Fonds PR-166 - Roy Wootten fonds

Saanich May Day Float, 1946 Saanich May Day Float, 1946 Saanich May Day Float, 1946 Saanich May Day Float, 1946 Saanich May Day Float, 1946 Saanich May Day Float, 1951 Saanich May Day Float, 1954 Saanich May Day Float, 1954 Saanich May Day Float, 1955 Saanich May Day Float, 1956
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Roy Wootten fonds


  • 1942-1981 (Creation)

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50 photographs. -- 9 planning reports. -- 7 publications. – 5 cm. textual records -- 2 certificates. -- 1 audio disc : vinyl, 45 rpm. -- ephemera, banners and ribbons.

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Roy Wootten was born in Brandon Manitoba in 1913. His family moved to the Victoria area in 1925, where he attended Royal Oak School. He worked at various jobs around Victoria until opening his own retail dairy, which he sold in 1939. In 1940, Roy Wootten first joined the Saanich Fire Department, and later the Licence Department and the Building, Plumbing and Wiring Department. In 1950 he left Saanich to become a business agent for the Civic and School Board Employees on Vancouver Island. Roy Wootten ran for Saanich Council in 1951 and served until 1954, then returned to work for Saanich as Licence Inspector and Tax Collector. He was also Special Events Coordinator, with the Saanich Strawberry Festival being one of his well-known projects. He was Vice President of CUPE for all of Canada, President of the Greater Victoria Civic Employees Scholarship Benevolent Society, President of Saanich Municipal Employee's Association and the Firefighters Union President. He retired in 1974, at which time he became an Alderman and served on Council until 1976. Roy Wootten died in 1993.


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Received by Saanich Archives in 1982 and 1989.

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Fonds consists of material related to Roy Wootten’s work with Saanich. Fonds includes photographs of employees, events and structures in Saanich, including Saanich's May Day floats and staff in costume; Saanich Coat of Arms; Remembrance Day Ceremonies, 1976. Fonds includes records relating to Roy Wootten's work on the Special Events Committee including including correspondence and other textual records; photographs of various parade floats; Les Passmore Freeman ceremony, 1975; planning reports on Beaver/Elk Lake; development for the Gorge/Portage Inlet; the Swan Lake-Christmas Hill Nature Centre; history of giant fir section on display at municipal hall; Coat of Arms; E&N Railway; newspaper clippings; misc. reports and publications; certificates; sound recording; ephemera and artifacts.

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No further accruals are expected.

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  • English

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Associated material: Transcript of oral history interview with Roy Wootten.

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Accession number: 1982-002, 1989-024

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