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Cortes Ecoforestry Society fonds

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Cortes Ecoforestry Society fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Type
textual records
object
graphic material
ephemera
Accession Number
2017.011
Date Range
1988-2006
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of documents created and accrued by CES between 1988 and 2006, including financial statements, correspondence, meeting minutes, notes, maps, reports, legal documents, and publications. It includes 62 files arranged in thirteen series following the original order of the material.
Part Of
Cortes Ecoforestry Society fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Creator
Cortes Ecoforestry Society
Fonds Number
2017.011
Accession Number
2017.011
Material Type
textual records
object
graphic material
ephemera
Date Range
1988-2006
Physical Description
.6 m of textual records (2 boxes) 29 photographs : col.
Extent
0.6
History / Biographical
The Cortes Ecoforestry Society (CES) was incorporated in March 1999, under the following mission statement: "To work in partnership with the Klahoose First Nation, to gain community stewardship of the working forest lands on Cortes to create perpetual ecological and economic benefits for the entire community, and to serve as a model for sustainable ecoforestry." Preceding names for the organization include Cortes Island Forestry Committee (ca. 1988-1990), Cortes Island Forest Resource Committee (c. 1990) and Cortes Island Forest Committee (ca. 1991-1999). A draft document from October 1991 states that, "[T]he Cortes Island Forest Committee (CIFC) was formed in 1988. The purposes of the CIFC are to develop ecologically responsible and balanced forest use of Cortes Island forests, to develop a sustainable forest-based economy, to educate ourselves and the public regarding appropriate use of Cortes Island forests, and to work towards a broad based public consensus for the use of these forests." In July 1999 Klahoose First Nation and CES signed an unprecedented Memorandum of Understanding, stating that the two parties would work together to create a community forest that used eco-system forestry. In 1999 and 2000 the Cortes Ecoforestry Society began planning and preparing a community forest proposal. In 2003, volume was made available for small community tenures, including Woodlot Licences and Community Forest Agreements (CFAs). Klahoose supported the efforts to revitalize the community forest proposal and a small, voluntary advisory group was formed (Bruce Ellingsen, Chief Kathy Francis, Liz Richardson and Ron Wolda). To ensure the proposal was seen to be inclusive of all islanders, the proponent name was changed to the Cortes Island Community Forest advisory group. The community forest proposal stalled, and CES, which at one point had a membership of 400 residents supporting their goals, became less active. In May of 2011, the Cortes Community Forest Advisory Group was invited to apply for a Community Forest Agreement (CFA) by the Minister of Forests, and in September 2013 the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations issued a Community Forest Agreement to the Cortes Forestry General Partnership, which was established on June 2012. The Cortes Forestry General Partnership is managed and governed equally by two partners, the Klahoose Forestry No. 2 Limited Partnership (KF2LP) and the Cortes Community Forest Co-operative. The tenure agreement lasts for 25 years and encompasses 3,869 hectares of crown land, about 35% of the island. The Klahoose Nation holds ancestral tenure over Cortes Island. They are currently at stage 4 in the process of negotiating a treaty agreement with the province of British Columbia and Canadian government.
Custodial History
Donated to CIMAS on Dec. 16, 2017 by David Shipway.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of documents created and accrued by CES between 1988 and 2006, including financial statements, correspondence, meeting minutes, notes, maps, reports, legal documents, and publications. It includes 62 files arranged in thirteen series following the original order of the material.
Storage Range
1-1 - 2-35 Photograph Box
Name Access
Cortes Ecoforestry Society
Subject Access
Community Associations
Geographic Access
Cortes Island
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Cortes Emergency First Aid Service fonds

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Cortes Emergency First Aid Service fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Type
textual records
Date Range
1988-1993
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of records of the Cortes Emergency First Aid Service (CEFAS) including the constitution, meeting agendas, correspondence, survey responses and attendant schedules. It is arranged in three series: Administrative Records, Correspondence and Survey Responses.
Part Of
Cortes Emergency First Aid Service fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Fonds Number
2012.001
Material Type
textual records
Date Range
1988-1993
Physical Description
5 cm of textual records
History / Biographical
In 1988, concerned members of the Cortes community formed the Cortes Island First Aid Society (CIFAS). They were trained in basic first aid and provided volunteer service to the island for the next four years. In 1992, the British Columbia Ambulance Service opened a station on Cortes which continued and expanded that service.
Custodial History
Bonnie MacDonald held these records from the time of her involvement in the founding of CEFAS; she donated them to CIMAS.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of records of the Cortes Emergency First Aid Service (CEFAS) including the constitution, meeting agendas, correspondence, survey responses and attendant schedules. It is arranged in three series: Administrative Records, Correspondence and Survey Responses.
Storage Location
Small Box 2
Storage Range
1-1 - 1-7
Subject Access
Health care
Community Associations
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Cortes Island Ratepayers Association fonds

