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Interview with William A. Lewarne by Rod Fowler March 14, 1990 - Track 7

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the interview is about Bill Lewarne’s discussion of the attitudes, energy and time commitment required for operating a seasonal business and needed for politics. He mentions the Nelson Avenue family home, still lived in by his mother
Date Range
1937-1990
Length
00:05:53
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the interview is about Bill Lewarne’s discussion of the attitudes, energy and time commitment required for operating a seasonal business and needed for politics. He mentions the Nelson Avenue family home, still lived in by his mother
Date Range
1937-1990
Photo Info
Burnaby Alderman, Bill (William) Lewarne, [1973]. Item no. 231-012
Length
00:05:53
Subject
Occupations - Entrepreneurs
Officials - Elected Officials
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Nelson Avenue
Interviewer
Fowler, Rod
Interview Date
March 14, 1990
Scope and Content
Recording is of an interview with former Mayor William “Bill” Lewarne, conducted by Rod Fowler. Bill Lewarne was one of eleven participants interviewed as part of the SFU/Burnaby Centennial Committee's oral history series titled, "Voices of Burnaby". The interview is mainly about Bill Lewarne’s business and political careers, and memories of growing up in South Burnaby in the 1930s. Bill Lewarne talks about his parent’s origins, his family and community struggles during the Depression, the interurban, his education, war service, and joining his father's business. He describes the start, operation and expansion of the family ice cream business, and how business life compared to political life. The interview explores the role of politics in community affairs, his political activities, the history of the BVA, and his involvement in various community organizations. To view “Narrow By” terms for each track, expand this description and see “Notes”.
Biographical Notes
William Alfred “Bill” Lewarne was born in Burnaby in 1926 to Ethel Cecilia Leer (1899- ) and Alfred Lewarne (1893-1962). The family, Ethel, Alfred and their three children Patricia, Beverley and William, moved to a house on Nelson Avenue in Alta Vista in 1931. Ethel still lived in the family home in 1990. Bill Lewarne attended Nelson Avenue School and South Burnaby High School (1932-1944). His father Alfred worked at Colony Farms as a dairy inspector and then for the Port of Vancouver Dairy before being laid off early in the Depression. The family struggled until in 1936 Alfred started his own ice cream business. After graduation Bill was in the army for two years, taking a refrigeration course under the veteran’s training benefit, before joining his father’s business. Three generations of the family operated the successful company, expanding from wholesale, retail and distribution of ice cream products into refrigerated warehouses and the wholesale ice business, until the business was sold to its competitor Dairyland in 1989. Bill Lewarne entered politics in 1965, first with the Nonpartisan Association (NPA) and then as a founder of the Burnaby Citizens Association (BCA). He served as an alderman on Burnaby Council 1973-1975 and 1977-1981 and as Mayor 1981-1987. In 1979 he ran for provincial office for the Social Credit Party against Rosemary Brown but lost. Bill Lewarne married June Lawrence and they had three children Robert, Leslie and Janice. He was active in many organizations: Burnaby/Willingdon Liberal Association, Seton Villa, Irish Fusileers of Canada, Lions Club, Rotary Club, Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion, and the Burnaby Hospital Foundation, and continued to be active on the Board of the BCA. Bill Lewarne died in 1995.
Total Tracks
14
Total Length
1:34:40
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Interviewee Name
Lewarne, William A. "Bill"
Interviewer Bio
Rod Fowler returned to university as a mature student in the 1980s after working about twenty years in the field of economics and business computerization in England, Europe and Western Canada. He graduated with a BA from SFU in both History and Sociology in 1987, his MA degree in Geography in 1989, and his PhD in Cultural Geography at SFU. He taught courses in Geography, Sociology, History and Canadian Studies at several Lower Mainland colleges, before becoming a full time member of the Geography Department at Kwantlen University College.
Collection/Fonds
SFU/Burnaby Centennial Committee fonds
Series
Centennial Oral History project series
Item No.
MSS187-019_Track_7
Transcript Available
Transcript available
Media Type
Sound Recording
Web Notes
Interviews were digitized in 2015 allowing them to be accessible on Heritage Burnaby. The digitization project was initiated by the Community Heritage Commission with support from City of Burnaby Council.
Audio Tracks

Track seven of interview with Bill Lewarne

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Diamond Jubilee of Confederation

