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The Cenotaph, erected in the St. Norbert Cemetery, was an over-grown, long forgotten homage to the thirteen men who fought and died in World War I and who were connected to the St. Norbert area.

In 2008, Art Bloomfield, long-time St. Norbert resident, took a closer look at the overgrown monument while walking his young grandson to preschool. Soon after, he and his family made it their personal mission to ensure that the cenotaph and those thirteen men whose names are etched in stone were forgotten no more.

Celebrate and honour these men at the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month.

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because our community cares

We would like to thank all our sponsors, supporters and volunteers for their kindness and generosity. Please click on the tabs below to check them all out. And please be sure to thank them next time you see them and/or visit their places of business.

  • Community Sponsors
  • Community Supporters
  • Volunteers
  • Organizing Committee
  • Wreath Layers

2022 Community Sponsors

Holding events such as Remembrance Day each year wouldn't be possible without the generous donations by our government leaders and corporate citizens.

BSI Insurance logo
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St. Norbert Branch
Super Auto Centres logo link to Super Auto Centres website
Jim Brousseau,
Super Auto Centres
photo of Markus Chambers link to Markus Chambers' website
Markus Chambers, City of Winnipeg
Councillor, St Norbert-Seine River
photo of Terry Duguid link to Terry Duguid's website
Terry Duguid, Member of Parliament
for Winnipeg South
Fawcett Autobody logo link to the Fawcett Autobody website
Fawcett Autobody
Owners, Diana and Rick Fawcett
Fort Richmond Jewellers logo link to the Fort Richmond Jewellers website
Daniel Flather, Owner,
Fort Richmond Jewellers
photo of Janice Lukes link to Janice Lukes' website
Janice Lukes
City of Winnipeg Councillor
Waverley West Ward
Photo of Janice Morley-Lecomte link to Janice Morley-Lecomte's website
Janice Morley-Lecomte, Member of the
Legislative Assembly of Manitoba
for Seine River
The Medicine Shoppe logo link to The Medicine Shoppe South Winnipeg website
John Thompson,
Owner, The Medicine Shoppe
Pony Corral logo
Peter Ginakes
Owner, Pony Corral Restaurant & Bar
Red River Co-op logo link to the St. Norbert Co-op website
Red River Co-op
St. Norbert

St. Norbert Biz logo link to the St. Norbert Biz website
St. Norbert BIZ
since 2011

The Eagles Club
3870 Pembina Hwy
Judy Williams

Windsor Plywood logo link to Windsor Plywood's website
Dave Johnston,
Windsor Plywood

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2022 Community Supporters

Community involvement makes all the difference in the world.

To Mr. Bernie Lemoine who quietly cares for the St. Norbert Cenotaph year round, you have the thanks of the community at large, the families of the fallen and most importantly, the 13 men whose names are etched in stone.

We'd like to send a special thank you to the following:

In addition, we'd like to thank...

2022 Volunteer Acknowledgements

Mr. Jim Busby has been instrumental in providing details of the lives and deaths of those men whose names are inscribed on the cenotaph.

Mr. Brian Cyr has provided some great additional information about some of the soldiers listed on the cenotaph. He was able to provide records about the cenotaph itself that we had previously been unable to locate.

Each year, a number of volunteers make our annual Remembrance Day Service so much more special, just by the nature of their involvement.

  • Our Piper, Mark O'Rourke playing The Lament
  • Joan McKenzie, singing O Canada
  • Bob Roehle of PAL(55+), who read The Act of Remembrance
  • Tribute to Francophone Veterans, retired Superintendent, Seine River School Division, Simon LaPlante
  • Tribute on behalf of Metis Veterans, Genevieve Benoit, Chair of the St. Norbert-LaBarriere Metis Council
  • Greg Reid of St. Norbert, who for many years, has provided the power which makes our events possible
  • And of course, the students from College St. Norbert Collegiate, École Noël-Ritchot and La Barrière Crossings School:
    • who shared details about the lives of our fallen soldiers
    • who sounded their trumpets
      • Fall In
      • The Last Post
      • The Reveille
    • who treated us to their musical and spoken voices
    • who laid the wreaths and placed poppies on the banner around the cenotaph
    • and who recited
      • Au champ d'honneur
      • In Flanders Fields
      • The Commitment to Remember
  • Colleen Ottertail - Marshalling
  • Samantha Swiridenko - Canadian Flag
  • Steven Cyr - Metis Flag
  • Ian Cummins, Greg Bedard, Stacy Gosman and Rej Lafond - Wreath organization
  • Julie Biljardte and Bill Younger - Wreath removal

We'd also like to thank all the volunteers, past and present, who've helped put this event on since its inception. Whether that is a behind the scenes effort, event day participation, or anything to make these events happens, your time and energies fuel the success of the commemoration each year.

