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West Vancouver Little Theatre Guild

  • Corporate body
  • 1946-1985
 The West Vancouver Little Theatre Guild was an amateur theatre group that produced plays and presentations in the community. Prior to 1946, the group was called the West Vancouver Little Theatre Group but it did not make an impact until Ernest Laws, a prominent London actor was asked to participate. The guild was officially formed in 1946. By its second year, membership had flourished from 20 to 106, although the guild never managed to have its own facility to stage plays.

In its first season, the guild produced four plays, To Have the Honour, Distinguished Gathering, Personal Appearance, Yes and No, and scenes from Alice in Wonderland. The guild averaged four plays a year and members participated in the One Act Play Festival and the Dominion Drama Festival for which they received numerous awards. The guild also held actors workshops and studio nights. The group was renamed West Van Little Theatre in 1985, and more recently became Theatre West Van.

Gale, William

  • Person
  • 1906-1987

William Esteen Gale was born in 1906, one of two sons of Hannah Rolinson (nicknamed Annie) and engineer William John Gale who were married in England in 1901. Emigrating to Canada to join other family members, the Gales and their two young sons arrived in Calgary in 1912 where Annie Gale became active in local social causes. At a time when there were no women in government across Canada, Annie Gale won a seat in the 1917 Calgary Civic Election and became the first woman alderman in the British Commonwealth Empire. She also served as Acting Mayor on occasion – another first for a woman. She retired from civic life in 1923, and in 1925 moved to Vancouver with her husband and two sons Henry and William.

In 1936, William Gale embarked upon a career in the mortgage loan industry, working for the Northwest Mortgage Company, Ltd. as an inspector. His duties included soliciting loans, writing plans and appraisals, taking photos and doing surveys. By 1939, Mr. Gale was working for the Vancouver Mortgage Corporation Ltd., securing applications for mortgage loans, and in 1947, he was appointed as manager of the Mortgage Department of Gordon M. Thompson Ltd. He launched his own company, the W.E. Gale Mortgage Company Ltd in 1954 and his offices were located in the penthouse suite in the Vancouver Stock Exchange Building.

Gale was very proactive in seeking investment capital and he compiled two books (1944, 1950) designed to interest potential clients in Vancouver and West Vancouver. The books contained general and residential information about each area and included photographs, street scenes, and statistics on construction growth, marriages and mortgage registrations. During his lifetime William Gale also collected First Nations artifacts, rare books, and paintings. William Esteen Gale died in Vancouver in February 1987, at the age of 81.

Lettice, Katherine

  • Person

Katherine Lettice was a teacher in the 1910s at Manson's Landing School on Cortes Island. She took photographs of the school.

Rotary Club of Campbell River

  • Corporate body
  • 1946-

The Rotary Club of Campbell River (club 6224), sponsored by the Rotary Club of Courtenay was chartered on April 10, 1946. A celebration of this event was held at the community hall in Campbellton. When established Dr. Ken Craig was the first president and other board members included: F.E. McCarthy (treasurer), Carl O Thulin, Oscar Thulin, A.G. McLean, K.W. Brown, J.H. Burgess.

Although the club charter night was April 10, several (weekly) meetings of the new club took place before then. The first meeting was held on March 13, 1946. The club immediately became involved in community activities and one of their earliest community projects was supporting the construction of a new hall for the Boy Scout's.

Over the years the club has been a part of a number of significant community activities and undertaken a number of community projects. Some of those significant projects include involvement in the building of the community halls, the Centennial Outdoor Pool and ice arena, the Rotary Beach Park and Seawalk and the Cari Infant and Toddler Centre.

Additionally the Rotary Club of Campbell River sponsored the chartering of several new rotary clubs in the area including Port Hardy, Sayward, Gold River and the Campbell River Daybreak Rotary. The Rotary Club of Campbell River continues to have an active role in the community.