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/archivephoto34261
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
July 2, 1927
Collection/Fonds
George Jeffery fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 11.1 x 16.6 cm
Item No.
013-005
Storage Location
AV Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of the celebration of the Diamond Jubilee at Central Park. Miss Canada, Jean Cameron, is addressing the crowd. Also on the dais are; ex-Reeve J.W. Weart, ex-Reeve T. Sanderson, Reeve Bennett (Vancouver), Councillor Grimmett (Vancouver), Councillor Hall (Vancouver), Councillor Buckingham …
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
July 2, 1927
Collection/Fonds
George Jeffery fonds
Series
George Jeffery Photograph series
Description Level
Item
Item No.
013-005
Accession Number
BHS2007-4
Storage Location
AV Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 11.1 x 16.6 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Photograph of the celebration of the Diamond Jubilee at Central Park. Miss Canada, Jean Cameron, is addressing the crowd. Also on the dais are; ex-Reeve J.W. Weart, ex-Reeve T. Sanderson, Reeve Bennett (Vancouver), Councillor Grimmett (Vancouver), Councillor Hall (Vancouver), Councillor Buckingham (South Vancouver), Burnaby's May Queen and her suite and MP Leon Ladner. The event was held on July 2, 1927 with a parade from the Municipal Hall at Edmonds along Kingsway to Central Park. Memorial services for those who died in the Great War were held at the Municipal Hall and the Memorial Hall, on Royal Oak.
Photographer
Lloyd's Studio
Subjects
Celebrations - Jubilee Celebrations
Officials
Names
Weart, John W
Sanderson, Thomas
Ladner, Leon
Cameron, Jean
Notes
Title based on caption of photograph
Annotation at bottom of photograph reads, "Diamond Jubilee of Confederation / Burnaby, B.C., July 2nd '27"
Back of photograph stamped, "Lloyd's Studio / 3966 Kingsway / McKay, B.C., Carl. 343R2"
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Imperial Street
Burnaby - 3883 Imperial Street
Burnaby - Central Park
Historic Neighbourhood
Central Park (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Maywood Area
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Dave Mercier and Clara Macdonald

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/archivephoto37806
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1966] (date of original), copied 1991
Collection/Fonds
SFU/Burnaby Centennial Committee fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 3.0 x 3.0 cm print on contact sheet 20.7 x 26.7 cm
Item No.
370-394
Storage Location
AV Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of Dave Mercier and Clara Macdonald at a social function. Dave Mercier was on the council from 1968 to 1971, and from 1977 to 1981, serving as Mayor of Burnaby from 1979 to 1981.
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1966] (date of original), copied 1991
Collection/Fonds
SFU/Burnaby Centennial Committee fonds
Series
Burnaby Image Bank series
Description Level
Item
Item No.
370-394
Accession Number
BHS999-03
Storage Location
AV Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 3.0 x 3.0 cm print on contact sheet 20.7 x 26.7 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Photograph of Dave Mercier and Clara Macdonald at a social function. Dave Mercier was on the council from 1968 to 1971, and from 1977 to 1981, serving as Mayor of Burnaby from 1979 to 1981.
Subjects
Officials - Alderman and Councillors
Names
Mercier, David M "Dave"
Macdonald, Clara
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
1 b&w copy negative accompanying
Negative has a pink cast
Copied from col. photograph
Geographic Access
Burnaby
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Interview with William A. Lewarne by Rod Fowler March 14, 1990 - Track 12