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Cortes Island Ratepayers Association fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Type
cartographic material
textual records
Accession Number
2000.003
Date Range
1963-1984
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of the records of the Cortes Island Ratepayers Association, an organization of the property owners and residents of Cortes Island from 1963 to 1984. They include administrative documents such as the constitution and membership lists, minutes of CIRA meetings, annual reports, newsletters to members, correspondence and materials related to the provision of services, land use planning and other issues of island concern. The fonds is composed of the following series: Administrative Documents; Minutes; Financial; Newsletters and Notices; Correspondence; Subject; Community Planning and Land Use (Advisory Planning Commission); Clippings; and Maps and Plans.
Part Of
Cortes Island Ratepayers Association fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Fonds Number
2000.003
Accession Number
2000.003
Material Type
cartographic material
textual records
Date Range
1963-1984
Physical Description
94 cm. of textual records and 5 cm. of maps
Extent
94 cm
History / Biographical
The Cortes Island Ratepayers Association (CIRA) was an association of property owners and residents formed in 1963 to "further the development of the island and to have a representative body in dealing with the Provincial government." The first activity initiated by CIRA was to lobby the provincial government for the provision of electricity and ferry service to Cortes Island. Their efforts met with success. Electricity was brought to the island in 1970 and ferry service from Quadra Island to Cortes Island began in 1969. CIRA also became an important forum for the discussion of other important services on Cortes Island, including roads, fire protection, garbage disposal, water quality, rural mail delivery and library facilities. As a result of CIRA's efforts to bring electricity to Cortes Island, in 1967 the Minister of Municipal Affairs, Dan Campbell, designated Cortes Island a Local Improvement District. This made Cortes Island into a legal entity for the purpose of negotiating with the province for electrical power. In that same year, Minister Campbell invited CIRA to participate in discussions and committee work on the formation of a regional district level of government. In 1968, Cortes Island was designated 'Electoral Area I' in the Regional District of Comox-Strathcona (RDCS) with an elected director. Under this system, a Regional Director is elected who in turn sits on the Board of the RDCS. Each Regional Director appoints an Advisory Planning Commission (APC), a committee of island residents who advise the Director on matters of island concern. In 1968, CIRA determined that the elected members of the executive of CIRA would form the APC for Cortes Island. This arrangement lasted until the dissolution of CIRA in 1984. The first zoning by-law was completed in 1970 and an Official Settlement Plan and zoning by-law in 1979. In 1982, CIRA initiated a court case against Raven Lumber for non-compliance with the Cortes Island Official Settlement Plan and zoning by-law. CIRA won the case upon appeal, but in 1984 an Order in Council allowed Raven Lumber to proceed with their development. The court case had absorbed a great deal of CIRA energy and fund raising effort over a four year period. At the General Meeting in November, 1984 there were no candidates willing to stand for the executive. CIRA was declared inactive at that meeting and was never reactivated.
Custodial History
During the term of the last president of CIRA, the records were kept in the Gorge Harbour Community Hall on Cortes Island. After the dissolution of the CIRA in 1984, the records continued to be stored in the hall. The records were transferred to the Cortes Island Museum and Archives by the Whaletown Community Club (owner of the hall) in 2000.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of the records of the Cortes Island Ratepayers Association, an organization of the property owners and residents of Cortes Island from 1963 to 1984. They include administrative documents such as the constitution and membership lists, minutes of CIRA meetings, annual reports, newsletters to members, correspondence and materials related to the provision of services, land use planning and other issues of island concern. The fonds is composed of the following series: Administrative Documents; Minutes; Financial; Newsletters and Notices; Correspondence; Subject; Community Planning and Land Use (Advisory Planning Commission); Clippings; and Maps and Plans.
Storage Range
1-1 - 3-55
Name Access
Cortes Island Ratepayers Association
Subject Access
Ferries
Transportation
Local governments
Water transport
Community Associations
Geographic Access
Cortes Island
Related Material
Regional Director of Electoral Area I (Cortes Island) fonds Gilean Douglas fonds
Finding Aid
File list available
Arrangement
Materials were received in their original file folders, however the files were not in any discernible order. In the absence of original order, materials were arranged by function and subject at the series level and chronologically within series.
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Cortes Island Seniors' Building Society fonds

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Cortes Island Seniors' Building Society fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Type
textual records
ephemera
graphic material
architectural drawing
cartographic material
Accession Number
2013.005
Date Range
1989-1997
Scope and Content
Fonds consists material generated by the Cortes Island Seniors' Building Society and includes meeting minutes, administrative records, research materials, correspondence, ephemera, maps, plans, and publications of the Cortes Island Seniors' Building Society, as well as some records of the Cortes Island Old Age Pensioners' Organization. Fonds is arranged into ten series, following the original order of the records.
Part Of
Cortes Island Seniors' Building Society fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Creator
Cortes Island Seniors' Building Society
Fonds Number
2013.005
Accession Number
2013.005
Material Type
textual records
ephemera
graphic material
architectural drawing
cartographic material
Date Range
1989-1997
Physical Description
30 cm. of textual records and other material
Extent
.3 m
History / Biographical
In 1987, members of the Cortes Island Old Age Pensioners' Organization incorporated the Cortes Island Seniors' Building Society (currently known as the Cortes Island Senior's Society) with the following stated purposes: (a) to operate a facility where persons aged 65 years or older, or persons between 55 and 65 years of age who are in need, can improve their health through physical and other acitivity; (b) to operate a residential housing facility for such persons; (c) to carry on social activities incidental to the above purposes, but not to own, operate or manage a social club. The records of the Cortes Island Seniors' Building Society provide useful insight into their process of envisioning the future of seniors' housing on Cortes Island.
Custodial History
Donated by Ruth Zwickel on behalf of the Cortes Island Senior's Society in 2013.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists material generated by the Cortes Island Seniors' Building Society and includes meeting minutes, administrative records, research materials, correspondence, ephemera, maps, plans, and publications of the Cortes Island Seniors' Building Society, as well as some records of the Cortes Island Old Age Pensioners' Organization. Fonds is arranged into ten series, following the original order of the records.
Storage Location
1-1 to 1-35
Storage Range
1-1 to 1-35
Name Access
Cortes Island Seniors' Building Society
Subject Access
Seniors
Community Associations
Health care
Geographic Access
Cortes Island
Finding Aid
File list available
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Cortes Island Transportation Committee fonds

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Cortes Island Transportation Committee fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Type
textual records
Accession Number
2012.002
Date Range
1993
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of a summary of the results of a questionnaire regarding ferry service composed by the Transportation Committee and sent to Cortes Island residents; the original questionnaires returned by islanders; and notes on other transportation issues such as road pavement and boat launch sites.
Part Of
Cortes Island Transportation Committee fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Creator
Cortes Island Transportation Committee
Fonds Number
2012.002
Accession Number
2012.002
Material Type
textual records
Date Range
1993
Physical Description
4 cm of textual records
Extent
4 cm
History / Biographical
A District of Campbell River meeting March 22, 1993 took place in the Campbell River Hall. Present at that meeting were the Chairman of the B.C. Ferry Corporation; Peter Hughes, Operations Manager BC Ferry Corporation for North Islands; representative of the Campbell River Council and Campbell River School District; Gretchen Brewin, Chair Community Relations Committee; Colin Gabelman and his Executive Assistant; various B.C. Ferry Corp personnel including the person responsible for docks and terminals; and Jim Abrams and Ralph Nursall representing the Regional District. At that meeting Peter Hughes recommended that Cortes Islanders form a Transportation Committee to liaison with B.C. Ferry Corp. When Ralph returned to Cortes Island he spoke with a number of people he thought might be interested in forming the backbone of such an Island Committee. Eight of the 20+ people Ralph had contacted attended an April 21, 1993 Cortes Island preliminary meeting--Joanne Weyler, Sabina Mense, Joan Bevington, Ken Ferguson, Herbert Havelaar, Norm Gibbons, Tom Bennet and Dick Teams. What was discussed was the convening of a Transportation Committee meeting to bring together all those Islanders interested in transportation issues on the island. No one at that meeting volunteered to convene such a meeting. Ralph contacted then acting Operation Manager for B.C. Ferry Corp., Capt. Norman Craddock, and made arrangements for a public meeting with Capt. Craddock in attendance to answer questions from the floor. Joanne Weyler advertised the event through the Cortes Classifieds. The May 12, 1993 Transportation Committee consisted of all those who attended that public meeting held at the Gorge Hall. The high turnout (50+) indicated an intense interest in transportation issues on the Island and there was a spirited exchange of questions and answers. Before this meeting, Dennis Mense had agreed to act as convener for an Executive of the Transportation Committee and Ralph Nursall asked for volunteers to serve on the Executive. Volunteers included Harry Breurkens, Glen Carleton, Norm Gibbons, Bertha Jeffery, Ted Pudden, Carol Reese and Joanne Weyler. [ . . . ] The "mandate" for the Committee and its Executive, as expressed by Ralph Nursall, as as follows: "[I]t is intended that the Transportation Committee be an independent, community committee operating as it sees fit to collect opinions of Islanders to transport to the B.C. Ferry Corp. and getting information from the Corporation for Islanders. [ . . . ] the Committee will also interest itself in Highways and other transportation matters of the Island." (From "Cortes Island Transportation Committee Background Information," in Regional Director fonds)
Custodial History
The material was compiled by the Cortes Island Transportation Committee. It was made available to islanders at the Manson's Landing library, and later transferred to CIMAS.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of a summary of the results of a questionnaire regarding ferry service composed by the Transportation Committee and sent to Cortes Island residents; the original questionnaires returned by islanders; and notes on other transportation issues such as road pavement and boat launch sites.
Storage Location
Small Box 2
Storage Range
1-8 to 1-11
Name Access
Cortes Island Transportation Committee
Subject Access
Ferries
Transportation
Water transport
Community Associations
Geographic Access
Cortes Island
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Cortes Island Women's Institute

