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1948-1952 - Patsy 1 year old to 4 years old

Item is a film showing Patricia McCuaig from ages one to four years old, skating, the McCuaig family attending christenings, children's birthday parties, the family at Boundary Bay Beach and Wayne McCuaig as a baby. Other individuals identified in the film include Jean McCuaig, Kenny McCuaig, David Goodman, Marg Clarence, Dot Toombs, Lynn Drinnan, Wil McCuaig, Do McCuaig and Anna Lena McCuaig.

Sept. 1958 - July 1959

Item is a film showing Wayne McCuaig's seventh birthday party with a pony, a Halloween party, Christmas celebrations 1958, Birttania Beach with friends Laura West and Patsy McCannell, sports day at school, Patricia McCuaig playing the accordion, Queen Elizabeth opening Deas Island Tunnel (now Massey Tunnel) in July 1959, summer camp, water skiing, playing football and time with neighbours.

1960 Alert Bay - Trip to Victoria Sept. '60

Item is a film showing Alert Bay, a trip to Victoria and Weir's Beach on Vancouver Island, Elk Falls, Sproat Lake, Grey Cup Parade, Easter 1961 in Portland, Canadian Memorial United Church Sunday School Picnic at Peace Arch Park, summer at South Beach, fishing, Wayne McCuaig's tenth birthday party, family holiday to Kelowna and the boys that lived on W. 22nd Ave.

June 73 SS Picnic, Long Beach (Poor), Kids June 73 Birthday, Sept 73 [Nav], Family [return] 74-July 75

Item is a film containing home movie footage showing various scenes of children playing indoors and outdoors, beach scenes, two children's birthday parties, Timberline Ranch in Maple Ridge, Long Beach in Tofino, a trip to Barkerville, Christmas scenes and dogs playing,

Our Vacation in Vancouver

Item is a film showing a family vacation in Vancouver. The film contains title cards. People in the film include: Joe Sellers, Helen Sellers, Brenda Sellers and Wayne Sellers. Film contains scenes showing downtown Vancouver, Canadian Pacific passenger trains, Stanley Park, children swimming in outdoor pool, Mount Seymour Park, gondolas [at Mount Seymour], Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal, and a picnic with men playing ukulele.

Christmas 1975, Christmas 1976

Item is a film showing a family celebrating Christmas. Film contains scenes with children unwrapping presents, playing Twister and board games, women preparing food, kittens playing, a dachshund puppy playing, a child getting a haircut in the bathroom, and Christmas decorations. The film ends with footage of school children participating in running races, potato sack races, relay races, and three-legged races on school grounds.

Parade on Pender Street and dance performances

Item is a film showing a parade on Pender Street with people dancing and walking with banners, as well as a scene with a group posing for photographs. The second part of the film shows dance performances on an indoor stage. Writing on box suggests the performances are by the Strathcona Folk Dance group and a dance group visiting from China.

Gee How Oak Tin Bene. Assn Convention (18th) in Chicago Ill., Sept 15th 1970 - Chinook Club Picnic in Cates Park N. Van June 1970

Item is a film showing the Gee How Oak Tin Benevolent Association convention at the Chicago chapter, firecrackers and lion dancers in front of the Chicago Chinese Benevolent Association, indoor museum scenes (possibly in Chicago), exterior and parking lot of the Vancouver Museum and the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, an outdoor barbecue with games at a park with the sign "Chin-ook Fish and Game Club".

Keith Chan House Party - Poon Leong Family - Bob Lee and Mrs. Chan - Henry Young - Fraser Bridge Exhibit Park - Chin Nin Farm Winter Scene

Item is a film containing footage of a Christmas party at Keith Chan's house, Vancouver City Hall festive lights at night, a party with people gathering in a living room and kitchen, snowy scene at Vancouver's Exhibition Park on Renfrew street, a frozen river and bridge, a farm setting, people skating and playing ice hockey on a frozen pond.

Our Home Winter - Summer On The Way Our Home - Our Home 1953 - Gay Sing - Davidson - Xmas 52 Pen, Ron, Nor, Mel - Mom Birthday - Herbert Jang Par.

Item is a film showing various scenes at 1118 Powell Street including shoveling snow in front yard, mowing the lawn, teenagers and adults inside house on Christmas, a birthday party and a snowball fight. The film includes many shots of the B.C. Sugar refinery building across the street from the house 1118 Powell Street.

Jan. 1958

Item is a film showing Jean and Kenny McCuaig's trip to California with Dick and Doreen Drinnan, neon signs at night, sports day at Trafalgar Elementary School, the McCuaig family attending the christening of Kelly and Danny McCuaig, various scenes with the McCuaig children and water skiing.

Listen to the children

Item is a video recording of an educational program targeted at child caregivers entitled "Listen to the Children," produced by the Vancouver Health Department. The subject of the program is early childhood first language development.