Rand, Paul

  • Person
  • 1896-1970

Paul Rand (Otto Schellenberger prior to May 12, 1941) was born 1896 and died in 1970. He was born in Bonn, Germany where he attended public school. He next studied for a year in art school at Frankfurt-on-Main. He came to Canada in 1912 and settled on the prairies. He travelled and sketched across Canada for two years (1912-1914) then for the next thirteen years he did not paint. In 1927 he moved to Vancouver, B.C. where he attended night classes for eight years at the Vancouver School of Art under W.P. Weston, J.W.G. Macdonald (design) and F.H. Varley (life drawing). In 1930 he became a naturalized British Subject. By 1932 he was exhibiting at the Vancouver Art Gallery Association Annual Exhibitions and in 1933 became a member of the B.C. Society of Artists (Vice-Pres., Pres., Exec.). In June of 1934 he started work as a commercial artist and for the next seventeen years was Art Director for the Sun Printing Company while continuing with his easel painting on his free time. In 1956 he became Art Director for the Evergreen Press Limited in Vancouver where he continued until his retirement in 1965. In his painting he became known for his landscapes of British Columbia which he painted in water colours, oils and tempera in impressionistic and decorative realistic styles. He received a number of awards for his painting including a bronze medal for outstanding water colour in 1937 at the Vancouver Art Gallery Exhibition; his work was selected for the Royal Canadian Academy travelling exhibition of 1942 and 1944. He was also included in the Southern Dominion Exhibition of 1936 under the Carnegie Foundation which show travelled for three years appearing in the United States, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands and across Canada. He was art instructor at the Polytechnic Institute of Vancouver, 1937-1938; night classes for the Armed Forces sponsored by the Canadian Legion (1944-1945). He did illustrations for a history of England text published by W.J. Gage & Co. (1937) and in 1942 he did cover illustrations for the Vancouver Sun Magazine. His commercial awards include: Gilcrafter Honour Award from Gilbert Paper Company for best letterhead (1944); Top Honour in The Bruce McAllister Memorial Award Competition "Industrial British Columbia" (1946). His solo shows include Y.M.C.A. Building, Vancouver, B.C.; posthumously in 1972 by James Warren Felter, Curator/Director of Exhibition Centre for Communications and the Arts, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby; and by the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, 1980. At the time of his death he was survived by his wife Helena. He lived in Vancouver.

Public Access Silviculture Information System Committee

  • Corporate body
  • 1991-1993

Commissioned by the BC Ministry of Forests to manage the development of the Public Access Silviculture Information System (PASIS). The purpose of PASIS was to provide the general public with an accessible information source about silviculture, and to promote unbiased information sharing among a variety of interested people.

Johnson, Audrey

  • 1915-1993

Audrey Johnson was born in Toronto, and moved to Victoria in 1921 where she resided until her death. She received early music training in piano, violin and voice at the Royal School of Music, London, becoming a Licentiate in 1931. She later studied dramatic arts in Banff, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, UBC, and UVic. She directed many winning plays for the Victoria Theatre Guild, was a BC government adjudicator for drama festivals, and was instrumental in restructuring the Victoria Little Theatre in 1950, becoming its principal director. In addition, she was actively involved in the early days of the Victoria Symphony Orchestra, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, and the Victoria Conservatory of Music. She wrote poetry, some of which was published in two chapbooks and two Canadian anthologies. She is best known in Victoria for her arts columns in the Victoria Daily Times, from 1939-1955, and the Times-Colonist, from 1955-1987.

