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R.S.M. 1990, c. 172

The St. John's-Ravenscourt School Incorporation Act

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WHEREAS a school for boys was established at Fort Garry in the year 1820 and carried on there until 1866 and thereafter carried on there and in the City of Winnipeg under the name The St. John's College School;

AND WHEREAS a school for boys was established at the City of Winnipeg in the year 1929 and carried on there and in the Rural Municipality of Fort Garry under the name Ravenscourt School;

AND WHEREAS Ravenscourt School was incorporated by chapter 102 of the Statutes of Manitoba, 1935;

AND WHEREAS the persons hereinafter named, by their petition, prayed that St. John's School and Ravenscourt School be continued and carried on under the name St. John's-Ravenscourt School and that they may be constituted a corporation:  Robert Fletcher, William E. Hobson, Edward A. Nanton, Hugh R. Percy and Dorothy E. Hoskin representing St. John's College; Stuart A. Clark, Andrew Currie, Gordon F. Boult, Philip C. Locke and Robert E. Moulden representing St. John's College School Old Boy's Association; and Stanley M. Jones, Gordon P. Osler, James D. Graham, Frederick Johnson, Gordon E. Konantz, Stanley B. Laing, Ralph S. Misener, George T. Richardson, J. Elmer Woods and Christopher M. Young representing Ravenscourt School.

AND WHEREAS their prayer was granted, and resulted in the enactment of An Act to incorporate St. John's-Ravenscourt School, assented to April 20, 1951;

AND WHEREAS the Minister of Justice has caused the Act to be prepared in English and French for re-enactment in accordance with a judgment dated June 13, 1985 and an order dated November 4, 1985 of the Supreme Court of Canada;

NOW THEREFORE HER MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, enacts as follows:



St. John's-Ravenscourt School (hereinafter referred to as "the corporation") is continued as a corporation consisting of the members of the board of the corporation on the coming into force of this Act, and their successors.

Number of board members


The board shall, until their number is changed as herein provided, consist of 20 members; but the number may from time to time be increased or decreased by by-law of the board passed at a special meeting called for the purpose.

Minimum number of board members


The number of members of the board shall never be less than 12.

Manner in which changes effected


The board, in any by-law that shall be passed to increase or decrease the number of its members may prescribe and govern the manner in which the change in number shall be effected.

Appointment of members of board


The term of office of members of the board shall be 4 years, commencing with the 1st day of July of the year of their appointment; and they shall hold office until their respective successors are appointed and shall be eligible for re-appointment.



Appointments to the board shall be made in such manner that a majority of the board shall always consist of members of the Alumni Association, parents of members of the Alumni Association and parents of pupils of St. John's-Ravenscourt School.

Filling of vacancies


Upon a vacancy occurring by death, resignation or by any other circumstances except retirement, in the office of any member of the board other than an ex officio member, a successor shall be appointed by the board or a majority of the members thereof.

Term of member filling vacancy


A member of the board appointed to fill a vacancy under subsection (3) shall serve out the term of the member whose place he takes.

Calculation of length of service


Where a member of the board has been appointed under subsection (3) to fill a vacancy, in calculating his term in office,the period or periods served by his predecessor or predecessors shall be counted.

Annual retirement in rotation


One-fourth of the members of the board shall retire from office on June 30 in each year.  The members who retire shall be those whose current terms in office are longest; but as between those persons who become members on the same day, those who retire (unless they otherwise agree amongst themselves) shall be determined by lot.

Filling of annual vacancies


Those vacancies occurring by reason of annual retirement shall be filled by appointment by the members of the board not retiring in that year, or a majority thereof.



The principal of the school to be carried on by the corporation shall be a member of the board ex officio.

Alumni Association


The board shall by by-law provide for an Alumni Association composed of ex-pupils of St. John's College School, of Ravenscourt School and of St. John's-Ravenscourt School.

Provision for honorary board


The board may by by-law provide for an honorary board of the corporation, and may prescribe the terms and conditions, including the term of office, of the members of the honorary board, and may provide for representation ex officio upon the board of the corporation of two nominees of the honorary board.

Ex officio members of board


The persons so nominated shall be ex officio members of the board.

Powers to vacate seat


The board may, by resolution passed by a two-thirds vote of the members present at a meeting duly called for that purpose and attended by a majority of the members of the board, declare the seat of any member to be vacant; and thereupon that member shall cease to be a member of the board.

Remuneration of board


The services of the members of the board shall be given gratuitously except for actual disbursements approved by the board; but the principal shall receive for his services as principal such remuneration as the board may think fit.

Chairman, appointment and term of office


The board shall appoint annually, at its first meeting in each year, two of their number to be chairman and vice-chairman respectively, who shall hold office for one year or until their successors are appointed.

