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Boyce, Helen Demetra

  • Person
  • 1928-

Helen Demetra Boyce was born February 2, 1928 in Spokane, Washington, and received her education at Kitsilano Secondary, and Duffus Business College. She began her political career as a Park Board Commissioner, winning the 1968 election as a candidate for The Elector's Action Movement (T.E.A.M.). She left T.E.A.M. in 1970, but succeeded in winning a second Park Board term. In 1974 she won a seat on the School Board, and in the civic election of 1974, successfully stood as an aldermanic candidate. She served the 1975-76 term, and subsequently from 1979 to 1982. In 1985-86, Boyce served once more on Park Board, as its Vice Chairman. She stood as an aldermanic candidate for the Non-Partisans Association (N.P.A.) in 1986, as well as seeking - unsuccessfully - the Social Credit Party nomination for Point Grey. Helen Boyce has the distinction to be the first person to have served on all three of Vancouver's elected bodies - City Council, Parks & Public Recreation Board and the School Board.

Term of office:
1975-1976
1979-1982

Calder, Brian K.

  • Person

Elected in 1968 under the Non-Partisan Association (N.P.A.) slate, Brian K. Calder resigned from the N.P.A. in December of 1969. In 1970 he ran under The Elector's Action Movement (T.E.A.M.) organization and served as alderman until stepping down in 1972. He served on the Town Planning Commission, worked for programs for transient youth and opposed a second crossing of Burrard Inlet.

Term of office:
1969-1972

Davies, Elizabeth (Libby)

  • Person
  • 1953-

Libby Davies was born Elizabeth Davies in Aldershot, England in 1953. Her father was a British Army Major and the family travelled extensively until arriving in Canada in 1968. Libby was married to Bruce Eriksen which whom she had a son, Lief. She met Eriksen through her father, a social planner, who had introduced Eriksen to advocacy work in the downtown eastside. In 1973 Libby joined DERA (Downtown Eastside Residents' Association), founded by Eriksen, as a community worker and did so for nine years. In her advocacy work she produced a community newsletter and established a cooperative food store. During that time Libby attended the University of British Columbia and withdrew prior to completing her studies. In 1976 and 1978 she ran unsuccessfully for Vancouver City Council. In 1980 she was elected and served two years on the Vancouver Parks Board. Libby was first elected to city council in 1982 and served five consecutive terms till 1993. She was a member of a civic political organization known as COPE (Committee of Progressive Electors). As an Alderman she was involved in issues such as affordable housing, an improved transit system, hot lunches for schoolchildren and a nuclear-free Port of Vancouver. She spoke out on poverty, peace and women's issues. In 1994 to 1997 she worked with the Hospital Employees' Union (HEU) serving as Ombudsperson for Human Rights, Complaints Investigator and Coordinator of Human Resources. In 1997 she was elected as Member of Parliament for Vancouver East and re-elected in 2000. She is presently (2002) the federal NDP spokesperson for Housing, Children & Youth, Post-Secondary Education, Multiculturism, Urban Affairs, and Social Policy. For her work in social justice and equality issues she has been acknowledged with awards from the Vancouver and District Labour Council and the YMCA.

Term of office:
1982-1993

Phillips, Arthur

  • Person

Terms of Office:

1968-1973 (council)
1973-1977 (mayor)

Stevenson, Ada May

  • Person
  • ? - 1944

Ada Stevenson (nee Corlett) was born in Chicago, Illinois, and came to Vancouver in 1893. She opened the first kindergarten in Vancouver in 1898. She married A. E. Stevenson 1910. After his death in 1915, Ada returned to teaching at Alexandra Orphanage. She was also active in the Vancouver Manx Society. Stevenson donated Callister Park to the City in 1942.

Lever, Alan

  • Person
  • 1930-2016

Alan Lever was born May 2, 1930. Alan Lever was a member of the Vancouver Civic Museum Board and other boards concerned with the development of a city museum. He ran a business in downtown Vancouver called "Lever Antiques and Toys for Men". He died February 21, 2016

Black, Alex

  • Person

The McGibbon family were the ancestors in New Brunswick of Mrs. Alex Black.

