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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1828 (date of original) -2015
Collection/Fonds
Mayor's Office fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Physical Description
1 m of textual records and photographic material
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of those records created by the office of the Mayor during the administrations of Robert W. Prittie (1969-1973), Thomas W. Constable (1973-1979), David M. Mercier (1979-1981), William A. Lewarne (1981-1987), William J. Copeland (1987-1996), John Douglas Drummond (1996-2002) and Derek…
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1828 (date of original) -2015
Collection/Fonds
Mayor's Office fonds
Physical Description
1 m of textual records and photographic material
Description Level
Fonds
Access Restriction
Subject to FOIPPA
Reproduction Restriction
Reproductions subject to FOIPPA
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of those records created by the office of the Mayor during the administrations of Robert W. Prittie (1969-1973), Thomas W. Constable (1973-1979), David M. Mercier (1979-1981), William A. Lewarne (1981-1987), William J. Copeland (1987-1996), John Douglas Drummond (1996-2002) and Derek Corrigan (2002-2018).
History/Biography
On September 22, 1892 the Corporation of the District of Burnaby was established by letters patent. An integral component of this incorporation was the creation of the office of the Reeve (later called Mayor). The Reeve was to serve as the Head and Chief Executive Officer of Burnaby and was to lead the City Council in the governing of the Corporation. Burnaby’s first Reeve and Council were elected by acclamation on October 15, 1892, with formal elections held by ballot three months later. From 1893 until 1977 the Reeve and Council were elected for one-year terms, but the practice of annual elections was abandoned in favour of two-year terms in 1977. The current practice of holding elections every three years was begun in 1987. Elections of Reeve and Council were suspended altogether in 1933, however, as a financial crisis in the Corporation resulted in the Province intervening and assuming control of the local government. For ten years, Commissioners were appointed by the Provincial Government to manage the affairs of the Municipality, but by January 1943, the situation had been remedied and local elections were once again held. From 1892 until 1968 the Chief Executive Officer in Burnaby was known as “Reeve” but this nomenclature changed with revisions to the Local Government Act in the latter part of the Twentieth Century. In 1968, the Province altered the Act and abolished the practice of assigning different titles to the members of Council based on Municipal Classification and introduced "Mayor" and "Alderman" as terms applicable in all Municipalities not just those of a certain size or with a certain number of citizens. From that point on, the CEO of Burnaby has been referred to as the Mayor of the City. Despite these changes in election procedures, naming protocols, and the disruption caused by the financial crisis in the 1930s and 1940s, the roles and responsibilities of the Mayor have remained relatively stable throughout the years. As Head and Chief Executive Officer of the City, the Mayor is responsible for ensuring that the principles of law and good government are enforced in Burnaby. This includes the task of overseeing the conduct of officers and employees and directing the management of municipal business and affairs as well as chairing the meetings of Council and appointing Council Committee members. The Mayor is also charged with the duty of representing the City at public functions, in meetings with visiting dignitaries, and in participating in local community and fundraising events. Initially, the Municipal Clerk assisted the Mayor in his work by handling most correspondence and clerical tasks of the office. Today, however, the Mayor’s office retains its own administrative staff who are responsible for facilitating all schedules and arrangements for the Mayor along with coordinating his/her internal and external contacts and events. The following individuals have served as Reeve or Mayor of Burnaby: Charles R. Shaw 1892 Nicolai C. Shou 1893-1903 Charles F. Sprott 1904-1905 Peter Byrne 1906-1910 J. W. Weart 1911-1912 D. C. McGregor 1913 Hugh M. Fraser 1914-1918 T. Sanderson 1919-1920 Alexander K. McLean 1921-1926; 1928-1929 Charles C. Bell 1927 W. L. Burdick 1929 W. A. Pritchard 1930-1932 William Tate Wilson 1943-1944 George A. Morrison 1945-1949 William R. Beamish 1950-1953 Charles W. MacSorely 1954-1957 Alan H. Emmott 1958-1968 Robert W. Prittie 1969-1973 Thomas W. Constable 1973-1979 David M. Mercier 1979-1981 William A. Lewarne 1981-1987 William J. Copeland 1987-1996 Douglas P. Drummond 1996-2002 Derek Corrigan 2002-2018 Mike Hurley 2018-present The following individuals have served as provincially appointed Commissioners for the Corporation of the District of Burnaby: John Bennett 1932-1933 John Mahony 1933-1934 Hugh M. Fraser 1934-1940* R. S. Gilchrist 1941* B. C. Bracewell 1942* *Richard Bolton was Acting Commissioner for most of 1940-1942. He refused to be a full-fledged Commissioner.
Media Type
Textual Record
Photograph
Creator
Mayor's Office
Notes
Title based on contents of fonds
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1992
Collection/Fonds
Mayor's Office fonds
Description Level
File
Physical Description
1 folder textual records
Item No.
40110
Scope and Content
File contains copies of Burnaby's Letters Patent.
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1992
Collection/Fonds
Mayor's Office fonds
Physical Description
1 folder textual records
Description Level
File
Series
Civic ceremonies, awards and special events series
Item No.
40110
Accession Number
2009-07
Scope and Content
File contains copies of Burnaby's Letters Patent.
Media Type
Textual Record
Notes
Title based on contents of file.
Less detail
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
2005
Collection/Fonds
Mayor's Office fonds
Description Level
File
Physical Description
1 folder textual records
Item No.
40111
Scope and Content
File contains proclamations declared by the Office of the Mayor and City Council.
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
2005
Collection/Fonds
Mayor's Office fonds
Physical Description
1 folder textual records
Description Level
File
Series
Civic ceremonies, awards and special events series
Item No.
40111
Accession Number
2009-07
Scope and Content
File contains proclamations declared by the Office of the Mayor and City Council.
Media Type
Textual Record
Notes
Title based on contents of file.
Less detail
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1992]
Collection/Fonds
Mayor's Office fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 pamphlet
Item No.
42553
Scope and Content
Item is a pamphlet on the Kamui Mintara (Playground of the Gods) sculptures that commemorate twenty-five years of goodwill between the Sister Cities of Kushiro, Japan and the District of Burnaby. This exhibition was created by Nuburi Toko and his son Shusei Toko.
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1992]
Collection/Fonds
Mayor's Office fonds
Physical Description
1 pamphlet
Description Level
Item
Series
Sister Cities series
Item No.
42553
Accession Number
2010-09
Scope and Content
Item is a pamphlet on the Kamui Mintara (Playground of the Gods) sculptures that commemorate twenty-five years of goodwill between the Sister Cities of Kushiro, Japan and the District of Burnaby. This exhibition was created by Nuburi Toko and his son Shusei Toko.
Media Type
Textual Record
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Peace Celebration at Central Park

