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McKenna, Peter

  • Persona

Peter McKenna was the owner of Cadomin Motors and manager of the Mt. Cheviot Hotel for the Cadomin Coal Company in the Coal Branch town of Cadomin, Alberta during the 1930s. He also managed bulk oil sales to all of the Coal Branch towns for Imperial Oil and was the team manager of the Cadomin Miners baseball team, who won the Northern Alberta Championship in 1932.

Haley, Frank

  • Persona
  • 1925-

Frank Haley was born in 1925 in Cheadle, Alberta. During the Second World War, Haley served as a sergeant in the South-East Asia Translation and Interrogation Centre and was assigned to that centre’s station in Singapore in 1946 to help facilitate the surrender and return of Japanese forces.

Bissett School District No. 4138

  • Entidad colectiva
  • 1922-1940

Bissett School District No. 4138 was located in the vicinity of Hughenden, Alberta and initially encompassed the area of sections 35-36, Township 40, Range 7 and sections 1-2, 11-14, 23-24, and 27-29, Township 41, Range 7. The district was established in 1922 and was unique in that it did not have any schools; rather, the district existed to provide funding for children on farms to attend Hughenden and Custer Schools. The Bissett School District ceased operating in 1940.

Battle Bend-Dry Crossing Auxiliary

  • Entidad colectiva
  • 1941-?

The Battle Bend-Dry Crossing Auxiliary started as the Battle Bend Red Cross Sewing Circle but adopted the Auxiliary name in 1941. The organization was a social club and community service auxiliary for women in the Battle Bend area south of Wainwright, Alberta. Activities included quilt-making, sewing, fundraising, hosting dances, and supporting the war effort during the Second World War.

Viszmeg Brothers

  • Familia
  • [195-?]-1999

Alex and Joe Viszmeg were brothers from Baltimore, Ontario. In the 1970s Alex and Joe studied filmmaking at Ryerson University in Toronto and moved to Edmonton separately after graduating. Joe built a career as a documentary filmmaker, making such films as NFB documentaries In My Own Time: Diary of a Cancer Patient and My Healing Journey: Seven Years with Cancer. Joe died in 1999.

Reel Girls Media

  • Entidad colectiva
  • 1999-

Reel Girls Media is an Edmonton-based production company with the stated goal to foster a deeper understanding of the world and the human spirit through the production of television and new media programs.

Reel Girls Media has produced multiple projects for television, web, and mobile platforms and has been recognized with more than forty international awards, including citations from the Alberta Film and Television Awards, the Canadian New Media Awards, the Banff Television Festival, and the World Animation Festival.

Reel Girls productions have included documentaries about Canadian writers (Capturing Cooperman, Between the Stones and the Ocean: A Portrait of Rudy Wiebe, and Out of the West), the natural world (Return of the Peregrine and SciQ: Up Close and Palaeo), Métis culture (How the Fiddle Flows), and Canadian involvement in Afghanistan (Homefront). Reel Girls has also produced television series, including Booked, The Lie Detective, and Stories from the Seventh Fire.

The company was founded by Ava Karvonen, a producer and director with over twenty years of experience in the industry. Karvonen has served on the boards of the Alberta Chapter of the Documentary Organization of Canada as well as the national body. She also serves as an advisor to both nextMedia and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology’s Digital Interactive Media and Design program and sits on the new media committee of the Canadian Film and Television Producers Association. She has also served as a board member of the Digital Media Association of Alberta, Edmonton Arts Council, Salute to Excellence for the City of Edmonton, the Alberta Media Production Industries Association, and Filmmakers for Conservation.

Loosmore, W.S.B.

  • Persona
  • 1932-

Dr. W.S.B. Loosmore was born on 18 September 1932 in Swansea, Wales and later studied medicine at the University of Wales in Cardif, graduating in 1956 and moving to Moncton, New Brunswick to work as a doctor in 1968. Loosmore moved to Drayton Valley, Alberta in 1976 and continued to practice medicine there until retiring in 2007. During his time in Drayton Valley, Loosmore grew interested in the history of the area and served as the president of the Drayton Valley District Historical Society. He also chronicles the history of the area through amateur photography.

Red Deer Museums' Staff Association

  • RED 22
  • Entidad colectiva
  • 1993-2008

On February 15, 1989 a group of staff decided to formally organize an association that incorporates the staff of the Red Deer & District Museum, Kerry Wood Nature Centre, and Fort Normandeau under the name "the Red Deer Museums' Staff Association". The purpose of this Association was to "communicate amongst ourselves, represent the interests of staff, and actively communicate with the Board in the interests of the museums' system."

This organization grew out of a change in the Museum Management Board structure and concerns about unionization and merger into the City of Red Deer system. There were meetings and correspondence around these changes and concerns, including requesting that a nonmanagement staff member have a seat at the Board. Following the creation of the Association, they changed that request to have an Association member attend in the capacity of Observer.

The Association dissolved when the members of it became part of the local CUPE 417-06 union, around the same time that the Normandeau Cultural and Natural History Society ended its operations. This took place by 2008.

Middleton, Roderick

  • ppcli
  • Persona
  • 1929-2007

Roderick Morrison Middleton was born in Calgary, Alberta 23 January 1929. He served in the Calgary Highlanders (militia) from 1948 to 1950 and joined 2nd Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry as a Lieutenant, September 1950. He served as a Platoon Commander in Korea and was wounded 7 March 1951 during the assault on Hill 532. He returned to Canada for parachute training September 1951 and served at the Airborne and Offensive Air Support Schools at the Canadian Joint Air Training Centre at Rivers, Manitoba from 1952 to 1958. He was posted to 1st Battalion PPCLI in Victoria and served as second in command of A Company and was Regimental Adjutant, June 1960 to May 1963. He attended Defense Services Staff College in Wellington, India until December 1963. He was appointed General Staff Officer Grade 2, Special Operations, in the Directorate of Military Training at Army Headquarters in Ottawa. He attended United States Armed Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia, August 1965. Rejoining 2PPCLI in Edmonton, January 1966, he commanded the last Army Junior NCO School in Wainwright. He proceeded to Germany in May 1966 where he was in command of Headquarters Company and became Battalion Operations Officer of 1PPCLI then 2PPCLI. He was appointed General Staff Officer 2 Tactical Air Operations at the Joint Warfare establishment at Old Sarum, England, July 1967 and was appointed Staff Officer 2 in the Special Warfare Section of the Directorate of Land Operational Readiness in Ottawa in August 1969. He was posted to Calgary as Senior Staff Officer, Southern Alberta Militia District in March 1973. He retired from the Military July 1975. Following his military career Rod was manager of the Officer's Mess at Mewata Armouries, Calgary, Alberta until 1987 and Acting Director, Museum of the Regiments, May 2000-September 2000. He was active in the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Association and served as National President from 1985 to 1989. He was the Chairman of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Heritage Committee from 1999-2001 and still served on that Committee in 2002. Rod was directly involved in the planning and organization of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry 75th Anniversary celebrations in Calgary, 1989, and the Regimental History Book Project, 1999-2001. Rod worked as a volunteer at the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Regimental Museum and Archives beginning in 1988 and was involved in the planning and design of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Regimental Museum Gallery. He completed the first draft of the inventory of the papers of Brig. A. Hamilton Gault in 2004. He married Laurine Strabel of Edmonton in 1952, and they had four children, Geoffrey, Gary, Janice, and David. He died in Calgary on March 28, 2007.

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