Fonds 0165 - Roland Pivert fonds

Roland Pivert in Exercise Sweetbriar, Yukon Personnel in Exercise Sweetbriar, Yukon A riverside camp in Exercise Sweetbriar, Yukon. Dogsled at Operation Sweetbriar, Yukon. Roland Pivert at Rockefeller Center Equipment from the Prairie Command Display Soldiers from the Prairie Command Display Vehicles and equipment from the Prairie Command Display. Truck from the Prairie Command Display. An amphibious vehicle in the Prairie Command Display.
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Roland Pivert fonds

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CA GPR 0165

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12 cm of textual records
296 photographs
176 slides
277 negatives
4 video recordings

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Joseph Andre Aurile Roland Pivert was born August 7, 1929 in Castor, Alberta. He was five years old when his parents, Jeanne and Andre Pivert moved to Grande Prairie. His school years were spent at St. Joseph's. In 1939 the family moved to the Flying Shot Lake District and Roland spent a few years at Flying Shot Lake School. He later attended St. Joseph's High School;Roland's first experience with the military was with the army cadets in Grande Prairie, then the reserves of the 49 Loyal Edmonton Regiment as a Private (No. M518050). He joined the reserves in 1946 after his eighteenth birthday. From December 1949 to March 1950, Roland became part of the active force in a Canadian-American Arctic Tour called Exercise Sweetbriar. It involved 5,300 Canadian and American soldiers and airmen, and the scenario was that an enemy had seized Alaska and the combat team was assigned to secure the Alaska highway and its airfields from Whitehorse to Northway in Alaska. Summer that year was spent at the Western Command Reserve Force Corps and Command Camp at Wainwright. On February 19, 1951 Roland joined the Princess Patricia Regiment (Service No. SM 9806) and was sent to RCEME (Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers) in Kingston, Ontario for Basic Training. In 1952-53 he completed his NCO courses and Vehicle and Electrical Mechanical training at the same school. While in training, he took advantage of leave to visit New York City. In the summer of 1952, he accompanied a display of military equipment and technology, the Prairie Command Display, as it toured Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario. In 1953, Roland was sent to Korea as an electrician with 25 Canadian FD Dental Unit RCDC. He sailed on the U.S. Navy Service ship General C.C. Ballou on the 17th of April 1953, and spent the next 1 ½ years in Korea. Leave time was usually taken in Japan. Roland was discharged on October 18, 1954. After his return from Korea, Roland apprenticed as an electrician with Canadian Comstock Electrical Contractors in Edmonton and achieved Journeyman Electrician in 1957. He then returned to Grande Prairie to work for Cookshaw Electric. In 1965 he married Elizabeth Jean "Betty" Hammer and had one son, Kurtis Andrew in 1966. He later returned to university and became first a Master Electrician, then took Electrical Engineering. After Betty died in 1982, Roland married Gillian Conroy in 1988. He died in 2005.

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The records were preserved by Roland Pivert’s sister, Paulette Pivert Hrychiw, who deposited them in South Peace Regional Archives in 2004, 2005 and 2009. Copyright in the donated material was transferred to SPRA by Roland's son Kurtis in 2013.

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The fonds consists of personal and military papers and photographs belonging to Roland Pivert. The records include photographs and documents from his time as a Boy Scout and student at St. Joseph High School; information and photographs about Exercise Sweetbriar, a joint Canadian and U.S. training exercise in the Yukon and Alaska; information and photographs of the Prairie Command Display taken from community to community in Northwestern Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan; slides, photographs and paper artifacts from Roland’s tour of peace-keeping duty in Korea in 1953-1954; military service records and publications; information on Veterans' benefits claims; documents and images of projects from his post-military electrical career; correspondence and related records on his land holdings; and personal records and photographs of family, friends, and community life.

The fonds is divided into nine series: Early Life, Exercise Sweetbriar, Prairie Command Display, Korean Service, Military Service, Veterans' Benefits, Work and Business, Land, and Personal Life and Family.

The records have been arranged in primarily chronological order by the Archivist.

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The records were preserved by Roland Pivert’s sister, Paulette Pivert Hrychiw, who deposited them in South Peace Regional Archives in 2004, 2005 and 2009. Copyright in the donated material was transferred to SPRA by Roland's son Kurtis in 2013.


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Copyright has been transferred to the Archives and the moral rights waived. Some of the photographs are in the public domain.

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Accession numbers: 2004.56; 2005.05; 2009.035

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