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Part Of
Island Women's Club fonds
Description Level
Sous-fonds
Material Type
textual records
graphic material
sound recording
object
Accession Number
2009.001
Date Range
1982-2000
Scope and Content
Sous-fonds consists of records of the Cortes Island Women's Institute. It is arranged in nine series: Minutes, Reports, Financial, Administrative Records, Correspondence, Subject Files, Ephemera, Photographs and Artifacts.
Part Of
Island Women's Club fonds
Description Level
Sous-fonds
Creator
Cortes Island Women's Institute
Fonds Number
2009.001.3
Sous Fonds Number
2009.001.1
Accession Number
2009.001
Material Type
textual records
graphic material
sound recording
object
Date Range
1982-2000
Physical Description
18 cm of textual records
Extent
.2 m
History / Biographical
The Cortes Island Women's institute was formed in 1984. Although Cortes Island had historically been difficult to traverse, and the communities consequently insular, by the 1980s the road systems were such that "a Women's Institute for the whole of Cortes Island" seemed to make sense. CIWI was founded with the bank balance of a Manson's Landing service group called the Ladies Guild, which was founded in the 1940s. When membership and activity in the guild declined in the 1970s, the focus was shifted to a renovation and addition to Manson's Hall. Once the Hall had been sufficiently updated, it was thought that the remaining funds might be put to use "creating an instrument for better communication between all our women and a chance to work together in the community". Charter members of the CIWI were Heather Berry, Peggye Newsham, Maryann McCoy, Linda Hendricks, and Mary Block.
Custodial History
Records were donated to CIMAS by the Island Women's Club in 2009.
Scope and Content
Sous-fonds consists of records of the Cortes Island Women's Institute. It is arranged in nine series: Minutes, Reports, Financial, Administrative Records, Correspondence, Subject Files, Ephemera, Photographs and Artifacts.
Storage Range
2-21 to 3-4
Name Access
Cortes Island Women's Institute
Subject Access
Women's Institute
Community Associations
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Cortez Bay Women's Auxiliary fonds

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Part Of
Cortez Bay Womens' Auxiliary fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Type
textual records
Date Range
1951-1953
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of one minute book containing minutes of meetings of the Cortez Bay Womens' Auxiliary.
Part Of
Cortez Bay Womens' Auxiliary fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Creator
Cortez Bay Womens' Auxiliary fonds
Fonds Number
2005.001
Material Type
textual records
Date Range
1951-1953
Physical Description
1 file
History / Biographical
The Cortez Bay Women's Auxiliary (of the Anglican Church) was founded in November, 1951, around the same time that chapters were formed in Whaletown and Manson's Landing.
Custodial History
Donated in 1990 by Sheila Stoppa, the daughter of Ellen Musclow, who was the secretary/treasurer of the organization.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of one minute book containing minutes of meetings of the Cortez Bay Womens' Auxiliary.
Storage Location
CIMAS Archives Collection box
Storage Range
1-1
Name Access
Cortes Bay
Blind Creek
Columbia Coast Mission
Subject Access
Columbia Coast Mission
Community Associations
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Friends of Cortes Island Society