Our sincerest thanks to each of you!

2022 Organizing Committee

This annual event exists because of the behind the scenes work of a group of dedicated volunteers. The 2022 St. Norbert Remembrance Day Committee is comprised of the following community members:

  • Art and Wendy Bloomfield - The St. Norbert Remembrance Day service would not exist without the tireless efforts of Art, Wendy and their family. From discovering (or rediscovering) the overgrown cenotaph and cleaning it up... to liaising with the community to garner support... to managing the volunteers to ensure that all the tasks are accomplished... and to leading the community to remember the fallen soldiers with pride and affection... and so much more. With little exception, they pretty much do it all.
  • Charmaine Bloomfield - Charmaine will once again emcee our 2022 In-Person Remembrance Day Ceremony. Charmaine has volunteered since the beginning and has always been a driving force for making things better year after year. 
  • Ron Novotny - Ron, a member of the Winnipeg South Lions Club, helps with the organizing of this event.
  • Deb Degryse Clark - Deb created and manages our website and social media profiles (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and YouTube) to advertise and promote our St. Norbert Remembrance Day Ceremony.

2022 Wreath Layers

Thank you to all who laid wreaths at the foot of the Cenotaph.

  • On behalf of the Government of Canada, Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South, Terry Duguid
  • On behalf of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Sargent Paul Manaigre
  • On behalf of the Royal Canadian Navy, HCMS Chippewa, Deb Degryse Clark, former Ordinary Wren, Naval Reserves
  • On behalf of the Canadian Army, The Fort Garry Horse, 2295 Royal Winnipeg Rifles Army Cadet, Warrant Officer Connor Harder, Master Corporal Joshua Lambert and Corporal Jonathan Flett
  • On behalf of the Royal Canadian Air Force, Major Maryse Laliberte and Master Warrant Officer Tyler Klassen
  • On behalf of the National Metis Veterans Association, CSNC student
  • On behalf of the Metis Veterans, Colleen Ottertail
  • On behalf of the St. Norbert Veterans Memorial Association, Stacey Gosman
  • On behalf of the Province of Manitoba, Member of the Legislative Assembly for Seine River, Janice Morley-Lecomte
  • On behalf of the St. Norbert Parish-LaBarriere Metis Council, Genevieve Benoit, Joanne Pagee, Therese Houde and youth member, McKenna Houde
  • On behalf of the City of Winnipeg, Councillor for St. Norbert-Seine River Ward, Markus Chambers and Councillor for Waverley West, Janice Lukes
  • On behalf of the Community of St. Norbert, John Thompson from The Medicine Shoppe
  • On behalf of the Education Community in St. Norbert, Superintendent, Seine River School Division, Dr. Ryan Anderson, Principal, Ecole Romeo-Dallaire, Former Air Force Second Lieutenant, Savin Basque, accompanied by his wife, Captain Sylvie Allaire and daughter Elodie Basque, College St. Norbert Collegiate, Principal, Mrs. Lori Gauthier and Vice Principal, Ms. Kayleigh Sieffert
  • On behalf of the St. Norbert Knights of Columbus, Donatien Biseruka, Bernard Lemoine and Gilbert Hince
  • On behalf of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Club #3870, Willy Stepushyn
  • On behalf of the South Winnipeg Lions Club, Ian Cummins
  • On behalf of the Ginakes Family, Art Bloomfield and Mark Hlady
  • On behalf of Pembina Active Living 55+, Dave and Marla Olinyk
  • On behalf of the Girl Guides of Canada, Mrs. Suzanne Wylie, accompanied by the 353rd Brownies and 351st Sparks
  • On behalf of the Bloomfield Family - grandchildren of Art and Wendy Bloomfield
  • On behalf of the 13 Fallen Men recognized on this St. Norbert Cenotaph, cousin of Richard Fenton, Harolyn Capstick and great-granddaughter of Jules Seewald, Monique Seevald

For information on how you too, can make a difference with this very important annual event, please send us an email.

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