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/oralhistory452
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the interview is about Bill Lewarne’s problems raising funds for his first political campaign without incurring favours, and the challenge of remaining nonpartisan in office
Date Range
1965-1987
Length
00:10:39
  1 Audio     1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the interview is about Bill Lewarne’s problems raising funds for his first political campaign without incurring favours, and the challenge of remaining nonpartisan in office
Date Range
1965-1987
Photo Info
Burnaby Alderman, Bill (William) Lewarne, [1973]. Item no. 231-012
Length
00:10:39
Subject
Elections
Officials - Mayors and Reeves
Interviewer
Fowler, Rod
Interview Date
March 14, 1990
Scope and Content
Recording is of an interview with former Mayor William “Bill” Lewarne, conducted by Rod Fowler. Bill Lewarne was one of eleven participants interviewed as part of the SFU/Burnaby Centennial Committee's oral history series titled, "Voices of Burnaby". The interview is mainly about Bill Lewarne’s business and political careers, and memories of growing up in South Burnaby in the 1930s. Bill Lewarne talks about his parent’s origins, his family and community struggles during the Depression, the interurban, his education, war service, and joining his father's business. He describes the start, operation and expansion of the family ice cream business, and how business life compared to political life. The interview explores the role of politics in community affairs, his political activities, the history of the BVA, and his involvement in various community organizations. To view “Narrow By” terms for each track, expand this description and see “Notes”.
Biographical Notes
William Alfred “Bill” Lewarne was born in Burnaby in 1926 to Ethel Cecilia Leer (1899- ) and Alfred Lewarne (1893-1962). The family, Ethel, Alfred and their three children Patricia, Beverley and William, moved to a house on Nelson Avenue in Alta Vista in 1931. Ethel still lived in the family home in 1990. Bill Lewarne attended Nelson Avenue School and South Burnaby High School (1932-1944). His father Alfred worked at Colony Farms as a dairy inspector and then for the Port of Vancouver Dairy before being laid off early in the Depression. The family struggled until in 1936 Alfred started his own ice cream business. After graduation Bill was in the army for two years, taking a refrigeration course under the veteran’s training benefit, before joining his father’s business. Three generations of the family operated the successful company, expanding from wholesale, retail and distribution of ice cream products into refrigerated warehouses and the wholesale ice business, until the business was sold to its competitor Dairyland in 1989. Bill Lewarne entered politics in 1965, first with the Nonpartisan Association (NPA) and then as a founder of the Burnaby Citizens Association (BCA). He served as an alderman on Burnaby Council 1973-1975 and 1977-1981 and as Mayor 1981-1987. In 1979 he ran for provincial office for the Social Credit Party against Rosemary Brown but lost. Bill Lewarne married June Lawrence and they had three children Robert, Leslie and Janice. He was active in many organizations: Burnaby/Willingdon Liberal Association, Seton Villa, Irish Fusileers of Canada, Lions Club, Rotary Club, Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion, and the Burnaby Hospital Foundation, and continued to be active on the Board of the BCA. Bill Lewarne died in 1995.
Total Tracks
14
Total Length
1:34:40
Other Tracks
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Interviewee Name
Lewarne, William A. "Bill"
Interviewer Bio
Rod Fowler returned to university as a mature student in the 1980s after working about twenty years in the field of economics and business computerization in England, Europe and Western Canada. He graduated with a BA from SFU in both History and Sociology in 1987, his MA degree in Geography in 1989, and his PhD in Cultural Geography at SFU. He taught courses in Geography, Sociology, History and Canadian Studies at several Lower Mainland colleges, before becoming a full time member of the Geography Department at Kwantlen University College.
Collection/Fonds
SFU/Burnaby Centennial Committee fonds
Series
Centennial Oral History project series
Item No.
MSS187-019_Track_12
Transcript Available
Transcript available
Media Type
Sound Recording
Web Notes
Interviews were digitized in 2015 allowing them to be accessible on Heritage Burnaby. The digitization project was initiated by the Community Heritage Commission with support from City of Burnaby Council.
Audio Tracks

Track twelve of interview with Bill Lewarne

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Interview with Merrill M. Gordon by Rod Fowler March 19, 1990 - Track 7

