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Women and AIDS Virtual Education (WAVE) project

Scope and content: The sub-series contains records related to the Women and AIDS Virtual Education (WAVE) project. The project was launched to support HIV + women in British Columbia to share dialogue about being HIV positive, to provide access to medical and treatment information, peer support, counselling, resources, education, ‘experts’, such as doctors, lawyers, nutritionists and treatment experts, and to break-down isolation and stigma faced by HIV + women, particularly women in rural areas. WAVE was modelled as a ‘virtual drop-in clinic’ website, and contained question and answer online modules, bulletin boards for HIV + women and community members, and resources such as newsletters, brochures, and links to other important websites.

Record types in the sub-series include project reports, correspondence, financial records, strategy documents, web design and marketing proposals, press releases, and materials related to website such as domain name purchase and IBM customer agreement.

Women's Initiatives for Support and Education (WISE) project

The sub-series contains records related to the Women’s Initiatives for Support and Education (WISE) project. The project was launched to support the target population of young women living with HIV/AIDS with a specific focus on indigenous women, young women who used intravenous drugs, or women involved in sex-work. Objectives included increasing access to care and treatment, creating a peer-driven supportive environment, decreasing isolation and vulnerability to secondary infections, promote involvement of women in the design and implementation of the project, promote awareness to community resources, and to promote testing. PWN partnered with YouthCo AIDS society to implement the project, and the project was funded by the AIDS Community Action Program (ACAP).

Record types include correspondence, project proposals, work plans, related research, funding forms, contracts, and amendments, budgets and cash flows, progress reports, and volunteer information.

Women's Rights Committee (WRC) records

Files in this subseries reflect the activities of the Women’s Rights Committee of the BC NDP, including its various subcommittees, committee liaisons, and coordination with the federal NDP Participation of Women Committee.

According to a 1992 document prepared by Anne Frost, past WRC Chair, and Charley Bersford, WRC Chair (“Women’s Rights Committee: Herstory”, 1992, in file 450-12), the Women’s Rights Committee was officially made a standing committee of the New Democratic Party of BC by a motion passed at Convention in 1971, building on previous women’s councils and federal women’s committees in the BC NDP and the CCF. The Committee’s mission statement in 1992 was “To guarantee fairness and equality for women in British Columbia; to address the roots of systemic discrimination and initiate legislation, services and programs to ensure women equal participation in all aspects of society; and to ensure access for all women to social justice” (“Mission Statement & Goals for Women’s Equality in a New Democratic Government,” WRC, spring 1992; in file 455-04). The Committee sought to achieve these goals through a variety of activities reflected in the files contained within this subseries, including authoring white papers on women’s issues, producing handbooks (such as the “Winning Nominations” handbook, created to assist women seeking to run for and win nominations in provincial elections; found in files 449-17 and 449-20), organizing workshops, producing and distributing a publication focused on women’s issues (entitled “Priorities” and launched in 1972; see for example file 450-05), introducing motions on gender-related issues at Convention, and more.

The Committee has its own executive structure, including Table Officers (Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer), Past-Chair, Priorities Coordinator, Democrat Page, POW Representative (the federal NDP women’s committee, known as Participation of Women), a Women’s Rights Organizer (WRC paid staff position), as well as regional representatives for the electoral constituencies, members at large, and representatives from and to other committees, such as the Young New Democrats, the Policy Review Committee, etc. Further, the WRC also formed its own subcommittees to engage with particular issues, such as the Nomination Support Committee, or the Committee on Sexist Behaviour. Like the BC NDP itself, these positions were generally elected at Convention, and “all women who are members in good standing of the B.C. New Democratic Party are eligible to attend Women’s Rights Committee Steering Committee meetings and have both voice and vote, except on money matters.” (“Women’s Rights Committee – Membership & Structure,” June 24, 1992; in file 450-07).

File 449-18 contains a copy of the “WRC Objectives -1992/93,” which gives a general sense of the goals and strategies of the WRC at the time, while file 456-05 contains the most recent draft constitution of the WRC included in this accrual (January 2003). Other materials in this subseries include meeting minutes and agenda, handwritten notes, correspondence, financial documents, reports, convention materials, memoranda and public communications, clippings, and other related materials.

Work as a health and fitness instructor

Subseries consists of materials related to Hanne's work as a health/fitness educator and trainer. Most of these records are from her time in North America, first leading workshops and hosting lectures in the United States (1940-1943) and later in Vancouver, where she worked as a fitness instructor, personal trainer, and massage therapist. This subseries also includes materials used to promote and advertise her gym and schools in Austria, her work as a fitness instructor and trainer, her fitness method, and other services she offered.

Working and management plans

Subseries contains records related to the working and management plans of various Tree farm licenses (TFLs) operated by Western Forest Products and its predecessors. This subseries contains mostly textual records. Map portions of the working and management plans are located in the Maps subseries of the TFL series.

Working for the Canadian Pacific Railway Company

Subseries consists of records and ephemera related to employment with the Canadian Pacific Railway since the company's inception in 1881. During the construction of the transcontinental railway, many of these employees were Chinese immigrants, who were often assigned the most dangerous jobs. Following the completion of the railway, the C.P.R. employed workers as passenger agents, train operators, steamship captains, cooks, engineers, stewards, and many other occupations. Many of the materials in this subseries were produced as reference materials for employee use, such as lists of equipment carried on trains, designating numbers for train stations, or telegraph codes

These records include employee handbooks, operating rules for employees, examination booklets, pension regulations and employee benefit plans, employee time cards, payroll sheets, memoranda, staff circulars, employment contracts, broadsides advertising employment opportunities, certificates of discharge related to service on C.P.R. steamships, correspondence, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, an employee's diary, a blank section book, and photographs of C.P.R. employees.

Writing

Subseries consists of textual materials, most of which were written by Hanne, however, this subseries does include some items written/created by other individuals. There are unpublished articles, draft versions of published articles, and newspaper/magazine clippings of articles — many written by Hanne, some written by other writers but featuring Hanne. There are also articles on the subject of health/fitness but which were written neither by Hanne nor about her. Other materials include pamphlets describing Hanne’s fitness method, pamphlets related to the rescue and transportation program she developed in the U.S., and artists’ mock-ups of possible covers for Hanne’s book “Methode Hanne Wassermann.” (It is unclear whether this book was ever published; however, typed copies are available as part of this subseries.)

Writing through race

Subseries includes tape recording of all the session for the “Writing through Race” conference Miki coordinated as chair of the Racial Minority Writers’ Committee of the Writers’ Union of Canada as well as photographs taken by photographers at the conference.

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