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/archivetextualrecord65610
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
July 19, 1919
Collection/Fonds
Mayor's Office fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 pamphlet
Item No.
42555
Scope and Content
Item is a pamphlet for the "Peace Celebration at Central Park" which was undertaken "[t]o commemorate the end of the Great War, 1914-1918, and the Signing of the Peace Treaty, 1919."
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
July 19, 1919
Collection/Fonds
Mayor's Office fonds
Physical Description
1 pamphlet
Description Level
Item
Series
Civic ceremonies, awards and special events series
Item No.
42555
Accession Number
2010-09
Scope and Content
Item is a pamphlet for the "Peace Celebration at Central Park" which was undertaken "[t]o commemorate the end of the Great War, 1914-1918, and the Signing of the Peace Treaty, 1919."
Media Type
Textual Record
Less detail
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1986-1987
Collection/Fonds
Mayor's Office fonds
Description Level
File
Physical Description
Textual records and graphic material
Item No.
8754
Scope and Content
File contains correspondence, reports, notes and other records compiled by the Mayor's Office on the creation of the book "Pioneer Tales." File includes lists of photograph reprint orders and book presentations pertaining to the "Pioneer Tales Tea."
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1986-1987
Collection/Fonds
Mayor's Office fonds
Physical Description
Textual records and graphic material
Description Level
File
Series
Pioneer Tales series
Item No.
8754
Accession Number
2001-02
Scope and Content
File contains correspondence, reports, notes and other records compiled by the Mayor's Office on the creation of the book "Pioneer Tales." File includes lists of photograph reprint orders and book presentations pertaining to the "Pioneer Tales Tea."
Media Type
Textual Record
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Friendship Pledge in Commemoration of the 40th Anniversary of the Sister City Affiliation between Burnaby and Kushiro