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the interview is about Merrill Gordon’s political career and his volunteer work with Cliff Avenue soccer, the Burnaby Mental Health Association, the library board, and the New Vista Society. He talks about his association with Alan Emmott and the founding of the Better Burnaby Commi…
Date Range
1956-1990
Length
00:07:05
  1 Audio     1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the interview is about Merrill Gordon’s political career and his volunteer work with Cliff Avenue soccer, the Burnaby Mental Health Association, the library board, and the New Vista Society. He talks about his association with Alan Emmott and the founding of the Better Burnaby Committee (BBC), his election to Burnaby Council in 1972 with BVA, and his membership in and work for the federal NDP
Date Range
1956-1990
Photo Info
Burnaby Alderman Merrill Gordon (second from right) following a candidates' meeting, 1973. Item no. 480-263
Length
00:07:05
Name
Emmott, Alan H
Subject
Persons - Volunteers
Officials - Aldermen and Councillors
Interviewer
Fowler, Rod
Interview Date
March 19, 1990
Scope and Content
Recording is of an interview with Merrill Gordon, conducted by Rod Fowler.Gordon Merrill was one of eleven participants interviewed as part of the SFU/Burnaby Centennial Committee's oral history series titled, "Voices of Burnaby". The interview is about Merrill Gordon’s childhood in the Depression, including his story about the family’s difficult trek to Burnaby from Alberta; his education, teachers and first volunteer activities at Grandview High School; his career at Fleck Brothers and the start of his own company Blaze Industries and later work in India; and his many volunteer activities in Burnaby. He describes how he started the Cliff Avenue United Football Club, the soccer club's subsequent growth and development, some of the people involved, and the founding of the youth soccer exchange. He also describes his work on the Parks Board and in the arts community, including the 1987 arts centre referendum, and involvement with the Burnaby Mountain Preservation Society (1988- ), and mentions his work for other groups including the New Vista Society, library board, and Burnaby Mental Health Committee. He also talks about his political career with the Better Burnaby Committee and Burnaby Voters Association, resulting in his 1972 election to Burnaby’s 1973 council. To view “Narrow By” terms for each track expand this description and see “Notes”.
Biographical Notes
Merrill M. Gordon was born in Saskatchewan in 1929 to parents farming north of North Battleford. After a fifth year of crop failure the family of four left the farm in 1934 to join relatives living near the corner of Union and Sperling in Burnaby. With little resources the family adapted as well as possible in the Depression years, moving often in the East Vancouver/North Burnaby area in an attempt to better their situation. Merrill’s father obtained work at sawmills including Kapoor’s Sawmill at Barnet, walking to work over Burnaby Mountain. After attending numerous public schools, Merrill Gordon eventually spent three years at Templeton School and then completed his education at Grandview High School of Commerce, majoring in accounting and commercial law. He worked a few years at Canadian Industries Ltd., then joined Fleck Brothers. In 1965 Merrill Gordon and his wife started their own company Blaze Industries of Canada that manufactured wood burning fireplaces, selling the company to AB Electrolux in 1980. After a short retirement, Merrill Gordon went back to work in 1981 for a company manufacturing solar panels, one project taking him and his wife intermittently to India over a four year period. Merrill Gordon helped found the political group Better Burnaby Committee, later the Burnaby Voters Association, with Alan Emmott and Bill Lewarne, ran for Burnaby Municipal Council and served one year as councillor in 1973. Merrill Gordon is well known for his over 40 years of volunteer work in Burnaby, particularly as founder in 1956 and director of the Cliff Avenue United Football Club, one of the largest soccer clubs in BC. He was also the founder of Burnaby Youth Soccer and the first youth soccer exchange with Washington State. His other volunteer work includes library trustee, Parks Commissioner (1987-1992), Director of New Vista Home for Seniors, Chair of campaign raising funds for building Shadbolt Arts Centre, and Chair of the Burnaby Mental Health Committee. In 1988 Merrill Gordon, Betty Gordon, Dean Lamont and several others formed the Burnaby Mountain Preservation Society, which advocated for the return of unused land to Burnaby from SFU and the subsequent creation of Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area. Merrill Gordon and Elizabeth Balfour (nee Leitch) (1926-2012) married in 1953 and had two children.
Total Tracks
11
Total Length
1:31:44
Other Tracks
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Interviewee Name
Gordon, Merrill
Interview Location
unknown
Interviewer Bio
Rod Fowler returned to university as a mature student in the 1980s after working about twenty years in the field of economics and computerization in business in England, Europe and Western Canada. He graduated with a BA from SFU in both History and Sociology in 1987, his MA degree in Geography in 1989, and his PhD in Cultural Geography at SFU. He taught courses in Geography, Sociology, History and Canadian Studies at several Lower Mainland colleges, before becoming a full time member of the Geography Department at Kwantlen University College.
Collection/Fonds
SFU/Burnaby Centennial Committee fonds
Series
Centennial Oral History project series
Item No.
MSS187-020_Track_7
Transcript Available
Transcript available
Media Type
Sound Recording
Web Notes
Interviews were digitized in 2015 allowing them to be accessible on Heritage Burnaby. The digitization project was initiated by the Community Heritage Commission with support from City of Burnaby Council.
Audio Tracks

Track seven of interview with Merrill Gordon

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Interview with Don Brown by Rod Fowler February 26, 1990 - Track 11

