The Faculty of Education extends its sincere condolences to friends and family of Renie Grosser (BA/’53, BPE/’54, BEd/’58).
Growing up in the northern Manitoba community of Norway House where her parents owned a general store, Grosser experienced the challenges of growing up in a remote community and developed respect for the people living there.
As avid readers, her parents helped her develop a love of learning that led to Grosser's decision to become a teacher a young age. Renie was educated in Norway House in her early years, and later in Winnipeg as she grew older. At age 19, she enrolled at the University of Manitoba. To pay her tuition, she worked a variety of jobs, including teaching on permit immediately after high school, working in a meatpacking plant and as a counsellor at a children’s camp.
Her career spanned 35 years and included positions teaching elementary, junior high, high school and college students in Fontainebleau, France (with NATO); London; Winnipeg; Montreal and at a community college in Ottawa. while on sabbatical in the academic year 1978-79, she wrote for New Internationalist magazine based in England.
An avid traveller, she visited South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, most countries in Eastern and Western Europe, destinations all over North America, and southeast Asia, including China. In 2011, Renie self-published her memoir, In My Anecdotage.
Grosser established an endowment fund at the University of Manitoba in honour of her parents with an initial gift of $25,000 in 2013. The purpose of the gift is to provide bursary support to students from Norway House and Norway House Cree Nation enrolled in the Faculty of Education. Beginning in the 2015-2016 academic year, the available annual interest from the fund will be used to offer one or more bursaries to undergraduate students who:
(1) are enrolled full-time (minimum 60% course load) in the Faculty of Education;
(2) have achieved a minimum degree grade-point-average of 2.5;
(3) have graduated from the Helen Betty Osborne Ininiw Education Resource Centre in Norway House;
(4) have demonstrated financial need on the standard University of Manitoba bursary application form.
The selection committee will have the discretion to determine the number and value of bursaries offered every year.
In any year where there are no eligible candidates, the interest from the fund will be re-capitalized as per the donor’s wishes.