Dr. Ninian LeBlanc – Black History Month
Dr. Ninian LeBlanc was a hugely important influence in the growth and development of recreational sport on PEI. A native of Dominica, “Doc” (as he was fondly known) taught Biology at Prince of Wales and UPEI for thirty years. A track athlete during his studies at U of T and Queens, he was always happy to coach and mentor Island athletes.
He was President of what became ParaSport and Recreation PEI from 1997-2000, and was an active board member for 15 years. He was a very active Board Member who always volunteered for events, sat on Board committees and volunteered at the Provincial Bowling Championships. Those who had the opportunity to hear Ninian speak were always left feeling so inspired and impacted by his words.
He was an anchor of the Island running scene. His daily 5 a.m. running group lasted more than 40 years, and Doc was a fixture and a role model for generations of Island runners, right from the very first PEI road races up until his death in 2018. “See you tomorrow, for sure!”