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the interview is about Don Brown’s service as Alderman (1979-1985), his support for Bill Copeland in 1987 and conflicts with Mayor Bill Lewarne, and some of the issues he dealt with such as illegal suites, density planning and highrises for Hastings
Date Range
1979-1990
Length
00:09:05
  1 Audio     1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the interview is about Don Brown’s service as Alderman (1979-1985), his support for Bill Copeland in 1987 and conflicts with Mayor Bill Lewarne, and some of the issues he dealt with such as illegal suites, density planning and highrises for Hastings
Date Range
1979-1990
Photo Info
Royal Canadian Mounted Police Sergeant Don Brown, November 2, 1997. Item no. 535-0979
Length
00:09:05
Name
Copeland, William J
Lewarne, William A. "Bill"
Subject
Officials - Aldermen and Councillors
Planning
Elections
Interviewer
Fowler, Rod
Interview Date
February 26, 1990
Scope and Content
Recording is of an interview with Don Brown, conducted by Rod Fowler. Don Brown was one of eleven participants interviewed as part of the SFU/Burnaby Centennial Committee's oral history series titled, "Voices of Burnaby". The interview is mainly about Don Brown’s description of the changes in Burnaby’s built and natural landscapes and socioeconomic conditions, especially between 1947 and 1975, the strong impression made on him by those changes evident in the interview. He talks about his work and career as a police officer with the Burnaby Provincial Police and RCMP. The interview also details his involvement in Burnaby politics and volunteer community groups. To view “Narrow By” terms for each track expand this description and see “Notes”.
Biographical Notes
Donald Neil “Don” Brown was born in Birmingham, England May 4, 1919, and immigrated with his parents and siblings to Winnipeg in 1922. At the outbreak of WWII Don Brown left high school and enlisted in the 12th Field Company, Royal Canadian Engineers, serving six years in the army. Before going overseas he married Helen Birch in 1939. In 1947 Don Brown joined the B.C. Provincial Police which was absorbed by the RCMP in 1950. He worked as a police officer in Burnaby from 1947 to 1954, and then was transferred to Ottawa (with a stop in Regina) for nine and a half years where he attended Carleton University to study forensics. In 1963 Don Brown was transferred back to Vancouver and bought and moved into a house on Watling Street in Burnaby where he still lived in 1990. Another transfer took him to Edmonton for five years, returning to Burnaby in 1975. Following retirement in 1980 with the rank of Supervisor and after 22 years in forensic laboratories, Don Brown started his own business as a private document examiner. Don Brown was active in Burnaby politics, serving as Alderman from 1979-1985. He was also involved in many community groups including the South Burnaby Men’s Club, which he helped found in 1952, as well as active in the Burnaby Historical Society, and served on the Burnaby School Board, Burnaby Centennial Committee, and the Community College for the Retired. Don and Helen Brown had six children: Donna, Don, Gina, Patricia, Christopher and Susan. Don Brown died May 16, 2009.
Total Tracks
14
Total Length
01:35:07
Other Tracks
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Interviewee Name
Brown, Don
Interviewer Bio
Rod Fowler returned to university as a mature student in the 1980s after working about twenty years in the field of economics and computerization in business in England, Europe and Western Canada. He graduated with a BA from SFU in both History and Sociology in 1987, his MA degree in Geography in 1989, and his PhD in Cultural Geography at SFU. He taught courses in Geography, Sociology, History and Canadian Studies at several Lower Mainland colleges, before becoming a full time member of the Geography Department at Kwantlen University College.
Collection/Fonds
SFU/Burnaby Centennial Committee fonds
Series
Centennial Oral History project series
Item No.
MSS187-016_Track_11
Transcript Available
Transcript available
Media Type
Sound Recording
Web Notes
Interviews were digitized in 2015 allowing them to be accessible on Heritage Burnaby. The digitization project was initiated by the Community Heritage Commission with support from City of Burnaby Council.
Audio Tracks

Track eleven of interview with Don Brown

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Diamond Jubilee of Confederation

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/archivephoto34259
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
July 2, 1927
Collection/Fonds
George Jeffery fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : sepia ; 11.1 x 16.5 cm
Item No.
013-003
Storage Location
AV Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of the celebration of the Diamond Jubilee at Central Park. The event was held on July 2, 1927 with a parade from the Municipal Hall at Edmonds along Kingsway to Central Park. Memorial services for those who died in the Great War were held at the Municipal Hall and the Memorial Hall, Roy…
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
July 2, 1927
Collection/Fonds
George Jeffery fonds
Series
George Jeffery Photograph series
Description Level
Item
Item No.
013-003
Accession Number
BHS2007-4
Storage Location
AV Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : sepia ; 11.1 x 16.5 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Photograph of the celebration of the Diamond Jubilee at Central Park. The event was held on July 2, 1927 with a parade from the Municipal Hall at Edmonds along Kingsway to Central Park. Memorial services for those who died in the Great War were held at the Municipal Hall and the Memorial Hall, Royal Oak. Shown in this photograph is MP Leon Ladner addressing the crowd. Also on the dais are: ex-Reeve J.W. Weart, ex-Reeve T. Sanderson, Reeve Bennett (Vancouver), Councillor Grimmett (Vancouver), Councillor Hall (Vancouver), Councillor Buckingham (South Vancouver), Burnaby's May Queen and suite, and Miss Jean Cameron as "Miss Canada."
Photographer
Lloyd's Studio
Subjects
Celebrations - Jubilee Celebrations
Symbols - Flags
Officials
Names
Weart, John W
Sanderson, Thomas
Ladner, Leon
Cameron, Jean
Notes
Title based on caption of photograph
Annotation at bottom of photograph reads, "Diamond Jubilee of Confederation / Burnaby, B.C., July 2nd '27"
Back of photograph stamped, "Lloyd's Studio / 3966 Kingsway / McKay, B.C., Carl. 343R2"
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Imperial Street
Burnaby - 3883 Imperial Street
Burnaby - Central Park
Historic Neighbourhood
Central Park (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Maywood Area
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Interview with Kay Zimmerman by Rod Fowler [February] 1990 - Track 2