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Part Of
Friends of Cortes Island Society fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Type
textual records
Accession Number
2013.004
Date Range
1996-2002
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of records of Friends of Cortes Island Society and includes meeting minutes, administrative documents, correspondence, notes, and publications created by FOCI between 1996 and 2001. It comprises 15 files arranged into 9 series; original order has been maintained.
Part Of
Friends of Cortes Island Society fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Creator
Friends of Cortes Island Society
Fonds Number
2013.004
Accession Number
2013.004
Material Type
textual records
Date Range
1996-2002
Physical Description
10 cm of textual records
Extent
0.1 m
History / Biographical
Friends of Cortes Island Society, also known as FOCI, registered as a society in 1990, with the mandate of protecting the physical environment of Cortes Island and adjacent land in the context of ongoing and proposed residential and industrial development. FOCI "exists to monitor and preserve the health of local ecosystems, and to provide educational programs that foster a greater understanding of the natural environment". Their purposes are as follows:
To identify environmentally sensitive areas, particularly on Cortes and neighbouring islands.
To monitor and protect wildlife and the safeguarding of its natural habitat.
To promote the protection of the forests, lakes, streams and critical watersheds and the enhancement of fish stocks where appropriate.
To promote the study and preservation of the cultural heritage and historical landmarks of the area.
To provide educational programs that relate to ecological understanding and appreciation of the environment. FOCI has worked with many local and provincial organisations, most notably Cortes Ecoforestry Society (CES). Other colleagues include Linnaea Farm Society, Southern Cortes Community Association, Whaletown Community Club, BC Parks, Environmental Youth Team, the Cortes Island Museum & Archives Association, and EcoAction Community Funding Program.
Custodial History
Records were donated by Sarah Downey, on behalf of FOCI, on 27 August 2013.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of records of Friends of Cortes Island Society and includes meeting minutes, administrative documents, correspondence, notes, and publications created by FOCI between 1996 and 2001. It comprises 15 files arranged into 9 series; original order has been maintained.
Storage Location
1-1 to 1-15
Storage Range
1-1 to 1-15
Name Access
FOCI
Friends of Cortes Island
Subject Access
Community Associations
Geographic Access
Cortes Island
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Gilean Douglas fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Type
textual records
graphic material
cartographic material
ephemera
Accession Number
1999.001
Date Range
1904-1993 (predominant 1948-1993)
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of the personal records of Gilean Douglas which were produced and received during her personal and literary activities. There is some material dating from Douglas's early life, but the bulk of it dates from 1948 to 1993 and directly concerns her life on Cortes Island. Because of Douglas's involvement in the public life of the island, and her interest in local history, her papers contain a great deal of information about the political, community and social life of Cortes Island, particularly the Whaletown area. Fonds is composed of eighteen series: Manuscripts; Correspondence; Literary Records; Regional Director for Area I (Cortes Island); Women's Institute; Women's Auxiliary of the Anglican Church; School District #72; Whaletown Community Club; Channel Rock; Research; "The Log" of the Columbia Coast Mission; Journals and Notebooks; Illustrations and Sketches; Ephemera; Clippings; Maps; Albums; Photographs.
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Title based on contents of the fonds.
Part Of
Gilean Douglas fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Creator
Douglas, Gilean
Fonds Number
1999.001
Accession Number
1999.001
Material Type
textual records
graphic material
cartographic material
ephemera
Date Range
1904-1993 (predominant 1948-1993)
Physical Description
1.9 m of textual records; ca. 2,352 photographic records (1147 prints : b&w and col. - ca. 560 negatives : b&w and col. negatives ; 35 mm and 14 x 11 cm or smaller - 645 slides : col. slides ; 35 mm); 1 cm of graphic material; 8 maps.
Extent
1.9
History / Biographical
Gilean Douglas was born in Toronto, Ont. In 1900. Orphaned at the age of 16, she began to work as a free-lance writer and photographer. Over her lifetime her work appeared in more than 200 publications, often published under pseudonyms (Grant Madison, Armoral Kent and Jill MacLean). Douglas published eight books of poetry and three books of non-fiction, and, from 1961 to 1992, wrote a regular column, “Nature Rambles”, for the Victoria Times-Colonist. In 1939, following the collapse of her third marriage, Douglas moved from Ontario to an isolated cabin in the mountains near Hope, B.C. Her first two books of nature writing (one published under the name Grant Madison) document her life there. Her cabin was destroyed by fire in 1947 and two years later she moved to a 138-acre waterfront homestead on Cortes Island with her fourth husband, Philip Douglas, (née Major). Her marriage ended in 1953, but she remained there until her death in 1993. Her home at Channel Rock was isolated, with no road access and no electricity. Douglas had a large garden, and supplemented her writing income by selling produce and plants. She was a volunteer Weather Observer for Environment Canada for 33 years, receiving several awards for her service. Starting in the 1960s, her writing centered increasingly on her life at Channel Rock. Her "Nature Rambles" columns and book "The Protected Place" reflect her life on the island. During her years on Cortes Island, Douglas took a leading role in community affairs and local politics. She held office in several community organizations and acted as a school trustee. As a member of the Women's Institute, she held local, district, provincial and national office, edited a book on its history, and was awarded a Life Membership in 1989. Douglas was a member of the first Cortes Island Advisory Planning Commission and represented Cortes on the Regional Board of Comox-Strathcona as Alternate Director from 1968 to 1973 and as Director from 1973 until 1977. List of Book Publications: 1952 Now the Green Word (Wings Press, Mill Valley, Ca.) 1953 Poetic Plush (The Story Book Press, Dallas, Texas) 1953 River For My Sidewalk (by “Grant Madison”; J. M. Dent & Sons, Toronto, Ont.) 1954 The Pattern Set (Quality Press, Montreal, Quebec) 1959 Modern Pioneers (a history of the Women's Institute, ed. by Douglas; Evergreen Press) 1967 Seascape With Figures (Prairie Press, Iowa City, Iowa) 1973 Now In This Night (Harlo Press, Detroit, Mi.) 1978 Silence Is My Homeland (Stackpole Books, Harrisburg, Pa.) 1979 The Protected Place (Gray’s Publishing, Sidney, B.C.) 1982 Prodigal (Harbour Publishing, Madeira Park, B.C.) 1984 River For My Sidewalk (by Gilean Douglas; Sono Nis Press) 1985 Kodachromes at Midday (Sono Nis Press) 1992 Seascape With Figures - Poems Selected and New (Sono Nis Press)
Custodial History
Upon Douglas’ death in 1993 her papers were gathered from her house by her literary executor, Gillian Milton. Douglas’ will directed that her papers and photographs be turned over to the University of British Columbia (Douglas’ primary beneficiary), after being examined and used for literary purposes including publication or biography. Accordingly, Milton inventoried the records, and with Andrea Lebowitz made use of them for a biography and anthology of the writings of Douglas, "Gilean Douglas: Writing Nature, Finding Home" (Lebowitz and Milton, Sono Nis Press, 1999). The textual records were turned over to University of British Columbia Library Rare Books and Special Collections in December 1999; the photographic records in 2002. By agreement with UBC, the records and photographs which have to do primarily with Cortes Island were turned over to the Cortes Island Museum and Archives Society (Manson's Landing, B.C.) in 1999.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of the personal records of Gilean Douglas which were produced and received during her personal and literary activities. There is some material dating from Douglas's early life, but the bulk of it dates from 1948 to 1993 and directly concerns her life on Cortes Island. Because of Douglas's involvement in the public life of the island, and her interest in local history, her papers contain a great deal of information about the political, community and social life of Cortes Island, particularly the Whaletown area. Fonds is composed of eighteen series: Manuscripts; Correspondence; Literary Records; Regional Director for Area I (Cortes Island); Women's Institute; Women's Auxiliary of the Anglican Church; School District #72; Whaletown Community Club; Channel Rock; Research; "The Log" of the Columbia Coast Mission; Journals and Notebooks; Illustrations and Sketches; Ephemera; Clippings; Maps; Albums; Photographs.
Name Access
Douglas, Gilean
Subject Access
Women's Institute
Columbia Coast Mission
Community Associations
Geographic Access
Cortes Island
Related Material
Gilean Douglas fonds at the University of British Columbia Library (Special Collections) Cortes Island Ratepayers Association fonds Gorge Harbour Community Hall fonds Whaletown Community Club fonds Whaletown Women's Institute fonds Regional Director of Electoral Area I (Cortes Island) fonds
Copyright
Copyright for Douglas's published writings is held by the University of British Columbia. Permission to use Douglas's manuscripts for publication purposes must be obtained from the University of British Columbia or from Gillian Milton, literary executor for the estate of Gilean Douglas.
Arrangement
Wherever possible, Douglas’ system of arrangement has been retained, and original groupings of material have been maintained. Other material has been arranged according to type.
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Gorge Harbour Community Hall Society fonds

