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May 11, 2015

Eleanor Wiebe wins prestigious teaching award.

Eleanor Wiebe, a partner of Fillmore Riley LLP, has won a Barney Sneiderman Award for Teaching Excellence.

Eleanor is sessional lecturer at the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Law who has taught courses in wills and succession since 2009.

The Barney Sneiderman Award for Teaching Excellence recognizes faculty members’ contributions to teaching at the Faculty of Law.

“Naturally, the Faculty of Law places great value on teaching excellence,” says Lorna Turnbull, the Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba. “This award affords the opportunity for members of the Faculty’s community to publicly support and recognize our outstanding teachers.”

The award honours Barney Sneiderman who was a beloved teacher from 1969-2006. Barney was eternally curious, confidently irreverent, and passionately interested in connecting with people from all walks of life.

He was a devoted educator, in the classroom and beyond, through his academic and op-ed writing and his public speaking.  

Just a few of the activities the award recognizes include exceptional classroom instruction innovative teaching methods and development of instructional materials.

Eleanor is known for her clear, practical teaching style, her ability to select material that prepares students for practising in the areas wills and estates, and her interesting lectures. She has also been known to bring in a cake that’s an exact replica of the textbook used in her course.

“I love teaching,” says Eleanor. “I am able to teach because of the support my firm provides me. Fillmore Riley invests in Robson Hall because its students are the future of law in this province."

The Barney Sneiderman Award for Teaching Excellence will be made in the spring of each year if a suitable candidate is nominated. The recipient will receive a monetary award, made possible through donations by the friends and family of Barney Sneiderman in his memory, and through the generosity of the Hon. Mr. Justice Marshall Rothstein.