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the interview continues Kay Zimmerman’s description of the BVA and the election of councillors and then mayors from the party, Dave Mercier 1979-1981 and Bill Lewarne 1981-1987. She talks about resistance to paying for the road to SFU as a “local improvement”, Heritage Village as a …
Date Range
1960-1987
Length
00:07:50
  1 Audio     1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the interview continues Kay Zimmerman’s description of the BVA and the election of councillors and then mayors from the party, Dave Mercier 1979-1981 and Bill Lewarne 1981-1987. She talks about resistance to paying for the road to SFU as a “local improvement”, Heritage Village as a Centennial Project, differing BVA support in north and south Burnaby, and Alan Emmott’s political career.
Date Range
1960-1987
Photo Info
Kay Zimmerman, [1973]. Item no. 231-021
Length
00:07:50
Name
Lewarne, William A. "Bill"
Emmott, Alan H
Mercier, David M "Dave"
Burnaby Voters Association
Simon Fraser University
Burnaby Village Museum
Subject
Officials - Mayors and Reeves
Public Services - Municipal Services
Interviewer
Fowler, Rod
Interview Date
[February] 1990
Scope and Content
Recording is of an interview with Kay Zimmerman, conducted by Rod Fowler. Kay Zimmerman was one of eleven participants interviewed as part of the SFU/Burnaby Centennial Committee's oral history series titled, "Voices of Burnaby". The interview is mainly about Kay Zimmerman’s political activities in Burnaby and her description of her Lochdale neighbourhood in the 1960s. She provides an excellent overview of the municipal political groups and important political issues in Burnaby from 1960 to 1980. She tells the story about an early and successful political action that convinced her that an individual can make a difference. To view “Narrow By” terms for each track expand this description and see “Notes”.
Biographical Notes
Kathleen “Kay” Zimmerman, her husband Gordon and their young son Rick moved to Burnaby from Vancouver in 1960 to a house on Curtis Avenue near Duthie Street (a second son Bruce was born in Burnaby). Kay Zimmerman worked 12 years at Royal Columbian Hospital in the admitting office, then 4 years (1974-1979) as special assistant to Senator Ray Perrault, followed by work as a judge on the Citizenship Court before retiring. Gordon Zimmerman worked at the Shell Refinery. A member of the Liberal Party and political activist before arriving in Burnaby, Kay Zimmerman continued her involvement in national and local politics. She campaigned for Ray Perrault during the Trudeau years, and was a founder and active member of the Burnaby Voters Association (BVA). Her political activities encompassed 30 years that saw major changes in Burnaby, including the building of SFU, creation of Heritage Village, an awakening environmental sensibility, and a dramatic increase in population and development in Burnaby.
Total Tracks
10
Total Length
01:04:36
Other Tracks
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Interviewee Name
Zimmerman, Kay
Interviewer Bio
Rod Fowler returned to university as a mature student in the 1980s after working about twenty years in the field of economics and computerization in business in England, Europe and Western Canada. He graduated with a BA from SFU in both History and Sociology in 1987, his MA degree in Geography in 1989, and his PhD in Cultural Geography at SFU. He taught courses in Geography, Sociology, History and Canadian Studies at several Lower Mainland colleges, before becoming a full time member of the Geography Department at Kwantlen University College.
Collection/Fonds
SFU/Burnaby Centennial Committee fonds
Series
Centennial Oral History project series
Item No.
MSS187-018_Track_2
Transcript Available
Transcript available
Media Type
Sound Recording
Web Notes
Interviews were digitized in 2015 allowing them to be accessible on Heritage Burnaby. The digitization project was initiated by the Community Heritage Commission with support from City of Burnaby Council.
Audio Tracks

Track two of interview with Kay Zimmerman

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Diamond Jubilee of Confederation

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/archivephoto34258
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
July 2, 1927
Collection/Fonds
George Jeffery fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : sepia ; 11.1 x 16.5 cm
Item No.
013-002
Storage Location
AV Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of the celebration of the Diamond Jubilee at Central Park. The event was held on July 2,1927 with a parade from the Municipal Hall at Edmonds along Kingsway to Central Park. Memorial services for those who died in the Great War were held at the Municipal Hall and the Memorial Hall, Royal…
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
July 2, 1927
Collection/Fonds
George Jeffery fonds
Series
George Jeffery Photograph series
Description Level
Item
Item No.
013-002
Accession Number
BHS2007-4
Storage Location
AV Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : sepia ; 11.1 x 16.5 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Photograph of the celebration of the Diamond Jubilee at Central Park. The event was held on July 2,1927 with a parade from the Municipal Hall at Edmonds along Kingsway to Central Park. Memorial services for those who died in the Great War were held at the Municipal Hall and the Memorial Hall, Royal Oak. Shown in this photograph is Reeve Bennett (Vancouver) addressing the crowd. Also on the dais are: ex-Reeve J.W. Weart, ex-Reeve T. Sanderson, Councillor Grimmett (Vancouver), Councillor Hall (Vancouver), Councillor Buckingham (South Vancouver), Burnaby's May Queen and suite, Leon Ladner (M.P.), and Miss Jean Cameron as "Miss Canada."
Photographer
Lloyd's Studio
Subjects
Celebrations - Jubilee Celebrations
Symbols - Flags
Officials - Mayors and Reeves
Names
Weart, John W
Sanderson, Thomas
Ladner, Leon
Cameron, Jean
Notes
Annotation at bottom of photographs reads, "Diamond Jubilee of Confederation / Burnaby, B.C., July 2nd '27"
Back of photographs stamped, "Lloyd's Studio / 3966 Kingsway / McKay, B.C., Carl. 343R2"
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Imperial Street
Burnaby - 3883 Imperial Street
Burnaby - Central Park
Historic Neighbourhood
Central Park (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Maywood Area
Images
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Diamond Jubilee of Confederation

