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George H.F. McLean fonds

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1961 - 1970
Collection/Fonds
George H.F. McLean fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Physical Description
6 optical discs
Storage Location
Photo/MI catalogue 567
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of 23 short film segments on 6 DVDs. The films were originally filmed in colour using an 8mm film camera, they have no sound. The films provide insight into the McLean family in Burnaby, their daily activities, celebrations and travels during the 1960s.
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1961 - 1970
Collection/Fonds
George H.F. McLean fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Storage Location
Photo/MI catalogue 567
Physical Description
6 optical discs
Media Type
Moving Images
Access Restriction
Open access
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of 23 short film segments on 6 DVDs. The films were originally filmed in colour using an 8mm film camera, they have no sound. The films provide insight into the McLean family in Burnaby, their daily activities, celebrations and travels during the 1960s.
History/Biography
George Henry Foster McLean was born in Prince Albert Saskatchewan in 1925 and lived with his family at their home located at the corner of Nelson and Burrard Streets in Vancouver. In 1942, at the age of 16 years, George enlisted with the Royal Navy at the HMCS Discovery located off Stanley Park. By the end of the war he was awarded numerous medals and awards, including the Italian Star, North African Star and the France/Germany Star and Malta Star. After the war, George returned to Canada settling in Burnaby with his wife Edna. Together the couple raised 5 children while George maintained a life of public service becoming the Director of the Junior Chamber of Commerce in 1946, continuing his involvement until 1957.Following this, he was elected to Burnaby Municipal Council serving as an alderman for 18 years, 14 years as Burnaby Parks Commissioner and 8 years as Burnaby Planning Commissioner. He also served on several civic committees including the Lower Mainland Planning Board, the Greater Vancouver Regional District Planning Committee and the Greater Vancouver Regional District Water and Sewer Board. In his role as parks commissioner he fostered the expansion of the Burnaby Parks system as well as the Burnaby Parkland Acquisition Program. George also found time for coaching sports such as minor hockey and softball and was an active member in community organizations such as, the Royal Canadian Legion, the Rotary Club and the Burnaby Hospital Society. In 1987 George retired from Municipal politics and was honoured in 1989 by the Burnaby Municipal Council when he was bestowed the title of Freeman for the Municipality. George continued his commitment to public service and became an active participant in the Memory Project, sponsored by Veteran Affairs of Canada, to help bring history home to school children, sharing his wartime experiences with younger generations. He also participated in a project entitled 'From the Heart: The Freeman Legacy' which was a collaboration between the City of Burnaby and Simon Fraser University. A feature film was produced as one element of the larger multimedia project and was broadcast nationally in 2007. In 2010, the Parks, Recreation and Culture Commission extended permanent recognition to Freeman George H.F. McLean by re naming Inman Green Park, to George McLean Park in his honour. In his private life, George took pride in spending time with his family and was a successful businessman. George was also an active member of the royal Canadian Legion Branch 83, The Burnaby Kingsway Rotary Club and Burnaby Hospital Society and enjoyed working in his organic garden in his free time. George H.F. McLean died May 7, 2015.
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