James Peter Stadnick Memorial Fund

The Winnipeg Foundation


James Stadnick
James Stadnick.
Photo courtesy of Olivia Stadnyck.

James Stadnick had the eye of a photographer, the steady hand of a craftsman, the green thumb of a gardener, and the heart of a gentleman. He wove together numerous interests to create a rich, colourful life.

His primary passion, and career, was photography. He trained in London, England and travelled the world on assignments as a freelance photographer. In the 1970s, he took a series of photos at the Inco nickel mine in Thompson, Manitoba. Some of these poignant portraits of miners are now part of the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography. In 1996, Mr. Stadnick was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, joining a distinguished group of visual artists.

Even when he wasn’t looking through a lens, he brought creativity and precision to all he did. He designed and built two unique homes for himself, carefully tended his garden and, toward the end of his life, meticulously constructed and furnished doll houses for the children of family and friends.

As so often go hand in hand, Mr. Stadnick was a fisherman and storyteller, an artist and dreamer, a friend and mentor.

He passed away in July 2014 and, through a bequest, established the James Peter Stadnick Memorial Fund. It seems perfectly fitting that Mr. Stadnick’s legacy in the community will support his many passions – and so much more.