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/archivephoto34260
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
July 2, 1927
Collection/Fonds
George Jeffery fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : sepia ; 11.1 x 16.5 cm
Item No.
013-004
Storage Location
AV Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of the celebration of the Diamond Jubilee at Central Park. The event was held on July 2, 1927 with a parade from the Municipal Hall at Edmonds along Kingsway to Central Park. Memorial services for those who died in the Great War were held at the Municipal Hall and the Memorial Hall, Roy…
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
July 2, 1927
Collection/Fonds
George Jeffery fonds
Series
George Jeffery Photograph series
Description Level
Item
Item No.
013-004
Accession Number
BHS2007-4
Storage Location
AV Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : sepia ; 11.1 x 16.5 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Photograph of the celebration of the Diamond Jubilee at Central Park. The event was held on July 2, 1927 with a parade from the Municipal Hall at Edmonds along Kingsway to Central Park. Memorial services for those who died in the Great War were held at the Municipal Hall and the Memorial Hall, Royal Oak. Shown in this photograph are Miss Canada, Jean Cameron, and other young women representing each province in the Dominion standing on the stage. Also on the dais are: ex-Reeve J.W. Weart, ex-Reeve T. Sanderson, Reeve Bennett (Vancouver), Councillor Grimmett (Vancouver), Councillor Hall (Vancouver), Councillor Buckingham (South Vancouver), and MP Leon Ladner.
Photographer
Lloyd's Studio
Subjects
Celebrations - Jubilee Celebrations
Symbols - Flags
Clothing - Costumes
Officials
Names
Weart, John W
Sanderson, Thomas
Ladner, Leon
Cameron, Jean
Notes
Title based on caption of photograph
Annotation at bottom of photographs reads, "Diamond Jubilee of Confederation / Burnaby, B.C., July 2nd '27"
Back of photographs stamped, "Lloyd's Studio / 3966 Kingsway / McKay, B.C., Carl. 343R2"
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Imperial Street
Burnaby - 3883 Imperial Street
Burnaby - Central Park
Historic Neighbourhood
Central Park (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Maywood Area
Images
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Burnaby Police Department members

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/archivephoto34274
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1921
Collection/Fonds
George Jeffery fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 20.5 x 26.5 cm
Item No.
013-018
Storage Location
AV Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of Burnaby Police Department members. They are posed in two rows, one row seated and one row standing. The back row begins with; Sergeant David Maxwell, Constable Jack Woolens, Constable Eddie Godwin, Constable George Jeffery, Constable Peter Kelsburg, Constable Hatt-Cook, Constable Gor…
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1921
Collection/Fonds
George Jeffery fonds
Series
George Jeffery Photograph series
Description Level
Item
Item No.
013-018
Accession Number
BHS2007-4
Storage Location
AV Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 20.5 x 26.5 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Photograph of Burnaby Police Department members. They are posed in two rows, one row seated and one row standing. The back row begins with; Sergeant David Maxwell, Constable Jack Woolens, Constable Eddie Godwin, Constable George Jeffery, Constable Peter Kelsburg, Constable Hatt-Cook, Constable Gordon Waddell, Constable Corbett. Seated in the front row are; the Police Commissioner, Reeve Alexander McLean, Constable Parker, Chief Constable Devitt, [Police Commissioner] Albert Armitage, and [Stuart] Jamieson. A motorcycle is parked on either side of the group, and a large spotted dog is lying in front.
Photographer
Russell
Subjects
Animals - Dogs
Public Services - Policing
Transportation - Motorcycles
Officials - Mayors and Reeves
Names
Burnaby Municipal Police
Maxwell, David
Woolens, Jack
Godwin, Eddie
Jeffery, George
Kelsberg, Peter
Waddell, Gordon
McLean, Alexander K
Devitt, W.J.
Armitage, Albert
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Imprinted in lower left corner, "Russell's Studio, New Westminster, BC"
Photograph has silvering in the dark areas
Left side of photograph is torn and missing
Identification key accompanying
Geographic Access
Burnaby
Images
Less detail
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1925-1931
Collection/Fonds
George Jeffery fonds
Description Level
File
Physical Description
1 file of textual records
Item No.
MSS013-016
Storage Location
68-5
Scope and Content
File consists of official programmes of the 1925 May Day celebration, the Order of Parade for the 1931 May Day celebration as well as a purple Burnaby May Day Committee ribbon.
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1925-1931
Collection/Fonds
George Jeffery fonds
Physical Description
1 file of textual records
Description Level
File
Series
George Jeffery Manuscript series
Item No.
MSS013-016
Storage Location
68-5
Accession Number
BHS2007-04
Scope and Content
File consists of official programmes of the 1925 May Day celebration, the Order of Parade for the 1931 May Day celebration as well as a purple Burnaby May Day Committee ribbon.
Media Type
Textual Record
Creator
George Jeffery
Notes
Title based on contents of file
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Coronation and celebration papers

