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Marpole-Oakridge Community Association

  • [ca. 1930-2015]

On February 8, 1944, a group of Marpole community leaders met at St. Augustine’s Church to discuss the idea of having a community centre in Marople. After the meeting, the Marpole Continuation Committee was formed with 11 delegates to promote the idea. On March 20, 1944, the Committee was renamed the Marpole Community Association and the first group of board members was elected. They were:
E.A. (Ted) miles – President
C.S. (Soul) Moulds – Vice-President
J.M. Duncan – Secretary
S.G. (Garnie) Main – Treasurer

The Association was incorporated under Societies Act on June 5, 1944. The objective of the Association was to assist, develop and to foster community spirit throughout the district of Marpole. In 1945, the Park Board bought the Dr. H.W. Riggs property at 926 West 49th Avenue and leased the property to the Marpole Community Association for use as temporary and provisional community centre. This provisional community centre was opened on November 18, 1945. In the same year, Marpole Community Association also launched a $40,000 building plan of a permanent community centre located adjacent to the Reggs property on the northeast corner of Oak Park.

After years of planning and fund-raising, Marpole Community Centre was opened on December 1, 1949. The total cost was $115,000. $60,000 was raised through the Local Improvement by-law, $20,000 was put up by the Community Centre by-law and the rest was raised locally by the Marpole Community Association. The Marpole Community Centre was the first community centre built in Vancouver. In 1967, the Marpole Community Association was renamed the Marpole-Oakridge Community Association.

The Marpole-Oakridge Community Association has been operating the Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre since 1949. The Community Centre serves the needs of the community by providing various sports training classes, interest groups, social clubs and acts a as a meeting place for the residents of Marpole-Oakridge.

Wolsak, Jane

  • Person
  • 1942 -

Jane Wolsak is a Vancouver based artist and illustrator. Wolsak was born in England in 1942. She attended St. Martin's School of Art where she studied painting, and the London University Institute of Education, where she received her teaching diploma.
Wolsak moved to Canada in the 1960s, and worked as a high school art teacher until December 1969. She married and had two daughters. During this period she also spent time living in Portland Oregon, and England.
By the late 1980s, personal and financial challenges led Wolsak to focus more on her art work. Her work includes illustration projects, art work for hotels, murals, community projects, and set painting. In 1998 she began working as a courtroom illustrator; her first job was a civil copyright case involving BC artist Sarah McLachlan. She has since gone on to cover many famous and infamous cases in the greater Vancouver region.
Most of her time is spent doing acrylic painting or drawing in her studio, a shared space in East Vancouver. She self-describes her area of interest as still-life, working from subjects set up in her studio rather than from photographs, which according to Wolsak, don’t provide sufficient information. She has had shows of her work, beginning in 1989, in Vancouver and the surrounding region, Victoria, Ottawa and Toronto, including a show of her courtroom drawings at Richmond Art Gallery in 2006.
Wolsak offers the following commentary on her work as a courtroom illustrator:
“When doing my own painting and drawing I can do just as I want, whereas on some illustration jobs I'm told exactly what to do. Courtroom drawing falls in between these extremes, there are requirements, but I have some choices in the creative process. I may be constrained in court by time (brief appearances, changes in procedures), and by space (crowded courtrooms, view-line obstructions). Outside court, deadlines and camera requirements have influence. I portray the court scene as accurately as possible, I'm there in place of the, so far, still forbidden-in-court camera.
“My perhaps old fashioned classical training at art school, with much life drawing and outside sketching, provided me with skills that are useful in courtroom drawing. Now, almost intuitively, I know perspective, how clothing folds, human details, hands, ears… If I have the time I like to watch my subject for a while, in order to catch a repeated gesture, an expression.
“I had a false start in courtroom illustration with Sarah McLachlan, in 1998, a copyright claim, when the newspaper collaged a photo of her head on my drawing of her body – not good for confidence building in a new job! Later, in 1999, I met a friend of a friend, Heather Spears, who was drawing at a trial in Victoria where I was visiting. She suggested I draw at another case in session that day. I did, and managed to sell it to the Times Colonist. Confidence restored, I took my sample drawings in to CBC in Vancouver, and have been working with them, and many other media outlets, ever since.
“I'm often asked if hearing grizzly details in a court case - Pickton for instance - affects me. Luckily it doesn't. I'm concentrating very hard on the visuals (things can change very quickly), so I don't listen well. I'm not there with any continuity, and often court evidence is quite dry. The journalists pull it all together for their sometimes dramatic report.
“Courtroom illustration, as a job, is very irregular. Sometimes I've been in court a couple of times a week, then there can be no work for a couple of months, yet I need to be ready to go with an 8.00 am phone call. Since courtroom drawing has been one of my better income earners, other projects have to work around a sudden day in court.”

Joyner, James Arthur

  • Person
  • January 24, 1860-March 14, 1948

Born on the Isle of Man, UK. Worked as a commercial photographer based in Nanaimo from 1910-1922, based in Vancouver from 1924 on. Father of Henry Arthur Joyner, also a photographer. Worked for Dominion Photo Company after he moved to Vancouver.

William Reed Landscape Architect Inc.

  • Corporate body
  • ca. 1971-1994

William Reed Landscape Architect Inc. was formed as a landscape architecture firm by its principal, Vancouver landscape architect William Dale Reed (1946-1994). The firm performed design work for a wide variety of clients, including commercial and residential clients. The focus of the practice was high-end residential clients. From the 1980s, Reed often worked in association with interior designer Robert M. Ledingham, as well as a number of Vancouver architects, such as Dalla-Lana/Griffin.

William Dale Reed was born in 1946 in Mapleton, Oregon. He attended Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon, where he studied agriculture and horticulture. Before completing his degree he transferred to the landscape architecture program at the University of Oregon in Eugene.

In 1968, William Reed emigrated to Canada in order to avoid the draft. His first job was with the Vancouver office of John Lantzius, Landscape Architects. When the office downsized in 1969, Reed was offered a position as designer with Southlands Nursery by the nursery's manager, Tony Hansen (Denton F. Hansen). Reed open his own firm around 1971, though he continued to execute garden designs on behalf of Southlands until the late 1970s. Reed worked as a sole practitioner, assisted for a number of years by his wife, Valerie Ann Reed, until his death in 1994.

PEERS Vancouver Resource Society

  • 2001-2012

PEERS Vancouver Resource Society was a non-profit society established by ex-sex trade workers and community supporters. The Society was incorporated in 2001 and was formerly named Prostitutes Empowerment Education Resource Society Vancouver. The name changed to PEERS Vancouver Resource Society in 2008.

The mandates of the Society were to:

  • empower, educate and support sex trade workers
  • respect those in sex industry and work to improve their safety and working
  • assist individuals who desire to leave the sex industry and strive to increase
    public understanding

Over the years, PEERS Vancouver Resource Society was the only agency in Vancouver dedicated to help sex workers leave the sex industry. The Society helped hundreds of clients to achieve long-term life-changes through programming, public education and peer support.

After more than 10 years of services, PEERS Vancouver Resource Society was closed in 2012 due to lack of funding.

Canada. Department of Militia and Defence

  • Corporate body
  • 1906-1921

The Department of Militia and Defence was created in 1906 when the British Army withdrew its forces stationed in Canada, and became responsible for oversight of Canadian land forces, both permanent and non-permanent militias.

In 1921 the Department was succeeded by the Department of Defence, created from the merger of the Department of Militia and Defence, the Royal Canadian Navy and the Air Board (added in 1922).

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