Stephen, Alexander Maitland

  • Person
  • 1882-1942

Alexander Maitland Stephen was born and educated near Paisley, Grey Co., Ontario. In his teens he went to British Columbia where he worked on ranches and in mines before becoming a rural schoolteacher. He gained more experience in ranching and prospecting in Alberta and Mexico and then went to Chicago University where he earned a B.Sc. in architecture. He practiced his profession until the first World War, when he was sent overseas and was wounded in France. After the war, Stephen settled in Vancouver, where he took an active part in social and labour movements. He was first vice-president of the Child Welfare Association of B.C. and later served as president. He taught literature and history in the city school system. His writing and political activities occupied him until his death in July 1942. In the later 1920s he was associate editor of a weekly newspaper, "The Western Tribune". Stephen was also president of the Vancouver Poetry Society. He joined the CCF because of his advocacy of a "popular front" with the Communists. He was president of the League Against War and Fascism. In the later 1930s, Stephen organized various groups which raised funds for the people of Spain and China, as well as protesting against fascism: Spanish Defence Fund, China Aid Council, Medical Aid for China Committee, and the Embargo Council. A.M. Stephen became ill with pneumonia in March 1942 and died on 1 July 1942. Most of his works were published by J.M. Dent and Sons, a Vancouver firm whose vice-president was William Gordon Stephen, brother of A.M. Stephen. His most significant works are: The Rosary of Pan, 1923, poetry; The Voice of Canada, 1926, anthology of verse; Golden Treasury of Canadian Verse, 1927; Land of Singing Waters, 1927, poetry; The Kingdom of the Sun, 1927, novel; The Gleaming Archway, 1929, novel; Classroom Plays from Canadian History, 1929; Brown Earth and Bunch Grass, 1931, poetry; Canadian Industrial Plays, 1931; Verendrye: A Poem of the New World, 1935; Lords of the Air: Poems of the Present War, 1941.

Philip, Alexander

  • Person

Alexander Philip was a real estate agent, barrister and notary public who worked in Vancouver at the turn of the century. He had come from Glasgow, Scotland. Philip had several real estate companies between 1898 and 1904. He also served as the Clerk of the Municipality of North Vancouver from 1902, the Business manager of the B.C. Presbyterian and the B.C. Trade Budget and was Secretary for the Richmond Farmers' Institute.

Alexandra Neighbourhood House

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In 1892 the Women's Christian Temperance Union opened a home for motherless children in Vancouver. The organization was incorporated as "The Alexandra Non-Sectarian Orphanage and Home for Children" and moved to Alexandra House in Kitsilano. The orphanage was closed in 1938 and the building became Vancouver's first neighbourhood house offering a variety of recreational and social services activities for the Kitsilano area. In 1944, the Alexandra Non-Sectarian Orphanage was re-incorporated as Alexandra Community Activities to include Alexandra House, Gordon House, and Alexandra Fresh Air Camp. With the establishment of the Community Chest and Councils of the Greater Vancouver Area in 1944, these agencies became members. In 1955, the Joint Family Services Project was initiated from Alexandra House and Gordon House. In 1966, Alexandra Community Activities was reorganized as the Alexandra Neighbourhood Services Association, which then became Neighbourhood Services Association of Greater Vancouver in 1969. In the summer of 1971 and 1972 Alexandra House was used as a hostel for travelling youth. Shortly thereafter, Alexandra House was destroyed in a fire.

Purdie, Anna Grosvenor

  • Person

Anna Grosvenor Purdie taught in Vancouver schools from 1908 to 1947.