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1927-1937
Collection/Fonds
George Jeffery fonds
Description Level
File
Physical Description
1 file of textual records
Item No.
MSS013-017
Storage Location
68-5
Scope and Content
File consists of papers pertaining to celebrations attended by George Jeffery. Included in the file are brochures entitled, "Canada's Diamond Jubilee of Confederation / July 2nd / Burnaby's Official Programme" and "Civic Coronation Service / Sunday, May the Ninth, Nineteen Hundred and Thirty-Seven"…
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1927-1937
Collection/Fonds
George Jeffery fonds
Physical Description
1 file of textual records
Description Level
File
Series
George Jeffery Manuscript series
Item No.
MSS013-017
Storage Location
68-5
Accession Number
BHS2007-04
Scope and Content
File consists of papers pertaining to celebrations attended by George Jeffery. Included in the file are brochures entitled, "Canada's Diamond Jubilee of Confederation / July 2nd / Burnaby's Official Programme" and "Civic Coronation Service / Sunday, May the Ninth, Nineteen Hundred and Thirty-Seven". There are also notes that appear to be for a speech written on several envelopes and a white Diamond Jubilee of Confederation committee ribbon.
Media Type
Textual Record
Creator
George Jeffery
Notes
Title based on contents of file
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Correspondence and reports for SFU/Burnaby Centennial Committee Projects

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1991-1993
Collection/Fonds
SFU/Burnaby Centennial Committee fonds
Description Level
File
Physical Description
1 cm of textual records and cartographic material
Item No.
MSS187-008
Storage Location
69-7-8-8
Scope and Content
File consists of the SFU (Simon Fraser University)/Burnaby Centennial Committee project documents and correspondence including; final project documentation for the Burnaby Image Bank and a S.F.U./Burnaby Centennial Committee, "Project Proposals" document for official endorsements and assistance, ma…
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1991-1993
Collection/Fonds
SFU/Burnaby Centennial Committee fonds
Physical Description
1 cm of textual records and cartographic material
Description Level
File
Series
Manuscript series
Item No.
MSS187-008
Storage Location
69-7-8-8
Access Restriction
Subject to FOIPPA
Reproduction Restriction
Reproductions subject to FOIPPA
Accession Number
2014-28
Scope and Content
File consists of the SFU (Simon Fraser University)/Burnaby Centennial Committee project documents and correspondence including; final project documentation for the Burnaby Image Bank and a S.F.U./Burnaby Centennial Committee, "Project Proposals" document for official endorsements and assistance, map project proposal documents and a list of committee members positions and their contact information.
Media Type
Textual Record
Cartographic Material
Notes
Title based on contents of file
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Opening of Burnaby Park

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/archivephoto34257
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
August 6, 1927
Collection/Fonds
George Jeffery fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 11.7 x 16.7 cm
Item No.
013-001
Storage Location
AV Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of the opening of Burnaby Park at the foot of 2nd Street. The photograph was likely taken just after the ribbon cutting.
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
August 6, 1927
Collection/Fonds
George Jeffery fonds
Series
George Jeffery Photograph series
Description Level
Item
Item No.
013-001
Accession Number
BHS2007-4
Storage Location
AV Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 11.7 x 16.7 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
No known restrictions
Scope and Content
Photograph of the opening of Burnaby Park at the foot of 2nd Street. The photograph was likely taken just after the ribbon cutting.
Photographer
Lloyd's Studio
Subjects
Symbols - Flags
Persons - Crowds
Events - Openings
Geographic Features - Parks
Notes
Title based on caption of photograph
Annotation at bottom of photograph reads, "Burnaby Park / Official Opening, August 6th 1927"
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Wedgewood Street
Burnaby - 8155 Wedgewood Street
Burnaby - Robert Burnaby Park
Historic Neighbourhood
Burnaby Lake (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Lakeview-Mayfield Area
Images
Less detail

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