Fonds F49 - Stan McKinnon fonds

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Stan McKinnon fonds

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    CA CSUR F49

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    • [ca. 1947-1984] (Creation)
      McKinnon, Stanley P.

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    65 cm of textual records;ca. 2800 photographs;ca. 2800 negatives

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    Stan (Stanley) McKinnon was born in Mission City, B.C. in 1919. Stan and his family moved to a farm in the Cloverdale area when he was just three months old. After graduating from Surrey High School, Stan joined the Surrey Leader in 1936. He became the News Editor and Columnist for the paper in 1941. Stan enlisted in the Canadian Air Force in 1943. After being demobilized, he returned to the Surrey Leader and worked as Editor and Secretary of the company from 1948 and finally became its owner and publisher. Stan sold the paper to Hacker Press in 1978 but he continued as News Editor until his retirement in 1984. In local political affairs, Stan was appointed as one of the four Fence Viewers of Surrey in 1959. From 1986 -1990, he was a Surrey Councillor on the Surrey Non-Partisan Association slate. He was also one of the founders of the Surrey Electors' Team in 1990. Besides his journalist profession and political life, Stan was a community builder. He served in various civic organizations and was an activitist on preserving green space and parks in Surrey. Stan's community work started at the age of 18 when he became secretary-treasurer of the Surrey Centre Community Hall Association. He later became involved with the Surrey Athletic Hall, Surrey Amateur Athletic Association, and was an executive member of the Lower Fraser Valley Exhibition Association for more than 20 years. Stan's other community service included periods with the Surrey-White Rock Community Resources Board, Cloverdale Board of Trade, Cloverdale Jaycees and Surrey Historical Society. In 1992, he re-edited the Surrey Story, Fern Treleaven's history, first published in 1978. Stan was also a supporter of the agricultural community and the secretary treasurer of Colebrook, Mud Bay and commissioner of the Parks and Recreation Commission in 1969 and chairman in 1970. Sunnyside Acres, and Green Timbers forest parks and Newton Athletic Park were established with his support. Stan Mckinnon died on October 16, 1996 at the age of 77.

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    The fonds consists of records created and gathered by Stan McKinnon while he occupied executive positions in various civic organizations and while sitting on City of Surrey Council. The fonds also includes reports, briefs, articles and other reference materials collected by McKinnon as editor of the Surrey Leader. Besides textual materials, the fonds contains more that 2,800 photographs, which document community events activities, people, buildings, schools, businesses and civic government in Surrey. The fonds is arranged into 5 series: 1) Parks records 2) Community service records 3) City of Surrey records 4) Reference files 5) Photographs.

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        BCAUL control number: CSUR-325

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