Winkelmans, Anne

  • Person

Anne (also known as Annie) Winkelmans, her husband Leopold, and their four children were long-time residents of B.C.'s lower mainland area. After W.W.II the family moved from West Vancouver to Richmond and, after spending a year in Europe in 1958, they purchased and ran a store in Lynn Valley Canyon, North Vancouver. The Winkelmans' youngest daughter, Dadye, eventually became a professional ballet dancer. Mrs. Winkelmans corresponded regularly with her daughter as she studied at the Royal Ballet School in London, and then went on to tour in Europe and the States.
In July 1961, during a visit with her parents, Dadye was killed in a hiking accident in Lynn Canyon. The Winkelmans sold the store and moved into an apartment in Vancouver. In 1981, after the death of her husband, Anne Winkelmans completed her B.A. at the University of British Columbia. In 1989, after taking a course in creative writing, she wrote her daughter's biography.

Chiffence, Annie

  • Person
  • 1898-1978

Annie Chiffence was born in Vancouver. She served in the Salvation Army 1928-1944, attaining the rank of Captain. She was a Centenary Crusader, 1928-1929 and again in 1944. In 1945 she married Neil Kirkbride. They were active members of the Alliance Tabernacle in Vancouver. Mrs. Kirkbride was also a member of the Canadian British Israel Association.

McDiarmid, Archie

  • Person
  • 1881-1957

Archibald McDiarmid was an amateur athlete who represented Canada at the 1920 summer Olympic Games. He later served as chief of Vancouver's Fire Department (1932-1941).

Grice, Art

  • Person

Art (Arthur) Grice was a professional photographer who worked under the name Art Grice; he was based in North Vancouver. Art Grice's company was named F 11 Photographics, but he signed his work with his name rather than the company name.

Smith, Arthur Gordon

  • Person
  • 1865-1944

Arthur Gordon Smith was born in Cape Town, South Africa. His father, Marcus, came to British Columbia in 1868 as engineer in charge of surveys for the CPR. Arthur Smith was educated at Upper Canada College and in 1891 he opened the first law office in Nelson, B.C. He moved to Victoria in 1892 and was appointed acting deputy attorney-general, a position he held until 1898 when he went to the Yukon to practice law. In 1905, he returned to Vancouver and in 1910 he was appointed District Registrar of Titles. Smith drafted a new Land Registry Act which was passed in 1921 and was chairman of the Town Planning Commission from 1926 to 1933. Smith retired in 1934 and died in 1944.

Morley, Ben A.R.

  • Person

King George VI and Queen Elizabeth toured Canada in 1939.

Johnson, Bernard Dodds Leitch

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  • 1904-1977

Born in Vancouver, Bernard (Barney) Leitch Johnson was the son of Captain Barney Leitch Johnson. He began serving on deep sea vessels at age 18. He obtained his foreign going masters certificate in 1928. For the next ten years, he worked for several B.C. maritime companies as a Master and Manager, primarily with Standard Oil of B.C. In 1939, Johnson joined the Royal Canadian Navy, serving on a variety of armed ships doing convoy duty. He was discharged in 1945 as a Commander. Following his discharge, he acted as Marine Superintendent for Johnson Walton Steamships and Westward Shipping. In 1955 he was appointed Manager for the Port of Vancouver and he remained in that capacity until his retirement in 1969.

Blomfield, James

  • Person
  • 1872-1951

James Blomfield, born James Alfred Bloomfield, was born in 1872 in Maidenhead, England. He studied architecture and worked as a junior draftsman before emigrating to Canada with his family in 1887 where they owned and operated the first stained glass business in British Columbia. Around 1900, James changed his surname from Bloomfield to Blomfield. He married Mary Diamond in 1902. They moved to Toronto in 1920 where he sketched and painted local scenes. James dies in 1951 at the age of 79.

Chapman, Charles Frederick

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  • 1884-1960

C.F. Chapman was an employee of a Vancouver stationery firm in 1908.

Piper, C.T.W.

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C.T.W. Piper was a building contractor originally from England who settled in Vancouver in 1898.

Broadbridge, Charles

  • Person
  • 1912-1981

Charles Broadbridge was born in Vancouver July 11, 1912. He was the son of Richard Broadbridge, a pioneer Vancouver photographer, and he had an avid interest in Vancouver history. He worked in machinery sales. He died April 2, 1981.

Christopherson, Charles J.