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/archivetextualrecord24490
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
2005
Collection/Fonds
Mayor's Office fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
Textual record
Item No.
27496
Scope and Content
Item consists of Friendship Pledge in Commemoration of the 40th Anniversary of the Sister City Affiliation between Burnaby and Kushiro and the pen that was used to sign it.
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
2005
Collection/Fonds
Mayor's Office fonds
Physical Description
Textual record
Description Level
Item
Series
Sister Cities series
Item No.
27496
Access Restriction
Open access
Accession Number
2006-12
Scope and Content
Item consists of Friendship Pledge in Commemoration of the 40th Anniversary of the Sister City Affiliation between Burnaby and Kushiro and the pen that was used to sign it.
Media Type
Textual Record
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Crown Grant of Central Park to the City of Burnaby

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/archivetextualrecord58461
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1992
Collection/Fonds
Mayor's Office fonds
Description Level
File
Physical Description
1 folder textual records
Item No.
40109
Scope and Content
File contains the Crown Grant of Central Park Lands to the City of Burnaby. This grant was bestowed by the Province in recognition of Burnaby's Centennial in 1992.
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1992
Collection/Fonds
Mayor's Office fonds
Physical Description
1 folder textual records
Description Level
File
Series
Civic ceremonies, awards and special events series
Item No.
40109
Accession Number
2009-07
Scope and Content
File contains the Crown Grant of Central Park Lands to the City of Burnaby. This grant was bestowed by the Province in recognition of Burnaby's Centennial in 1992.
Media Type
Textual Record
Notes
Title based on contents of file.
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Sister Pledge in Commemoration of 50 Years of Friendship between Burnaby and Kushiro

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/archivetextualrecord89073
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
2015
Collection/Fonds
Mayor's Office fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
Textual record
Item No.
59943
Scope and Content
Item consists of the Sister City Pledge certificate in Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Sister City Affiliation between the City of Burnaby and the City of Kushiro and the pen that was used to sign it.
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
2015
Collection/Fonds
Mayor's Office fonds
Physical Description
Textual record
Description Level
Item
Series
Sister Cities series
Item No.
59943
Access Restriction
Open access
Accession Number
2016-01
Scope and Content
Item consists of the Sister City Pledge certificate in Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Sister City Affiliation between the City of Burnaby and the City of Kushiro and the pen that was used to sign it.
Media Type
Textual Record
Notes
Transcribed title
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Mayor David M. Mercier

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/archivephoto97048
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[between 1979-1987]
Collection/Fonds
Mayor's Office fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : col. ; 29 cm x 19 cm
Item No.
627-003
Scope and Content
Studio portrait of Mayor David M. Mercier wearing the Chain of Office. Mayor Mercier served as Mayor of Burnaby from 1979-1981.
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[between 1979-1987]
Collection/Fonds
Mayor's Office fonds
Series
City Council and Council Committees series
Description Level
Item
Item No.
627-003
Accession Number
2021-24
Physical Description
1 photograph : col. ; 29 cm x 19 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Studio portrait of Mayor David M. Mercier wearing the Chain of Office. Mayor Mercier served as Mayor of Burnaby from 1979-1981.
Subjects
Officials - Mayors and Reeves
Names
Mercier, David M. "Dave"
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Note on verso in black ink reads: "David M. Mercier"
Images
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Mayor Douglas P. Drummond

