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Fonds AM1678 - Kerrisdale Community Centre Society fonds

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Kerrisdale Community Centre Society fonds

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  • 1943-2000 (Creation)
    Kerrisdale Community Centre Society

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1 m of textual records

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(1943 -)

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On October 20, 1942, a group of 250 dedicated Kerrisdale residents met in the Point Grey Junior High School to discuss a plan of providing recreational facilities for the families in Kerrisdale. The result of the discussion was the formation of the Point Grey Community Centre Society, which is now known as the Kerrisdale Community Society. The Society was incorporated under the Societies Act of BC on January 6, 1943. Founding Board members included: Austin Macdonald (President), John Wickson (Vice-President), E.E. Barnes (Treasurer), S.A. Cracknell (Secretary), Ian Cameron (Solicitor), L. Creery (Solicitor), Paul N. Whitley (Solicitor), R.T. Chave (Solicitor), S.E. Turvey (Solicitor), and Bert Hoy (Solicitor).

The Society’s main objective was to promote the plan for a community centre to serve the needs of the residents in Kerrisdale. The Society selected a site located at West 41st Avenue and East Boulevard, which was known as Strathcona Gardens, for the centre. The Society launched the first step of the plan by conducting a door to door fundraising for a skating arena. As a result of the public fundraising and plebiscites in 1947 and 1948, the Kerrisdale Arena, which costed $400,000, was opened on November 11, 1949, and was operated by the Society until 1974.

In 1950, the Society’s proposal for building a $375,000 community centre was approved by a local improvement bylaw. According to the proposal, the community centre was planned to be built at the site located at West 42nd Avenue and West Boulevard which was the location of the old Point Grey Municipal Hall. The project was approved by the City Council in 1953 and the building on the Kerrisdale Community Centre began in March 1954. In the same year, Point Grey Community Centre Society was renamed to the Kerrisdale Community Centre Society. After a year of construction, the Kerrisdale Community Centre was opened on April 17, 1955. A swimming pool was added to the Centre in 1956.

The Kerrisdale Community Centre Society has been operating the Kerrisdale Community Centre since 1955. 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 Kerrisdale. Other accomplishments of the Kerrisdale Community Centre Society include the opening of a Seniors’ Activity Centre in December 1986 and completion of a major renovation for the Community Centre in 1999.

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Fonds consists of records relating to the operation of the Kerrisdale Community Centre Society. Record types include incorporation certificates, newspaper clippings, annual reports, financial statements, board meeting minutes and standing committee minutes.

The fonds has been organized into the following series: Point Grey Community Centre Society meeting minutes, Kerrisdale Community Centre Society meeting minutes, Publications and scrapbooks, and annual reports and financial statements.

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Donated by the Kerrisdale Community Society in 2018


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  • English

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