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Fonds - Charles MacSorley fonds
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Charles MacSorley fonds

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  • 1946-1960 (Creation)
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    MacSorley, Charles

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ca. 50 photographs

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MacSorley, Charles (1895-1976)

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Charles Willoughby MacSorley was born on October 2, 1895 one of seven boys and three girls born to the MacSorley family of Picton, Ontario. When Charles was five the family moved first to Manitoba and then, three years later, they homesteaded at Asquith, Saskatchewan where they settled for the remainder of Charles childhood. In 1916, Charles enlisted with the 65th Regiment from Saskatoon and served overseas throughout the course of the war in France and England. Upon returning home to Saskatchewan after the cessation of hostilities in Europe, Charles ran for and was elected to the local School Board the first of what would become an impressive list of public offices he would hold throughout the next 50 years.;In 1924, Charles married Grace Dobbs and they decided to move west, ending up in Burnaby, British Columbia. Employment opportunities were scarce during the 1920s and 1930s, but Charles worked a steady stream of jobs until he secured a position digging ditches for the Corporation of Burnaby. From 1929 until 1932, Charles worked for the Municipality and helped implement changes to improve working conditions for the labourers in the city being an active member and later President of the Civic Employees Union and fighting to obtain a wage increase for the employees. When the Corporation of Burnaby fell into receivership in 1932, however, Charles was forced to find another job. He was soon hired by the Shell Oil Company and over the next decade, worked his way up from a labourer to engineer.;Charles desire to serve the public good led him to run for office in 1945 and he was elected to serve as Councillor from 1946 until 1954, at which time he ran successfully for the position of Reeve of the Corporation. He served as Reeve until 1957. Charles then returned to hold a seat on Council once again from 1959 until the end of 1964. Concurrent with his terms in local government, Charles was also elected Chairman of the Greater Vancouver Water District (1956), Chairman of the Greater Vancouver Sewerage District (1957), President of the Union of BC Municipalities (1959) and a member of the Provincial Legislature (1963-1966), the first Social Credit Member of the Legislative Assembly elected from Burnaby.;Charles MacSorley died on February 24, 1976.

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Fonds consists of photographs depicting Municipal events and publicity throughout the 1950s, during the tenure of Charles MacSorley as Council member (1946-1953; 1959-1964) and Reeve (1954-1957).

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  • Alpha-numeric designations: BCAUL control number: CBA-11

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