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/archivephoto97049
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[between 1996-2002]
Collection/Fonds
Mayor's Office fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : col. ; 25 cm x 20 cm
Item No.
627-004
Scope and Content
Studio portrait of Mayor Douglas P. Drummond wearing the Chain of Office. Mayor Drummond served as Mayor of Burnaby from 1996-2002.
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[between 1996-2002]
Collection/Fonds
Mayor's Office fonds
Series
City Council and Council Committees series
Description Level
Item
Item No.
627-004
Accession Number
2021-24
Physical Description
1 photograph : col. ; 25 cm x 20 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Studio portrait of Mayor Douglas P. Drummond wearing the Chain of Office. Mayor Drummond served as Mayor of Burnaby from 1996-2002.
Photographer
Wright Images
Subjects
Officials - Mayors and Reeves
Names
Drummond, Douglas P. "Doug"
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
1 colour cropped print accompanying
Note on verso in black ink reads: "Douglas Drummond"
Images
Less detail

Official Agreement - Sister City Relationship with Kushiro

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/archivetextualrecord58527
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1965
Collection/Fonds
Mayor's Office fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
Textual record
Item No.
40153
Scope and Content
Item is the official agreement establishing the Sister City relationship between Burnaby and Kushiro, Japan. The agreement was signed and sealed on September 9, 1965 during a special meeting of Burnaby Municipal Council and bears the signatures of Reeve Alan H. Emmott and Kushiro Mayor Takeo Yamam…
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1965
Collection/Fonds
Mayor's Office fonds
Physical Description
Textual record
Description Level
Item
Series
Sister Cities series
Item No.
40153
Accession Number
2009-09
Scope and Content
Item is the official agreement establishing the Sister City relationship between Burnaby and Kushiro, Japan. The agreement was signed and sealed on September 9, 1965 during a special meeting of Burnaby Municipal Council and bears the signatures of Reeve Alan H. Emmott and Kushiro Mayor Takeo Yamamoto. A copy of this agreement has been reprinted in the Council Minutes.
Media Type
Textual Record
Notes
Title based on contents
Less detail
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[between 1987-1996]
Collection/Fonds
Mayor's Office fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : col. ; 29 cm x 20 cm
Item No.
627-001
Scope and Content
Studio portrait of Mayor William J. Copeland wearing the Chain of Office. Mayor William "Bill" Copeland served as Mayor of Burnaby from 1987-1996.
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[between 1987-1996]
Collection/Fonds
Mayor's Office fonds
Series
City Council and Council Committees series
Description Level
Item
Item No.
627-001
Accession Number
2021-24
Physical Description
1 photograph : col. ; 29 cm x 20 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Studio portrait of Mayor William J. Copeland wearing the Chain of Office. Mayor William "Bill" Copeland served as Mayor of Burnaby from 1987-1996.
Photographer
Johnathan Cruz Photography
Subjects
Officials - Mayors and Reeves
Names
Copeland, William J.
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
2 prints of photograph accompanying: 1 black and white cropped print and 1 colour cropped print
Photographer stamp on bottom right corner of recto: "Jonathan Cruz Photography"
Note on verso in black ink reads: "William Copeland"
Images
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Mayor's Office General and Administration series

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/archivetextualrecord158
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1828 (date of original) -2002
Collection/Fonds
Mayor's Office fonds
Description Level
Series
Scope and Content
Series consists of records created in the administration of the Mayor’s Office. This includes: reports, file lists, address books, subject files, correspondence, memoranda, photographs and ephemera. The Office of the Mayor is managed by an administrative staff who maintain the Mayor’s schedule, l…
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1828 (date of original) -2002
Collection/Fonds
Mayor's Office fonds
Description Level
Series
Series
Mayor's Office General and Administration series
Scope and Content
Series consists of records created in the administration of the Mayor’s Office. This includes: reports, file lists, address books, subject files, correspondence, memoranda, photographs and ephemera. The Office of the Mayor is managed by an administrative staff who maintain the Mayor’s schedule, liaise with other City officials, and assist the Mayor fulfill his duties and responsibilities to the citizens of Burnaby. As a by-product of these activities, the Mayor’s Office maintains files related to general administrative tasks like record-keeping as well as collecting subject files and records of general interest to the Mayor and Council. These records were used as reference material and have been maintained for their informational value.
Media Type
Textual Record
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Mayor William A. Lewarne