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Part Of
Gorge Harbour Community Hall Society fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Type
textual records
Accession Number
1999.003
Date Range
1930-1953
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of records of the Gorge Harbour Community Hall Society, including minutes of meetings, financial statements and administrative records and correspondence. It is arranged into five series: Minutes, Financial, Administrative Records, Correspondence and Programs.
Part Of
Gorge Harbour Community Hall Society fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Creator
Gorge Harbour Community Hall Society
Fonds Number
1999.003
Accession Number
1999.003
Material Type
textual records
Date Range
1930-1953
Physical Description
5 cm of textual records
History / Biographical
The Gorge Harbour Community Hall Society was formed in 1930, when residents decided to build a community hall. The young people of the area formed the Gorge Harbour Dramatic Society and put on plays and dances to raise funds. The Hall was built on land donated by George Beattie. Volunteers split shakes for the roof and did all the building, with Charlie Allen as supervisor and Bill Ballantyne as work boss. The Hall opened on Nov. 11, 1933, with an Armistice dance. The Gorge Harbour Hall Society disbanded in 1952 and handed responsibility for the Gorge Hall over to the Whaletown Community Club. From this time, the Gorge Hall replaced the Church Hall as the main venue for weddings, dances, meetings and parties for both the Whaletown and Gorge Harbour communities.
Custodial History
Records of the Gorge Harbour Community Hall Society were turned over to CIMAS by Gillian Milton, who collected them from the home of Gilean Douglas in 1993. Douglas' husband, Philip Major Douglas, was president of the Whaletown Community Club when it took over the Gorge Harbour Community Hall and presumably had the records in his possession at that time.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of records of the Gorge Harbour Community Hall Society, including minutes of meetings, financial statements and administrative records and correspondence. It is arranged into five series: Minutes, Financial, Administrative Records, Correspondence and Programs.
Storage Range
1-45 - 1-53
Name Access
Gorge Harbour Community Hall Society
Subject Access
Community Associations
Women's Institute
Geographic Access
Cortes Island
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Harbour Authority of Cortes Island

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Part Of
Harbour Authority of Cortes Island fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Type
textual records
Accession Number
2012.003
Date Range
2000-2006
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of records of the Harbour Authority of Cortes Island and includes meeting minutes, financial statements, administrative documents, correspondence, leases and newsletters. Original order has been maintained.
Part Of
Harbour Authority of Cortes Island fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Creator
Harbour Authority of Cortes Island
Fonds Number
2012.003
Accession Number
2012.003
Material Type
textual records
Date Range
2000-2006
Physical Description
3.5 cm of textual records
Extent
3.5 cm
History / Biographical
In 1995, Canada's Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) was directed to divest all its recreational harbours managed under the Small Craft Harbours program. In the following years, the DFO launched a program to encourage local non-profit groups to assume day-to-day management and operation of fishing harbours. The Harbour Authority of Cortes Island was formed in 1998 or 1999 to "[r]epresent the community of Cortes Island to preserve and promote the present and future marine infrastructure and maritime transportation links, including wharves; docking launch and moorage facilities until being replaced by a suitable public representative or government agency". The Harbour Authority of Cortes Island manages five locations, Cortes Bay, Squirrel Cove Dock, Gorge Harbour Government Dock, Manson’s Landing Dock and Whaletown Dock. All provide safe well-maintained moorage facilities for a wide-ranging group of marine users year round.
Custodial History
Records were donated to CIMAS by Lynne Jordan in 2012.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of records of the Harbour Authority of Cortes Island and includes meeting minutes, financial statements, administrative documents, correspondence, leases and newsletters. Original order has been maintained.
Storage Location
Small Box 2
Storage Range
1-12 - 1-20
Name Access
Harbour Authority of Cortes Island
Subject Access
Transportation
Fishing
Community Associations
Geographic Access
Cortes Island
Squirrel Cove
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Island Women's Club fonds
Description Level
Sous-fonds
Accession Number
2018.001
Date Range
1989-2016
Scope and Content
Sous-fonds consists of records of the Island Women's Club. It is arranged in six series: Financial, Administrative, Correspondence, Projects, Ephemera and Artifact.
Part Of
Island Women's Club fonds
Description Level
Sous-fonds
Creator
Island Women's Club
Fonds Number
2009.001.4
Sous Fonds Number
4
Accession Number
2018.001
Date Range
1989-2016
Physical Description
8 cm of textual records
Extent
.08 meters
History / Biographical
he Island Women's Club was founded 2000, when the members of the Cortes Island Women's Institute withdrew from the British Columbia Women's Institute; it disbanded in 2016.
Custodial History
Records of the Island Women's Club were donated to CIMAS in 2018 by the last secretary of the organization, Callie Waddell.
Scope and Content
Sous-fonds consists of records of the Island Women's Club. It is arranged in six series: Financial, Administrative, Correspondence, Projects, Ephemera and Artifact.
Storage Range
3-5 to 3-16
Subject Access
Women's Institute
Community Associations
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Island Women's Club fonds

