enrolled in The Masters of Arts (MA) Peace and Conflict Studies program.

A part of Winnipeg’s Freemason history since 2005, the Manitoba-based Lodge No. 186 sought to remember one of their longtime members, Mr. Donald W. Beattie, by creating an award that not only honoured his legacy, but his ideals as well. “A visionary thinker and Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Manitoba, Donald assisted with the formation of Templum Sion Lodge and was an active member of the brotherhood until his passing in 2015. Education, the promotion of human rights, human dignity and human potential were ideals that guided both Donald during his lifetime and all Freemasons.” said Dr. James Christie.

“Passionate support from our community and the creation of new awards that honour people who have helped better this province are always exciting to see.” said UWinnipeg Foundation President Javier Schwersensky. “Being able to honour former friends, colleagues, and family members who have made an impact in the lives of our donors, and seeing their funding channeled towards improving the lives of our hardworking students is an important part of the work we help facilitate at the Foundation.”

The inaugural award will be given out during the 2023 Fall award cycle after passing through the University Senate later this year.

Donors interested in supporting the Donald W. Beattie Award in Masters of Arts in Peace and Conflict Studies can do so online, or by calling The University of Winnipeg Foundation at 204-786-9995.