King, Al, 1915-2003

  • Person

Albert King was born March 3, 1915 in St. Anthony's, England and moved to Canada in 1928. In 1937 Al King was hired at Consolidating Mining and Smelting (CM & S). King quickly became involved with the International Union of Mine Mill and Smelter Workers. At this time, the International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers was struggling to reestablish itself in Trail, reviving a union tradition started with the Western Federation of Miners (WFM). The WFM became the International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers in 1916 and was generally known as Mine Mill. However, the dream of an independent union died with Ginger Goodwin at the end of the first world war. In 1941 King enlisted with the Canadian Air Force and was overseas until 1944. While he was gone, Local 480 of the International Union of Mine Mill and Smelter Workers (Canada) was certified. King resumed employment in Trail in 1946. Elected vice president of the Canadian Legion, Branch 11 and chair of the Canadian Legion Housing Committee, he was also chairman of the Labour Progressive Party from 1946 to 1949. In 1950, King became the president of Local 480, Trail BC a position he held until 1960. In 1960 he was elected Secretary, Western District of Mine Mill and in 1966 was named to the National Executive board as representative for Western Canada responsible for all hard rock mining and smelter operations. In sympathy with the Italians he worked with at Cominco, he changed his name to Albert Lorenzo King in 1966. When Mine Mill and Steel merged in 1967 Al King was demoted to Staff representative. Later, in 1972 he became compensation officer and was released from all other union duties so that he could devote his full attention to Workmens' Compensation Board matters. (Later called the Workers' Compensation Board) In 1968 King joined the Compensation and Safety committee of the BC Federation of Labour, an association he was to maintain for almost ten years. King became chair of the committee in 1972 withdrawing in 1976 to make room for Marianne Gilbert. In 1977 the renamed Health and Safety committee presented a report titled Perspectives for Health and Safety. One of the services offered by Mine Mill, and subsequently Steel, was the Western District Union Death Benefits plan, a fund enabling widows of miners to apply for assistance after a mining fatality. Al King became the administrator of the Western District Union Death Benefit plan in 1972. King served on the Regulations Advisory Board of the Workmen's Compensation Board in 1970 and chaired the BC Federation of Labour's Workers' Compensation Board Committee in 1975. Steel identified the education and certification of miners as a priority and King became responsible for schools and workshops throughout the province. King became the Director of the Medical Services Association (MSA) in 1972. After his retirement from the USWA in 1981, King continued to advocate for WCB claimants, and teach courses on the WCB appeal process. He published his memoirs in 1996 in collaboration with Kate Braid. Al King died in April 2003.

Austin, Alan

  • Person
  • 1932-2009

Alan Austin was a faculty member of the Biology Department at the University of Victoria from 1964-1997. He was a phycologist - a specialist in marine and freshwater algal vegetation. Austin was involved in two major research projects: Victoria Phenology Project, 1964-1986, and the Seaweed Inventory Project (SIP), 1969-1978. The SIP launched a substantial, and very rare, pre-utilisation survey of the seaweed along BC coastal waters, and produced detailed vegetation maps previously unavailable. A major proportion of the day to day research was conducted by Robert Adams, Austin's research assistant and colleague. The data from the SIP was used by the BC Commercial Fisheries Branch (later the Ministry of Environment) to assess the feasibility of commercially harvesting British Columbia's rich marine resources. Alan Austin died in Victoria, BC on September 29, 2009.

Gowans, Alan

  • 1923-2001

Alan Gowans was born in Toronto. He obtained an M.A. from the University of Toronto in 1946, an M.F.A. from Princeton University in 1948 and a Ph.D. from Princeton in 1950. He taught at a number of American universities before his appointment in 1966 as Chair of the Division of Art History in the Department of Fine Arts at UVic. He retired in 1988. He published several books on art and architectural history, including Images of American living; Four centuries of architecture and furniture (1964), and The restless art: A history of painters and painting, 1760-1960 (1966).

Canadian Federation of University Women. West Vancouver

  • 1949-

In 1949, members of the Vancouver University Club living on the North Shore formed the West Vancouver Women's Graduate Group as they no longer wished to commute to Vancouver to attend meetings. In 1956, the group voted to become affiliated with the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) founded in 1919, and by 1957 the group became the West Vancouver University Women's Club. In 1989, structural changes to the Canadian Federation of University Women led to a consequent name change of the local group to Canadian Federation of University Women - West Vancouver. The Canadian Federation of University Women is a member of the International Federation of University Women.

University of Victoria (B.C.). Administrative Registrar

The Registrar's Office was originally established in 1963 with responsibility for acting as university secretary, and student registration and records. In 1976, the functions were split into two offices: Registrar (secretary to Board and Senate), and Administrative Registrar (student records). The office is responsible for registration, admissions, and student records of all under-graduate and graduate students. The incumbents have been: Dorothy Cruickshank, 1963-1964; Ronald R. Jeffels, 1964-1967; Ron J.P. Ferry, 1968-1976; Gordon J. Smiley, 1976-1987; Cledwyn Thomas, 1988-2005; Lynda Wallace-Hulecki, 2005-2009; Lauren Charlton, 2009-present

Robinson, Darwin Albert, 1940-

Darwin Robinson was born in Parry Sound, Ont., Apr. 29, 1940, and grew up there and in Sarnia. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1958 and served until 1995. He commissioned from the ranks in 1974. Robinson worked at Yarrows as a technician for Eutechnic-Castelyon and Eyretechnics Ltd. Darwin Robinson has resided in Esquimalt, B.C. since 1958. He served three consecutive terms of office (1979-1985) as Alderman in Esquimalt. Robinson was Mayor from 2003 to 2005.