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Part Of
Island Women's Club fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Type
textual records
graphic material
sound recording
object
Accession Number
2009.001; 2018.001
Date Range
[ca 1920]-2000
Scope and Content
This fonds comprises records of four Cortes Island women's service organizations, including minutes, financial records, administrative records, correspondence, photographs, ephemera and artifacts. It is arranged in four sous-fonds according to the creator of the records: Whaletown Women's Institute (2009.001.1); Whaletown Women's Auxiliary of the Anglican Church (2009.001.2); Cortes Island Women's Institute (2009.001.3); and Island Women's Club (2009.001.3). Related material in CIMAS archives may be found in the Whaletown Women's Institute fonds (1999.002), the Gilean Douglas fonds (1999.001), and the May and Elmer Ellingsen fonds (2007.001).
Part Of
Island Women's Club fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Creator
Island Women's Club
Fonds Number
2009.001
Accession Number
2009.001; 2018.001
Material Type
textual records
graphic material
sound recording
object
Date Range
[ca 1920]-2000
Physical Description
.75 m of textual records
Extent
.75 meters
History / Biographical
The Island Women's Club was formed in 2000, when the members of the Cortes Island Women's Institute withdrew from the British Columbia Women's Institute in order to focus their efforts locally. It was the successor to previous women's service organizations on Cortes, local branches of the Women's Institute and the Anglican Church Women's Auxiliary. Activities included awarding bursaries to graduating high school students, contributing to school projects such as printing yearbooks, sponsoring sports teams and building playground equipment, supporting the community halls and organizing memorial teas on behalf of bereaved families. They disbanded in 2016.
Custodial History
After they disbanded, records of the Whaletown Women's Institute and the Whaletown Women's Auxiliary passed into the hands of the Cortes Island Women's Institute and its successor, Island Women's Club, who donated them to CIMAS in 2009. The organizational records created by the Island Women's Club were donated to CIMAS in 2018.
Scope and Content
This fonds comprises records of four Cortes Island women's service organizations, including minutes, financial records, administrative records, correspondence, photographs, ephemera and artifacts. It is arranged in four sous-fonds according to the creator of the records: Whaletown Women's Institute (2009.001.1); Whaletown Women's Auxiliary of the Anglican Church (2009.001.2); Cortes Island Women's Institute (2009.001.3); and Island Women's Club (2009.001.3). Related material in CIMAS archives may be found in the Whaletown Women's Institute fonds (1999.002), the Gilean Douglas fonds (1999.001), and the May and Elmer Ellingsen fonds (2007.001).
Storage Range
1-1 - 3-16
Name Access
Island Women's Club
Whaletown Women's Institute
Women's Auxiliary of the Anglican Church
Cortes Island Women's Institute
Subject Access
Women's Institute
Community Associations
Geographic Access
Cortes Island
Related Material
Whaletown Women's Institute fonds (1999.002), Gilean Douglas fonds (1999.001), May and Elmer Ellingsen fonds (2007.001)
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Part Of
Mae Sherwood fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Type
graphic material
Accession Number
2017.005
Date Range
[ca. 1931], [ca. 1980] - 2008
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of photographs taken or collected by Mae Sherwood which document the activities of the Whaletown Community Club.
Part Of
Mae Sherwood fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Creator
Sherwood, Mae
Fonds Number
2017.005
Accession Number
2017.005
Material Type
graphic material
Date Range
[ca. 1931], [ca. 1980] - 2008
Physical Description
194 photographs : colour ; 15 x 10 cm 1 photograph : b&w, 27 x 20 cm 2 albums (ca. 210 photographs : col.)
History / Biographical
Mae Sherwood (b. Feb. 8, 1931), and her husband Alden, moved to Cortes Island in 1992. She was active in the Whaletown Community Club until moving off-island in 2016, serving as Secretary for seven years, and then as Social Convener. She started the Classical Music program in 1994 and initiated other projects such as the Salad Bar at Cortes Days and the Pie Table at Sand Castle Day.
Custodial History
Photographs were donated to CIMAS by Mae Sherwood.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of photographs taken or collected by Mae Sherwood which document the activities of the Whaletown Community Club.
Storage Location
Photograph Box #3
Oversize Photographs Box
Photograph Album Box #1
Name Access
Sherwood, Mae
Whaletown Community Club
Subject Access
Community Associations
Geographic Access
Cortes Island
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May and Elmer Ellingsen fonds

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Part Of
May and Elmer Ellingsen fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Type
textual records
graphic material
sound recording
cartographic material
ephemera
Date Range
1892-[ca. 2005]
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of the personal, business and research records of May and Elmer Ellingsen. Textual records include personal and business correspondence; financial and legal records; information about local history; records and newsletters of various community organizations; records created by John Manson and by the St. James Ladies' Guild; maps; ephemera; and clippings about Cortes Island people and events. Fonds also includes photographs of the Manson family and other island people and places, and cassette tapes of oral history and music. Fonds is arranged in 14 series: Correspondence; Financial records; Elmer Ellingsen records (business and personal); May Ellingsen personal records; Local history subject files; John Manson records; St. James Ladies' Guild records; Community organizations and services records; Cortes Island Museum & Archives Society records; Maps; Ephemera; Clippings; Photographs and Audio tapes. Records from Accessions 2017.003 and 2019.002, which were processed after the other material had been arranged, have been interfiled.
Part Of
May and Elmer Ellingsen fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Creator
Ellingsen, May
Ellingsen, Elmer
Fonds Number
2007.001
Material Type
textual records
graphic material
sound recording
cartographic material
ephemera
Date Range
1892-[ca. 2005]
Physical Description
3 meters of textual records 726 photographs 21 audio cassette tapes
Extent
252 cm
History / Biographical
Elmer Ellingsen (1913-2002) was born in North Vancouver to Sigurd and Gladys Ellingsen. After graduating from high school, he took a short course in business at Sprott Shaw College. In the early 1930s Elmer worked in logging and became a strong supporter of the trade union movement. He also had classical piano training in school, later turning to popular music; he played for many dances and parties until well into his eighties. May Ellingsen (1914-2012) was born in Vancouver to George and Robina Freeman. Her maternal grandfather, Michael Manson, was the first person to pre-empt land on Cortes Island, in 1886. May grew up on Cortes and Hernando Islands until grade six, then moved to Vancouver with her family to finish her schooling. May and Elmer met on Cortes in 1935 and were married on August 1, 1936. They built a float house and spent the next ten years in the Loughborough Inlet/Phillips Arm area where Elmer worked in his father's logging operations. While there, their children Shirley (1939), Bruce (1940) and Andy (1941) were born. In 1946 they moved to Von Donop Creek, where Elmer formed a logging partnership with Mike Herrewig and Scotty McKenzie. In 1950, he formed a new partnership with Erne Anderson for logging in the Whaletown area, and moved the floathouse to Manson's Landing lagoon. Two years later their floathouse was moved to its present location on Hague Lake. After travelling from home to various logging operations, Elmer retired from logging. He bought a D8 Caterpillar tractor, backhoe and gravel truck and worked for the next forty years excavating, delivering gravel and moving things. He often worked with BC Hydro and BC Tel on pole installation, repair and maintenance. Both Elmer and May were very active in community life. They sponsored weekly movie nights through the 1950s and square dancing in the sixties. May's many involvements included the Ladies' Guild, Women's Institute, Ratepayers Association, Post Office, Vancouver Regional Library development and Cortes Island Days. Elmer was a leading promoter of bringing ferry and hydro service to the island; he helped renovate Manson's Hall in the late 1970s, lobbied for road paving and helped initiate the Cortes Island Firefighters Assoc. in the 1980s. Both were founding members of the Cortes Island Museum and Archives Society.
Custodial History
Records were collected from the home of May and Elmer Ellingsen by Andy and Susan Ellingsen and by Bruce Ellingsen and donated to CIMAS. There are eight accessions in this fonds: 2007.001, 2007.002, 2007.003, 2007.005, 2008.002 and 2010.001, 2018.002 and 2019.002.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of the personal, business and research records of May and Elmer Ellingsen. Textual records include personal and business correspondence; financial and legal records; information about local history; records and newsletters of various community organizations; records created by John Manson and by the St. James Ladies' Guild; maps; ephemera; and clippings about Cortes Island people and events. Fonds also includes photographs of the Manson family and other island people and places, and cassette tapes of oral history and music. Fonds is arranged in 14 series: Correspondence; Financial records; Elmer Ellingsen records (business and personal); May Ellingsen personal records; Local history subject files; John Manson records; St. James Ladies' Guild records; Community organizations and services records; Cortes Island Museum & Archives Society records; Maps; Ephemera; Clippings; Photographs and Audio tapes. Records from Accessions 2017.003 and 2019.002, which were processed after the other material had been arranged, have been interfiled.
Storage Range
1-1 - 1-8
Name Access
Ellingsen, Elmer
Ellingsen, May
Subject Access
Logging
Ferries
Transportation
Women's Institute
Water transport
Community Associations
Geographic Access
Cortes Island
Hernando Island
Related Material
May Ellingsen Historic Photograph Collection (2004.002)
Arrangement
Original order unknown; archivist has arranged records.
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Southern Cortes Community Association fonds

