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AIDS Network / HIV Edmonton

The AIDS Network of Edmonton Society, founded by Michael Phair and five others, was incorporated as a non-profit society in 1984. The Society was formed to respond to the growing number of AIDS related diseases being diagnosed amongst the gay community world-wide and the first identified case of AIDS (for a man named Ross Armstrong) in Edmonton. The Society’s mandate was to offer support to individuals with AIDS and ARC (Aids Related Complex), as well as provide education for the general public and high risk groups, and liaise with other agencies and institutions. The Network utilized the services of a large corps of trained volunteers, who were involved with support groups, individual counselling, and a befriending program. A large part of the Society’s efforts, once charitable status was granted, involved fundraising, and numerous benefits and charity events centered on the goal of raising monies for the Society and its work. Money from fundraising went to producing informational pamphlets and overheads for slides, and acquiring office space for the AIDS Network. The AIDS Network established GMOC (Gay Men’s Outreach Committee) ca. 1991 as a peer education project for gay and bisexual men, with the stated goal of being “positive role models for gay or bisexual men and to support them in making healthy lifestyle choices”. (Folder 23). In 1999, the AIDS Network of Edmonton changed its name to HIV Edmonton, and its work is ongoing.

This series consists of the AIDS Network of Edmonton’s administrative files including constitution and certificate of Incorporation; fundraising and educational resources; as well as a sub-series of records related to the Gay Men’s Outreach Committee (GMOC).

Development and Planning

This series of records is related to the Commissioners’ role of overseeing all issues of land ownership within the City’s limits. Residential and industrial development had to be managed and eventually planned for. Standards were required for buildings and construction and the resulting enforcement duties. This series contains the following sub-series:

– 3.1 Land
– 3.2 Zoning
– 3.3 Architects and Inspections
– 3.4 Economic Development

Microfilm and Records Branch

The records in this series relate to the functions of the Microfilm and Records Branch. This branch, under Director Tom Rannie, provided all City departments with services ranging from folding, inserting and metering of mail plus special deliveries and regular daily pickups and deliveries of mail, as well as providing microfilming services. The City of Edmonton established their first 16 mm microfilm program in 1952 in conjunction with Civil Defense for the security of essential documents. During the late 1960s this program was expanded to combine both 16 mm and 35 mm microfilm systems which gave complete flexibility and had the added advantage of making use of equipment in the Computer Operations Centre.

Series consists of 35mm aperture cards of gas plans created by the Microfilm and Records Branch, as well as three photographs which came from the branch director. Two photos depict the Grierson Hill Dump in 1931, and one is a copy of a 1969 aerial photograph showing the area around 97 Street and 103A Avenue.

Gay and Lesbian Community Centre of Edmonton (GLCCE / Pride Centre of Edmonton

The Gay and Lesbian Community Centre (GLCCE) was incorporated as the new name for the Gay Alliance Toward Equality (GATE) in November 1987 when GATE reapplied for Society status. GLCCE continued in the role of an information/educational centre, complete with a library, telephone information line, drop-in hours, printed information hand-outs, activities bulletin board and peer counselling services provided by GLCCE trained volunteer counselors. Various workshops and support groups for the gay community were administered by and run out of the Centre, and speakers and information provided on request to the Edmonton community and media. Additionally, GLCCE offered social activities including dances, coffee houses and video nights. In 2004, GLCCE was restructured and renamed the Pride Centre of Edmonton, continuing to function as a LGBTQ community resource centre and community gathering space

This series consists of GLCCE records, and one file of Pride Centre records. The files are related to the administration of the Centre, and include correspondence, financial statements, meeting documents, and information resources. A set of five audio cassette tapes are included with the series, involving interviews with individuals significant to the gay movement and history of Edmonton.

Transportation

This series of records is related to the Commissioners’ role of overseeing all issues of public transportation and mass transportation within the City’s limits. The Commissioners were very involved in many issues and projects related to planning and implementing transportation corridors, for Railways, Industrial, and Commercial uses as well as private vehicles. They were also responsible for the public transportation system within, and air traffic into the City. This series contains the following sub-series:

– 4.1 Airport(s)
– 4.2 Public Transit

Elmer Roper

Elmer Ernest Roper was born in Ingonish, Nova Scotia in 1893. His family moved to Calgary in 1907, where he apprenticed as a printer and worked for the Calgary Herald. In 1917 he became pressroom foreman for the Edmonton Bulletin. He started several businesses, including Commercial Printers Limited, Comset Business Forms Limited, and plastic Platemakers Limited.

Elmer Roper was active in the Labour movement. He was President of the Calgary Trades and Labour Council in 1916, and was Secretary-Treasurer for the Alberta Federation of Labour between 1922 and 1932. He was elected to the Provincial Legislature in 1942, and served until 1955 as the Leader of the Alberta Cooperative Commonwealth Federation.

In 1959 Elmer Roper won the Mayoral election, and did so again in 1961. Following his second two year term, in 1963 at age 70, Elmer Roper retied from politics. He and his wife retired to Victoria, British Columbia in 1975, and both passed away in 1994.

The series consists of complaints, enquiries, speeches, studies, and correspondence.

Engineering

This series of records is related to the Commissioners’ role of overseeing the work of the Engineering Department which included such tasks as roadway and sidewalk construction, coordination and construction on city properties, railway spur lines and subdivision planning.

Vincent Dantzer

Vincent Dantzer was born 1923 in Rush Lake, Saskatchewan. He served as an Alderman from 1962-1965, and was acting Mayor in 1965 when Mayor William Harewlak was removed from office. Vincent Dantzer defeated William Hawrelak in the 1966 election, and served as Mayor until 1968, when he left municipal politics. While serving as Mayor, Vincent Dantzer also served as President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

Vincent Dantzer left Edmonton for Vernon, British Columbia in 1970. He served as a Progressive Conservative Member of Parliament for Okanagan North from 1980 to 1988. He passed away in Vernon, British Columbia in 2001.

The series consists of complaints, enquiries, speeches, studies, correspondence, and reports.

Edmonton Pride Festival Society / Pride Events

Edmonton’s Queer History Project timeline suggests that several gay groups in Edmonton came together in 1982 to organize a mini-Pride Festival, and expanded it to a week-long celebration in 1983 with events such as an art exhibition, film festival, and music night. For the early years of the Pride Festival (ca. 1983-1998), planning for the festival was accomplished by a GALA committee, and then a GLCCE committee. In 1999, the Edmonton Pride Festival Society was formed as the official non-profit organization charged with managing the Pride Festival events. In subsequent years, Pride Festival events have included rallies, fairs, poetry readings, art shows, picnics, sporting events, a film festival, an awards show, a mayor’s brunch and since the early 1990’s, a parade. The festivities take place annually, usually in mid-June

This series consists of Pride Festival events and planning files, and includes organizing meeting minutes, promotional items and posters, and photographs. There is one file of information related to Gay Pride events in cities other than Edmonton.

Utilities

This series of records is related to the Commissioners’ role of overseeing the City’s utilities. For many years the City operated most of the utilities services within the City. Eventually, many of these were sold off into private ownership or at least arm’s length governing bodies. This series contains the following sub-series:

– 6.1 Telephones
– 6.2 Power / Light
– 6.3 Water and Sanitation
– 6.4 Natural Resources / Fuels

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