Norris, Len

  • 1913-1997

Len (Leonard Matheson) Norris was born December 1, 1913 in London, England and came to Canada in 1926. Before becoming a cartoonist for the Vancouver Sun in 1950, Norris worked at several other jobs including weighing coal, operating a switchboard, and soldiering in the Canadian army during World War II. Pierre Berton, a nationally renowned historian and then-owner of Maclean's magazine credited Norris with "single-handedly changing newspaper cartooning in Canada," and introduced Len Norris into newspaper cartooning for the Vancouver Sun. He drew for the Sun in the editorial section for 38 years before drawing his last cartoon for the paper on December 24, 1988, and officially retiring at the age of 75. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Art, the News Hall of Fame in Toronto, and the Order of the British Empire. He was also given an honourary degree from Simon Fraser University. He died in 1997 at the age of 83.

Gordon United Church (Victoria, B.C.)

Informal worship services of Langford United Church began a hall in the Langford area of Victoria in December 1951. An Official Board was constituted in April 1952. In May 1956, the congregation voted to change their name to Gordon United Church, in honour of the Rev. C.W. Gordon (Ralph Connor). A church building was constructed and dedicated in October, 1956.

Victoria College (B.C.). Faculty Board

The Faculty Board was established in 1960 to consolidate faculty participation in College government and to provide a body to advise the Principal on questions of academic policy. W. Harry Hickman was Chair, 1960-1963; and Dorothy M. Cruickshank was Secretary, 1960-1963. The first meeting was held January 6, 1960.

Mathison, Robert

  • Person
  • 1865-1954

Robert Mathison was born in Toronto 20 July 1865. As a young man he moved to Vancouver in March of 1886 and immediately got a job working at the Weekly Herald as a printer. Mathison opened his own printing business in Vancouver in July of 1886. He opened his printing business directly after the fire of June1886; the fire was responsible for effectively destroyed the fledgling city of Vancouver (including three print shops).

After the sale of R. Mathison, The Printer, business, Mathison travelled to Philadelphia Pennsylvania where he attended the Pennsylvania College of Dental Surgery. Upon his return to British Columbia Dr. Mathison practiced dentistry in Greenwood and Kelowna from [1901-1944].

While a businessman in Vancouver, Mathison was active in the community, and a member of the Vancouver Board of Trade. In 1949 the Vancouver Board of Trade celebrated its 60th Anniversary, as the only surviving charter member Dr. Mathison was invited to give a speech. He passed away in Vernon in March of 1954.

First United Church (Port Alberni, B.C.)

  • 1907-2001

Methodist work began in Port Alberni in 1907 and in the following year, property was secured for a church building. The congregation continued to meet in a school house until the new church, First Methodist Church was built and opened in August, 1912. In 1925, First Methodist Church came into church union as First United Church and became part of Victoria Presbytery from 1925 to 1959. Since 1959, it has been within Comox-Nanaimo Presbytery. On December 9, 1962, a new church building was opened and dedicated. In June, 2001, First United Church and St. Andrew's United Church (Port Alberni, B.C.) became one pastoral charge known as Alberni Valley United Church. They maintained the two congregations until they were physically amalgamated in the former First United Church building in April, 2002.

Francescan Outreach Society

  • Corporate body
  • 1967-1986

In 1986, with close to 60 members, the Francescan Society was renamed the Francescan Outreach Society, and registered as a charitable trust. It continued the regular fundraising and outreach activities of the organization until 1989 when, after more than twenty years assisting numerous North Shore organizations, and individuals, the group ceased operations.

Shadbolt, Jack, 1909-

  • Person
  • 1909-

Jack Shadbolt has developed an international reputation as a distinguished modern artist, lecturer, and writer. Throughout his career he has written extensively about art and the creative process. He was born in Shoeburyness, England, in 1909, and in 1912, emigrated with his family to Victoria.