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Part Of
Southern Cortes Community Association fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Type
textual records
ephemera
Accession Number
2000.001; 2007.001
Date Range
1926-2004 (predominant 1948-2004)
Scope and Content
Fonds comprises records of the Southern Cortes Community Association. It includes minutes and agendas of meetings, correspondence, financial records, administrative and legal documents, and reports on projects and activities. Original groupings of documents in files have been maintained with the exception of general correspondence, which has been grouped by date. Files have been arranged into eleven series: Minutes; Financial records; Administrative records; Correspondence; Events; Newsletters; Dental clinic project; Show Business; Manson's Hall renovation; Ephemera; and Committee minutes and reports.
Part Of
Southern Cortes Community Association fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Creator
Southern Cortes Community Association
Fonds Number
2000.001
Accession Number
2000.001; 2007.001
Material Type
textual records
ephemera
Date Range
1926-2004 (predominant 1948-2004)
Physical Description
1 m of textual records
Extent
1 m
History / Biographical
The Southern Cortes Community Association (formerly known as the Manson's Landing Community Club) is a Registered Charity incorporated in 1956 under the Societies Act. The object of the society is to promote services and programs of a recreational and/or educational purpose within the community. A primary responsibility is operating and maintaining Manson's Hall, a center for Cortes community activities. The original Hall was built in 1922 on land donated by Frederick Froud. A major expansion and renovation project completed in 1980 added space for the post office, playschool, cafe, offices, a pottery studio and a library to the original hall. A further expansion in 1986 added space for a medical clinic. Programs include sponsoring a licensed playschool, a Parents & Tots program, a Summer Youth Recreation Program, a thrift store, and the annual Cortes Day at Smelt Bay. Manson's Hall is a venue for the Cortes Seniors Society's programs, and for group meetings, entertainment events and a variety of regular wellness and exercise activities led by local residents. The Hall houses the post office, a community kitchen, a thrift store, and a playschool. Over the years, it has provided space for many services to start, such as the Cortes Health Centre, North Island College and Cortes Community Radio. The SCCA also owns and manages the Manson's Landing cemetery, and provides space for the Strathcona Regional District's skate park.
Custodial History
Records in Accession 2001.001 were kept at their homes by various Board members. When an office was opened in Manson's Hall, the records were consolidated and then donated to CIMAS by Cathy Cambridge on behalf of the SCCA. Records in Accession 2007.001 were in the possession of May Ellingsen and were donated to CIMAS in 2007 by Andy and Susan Ellingsen.
Scope and Content
Fonds comprises records of the Southern Cortes Community Association. It includes minutes and agendas of meetings, correspondence, financial records, administrative and legal documents, and reports on projects and activities. Original groupings of documents in files have been maintained with the exception of general correspondence, which has been grouped by date. Files have been arranged into eleven series: Minutes; Financial records; Administrative records; Correspondence; Events; Newsletters; Dental clinic project; Show Business; Manson's Hall renovation; Ephemera; and Committee minutes and reports.
Storage Range
1-1 to 3-49 L1-L9
Name Access
Southern Cortes Community Association
Subject Access
Community Associations
Health care
Geographic Access
Cortes Island
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Trude Albright with cake in the shape of the Gorge Hall fireplace

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Part Of
CIMAS photograph collection
Description Level
Item
Material Type
graphic material
Date Range
1983
Scope and Content
Photograph of Trude Albright next to a large cake she has made to celebrate the completion of an addition to the Gorge Hall. The cake is in the shape of the fireplace constructed by Andy Ducasse in the new lounge.
Part Of
CIMAS photograph collection
Description Level
Item
Fonds Number
2019.003
Item Number
2019.003.204
Material Type
graphic material
Date Range
1983
Physical Description
1 photograph print : colour ; 9 x 12 cm
Custodial History
Donated by Jill Milton, Feb. 27,2021
Scope and Content
Photograph of Trude Albright next to a large cake she has made to celebrate the completion of an addition to the Gorge Hall. The cake is in the shape of the fireplace constructed by Andy Ducasse in the new lounge.
Storage Location
Photo box 3
Name Access
Gorge Harbour Community Hall
Subject Access
Community Associations
Geographic Access
Whaletown
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Whaletown Church Hall fonds

