The Intrepid Society has been actively promoting events and activities to improve the awareness and recognition of Sir William Stephenson for many Years. Here is a brief historical summary of what has been accomplished.
- The Intrepid Society Inc., was registered by V. L. Baird, solicitor for the society on the 4th of Nov 1994, in Winnipeg. The founding directors were: Sydney Dennis Davy, Russell Nicholas Maley, Adelene Manness-Smith
- Society President: Syd Davy
- Proclamation of Sir William Stephenson Day in Winnipeg on 11 January 1996.
- Raised a bronze statue of Sir William, overlooking Manitoba’s Legislative Building, on 24 July 1999. The statue was unveiled by The Princess Royal, H.R.H. Princess Anne.
- Stimulated international recognition of Sir William’s achievements by means of a new Canada postage stamp in his likeness, initially offered within a commemorative issue celebrating the Millenium, into service January 2000.
- Presented a bronze maquette of Sir William, created by Leo Mol, to the CIA. This is one of three principal works of art displayed at the Langley headquarters.
- Society President: Gary Solar
- Established the Intrepid Award. Awarded the 2008 Intrepid Award to recipient Gary Filmon.
- Presented the University of Winnipeg Foundation Sir William Stephenson Scholarship to Rebecca Vanderhooft. Rebecca is completing her degree at The University of Winnipeg with a Bachelor of Science Honours and was chosen as the best among the best for a very prestigious NSERC funded research program. She has won numerous awards and scholarships such as the Chancellor John A. Bulman Scholarship and the President’s Award of Merit. She plans to pursue her postgraduate studies– most probably– in the field of genetics.
- Awarded the 2009 Intrepid Award to recipient Ward Elcock.
- In September of 2009, recommended and succeeded in convincing the City of Winnipeg to rename ‘Water Avenue’ ‘William Stephenson Way’.
- The Intrepid Display officially opened on November 14 of 2009 in the Atrium of the Billy Bishop Building at 1 Canadian Air Division at Canadian Forces Base, Winnipeg. This display features the authentic medals, etc, of Stephenson’s that were received on loan from one of Stephenson’s descendants.
- Opened a display, consisting of replicas of the items above, at the Manitoba Legislative Bldg. in mid-September 2009.
- Branch 637, The Sir William Stephenson Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, officially recognized the induction of the late Sir William Stephenson as an honorary member of the US Army Military Intelligence Corps May 2.
- November 24: Presented the University of Winnipeg Foundation Sir William Stephenson Scholarship to Andrea Globa. Andrea is completing a Biopsychology Honours and a Biochemistry major and is planning to pursue her graduate studies in the field of either Cognitive or Behavioral Neuroscience.
- Commissioned a new bronze maquette of Sir William Stephenson, the Man called “Intrepid”. The bronze was created by celebrated Manitoba artist Erin (nee Brown) Senko.
- Intrepid Allies Project: June 3: Presented the first of four limited edition artist proofs of a new bronze maquette of Sir William Stephenson, the Man called “Intrepid”, to Canada House in London England.
- Intrepid Allies Project: June 9: Presented the second of four limited edition artist proofs of a new bronze maquette of Sir William Stephenson, the Man called “Intrepid”, to the Juno Beach Centre in Normandy France to honour and commemorate the sacrifices of the French Resistance during the events leading up to the invasion on the 6th of June 1944.
- May 6: Fourteen visitors of the Canadian entourage made up of members of the sponsoring group from the Fort Garry Horse and the Intrepid Society visited the CIA museum. They arrived at the agency headquarters in Langley Virginia by Humvee limo from downtown Washington, The group then was driven to the HQ building. They were welcomed by the Central Intelligence Agency Director and curator of the museum.
- Intrepid Allies Project: May 7: Presented the third of four limited edition artist proofs of a new bronze maquette of Sir William Stephenson, the Man called “Intrepid”, to the Canadian Embassy in Washington DC. It was accepted by Canada’s Ambassador to the United States, Gary Doer. The ceremony commemorated the special comradeship between the United States, Britain and Canada, nations that enjoy common cultures, language and have been steadfast allies in two world wars and in conflicts that continue today. The event recognized the courage and sacrifices of the Americans and Canadians who brought freedom and liberty to the occupied counties during the Second World War.
- Intrepid Allies Project: April 22: Presented the fourth limited edition artist proof of a new bronze maquette of Sir William Stephenson, the Man called “Intrepid” to the Hamilton Princess Hotel, Bermuda, the centre of Sir William’s intelligence operations in the Caribbean.
- Colonel (retired) Gary Solar, president of the Intrepid Society, donated three Battle of Britain paintings to Major-General Christian Drouin, the commander of 1 Canadian Air Division / Canadian NORAD Region in Winnipeg to mark the 76th commemoration of the Battle. Known as the Trilogy, the paintings are the rare work of Robert Taylor, better known as a Canadian wildlife photographer. The paintings join an already impressive collection of historical artifacts in the 1 Canadian Air Division / Canadian NORAD Region Headquarters atrium.
- A public plaque on the Cairn of Tears in old Fort Douglas, a historically significant area of Winnipeg near where Sir William spent his childhood.
- Dedications on the interior walls of the Sir William Stephenson Library in Winnipeg.
Contributions of Society Members
Tim Lawson, a musician and publisher of note, has issued a music CD, The Quiet Canadian, dedicated to Sir William’s memory and achievements. Tim’s publishing house also published a new book, The True Intrepid, by Bill Macdonald, which debunks many of the books that have been written about Sir William and re-examines history telling the story of the unknown agents and the propaganda and espionage network that Sir William established.
Tim Lawson, has issued a new CD Lest We Forget, honouring Winnipeg’s Sir William Stephenson on his Remembrance Day tribute. Proceeds from the compact disc will benefit the Royal Canadian Legion’s Poppy Fund.