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/archivephoto97047
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[between 1981-1987]
Collection/Fonds
Mayor's Office fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : col. ; 29 cm x 19 cm
Item No.
627-002
Scope and Content
Studio portrait of Mayor William A. Lewarne wearing the Chain of Office. Mayor Lewarne served as Mayor of Burnaby from 1981-1987.
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[between 1981-1987]
Collection/Fonds
Mayor's Office fonds
Series
City Council and Council Committees series
Description Level
Item
Item No.
627-002
Accession Number
2021-24
Physical Description
1 photograph : col. ; 29 cm x 19 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Studio portrait of Mayor William A. Lewarne wearing the Chain of Office. Mayor Lewarne served as Mayor of Burnaby from 1981-1987.
Photographer
Johnathan Cruz Photography
Subjects
Officials - Mayors and Reeves
Names
Lewarne, William A. "Bill"
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
2 prints of photograph accompanying: 1 black and white cropped print and 1 colour cropped print
Note on verso in black ink reads: "William A. Lewarne"
Images
Less detail

City Council and Council Committees series

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/archivetextualrecord156
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1970-1995
Collection/Fonds
Mayor's Office fonds
Description Level
Series
Scope and Content
Series consists of records created by the Office of the Mayor related to the composition and activities of City Council and Council Committees. These include: photographs, memoranda, agendas, minutes, reports, correspondence, and appointments. The Mayor of Burnaby is responsible for making appoin…
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1970-1995
Collection/Fonds
Mayor's Office fonds
Description Level
Series
Series
City Council and Council Committees series
Scope and Content
Series consists of records created by the Office of the Mayor related to the composition and activities of City Council and Council Committees. These include: photographs, memoranda, agendas, minutes, reports, correspondence, and appointments. The Mayor of Burnaby is responsible for making appointments to boards, commissions, and committees and does so each year at Council’s inaugural meeting. This series contains the records of these appointments made for the years 1970, 1971, 1973, 1974, and 1979. Along with that function, the Mayor also sits on Committees of Council and works with his/her fellow Councillors to make decisions and provide leadership for the citizens of Burnaby. The Mayor and Council are also responsible for initiating a number of civic projects and the records in this series reflect those actions which were spearheaded by the Mayor’s Office.
Media Type
Textual Record
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Civic ceremonies, awards and special events series