  • Person

Charles J. Christopherson, a Vancouver resident, was born in 1920. He was involved with the New School when it first began in 1962 and where his daughter was a student for two years. Beginning in the 1970s Christopherson was a member of the William Morris Society. He was also active in the Mount Pleasant community participating as a chairman in the Mount Pleasant Area Council, the Mount Pleasant Citizens' Committee, and the Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood Association. He was later to become president of the Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood Association.

Tate, Charles Montgomery, Reverend

  • Person

The Reverend Charles Montgomery Tate (1832-1933) was a Methodist minister who was involved in work with the First Nations of the Fraser Valley and Vancouver Island.
He was born in Northumberland, and arrived in Victoria, intending to go to the Cariboo gold fields. Instead, he went to Nanaimo and taught English to the Native Indians of the area. In 1879 he was ordained at the first Methodist Conference in Victoria. He went on to publish portions of the Scriptures in Chinook, and established the Coqualeetza Residential School in Sardis. He retired in Victoria in 1910.

Rhead, Clare

  • Person
  • 1921-?

Clare (Clarence) Rhead was born in Vancouver and attended Templeton Junior High School, which published a history of Vancouver for the Jubilee Year 1936. Rhead joined the R.C.A.F. in the war and later became a purchasing agent at Park and Tilford, North Vancouver.

Bryant, Cornelius

  • Person
  • 1838-1905

Cornelius Bryant was born in Netherton, Worcestershire and worked as a clerk for the Thorold Railway Company at Station Round Oak, Brierly Hill. He came to Nanaimo in 1857 and was a schoolmaster there for several years. He became interested in church work and was eventually ordained in the Canadian Methodist Church ca.1875. He preached first at Nanaimo, then was transferred to Granville on Burrard Inlet in 1878. He returned to Nanaimo in 1881and retired in Vancouver.

W.E. Roonie, Corporal

  • Person

Cpl. W.E. Roonie served in the first World War and apparently was wounded in 1918. No further information on Cpl. Roonie is available.

Mitchell, David Salmond Malcolm

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David Mitchell was an architect in Vancouver who worked on the old Vancouver Courthouse. He left Vancouver in 1893 to go prospecting.

Charleson, Donald Brims

  • Person
  • 1842-1928

Donald Charleson was born in Quebec and came to Vancouver in 1885. He worked in the shipping and lumber industries. In 1889 he was awarded a contract to clear the south side of False Creek by the Canadian Pacific Railway Company. He continued to do contract work for the CPR for the next seventeen years. Charleson was a Trustee on the first Vancouver School Board from 1886 to 1887 and a founder of the Vancouver Club.

Gutstein, Donald

  • Person

Donald Gutstein is a graduate architect, a teacher and an author on Vancouver politics.

Johnston, E.H. Lukin

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E. H. Lukin Johnston was a reporter for the Vancouver Province. In 1923, he was assigned, as the only non-American reporter, to report on the tour of Alaska by U.S. President, Warren G. Harding, who visited Vancouver en route.

Wilson, Edward Alexander

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Edward Alexander Wilson was born August 27, 1906, in Liverpool England. He came to Canada in 1931 at the age of 25, and after making short stays in Montreal, Winnipeg, Toronto, and the Yukon, eventually made his way to B.C. After travelling across Canada by train in 1935, Wilson worked at a variety of temporary labouring jobs, including fruit picking in the Okanagan, before eventually settling in Vancouver. During the 1930's, he supported himself by doing a wide variety of odd jobs and casual labour, including gardening, painting, wood cutting, hauling, etc., and secured temporary lodgings wherever he could afford. During the 1940's he did some work for Sun Directories, and starting about 1950 was employed by Canada Permanent Trust, retiring around 1972. Wilson never married, but in his later years, was active as a volunteer grandfather with the Volunteer Grandparents Association of Vancouver. Mr. Wilson died July 18, 1985.

Bulwer-Lytton, Edward Lytton, Baron

  • Person
  • 1803-1873

Baron Lytton was Secretary of State for the Colonies, 1858-1859, and was also a well-known novelist whose works include The Last Days of Pompeii and Richelieu.