Childcare professionals from Langara Child Development Centre discuss the importance of language development in children and the importance of intervening early when children have difficulties. Patience Towler, Vancouver Health Department Senior Speech Language Pathologist,introduces the purpose of the program: to recognize speech development issues in children, and understand when children should be referred to a language pathologist. The program then goes on to explain a general timeline for expressive language development in children; the difference between expressive language and language comprehension; skills required for language comprehension; and second or parallel language development in children. The program details how to recognize potential speech and language difficulties in children; watching children for difficulties in interactions with others; and communicating with the child's parents. This is followed by descriptions of the potential speech and language difficulties a child may have, including difficulties with pronunciation, fluency, and voice.

Vancouver (B.C.). Health Department

Healthy eating for school age children

Item is a video recording of a educational program entitled "Healthy Eating for School-Aged Children," produced by the Vancouver Health Department. Using the Canadian Guidelines for Healthy Eating as a reference, the program provides information for parents on healthy meals and snacks for children, as well as offers food shopping and storage tips. The program also describes the four food groups; healthy levels of dietary fat intake; balanced meals; and nutritious snacks. Recognizable locations within Vancouver include Nightingale Elementary School, Kingsgate Mall IGA, Chong Lee Seafood, Kam Tong Enterprises Ltd., and Sally's Cake House.

Vancouver (B.C.). Health Department

[Spencer children at Earlscourt]

Item is an amateur film documenting the Spencer children swimming in a pool and playing on the grounds of the Spencer family ranch at Lytton, B.C. Film documents Gertrude Spencer and her children Isabell Louise, Trudean, Barbara, Diana, and Victor Vance.

[Spencer] family [at Aberthau]

Item is an amateur film documenting the Spencer family in the gardens of their home at 1750 Trimble St. in Vancouver. Film documents Colonel and Mrs. Victor Spencer, and children Isabell Louise, Trudean, Barbara, Diana, and Victor Vance.

[Spencer children]

Item is an amateur film documenting Isabell Louise (?), Trudean (?), Diana, Barbara, and Victor Vance Spencer at a picnic, riding horses, and swimming in the pool at Earlscourt.

[Spencer] family

Item is an amateur film documenting the Spencer children and their grandfather R.V. Winch playing at Jericho Beach in Vancouver. Hangars of the Royal Canadian Air Force Base are visible. The film also documents a gathering of people and automobiles in a wooded area. An accompanying handwritten note reads "John, Victor, Grandpa at beach" and "Groups of people and old cars (a lot of Chinese people)".

Family winter at Aberthau

Item is an amateur film documenting members of the Spencer family riding in a rowboat and the family playing in the snow and sledding near the family home at 1750 Trimble Street. The film documents Colonel Victor and Gertrude Spencer, and their children Isabell Louise, Barbara, Diana, Victor Vance, and John Fife. A handwritten note in the film box reads "Family winter at Aberthau- John-Baby".

John and Victor

Item is an amateur film documenting Colonel Victor Spencer and children Isabell Louise, Diana, Barbara, Victor Vance, John Fife, and possibly Trudean riding bicycles around the grounds of Aberthau. Later footage documents John and Victor Vance Spencer in the Aberthau gardens. A handwritten note in the film box reads "John + Victor. Little guys".

Lytton

Item is an amateur film documenting the Spencer children in the swimming pools and on the grounds of Earlscourt ranch at Lytton, B.C. Film documents Gertrude Spencer and children Isabell Louise, Trudean, Diana, Barbara, Victor Vance, and John Fife.

At the farm

Item is an amateur film documenting Diana, Barbara, Victor Vance, and John Fife Spencer swimming in the pool at Earlscourt, and children with horses.

[Children]

Item is an amateur film documenting Gertrude Spencer visiting an estate with a large group of children, possibly including Diana and Barbara Spencer.

Ranch house party [and] farm weekend

Item is an amateur film documenting Gertrude, Isabell Louise, Victor Vance, and John Fife Spencer at the Earlscourt ranch in Lytton, B.C. Film documents family members playing tennis, performing yard work, and swimming in a swimming pool.

Farm winter

Item is an amateur film documenting Diana and Barbara Spencer pulling their brother John Fife on a sled in the snow at the Earlscourt ranch in Lytton, B.C. Film also shows children ice skating.

Ann, John, Victor at Lytton

Item is an amateur film documenting Diana, Barbara, Victor Vance, John Fife, and Elizabeth Ann in the swimming pools at Earlscourt, and Elizabeth Ann on the lawn and playing with ducks. Accompanying note reads "Ann John Victor at Lytton" and "Ann with ducks when she's in her birthday suit".

Uncle Charlie [and] baby

Item is an amateur film documenting children sledding, likely Diana, Barbara, Victor Vance, and John Fife Spencer. Film also documents women sunbathing , the gardens at Aberthau (?), and Elizabeth Ann on the lawn at Aberthau with a man, likely Gertrude Spencer's brother, Charles Winch.