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/archivetextualrecord157
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1919-2004
Collection/Fonds
Mayor's Office fonds
Description Level
Series
Scope and Content
Series contains records created by the Mayor’s Office during the Mayor’s participation in civic ceremonies, awards presentations, or other special events undertaken in or for the City of Burnaby. Records include: photographs, correspondence, memoranda, speeches, reports, newspaper clippings, progr…
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1919-2004
Collection/Fonds
Mayor's Office fonds
Description Level
Series
Series
Civic ceremonies, awards and special events series
Scope and Content
Series contains records created by the Mayor’s Office during the Mayor’s participation in civic ceremonies, awards presentations, or other special events undertaken in or for the City of Burnaby. Records include: photographs, correspondence, memoranda, speeches, reports, newspaper clippings, programmes, agendas, proclamations, plaques, itineraries, invitations, and ceremonial certificates and memorabilia. As the official representative for the citizens of Burnaby, the Mayor hosts and attends numerous ceremonies and special events throughout his/her term in office. Included in this series are records from events such as the 1984 and 1997 B. C. Summer Games, the 1992 Burnaby Centennial celebrations, and the 1971 Royal Visit from Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip. During the course of these events, the City of Burnaby often is presented with ceremonial plaques, letters, or certificates that commemorate the special occasions and this material is included in the series. The Mayor is also responsible for seeing that awards are bestowed upon other deserving parties and ensures that achievements and special occasions are formally recognized by the City of Burnaby. Each year the Mayor presents the Kushiro Cup Award – which is named after Burnaby’s Sister City Kushiro, Japan – to an outstanding Burnaby resident and hosts such functions as municipal appreciation dinners. The records that are produced while carrying out these activities include criteria lists, resumes, correspondence, proclamations, and certificates.
Media Type
Textual Record
Less detail
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1979]-1987
Collection/Fonds
Mayor's Office fonds
Description Level
Series
Scope and Content
Series consists of records created during the preparation of the Pioneer Tales manuscript and photographs of the Pioneer Tales Tea event.
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1979]-1987
Collection/Fonds
Mayor's Office fonds
Description Level
Series
Series
Pioneer Tales series
Accession Number
2001-02
Scope and Content
Series consists of records created during the preparation of the Pioneer Tales manuscript and photographs of the Pioneer Tales Tea event.
History/Biography
On May 28, 1980 the Mayor and Council of Burnaby held a tea to honour Burnaby “pioneers.” The event was held as part of “Burnaby Funfest Days ‘80” and was meant to recognize members of the community who had resided in Burnaby prior to 1930 and acknowledge their contributions as pioneers of the City. Although approximately 100 people were expected, more than 500 actually attended. Each participant was asked to fill out a brief personal information form outlining their experiences in Burnaby’s earliest days - the response to which was so favorable that the idea of compiling a book to capture these memories was born. A writer was hired to help edit and organize the book, and writing contests were initiated to encourage senior residents to share their experiences. Other community members became involved in the project when the City enlisted the help of secondary school students to type manuscripts for those unable to do so and journalism students from the British Columbia Institute of Technology volunteered to conduct interviews with additional “pioneers.” It took several years for the project to come to fruition, but the book was eventually published in 1987.
Media Type
Textual Record
Less detail
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1964-2015
Collection/Fonds
Mayor's Office fonds
Description Level
Series
Scope and Content
Series consists of records created during the establishment and maintenance of Sister-City relationships between Burnaby and the cities of Kushiro (Japan), Loughborough (England), El Zapotal (El Salvador), Mesa (Arizona), Gatineau (Quebec), Hwaseong (Korea), Zhongshan City (P.R. China). Records in…
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1964-2015
Collection/Fonds
Mayor's Office fonds
Description Level
Series
Series
Sister Cities series
Scope and Content
Series consists of records created during the establishment and maintenance of Sister-City relationships between Burnaby and the cities of Kushiro (Japan), Loughborough (England), El Zapotal (El Salvador), Mesa (Arizona), Gatineau (Quebec), Hwaseong (Korea), Zhongshan City (P.R. China). Records include: reports, correspondence, photographs and photograph albums, memoranda, newspaper clippings, speeches, certificates, itineraries, presentation material, invitations, agendas, and minutes. The sister city movement gained momentum in North America after the Second World War with a goal to encourage cooperation between international communities. Burnaby became a part of that movement in the hopes that sister city relationships would create meaningful industrial, economic, educational, and cultural ties between Burnaby citizens and those of other countries. Burnaby’s first sister city was Kushiro, Japan. The formal agreement for the establishment of a sister city relationship between the two communities was signed on September 9, 1965. Following this twinning, the two cities have enjoyed numerous exchanges and visits, the records of which are contained within this series. While the sister city status between Burnaby and Kushiro has endured for over three decades, Burnaby has also maintained shorter-lived relationships with Loughborough, England and El Zapotal, El Salvador. The 1986 twinning with Loughborough was undertaken to recognize the importance of that city to the history of Burnaby in that Loughborough was the ancestral home of Burnaby’s namesake, Robert Burnaby. The twinning between Burnaby and El Zapotal came after Mayor Copeland visited El Salvador in the early 1990s and returned with a desire to see the citizens of Burnaby assist in the rebuilding of that community after a 12-year civil war was brought to an end in 1992. In 1998, Burnaby entered into two North American Sister City relationships with Mesa, Arizona and Gatineau, Quebec, and in 2010, it formulated a sister city agreement with Hwaseong, Korea. In 2011, a further agreement was signed with Zhongshan, China which expanded a previous “friendship” agreement into a Sister City relationship. Series also consists of records related to Friendship Agreements with Taichung (Taiwan China), Dongcheng District (formerly Chongwen District) of Beijing (P.R. China), Dongli District of Tianjin, Changshu (P.R. China), and Kunming, Yunnan Province (P.R. China); as well as Memorandums of Understanding with a number of other cities. The records in this series reflect both the actions that led up to the creation of these relationships as well as the numerous cultural, economic and educational exchanges that have been undertaken between the communities over the years.
Media Type
Textual Record
Photograph
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