Malkin, Elizabeth Ursula

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Elizabeth Ursula Malkin was born June 6, 1908 in Vancouver. She completed her ATCM in piano in 1928 and from 1930 to 1932 studied in Vienna. Ursula's conception of musical tradition and her interest in contemporary works were determined by her years in Austria. In the 1930s she toured British Columbia and made appearances and broadcasts in Australia. Until 1954 she was frequently a soloist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. She began teaching in 1945 and continued until the mid-1970s. She was deeply involved in setting up the School of Music at the University of British Columbia, where she completed a B Mus in 1964, and in establishing the Vancouver Academy of Music. From 1949 to 1951 she was president of the Vancouver Women's Musical Club, music committee chairman of the Community Arts Council of Vancouver from 1955 to 1958 and president of the Vancouver Junior Symphony from 1956 to 1958.

She lived with Jean McD Russell from 1945 until her death September 29, 1996.

Walker, Elizabeth

  • Person

Elizabeth Walker is a member and past president of the Vancouver Historical Society, and formerly the head of the local history collection at the Vancouver Public Library. She wrote "Street Names of Vancouver" (Vancouver Historical Society, 1999) as a result of the numerous inquiries about street histories she received at the library.

Edwardes, Emily E.

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Miss Emily E. Edwardes was in training in 1902 in Vancouver City Hospital, corner of Pender and Cambie Street. She served in the 1914-1918 war with No. 5 Canadian General Hospital. In 1920 she married Major J.S. Matthews. She died in 1948.

Cripps, Emma

  • Person

Emma Cripps was a Hamilton, Ontario poet who wrote during the last quarter of the 19th century. Her poetry was submitted to local newspapers and as far as can be determined was never published in book form.

Appelbe, Frank

  • Person
  • 1907-2004

Frank Appelbe worked for Boeing Aircraft, MacMillan-Bloedel, Mitchell Press and B.C. Hydro on publications and in public relations.

Haines, Frank Archibald

  • Person

Frank Haines served in France with the 11th Field Ambulance in World War I and in Canada with the Canadian Army in World War II.

Ramsey, Frederick A., Reverend Canon

  • Person
  • 1896-1984

Reverend Frederick Ramsey was born in England and came to Canada as a child. After being ordained in Ontario and subsequently serving in several B.C. locations, he was made Rector of St. Stephen's Anglican Church in West Vancouver in 1931. He was also Chaplain at Shaughnessy Hospital from 1949 to 1961. In 1965, he served on the Special Joint Committee on Skid Row Problems.

Simons, G.A.

  • Person

G.A. Simons was a window dresser employed at David Spencer Ltd.

Cowan, George Henry

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George H. Cowan was born June 17, 1858 in Watford, Ontario and was educated at the University of Toronto and Osgoode Hall. He was called to the bar of Ontario in 1889. He moved to British Columbia in 1893 and was called to the bar in that year. In 1894 he organized the first Conservative Association of Vancouver and was it's first secretary. He was a lawyer with several firms and the city solicitor for Vancouver and surrounding municipalities in 1907 to 1910. In politics he served as a Member of Parliament for Vancouver from 1908 to 1911 when he didn't run for re-election. He was an author and public speaker. Included among his works are "The Chinese Question in Canada" and "Better Terms for British Columbia". Cowan died September 20,1935.

Keefer, George Henry

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George Henry Keefer was born in Dufferin, Ontario, in 1865 and came to British Columbia in 1885. He was in charge of clearing the right-of-way from Port Moody to English Bay for the last stretch of the Canadian Pacific Railway. Keefer worked on other rail lines in the province and in Washington before serving in France during World War One. Over the years, Keefer found work in various locales, including building construction in San Francisco and Victoria, and prospecting in the Kootenay region. He died in 1957 at the age of 92.

Ridler, Gladys Lilian

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Gladys Ridler was a Vancouver writer and poet, writing on subjects relating to daily life, politics and current events. Many of these were published in "Letters to the Editor" sections of newspapers in the Lower Mainland.

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