Duties of chairman and vice-chairman


The chairman shall preside at all meetings of the board, and in the absence of the chairman from any board meeting, or in case his office be vacant, the vice-chairman shall act in his place.

Temporary chairman


In the absence of both chairman and vice-chairman the board may appoint one of their number to act as chairman of the meeting.

Appointment of officers


The board may appoint a secretary, a bursar, and such other officers and employees as may be deemed necessary.

Powers of corporation


In addition to the powers conferred upon the corporation by The Interpretation Act, the corporation may establish and carry on colleges and schools for the education of youth, with boarding houses, residences, gymnasiums and other buildings, playing fields, properties and accessories in connection therewith or usual or incidental thereto.

Provisions for grants


In connection with the purposes and powers of the corporation, all persons and corporations may grant, give, devise, and bequeath, to the corporation, and notwithstanding any Act or law respecting mortmain and charitable uses, the corporation may acquire and take by purchase, lease, gift, devise, bequest, endowment, or otherwise, and may continue to hold, lands or tenements or interest therein, moneys, investments, and personal property; and the corporation may execute and carry out any trusts or endowments and terms upon which any lands or interests therein, moneys, investments, or personal property, may be devised,bequeathed, granted, given, or conveyed to it.

Vesting of properties in corporation


All properties, real and personal, and the undertaking and assets with all the rights, powers, privileges, and immunities now vested in, owned, held, possessed by or enjoyed with respect to St. John's College School and Ravenscourt School, and whether held in trust for such schools or otherwise, are hereby vested in the corporation for its purposes without the necessity of any other grant, conveyance, transfer, assignment or vesting thereof, subject to this Act and to the terms of any grant, trust, devise, or bequest, heretofore made or declared in respect thereof, or any part thereof, and subject to all obligation debts, mortgages, charges, and liabilities, in any way affecting the same or in respect thereof.

Borrowing powers


If authorized by by-law duly passed by the board at a meeting duly called for that purpose and attended by two-thirds of the members of the board, the board may,

(a) borrow money upon the credit of the corporation;

(b) limit or increase the amount to be borrowed;

(c) issue bonds, debentures, debenture stock or other securities of the corporation and pledge or sell the same for such sums and at such prices as may be deemed expedient;

(d) hypothecate, mortgage, or pledge, the real or personal property of the corporation, or both, to secure any such bonds, debentures, debenture stock or other securities, and any money borrowed for the purposes of the corporation.

No limitation on borrowing by notes, etc.


Nothing in this section limits or restricts the borrowing of money by the corporation on bills of exchange or promissory notes, made, drawn, accepted, or endorsed, by or on behalf of the corporation or by overdrawing the account of the corporation with its bank.

Powers of board


The powers of the corporation shall be vested in, and exercised by, the board; and, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the board may make and pass by-laws, resolutions, rules, and regulations, not contrary to law or to this Act with respect to the conduct and management in all respects of the purposes and affairs of the corporation and the exercise of the powers hereby conferred, including among all other matters,

(a) the calling of meeting of the board;

(b) the quorum and the procedure in all things at such meetings;

(c) the appointment, functions, duties, and removal. of the principal and teaching staff, officers, agents, and servants and their remuneration;

(d) the management and administration of its colleges and schools and of all matters and things connected therewith.

Executive committee


There shall be an executive committee consisting of the chairman, vice-chairman and such other members of the board, not less than three nor more than seven, as may from time to time be fixed by by-law.

Appointment of committee members


Members of the committee shall be appointed annually at the first meeting of the board in each year, and shall hold office for one year or until their successors are appointed.

Filling of vacancies


Vacancies in the committee occurring by death, resignation or by a member ceasing to be a member of the board, shall be filled by the board.

Powers and duties of committee


The committee shall have such powers and shall perform such duties and transact such business as may from time to time be assigned to it by the board.

Powers to affiliate with university


The board may enter into and carry out agreements with The Board of Governors of The University of Manitoba or any other university, providing for the affiliation with any such university, upon such terms as may be agreed on, of any college or school carried on by the board.

Agreements with universities respecting academic matters


The board may enter into and carry out such arrangements with The Board of Governors of The University of Manitoba or any other university as may be agreed on for the purpose of or in connection with the academic work of any such university or of any faculty of department thereof.

Powers to sell properties and assets


If authorized by by-law duly passed at a meeting of the board duly called for that purpose and attended by a majority of the board, the board may sell and dispose of any of the real or personal property of the corporation.

If corporation is dissolved


If the corporation is dissolved, the proceeds from the assets then on hand after payment of all debts, liabilities, costs, and expenses, including the costs of winding up, shall be divided between the Synod of the Diocese of Rupert's Land and The University of Manitoba in the proportions that the assets brought in by St. John's College School bore to the assets brought in by Ravenscourt School.

NOTE:  This Act replaces S.M. 1951, c. 96.