In his youth, he spent long hours studying the collections of Northwest Coast First Nations Art in provincial museums and galleries. He met Emily Carr in 1930, and was deeply influenced by her work. At that time, he was already aware that he wanted to become an artist. Shadbolt attended Victoria College in 1926-1927 and entered the Provincial Normal School in Victoria in 1929. He began his career as a teacher in Duncan, and in 1931 moved to Vancouver where he taught at Kitsilano High School for several years.

During the thirties, Shadbolt began to articulate his artistic ideas that the development of a modern Northwest Coast indigenous art must be profoundly rooted in a sense of place. In this sense, Shadbolt felt modern artists could learn from First Nations traditions. During this time, his work reflected the influence of Surrealism, and much of his art documented the modern industrial landscape of Vancouver. In 1937, he studied in London, and then in Paris with Andre Lhote. In 1938, he began teaching at the Vancouver School of Art, and was the Head of Drawing and Painting Section until 1966.

In 1942, Shadbolt joined the army, and in 1944 was assigned to the War Artists Administration in London. After the war, in 1945, he married Doris Meisel Shadbolt, and returned to Vancouver. In 1948, he attended the Art Students' League in New York where he was influenced by the work of the Abstract Expressionists. In the same year he audited a course in the history of mythology at the New School for Social Research.

In the fifties, he exhibited frequently, and led the West Coast renaissance in painting. In 1966, after 35 years of teaching, he left the Vancouver School of Art to paint full time. After several trips to the Mediterranean, he introduced sharp, bright colour into his palette.

In the seventies, he extended his interest in native and primitive art and produced a series of fetish images and ritual transformation themes on the growth cycle of the butterfly. In 1975, he traveled to Iran, Afghanistan and India, which resulted in his large scale India Suite of twenty panels in serial form.

His art is widely represented in major public and corporate collections in Canada. He has exhibited his work in numerous solo exhibitions in major centres in North America and Europe. His work has also been included in many important group exhibitions in Canada, the United States, Mexico, Europe and Australia.

Shadbolt has been the recipient of many awards, including the Canadian Government Overseas Fellowship in 1956, the Canadian Guggenheim International Award in 1957, the Centennial Medal in 1967, the University of Alberta National Award for Painting in 1969, the Order of Canada in 1972, and the Ontario Society of Artists Award in 1981. As well, he has received three honorary Doctorate of Law degrees from the University of Victoria in 1973, Simon Fraser University in 1978, and The University of British Columbia in 1978.

Freund, Gisele, 1908 or 1912-2000

Gisele Freund was a photographer and writer who lived in Paris, France. Freund collaborated on the book "James Joyce in Paris: His Final Years" with V.B. Carleton (Verna).

Kruger, Johann Theodore

  • 1829-1899

Johann Theodore Kruger was born in Germany and emigrated to Canada, ultimately settling in the southern Okanagan Valley near present-day Osoyoos.

Gilbert, Lara

  • 1972-1995

Lara Gilbert (Catherine Grace Lara Lian Gilbert) was born in Burnaby, British Columbia on November 26, 1972. Her mother is Vancouver artist, Carole Itter, whose sculptural installation, The Pink Room: A Visual Requiem was acquired by the Vancouver Art Gallery in 2007. Itter is also the co-author of the book, <em>Opening Doors: Vancouvers East End </em> (1979). Gilbert grew up in Vancouver's Strathcona and Downtown Eastside neighbourhoods. Described as a solitary child, she excelled academically, and earned academic awards at the elementary, secondary and post-secondary levels. She was considered a gifted writer from an early age; she began journal writing at approximately 8 years old, and continued writing until her death at age 22. She also attended Lord Strathcona Elementary School, Brittania High School, and the University of British Columbia (UBC), where she earned an honours degree in biochemistry. Following the completion of undergraduate studies, she applied unsuccessfully to a number of Canadian medical schools. While continuing with her studies, Gilbert suffered from mental illness and underwent various treatments including prescription medication, talk therapy, and psychiatric ward admission with electroshock therapy. On a few occasions, she returned to the Downtown Eastside, and experimented with street drugs. Following many suicide attempts, Gilbert died from an intentional pharmaceutical drug overdose on October 7, 1995. Excerpts from Gilbert's journals were published posthumously in <em>I Might Be Nothing </em> (Trafford Publishing: 2004), edited and with an introduction by Carole Itter.

Northfield School

Northfield School was opened in 1891 to serve Northfield, B.C., north of Nanaimo.

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