His­tory Mat­ters

Noble­man schol­ar­ships of­fer tremen­dous op­por­tu­nity for young his­to­ri­ans. by Janet Walker

Canada's History - - CONTENTS - Janet Walker is the Pres­i­dent & CEO of Canada’s His­tory So­ci­ety.

Noble­man schol­ar­ships of­fer tremen­dous op­por­tu­nity for young his­to­ri­ans.

We first met Dorothy Hollingsworth when she con­tacted Canada’s His­tory So­ci­ety in re­sponse to a re­cep­tion we were host­ing in Toronto in the spring of 2017.

Dorothy’s hus­band, Bill Noble­man, was a founder of Canada’s Na­tional His­tory So­ci­ety and served on its in­au­gu­ral board of di­rec­tors.

When Bill died in Oc­to­ber 2016, Dorothy be­came the keeper of years and years of The Beaver mag­a­zine (which was rechris­tened Canada’s His­tory in 2010).

Dorothy kept the is­sues on shelves in her base­ment, and she won­dered whether we might find a use for them if they mi­grated to our of­fices in Win­nipeg. “Come and have a look,” she said. Louise Hu­me­niuk, our ma­jor gifts as­so­ciate, was greeted warmly by Dorothy and shown more than two decades worth of neatly stacked mag­a­zines that, col­lec­tively, had for years faith­fully doc­u­mented Canada’s past. We learned about Bill’s past, too, as well as his pas­sion for bring­ing to­gether peo­ple in the spirit of col­lab­o­ra­tion.

He was part of a visionary group that rec­og­nized that his­tory is a crit­i­cal na­tional re­source and that be­lieved The Beaver pro­vided a plat­form to share sto­ries that helped to build greater un­der­stand­ing among Cana­di­ans.

A scholar, in­tel­lec­tual, and prag­ma­tist with a gift for math­e­mat­ics and English, Bill con­trib­uted enor­mously to the work of the His­tory So­ci­ety and was in­stru­men­tal in es­tab­lish­ing the first na­tional award for his­tory teach­ers, to­day known as the Gov­er­nor Gen­eral’s His­tory Award for Ex­cel­lence in Teach­ing.

He was pas­sion­ate about the power of ed­u­ca­tion, and he shared this pas­sion through­out his ca­reer, first as a teacher and prin­ci­pal, then as a school trustee and vice-chair of the Scar­bor­ough Board of Ed­u­ca­tion, and later as pub­lisher of two na­tional mag­a­zines,

Satur­day Night and Mon­day Morn­ing.

As the di­rec­tor of pol­icy and re­search for the Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive Party of Canada, and as a se­nior ad­vi­sor to Prime Min­is­ter Joe Clark, he helped to forge closer re­la­tion­ships be­tween Canada and the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity.

Later, as a co-founder, tour di­rec­tor, and gen­eral man­ager of Know the World Tour Or­ga­niz­ers Inc., Bill reg­u­larly amazed clients with his vast knowledge of the in­ter­play be­tween world and Cana­dian his­tory, es­pe­cially mil­i­tary his­tory.

In a con­stantly chang­ing world, it’s the con­nec­tions we make that build bridges be­tween peo­ple, com­mu­ni­ties, and coun­tries. As an alumna of Western Univer­sity, Dorothy has ar­ranged to es­tab­lish an ex­tra­or­di­nary en­dowed fund, the first for Canada’s His­tory. This new pro­gram, to be known as the Noble­man Schol­ars, will pro­vide one paid in­tern­ship an­nu­ally for grad­u­ate stu­dents from Western Univer­sity to gain ca­reer ex­pe­ri­ence at Canada’s His­tory So­ci­ety.

The first Noble­man Scholar will be­gin this spring. By hon­our­ing her hus­band’s past, Dorothy Hollingsworth is of­fer­ing a fu­ture to oth­ers and cel­e­brat­ing Bill Noble­man’s life­long in­tent: to keep and to re­mem­ber our his­tory.

In a con­stantly chang­ing world, it’s the con­nec­tions we make that build bridges be­tween peo­ple, com­mu­ni­ties, and coun­tries.

Dorothy Hollingsworth and Bill Noble­man on their wed­ding day.

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