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You have only one week left to submit your nominations for the 21st anniversary of annual celebration of women which is being held on October 15th, 2016.

Women to be honoured at the event will be selected from nominations and we need your help in identifying potential honourees. Within your organization or business there are undoubtedly women who are inspirational to others through their achievements at home, work and /or the community. We encourage you to use a nomination form to let us know who they are. Click here to download a form.

For additional information, please contact the Community Archivist, Val Billesberger, by calling 604 820-2621 (Thursdays or Friday afternoons only) or send an email

The Mission Community Archives is currently accepting applications from students aged 15 to 30 years of age for a paid summer position: Public Programs Assistant.

Please note that the staffing of this position is conditional upon the approval of a grant application submitted to the Canada Summer Jobs Program. For more details about the job and eligibility requirements please view job postings

Our new weekly feature on our Facebook page - Blast From the Past - is proving to be extremely popular. Since the themed based post was first launched on January 12, the reach by the end of March had exceeded 33,000! This coming week concludes posts featuring The Arts and Artists in Mission. Be sure to visit our Facebook to learn about our community's storied past and watch for our May Blast From the Past posts - the theme is sports and leisure.

There is a NEW street story on our website....You can find out the story behind the street named Henry Avenue in Hatzic here

READ about the remarkable lives of women whose records have been acquired by the archives. This week find out about Doreen Phelps - a dedicated and tireless community volunteer who was honoured for her special contributions in 2003 through the Paths & Pathfinders: Women of Mission Program.

At the Mission Community Archives volunteers of all ages play a significant role working with a trained professional to preserve and make accessible Mission's documentary heritage.

The archivist welcomes individuals with a passion for history and the community who would be interested in helping with the archives programs and services. Visit the archives this upcoming week or please email the Archivist, Val Billesberger, to find out about the broad range of volunteer opportunities.

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Operated by the Mission District Historical Society, the Mission Community Archives serves as a central repository for all community records that document the social, economic, and political development of the District of Mission and the Fraser Valley Regional District Electoral Areas: I (Dewdney-Hatzic Island), J (Nicomen Island Deroche), K (Lake Errock) and L (McConnell Creek-Hatzic Prairie).

The holdings include the records of individuals and families, arts and community organizations, clubs and local businesses and some local government. The archives also maintain a small reference collection pertaining to the history of the municipality, genealogical research, and the administration of archives.

Glimpses of the Past: October 27, 1946

Mission Community Archives Photograph collection

150 YOUTH AT TROPHY PRESENTATION event staged by the Mission & District Agricultural Association at the Elks' Hall on First Avenue, October 26, 1946. Winners of a score of silver trophies were presented to Junior Farm Club members at a Mission & District Agricultural Association function pictured above together with Fair Board officials and prominent visitors who participated in the program.

From Left to right, adults in the group are: Brother Gerard, OMI, Mission; James Muir, H.S. McLeod, certified seed potato inspector; Reeve W.T. Richardson of Chilliwack, President B.C. Guernsey Breeders' Association; W.A. Keddy, Mission; W.M. Williams, Manager Pacific National Exhibition; Oliver Evans, Western Fieldman B.C. Jersey Breeders' Association; Art Donald, District Agriculturist; Rex Cox, President and Amos Gibbard, Vice-President, Mission & District Agricultural Association,; F.D. Gross, Vancouver; Miss Echo Lidster, Provincial Director Junior Club work; and Henry Borg, Matsqui Calf Club organizer.

The group of junior club members includes; Leslie Andrews, Robert Gibbard, Gordon Borg, Pete Dempster, Heather Blacklock, Ida Keis, Dorothy Mercer, Irma Penner, Rudolph Moosebruger, Beverly Anderson, G.A. Jones, poultry, swine and potato club organizer, is barely visible behind Miss Blacklock. The picture was taken for The Fraser Valley Record by S.C. Wright of Deroche.

This WEEK visit our Facebook page for Throwback Thursdays, Historical Trivialities and our new weekly feature: Blast From the Past. sure to follow us on for news and upcoming events.

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Operated by the Mission District Historical Society, a non-profit organization, the Mission Community Archives welcomes your financial support to advance our programs and services. Your donation will help us to preserve and provide better access to the community's documentary heritage. We need your support!

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