Coun. John Orlikow Recommends Renaming River Heights Library in Honour of Bill and Helen Norrie

April 14, 2017

Recognizing their lifelong commitments to knowledge and the residents of the City of Winnipeg, River Heights-Fort Garry City Councillor John Orlikow today introduced a motion to the City Centre Community Committee to recommend renaming the River Heights Library to the Bill and Helen Norrie Library.

“Before his passing Bill was known as a pillar of our city and Helen continues on as one to this day, particularly in River Heights-Fort Garry. From Bill’s time as mayor to serving as Chancellor of the University of Manitoba to Helen’s work as the Honorary Campaign Chair of the Winnipeg Library Foundation to their bursary, they are still helping to improve our communities today,” Orlikow said.

“I feel renaming one of our most significant centres of our neighbourhood in their honour is an important way to recognize their legacy of always putting Winnipeggers first and encourage others to follow in their footsteps.”

Established in 2009, the Bill and Helen Norrie Bursary provides assistance for students in need who are enrolled in the Inner City Social Work Program at the University of Manitoba.

“Bill and I have always had a special connection with Winnipeg’s libraries. In my 20 years as a teacher and librarian along with my continued efforts in the promotion of children’s literature, I saw firsthand the impact these fixtures can have on individuals of all ages,” Helen Norrie said.

“Bill worked hard to support libraries during his time in office, like through his promotion and support for the establishment of the Sir William Stevenson Library on Keewatin Street in 1997. I know he would be proud and humbled by this honour, as I am.

If the motion is accepted, the City Centre Community Committee will recommend to the Standing Policy Committee on Protection, Community Services and Parks that the library be renamed.

“I’m so proud to have Helen’s support in moving this motion forward and I look forward seeing it become a reality in the months ahead,” Orlikow said.