187, PC 179 (A.04-87)
Title: Joyce E. Fromson fonds
Extent: 0.9 m of textual records. -- 34 photographs
Biographical Sketch: Joyce E. Fromson (nee Bender)
was born March 16, 1939 in Winnipeg. In 1958 she graduated from
Manitoba Teacher College and took her first job at St. Joseph’s
Collegiate that fall. She taught girl’s physical education
and health to Grade’s 7-12. In 1960 Fromson began a five year
affiliation with Transcona Collegiate where she taught physical
education and art as well as coaching girl’s volleyball and
basketball and a mixed track team. In 1964 & 1965 she attended
the International Track & Field Camp at Guelph, Ontario.
From 1966-1970 she was the Director of Women’s Athletics at
the University of Winnipeg. In 1972 she became the first woman in
North America to be hired as a Sports Information Director of Men’s
and Women’s Sport at the University of Calgary. While at the
University of Calgary she founded and directed sports camps for
children. She returned to Manitoba in 1978 becoming the first Executive
Director of Volleyball Manitoba. In 1979 Fromson began working at
the University of Manitoba becoming the Director of Men’s
and Women’s Sport. Following her success with children’s
sports camps at Calgary she initiated camps and Mini University
at the University of Manitoba. In 1984 she wrote the manual on Mini
University & Sports Camps. At a time of falling enrollment and
financial cut backs these programs proved to be extremely popular.
Fromson received many awards including the Canadian 125th Anniversary
Governor General’s Award for Contribution to Canada for her
efforts in sport. She was appointed to the National Advisory Committee
for Sports and Fitness in 1984. The following year she presented
a paper at the World University Student Games in Kobe, Japan. That
same year she was named the YMCA “ Woman of the Year.”
In 1986 she won the YMHA Award for significant contribution to sport.
In 1987 she became the first recipient of the Dave Anderson Award
in recognition for Outstanding Service to the University of Winnipeg
during her tenure there. Fromson died on April 10, 2001. In August
15, 2002 the University of Manitoba swimming pool in the Frank Kennedy
Centre was named the Joyce Fromson Pool.
Custodial History: The fonds was donated to Archives
& Special Collections by Ron Fromson in 2004.
Scope and Content: The fonds consists of five
series. They include biographical information, publications, correspondence,
reports, budgets & agreements and instructor lists, manuals
& publicity brochures.
Restrictions: Some material containing letters
of reference and performance evaluations has been designated confidential.
Accruals: No further accruals to this fonds are
Finding Aid: An electronic finding aid is available
at the link below:
187, PC 179 (A.04-87)