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Part Of
Whaletown Church Hall fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Type
textual records
Date Range
1919-1920
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of a minute book and an accounts book of the Whaletown Church Hall Building Fund Committee, documents written by Canon Alan Greene setting out the history, responsibility and terms of use for the Church Hall, and a cover letter for the Certificate of Title from the Land Registry Office.
Part Of
Whaletown Church Hall fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Fonds Number
2017.008
Material Type
textual records
Date Range
1919-1920
Physical Description
3.5 cm of textual records
History / Biographical
In 1919, the settlers of Whaletown decided to raise the funds necessary to erect a combined church and hall, to be used for both secular and religious purposes. The new building was attached to the first Whaletown school building, which was then used as a kitchen and dressing room. At this time, the parcel of land on which the school stood, at the corner of present-day Carrington Bay and Harbour Rd. in Whaletown, was deeded to the Diocese of Columbia by Mrs. Alice Robertson, and part of the property was set aside for a cemetery. After a church was built in Whaletown in 1950, the Church Hall continued to be used for social events. In 1952 the Whaletown Community Club took over responsibility for the Gorge Hall, which then replaced the Church Hall as the main venue for weddings, dances, meetings and parties for both the Whaletown and Gorge Harbour communities. In 1953, the Whaletown Women's Institute signed agreements with both the Whaletown Community Club and the Columbia Coast Mission to assume responsibility for the use and upkeep of the Church Hall and cemetery. The Church Hall was used for a few more years. It was decommissioned in about 1957 and later dismantled.
Custodial History
Canon Alan Greene of the Columbia Coast Mission was involved in the project to build a new Church Hall, and wrote the document setting forth its history and terms of use; envelopes indicate the material was in his possession. Found in a box on the archives shelves; provenance unknown.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of a minute book and an accounts book of the Whaletown Church Hall Building Fund Committee, documents written by Canon Alan Greene setting out the history, responsibility and terms of use for the Church Hall, and a cover letter for the Certificate of Title from the Land Registry Office.
Storage Range
1-55 - 1-57
Name Access
Whaletown Church Hall
Subject Access
Women's Institute
Columbia Coast Mission
Community Associations
Geographic Access
Cortes Island
Carrington Bay
Related Material
1999.002 Whaletown Women's Institute fonds 2003.003 Whaletown Community Club fonds 2009.001 Island Women's Club fonds 2011.001 Dorothy Huck Whalley fonds
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Whaletown Community Club

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Part Of
Gilean Douglas fonds
Description Level
Series
Material Type
textual records
Date Range
1949-1956; 1986-1989
Scope and Content
Series consists of records of the Whaletown Community Club from the 1950s, and club newsletters from the late 1980s. Both Gilean Douglas and Philip Major Douglas held office in the club during the 1950s. Series includes correspondence, financial reports, lists of members and other administrative documents, and newsletters.
Other Title Info
Title based on contents of the series.
Part Of
Gilean Douglas fonds
Description Level
Series
Fonds Number
1999.001
Series Number
8
Material Type
textual records
Date Range
1949-1956; 1986-1989
Physical Description
2 cm. of textual records
Scope and Content
Series consists of records of the Whaletown Community Club from the 1950s, and club newsletters from the late 1980s. Both Gilean Douglas and Philip Major Douglas held office in the club during the 1950s. Series includes correspondence, financial reports, lists of members and other administrative documents, and newsletters.
Storage Range
3-56 - 3-60
Name Access
Douglas, Gilean
Subject Access
Community Associations
Geographic Access
Cortes Island
Related Material
Whaletown Community Club fonds Gorge Harbour Community Hall Society fonds
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Whaletown Community Club fonds

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Part Of
Whaletown Community Club fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Type
textual records
Accession Number
2003.003, 2017.009
Date Range
1951-2016
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of the records of the Whaletown Community Club from 1951 to 2016. The first accession (2003.003) consists of records from 1951 to 1985 and includes minutes of general and executive meetings, correspondence, administrative records including the original constitution and bylaws, financial records and reports on projects and functions sponsored by the organization. Files from Accession 2003.003 are described in five series: 1) Minutes; 2) Correspondence; 3) Financial; 4) Administrative Records; 5) Subject Files. An accrual in 2017 (Accession 2017.009) comprises records of the Whaletown Community Club from 1985 to 2016, including minutes of executive and general meetings, financial statements, correspondence, and records of projects and programs. The material was kept in binders, and is arranged in eighteen series based on this original order (Series 6 through Series 23).
Part Of
Whaletown Community Club fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Creator
Whaletown Community Club
Fonds Number
2003.003
Accession Number
2003.003, 2017.009
Material Type
textual records
Date Range
1951-2016
Physical Description
78 cm of textual records
Extent
.8 m
History / Biographical
The beginning of the Whaletown Community Club is unclear as almost all the Club's records were destroyed in a fire in 1950; the earliest records still existing date from 1948. (See Gilean Douglas fonds, Series 8). The WCC became a registered society in 1953 when the Gorge Harbour Community Hall Society disbanded and turned ownership of the Gorge Hall over to the Whaletown Community Club. The activities of the Club are carried on chiefly within the Whaletown postal area, and are intended to promote the interests of the community in matters of general welfare, to sponsor recreational and sports activities, and to hold land and premises necessary for Club activities. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s the Club was a channel through which Whaletown residents organized health and educational services and lobbied for better roads, hydro and ferry service, as well as sponsoring social events. From 1978 until 2010 it sponsored the Whaletown National Enquirer, a monthly community newspaper. A main function of the Whaletown Community Club is the maintenance of the Gorge Harbour Community Hall. Originally built in 1933, it has been renovated several times and serves as the main venue for community functions in the Whaletown area. Until 1953, when the lease was turned over to the Whaletown Women's Institute, the Club maintained the Church Hall, which was owned by the Columbia Coast Mission and stood at the corner of Carrington Bay and Harbour roads. Before 1958 the Club held most of its meetings in the Church Hall. Since 1958, when the Whaletown Women's Institute disbanded, the WCC has maintained the library in Whaletown (originally the Farmer's Institute building; now the Louisa Tooker Library) and the old and new Whaletown cemeteries. In 1964 they acquired the lease for the last remaining piece of Crown land with access to Gorge Harbour, to preserve it as a park. They have leased the former Whaletown school property from the School Board since the school was closed in 1973.
Custodial History
Records were acquired directly from the Whaletown Community Club in 2003 (Accession 2003.003) and in 2017 (Accession 2017.009).
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of the records of the Whaletown Community Club from 1951 to 2016. The first accession (2003.003) consists of records from 1951 to 1985 and includes minutes of general and executive meetings, correspondence, administrative records including the original constitution and bylaws, financial records and reports on projects and functions sponsored by the organization. Files from Accession 2003.003 are described in five series: 1) Minutes; 2) Correspondence; 3) Financial; 4) Administrative Records; 5) Subject Files. An accrual in 2017 (Accession 2017.009) comprises records of the Whaletown Community Club from 1985 to 2016, including minutes of executive and general meetings, financial statements, correspondence, and records of projects and programs. The material was kept in binders, and is arranged in eighteen series based on this original order (Series 6 through Series 23).
Storage Range
1-1 - 3-5
Name Access
Whaletown Community Club
Subject Access
Ferries
Columbia Coast Mission
Transportation
Women's Institute
Water transport
Community Associations
Geographic Access
Cortes Island
Carrington Bay
Related Material
Gorge Harbour Community Hall Fonds Whaletown Women's Institute Fonds Gilean Douglas fonds
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Inventory available with series descriptions and file list.
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