Fonds AM1572 - Richard Dopson fonds

Mark Mees with card sender We Are Proud (demo) Celebration '90 Vancouver Canada banner Contact sheet of Richard Dopson photographs Organizers of Team Wellington and Team Melbourne with Richard Dopson Three men at Celebration '90 event Three men at Celebration '90 event Vancouver Gay Summer Games banner Richard Dopson, Chairperson of Gay Summer Games and volleyball player Gay Games III logo Post Gay Games III dinner party Celebration '90 logo Celebration '90 logo Celebration '90 letterhead Celebration '90 medal Gay Games II closing ceremonies We Are Here to Stay!!! Gay Waves interview with Richard Dopson Federation of Gay Games founders with Celebration '90 banner John Wilson and Richard Dopson Richard Dopson Richard Dopson in Gay Games III jacket Gay Games II Team Vancouver volleyball team Gay Games II Team Vancouver members Canadian teams at Gay Games II Canadian teams at Gay Games II Team Vancouver at Gay Games II Team Vancouver at Gay Games II Richard Dopson at Gay Games II Gay Games II Team Vancouver volleyball player with Team Seattle member Gay Games II Team Vancouver members Gay Games II Team Vancouver members Contact sheet of 1985 Gay and Lesbian Summer Games photographs Contact sheet of 1985 Gay and Lesbian Summer Games photographs Richard Dopson with swimmers Richard Dopson at 1985 Gay and Lesbian Summer Games event Bag with pins 1985 Vancouver Gay and Lesbian Summer Games event Frontrunners Vancouver event 1985 running event 1985 Vancouver Gay and Lesbian Summer Games medals 1985 Vancouver Gay and Lesbian Summer Games swimmers 1985 Vancouver Gay and Lesbian Summer Games baseball event The Shaggy Horse Vancouver team 1985 Vancouver Gay and Lesbian Summer Games parade Two unidentified men 1985 Vancouver Gay and Lesbian Summer Games swimming event Spectators at 1985 Vancouver Gay and Lesbian Summer Games event Oregon baseball team Brent Nicholson Earle
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Richard Dopson fonds

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1.41 m of textual records and other material

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Richard Hart Dopson was born 22 October, 1945, in Winnipeg. He moved to Vancouver in 1975, and was hired as a school psychologist by the Vancouver School Board (VSB). He remained with the VSB for the duration of his professional career. After practising as a school psychologist for six years, he became a teacher and counsellor in a program for street youth in Downtown Vancouver for fourteen years. He then became a teacher in Distance Education, coaching teenagers on how to complete courses online, until his retirement. In addition to his work as a psychologist and educator, Dopson was also active within the community of professional psychologists. He was on the executive of the British Columbia Psychological Association (BCPA) for many years, and was also chair of the BCPA’s Promotion of the Profession (POP)/Marketing committee in 1999. From 2000 to 2001, he was president of the BCPA, as well as a member of the POP media subcommittee and chair of the BCPA Legislative Committee.

Outside of his psychology career, Dopson was an active member of the community. He was a past chair of the Family Court/Youth Justice committee and was also involved in politics, serving as the communications chair on the Vancouver Centre Liberal Executive from 2006 to 2007 for MP Hedy Fry. Despite these contributions, Dopson is perhaps most recognized within the gay and lesbian community. He played an integral part in developing gay and lesbian sports in Vancouver: Dopson helped found the Metropolitan Vancouver Athletic and Arts Association (MVAAA), which was established to bring the Gay Games to Vancouver and outside of San Francisco for the first time. Through the MVAAA, and in preparation for the Vancouver bid to host Gay Games III in 1990, Dopson was a leader in the organization of the Vancouver Gay and Lesbian Summer Games from 1983 to 1986. Following the announcement that Vancouver had won the right to host Gay Games III, Dopson became co-chair of the Celebration ’90 Gay Games III and Cultural Festival.

Dopson remained affiliated with the Gay Games after Celebration ’90, becoming a board member of Team Vancouver, Vancouver’s delegation to the Gay Games, and also the Vancouver representative to the International Federation of Gay Games. His contributions to Vancouver gay and lesbian athletics extend beyond the MVAAA and the Gay Games, however: he was chair of the Vancouver Gay Volleyball Association (VGVA) between the years of 1982 and 1984, and was also chair of the Vancouver Gay and Lesbian Centre for a period of time. His interest in the gay athletic community also led to his involvement in the Vancouver Pride Parade and Festival, as well as the police/gay-lesbian liaison committee.

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Fonds consists of records documenting Richard Dopson's involvement in gay athletics and other community activities in Vancouver. The records document his work as a leader in groups within Vancouver's gay community and as one of the principal organisers of Gay Games III, held in Vancouver in 1990. The records were acquired and created by Richard Dopson through his work with the Metropolitan Vancouver Athletics and Arts Association, the Vancouver Gay Volleyball Association, the Federation of Gay Games, and Team Vancouver, and document the administration and operations of these associations.

The fonds includes a variety of types of textual records, photographs, posters, and sound and moving image recordings.

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Fonds also includes 56 photographs, 15 posters, 7 videocassettes, 4 audio cassettes and 3 contact sheets.

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