The Oral History Centre at the University of Winnipeg was founded by history professors Alexander Freund and Nolan Reilly. Currently, Freund is the Director (2016-2018) and Janis Thiessen, also a history professor, serves as Associate Director (2016-2018). Reilly retired in 2016 and continues to be actively involved as director emeritus. Kent Davies is the OHC audio technician and Kimberley Moore is the OHC program co-ordinator. The website and other online infrastructure was developed by Chris Hopgood (2012-2015). The OHC receives administrative support from Sandy Tolman (History Department), who succeeded the previous administrative assistant, Angela Schippers, in 2015.
Kimberley Moore is the Program Co-ordinator at the Oral History Centre. She develops and coordinates the Centre’s oral history workshops and assists in the development of the Oral History Centre’s archive. She completed her Honours BA at the University of Winnipeg and her MA in History at Concordia University (Montreal), focusing on oral history practice and methodology throughout.
Dr. Janis Thiessen
Janis Thiessen is Associate Director of the Oral History Centre, and an assistant professor of history at the University of Winnipeg, where she teaches business, food, and Canadian history. Her research interests include food history and oral history, as well as the 20th century history of business, labour, and religion.
Her book "Manufacturing Mennonites: Work and Religion in
Kent Davies, the Oral History Centre Audio Technician, provides faculty, staff, students and affiliate OHC members with the equipment, technical support, learning tools and resources needed in order to complete Oral History research projects. The OHC Audio Technician assists in the development and preservation of the OHC projects and digital archive. He has an extensive background in radio
Nolan Reilly is the Director Emeritus of the Oral History Centre and a Senior Scholar at the University of Winnipeg. He is the co-founder with Alexander Freund of the OHC and, until his retirement, was its co-director. Nolan did his first oral history interviews in 1974 in Amherst, Nova Scotia. This research was an integral part of his community study of Amherst that he undertook for his
Dr. Alexander Freund is professor of history and holds the Chair in German-Canadian Studies at the University of Winnipeg. Since 2010, he has been a member of the International Advisory Group for the Australian Generations oral history project and of the International Advisory Board of Palgrave Studies in Oral History (Palgrave Macmillan). In 2013, he joined the Oral History Journal