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Series S462 - Records of Alderman May Brown

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Records of Alderman May Brown

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  • 1966-1986; predominant 1976-1986 (Creation)
    Brown, May

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  • 1.20 m of textual records
  • 1 embroidered banner

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(Dec. 9, 1919-Mar. 1, 2019)

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May Brown was born in 1919. She obtained degrees in physical education from McGill University, and the University of British Columbia. In 1947 she became a member of the Education Faculty at the University of British Columbia, where she remained until 1955. At that time, she left to raise her two children. From 1961 to 1976, she and husband Lorne Brown ran a private camp for boys - Camp Deka - in the Kootenays. She made her entry into Vancouver politics in the election of November 1972, when she successfully ran for a position on the Park Board, as part of The Elector's Action Movement (T.E.A.M.) slate of Art Phillips. Brown served four years as a Park Board Commissioner, the latter two as Chairman. In 1976, again as a T.E.A.M. candidate, May Brown achieved a second place finish (behind H. Rankin) in the aldermanic race, a position she maintained in every aldermanic election she contested until 1984. (Bill Yee bumped her to third place in that election.) In 1978, with Jack Volrich's decision to run for Mayor independently of T.E.A.M., Brown was persuaded to stand as the T.E.A.M. mayoral candidate. Her mayoral bid failed, but she returned as alderman in 1980, serving three terms thereafter. In 1986 she decided not to seek re-election. In addition to her many civic and community activities, May Brown was an active Liberal Party member. She served as a delegate for Vancouver Quadra to the National Liberal Leadership Convention in 1984, and was a committed John Turner supporter there. In 1986, Brown was made a member of the Order of Canada. May Brown passed away March 1, 2019.

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Series includes correspondence, speeches, posters, badges, pamphlets, memorabilia, and other material relating to Brown's various involvements: aldermanic duties from late 1980 to late 1986, T.E.A.M. organizational and campaign activities, and the 1984 Liberal Leadership Convention. Also included is a small amount of material relating to her husband's Park Board activities. Arranged by subject.

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