[Spencer family at Vancouver International Airport]

Item is an amateur film documenting the Spencer family gathered at Vancouver International Airport as Colonel Victor Spencer departs. Film documents Col. Victor Spencer boarding an airliner, as well as Gertrude and Elizabeth Ann Spencer, and Isabell Winch in front of the Administration Building. The film also shows Elizabeth Ann at Aberthau, and John Fife and Elizabeth Ann playing in the snow.

[Spencer children at Earlscourt]

Item is an amateur film documenting the Spencers at the family ranch in Lytton, B.C. Film documents John Fife and Elizabeth Ann swimming, and Barbara, Elizabeth Ann, and John Fife playing in the gardens. Film also shows the outside of the family home, and Colonel Victor and Gertrude Spencer.

[Earlscourt 1935 with guests]

Item is an amateur film documenting members of the Spencer family at the Earlscourt ranch in Lytton, B.C. Film documents Elizabeth Ann playing on the lawn, people playing tennis, John Fife and Elizabeth Ann Spencer swimming, Gertrude Spencer at the swimming pool, and R.V. Winch reading inside the house.

Stanley Park highlights

Item is a documentary film documenting Stanley Park including recreational activities and special events in the park. The film contains footage of traffic entering Stanley Park, Lions Gate Bridge viewed from the park, totem poles, as well as scenes of trees and flower gardens that show the park in bloom. The film documents people engaging in a variety of the park?s recreational activities as well such as horse back riding, walking, playing cricket, purchasing ice-cream from the ice-cream stand, golfing, swimming and playing in the water at the beach. The film also contains footage of track and field sports taking place at Brockton Oval including shot-put, discus, running races, high jumping, and pole-jumping. In addition, the film documents a visit to the park by Princess Elizabeth and her husband Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, as well as people building the sea wall. Children are also featured in the park playing on the playground equipment, riding the Stanley Park Miniature Railway, and interacting with the animals at the petting zoo. Various animals in Stanley Park and the zoo are also documented including swans, ducks, raccoons, monkeys, sea lions, penguins, sea otters and a peacock.

Our outdoor heritage

Item is a documentary film documenting Vancouver's parks in 1940. This film names Vancouver the "Playground City of the North West" and contains footage of Stanley Park, Connaught Park, Douglas Park, Devonshire Park, Shaughnessy Park, Memorial West Park, Memorial South Park, Almond Park, Hastings Community Park, Grandview Park, Trout Lake, Queen Elizabeth Park, Tatlow Park, Thornton Park, Hadden Park, Burrard View Park, Maple Grove Park, Sunset Nursery, Victory Square Park, Beaver Lake Park as well as Vancouver's beaches including English Bay, Kitsilano Beach, Second Beach, Spanish Banks and Locarno Beach. The film also features Stanley Park including footage of typical scenes at the entrance and causeway, the Administration Offices of the parks system, primeval forest scenes, blossom time in the rockeries and gardens, Lost Lagoon, Prospect Point, Lions Gate Bridge, the totem poles and a view of Stanley park from afar. As well, the film documents the locations of the free swimming classes provided by Vancouver?s newspapers at Lumberman?s Arch Pool, Kitsilano Pool, New Brighton Pool and Maple Grove Pool. Vancouver?s playgrounds are also documented with footage of children playing in the playgrounds at Memorial South Playground, Norquay Playground, Robson Playground and McLean Playground. In addition, this film documents a variety of recreational activities that take place in Vancouver?s parks including swimming, sunbathing, boating, diving, folk dancing, tennis, golfing (at Fraser Golf Course), walking, lawn bowling, horse-shoe pitching, model yacht racing, cricket, playing games, enjoying the park's fauna and flora (in both summer and autumn), picnicking and having BBQs. Special events such as symphonies, Dress-up Day, the Annual Sandbox Contest, and the annual Soap-box Derby are also documented.

Stanley Park railway

Item is a documentary film documenting the Stanley Park Miniature Railway and other recreational activities in the park. The b&w footage of this film documents the construction of the miniature railway including bulldozing of the land and building of the railway tracks. It also contains footage of a ceremony involving hammering in the last spike as well as footage of the train running along the tracks in full operation carrying passengers and arriving at a station filled with crowds of people waiting to take a ride. The colour footage of this film documents other recreational activities in the park such as people doing arts and crafts, archery, and the 19th Annual Sandbox Contest. Collingwood Park is also documented in the film with footage of children participating in a tug of war and high jump. There is also footage of an unidentified ceremony involving a musical band, flag raising and balloon releasing.

Handicapped summer playground program

Item is a documentary film documenting the Handicapped Summer Playground Program of 1963. Film contains footage of the B.C. Society for Crippled Children?s bus which transports the children to the park as well as footage of the children participating in activities such as playing games and eating lunch.

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