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Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1980
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
CHROME? BRASS
Catalogue Number
P19970094024
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1980
Materials
CHROME? BRASS
No. Pieces
1
Height
1
Length
2.7
Width
2.3
Description
SILVER LAPEL PIN, SHAPED AS THREE-STRIPE CHEVRON SURMOUNTED BY CROWN. BLUE ENAMELED FACE WITH SILVER STRIPES AND CROWN. TWO TACK-STYLE PINS WITH FASTENERS AT BACK.
Subjects
ADORNMENT
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
BELONGED TO FRANK BATHGATE, A MEMBER OF THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICE FROM 1953 UNTIL HE RETIRED IN 1988. DECEASED 1996. FOR HISTORY PLEASE SEE P19960107001-GA. DONOR IS FRANK'S WIFE.
Catalogue Number
P19970094024
Acquisition Date
1998-07
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1980
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
BRASS
Catalogue Number
P19970094021
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1980
Materials
BRASS
No. Pieces
1
Height
0.9
Length
3.7
Width
3.5
Description
BRASS POLICE CREST WITH TWO THREADED FASTENERS AT BACK. FACE OF PIN EMBOSSED WITH CITY LOGO AT CENTRE, MAPLE LEAVES AT SIDES, BEAVER AT BOTTOM, AND CROWN AT TOP. TWO BANNERS ACROSS WIDTH EMBOSSED "POLICE LETHBRIDGE".
Subjects
ADORNMENT
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
BELONGED TO FRANK BATHGATE, A MEMBER OF THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICE FROM 1953 UNTIL HE RETIRED IN 1988. DECEASED 1996. FOR HISTORY PLEASE SEE P19960107001-GA. DONOR IS FRANK'S WIFE.
Catalogue Number
P19970094021
Acquisition Date
1998-07
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1980
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
BRASS
Catalogue Number
P19970094022
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1980
Materials
BRASS
No. Pieces
1
Height
0.9
Length
3.7
Width
3.5
Description
BRASS POLICE CREST WITH TWO THREADED FASTENERS AT BACK. FACE OF PIN EMBOSSED WITH CITY LOGO AT CENTRE, MAPLE LEAVES AT SIDES, BEAVER AT BOTTOM, AND CROWN AT TOP. TWO BANNERS ACROSS WIDTH ENAMELED BLUE & EMBOSSED "POLICE LETHBRIDGE".
Subjects
ADORNMENT
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
BELONGED TO FRANK BATHGATE, A MEMBER OF THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICE FROM 1953 UNTIL HE RETIRED IN 1988. DECEASED 1996. FOR HISTORY PLEASE SEE P19960107001-GA. DONOR IS FRANK'S WIFE.
Catalogue Number
P19970094022
Acquisition Date
1998-07
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1980
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
CHROME?, BRASS
Catalogue Number
P19970094023
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1980
Materials
CHROME?, BRASS
No. Pieces
3
Height
0.9
Length
3.7
Width
3.5
Description
SILVER POLICE CREST WITH TWO THREADED FASTENERS AT BACK. FACE OF PIN EMBOSSED WITH CITY LOGO AT CENTRE, MAPLE LEAVES AT SIDES, BEAVER AT BOTTOM, AND CROWN AT TOP. TWO BANNERS ACROSS WIDTH ENAMELED BLUE & EMBOSSED "POLICE LETHBRIDGE".
Subjects
ADORNMENT
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
BELONGED TO FRANK BATHGATE, A MEMBER OF THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICE FROM 1953 UNTIL HE RETIRED IN 1988. DECEASED 1996. FOR HISTORY PLEASE SEE P19960107001-GA. DONOR IS FRANK'S WIFE.
Catalogue Number
P19970094023
Acquisition Date
1998-07
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
LETHBRIDGE POLICE
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
BRASS, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P20020089006
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
LETHBRIDGE POLICE
Date
2002
Materials
BRASS, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
2
Height
1.0
Length
2.5
Width
2.0
Description
GOLD COLOURED PIN IS TEAR DROP SHAPED. FEATURES THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICE LOGO WITH A BANNER ABOVE AND BELOW, IN BLUE, THAT READ "LETHBRIDGE POLICE". AT BOTTOM OF PIN READS "1891". HAS A ROUND BRASS BACKING.
Subjects
ADORNMENT
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
COMMEMORATIVE
History
ITEMS WERE PRODUCED FOR THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICE IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE CENTENNIAL ANNIVERSARY OF THE FORMATION OF THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE FORCE IN 2002. THE GALT MUSEUM SUPPORTED TWO CELEBRATORY FUNCTIONS BY PROVIDING A DISPLAY OF POLICE ARTIFACTS AT THE LETHBRIDGE LODGE HOTEL.
Catalogue Number
P20020089006
Acquisition Date
2003-05
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STEEL, BRASS
Catalogue Number
P19950038008
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1950
Materials
STEEL, BRASS
No. Pieces
1
Height
2.8
Length
10.4
Width
6.1
Description
BRASS PLATED STEEL CLIP HAS OUTLINE OF HORSESHOE ON FRONT. HAS CROWN ON TOP AND A DEPRESSED ROUNDED TRIANGLE BELOW. HAS A SLOT IN MIDDLE WITH A STRIP OF STEEL SUPPORT ALONG THE BACK. BACK OF CLIP HAS OPEN CIRCLE ON TOP WITH THE BODY HAVING COMING TO A POINT ALONG THE SIDES. BASE IS ROUNDED WITH A SCALLOPED BASE. HAS A SLOT IN THE BACK. IS PIECE OF RAW STEEL IN BETWEEN THE FRONT AND BACK. IS WOVEN THROUGH THE FRONT SLOT AND COMES OUT THE BACK SLOT. IS NOTCHED IN BETWEEN TO SECURE IN PLACE. SLIP HOLDS CLIP IN PLACE AND FORCES THE BOTTOM TOGETHER, THEY SEPARATE WHEN STEEL PIECES ARE PRESSED TOGETHER AT TOP. ENGRAVED IN TOP IS "SPENCERIAN". BRASS HAS PATINA AND PITTING. STEEL STRIP IS CORRODING AND HAS SURFACE DIRT. PLATING IS WEARING OFF.
Subjects
WRITING ACCESSORIES
Historical Association
BUSINESS
SAFETY SERVICES
History
DONATED ON BEHALF OF AGNES SHORT. SEE FILE P19950038001-GA FOR PERSONAL HISTORY. USED AT FIREFHALL IN CHIEF SHORT'S OFFICE. *UPDATE* IN 2016 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A BELT DONATED BY SHARON DEREK. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. THE DONOR, SHARON DERRICK, IS THE NIECE OF AGNES SHORT. AGNES CHRISTINA SHORT WAS BORN ON APRIL 20, 1916 TO WILLIAM H. AND BERTHA SHORT (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN). SHE GRADUATED FROM LETHBRIDGE COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE AND THEN ATTDNED THE CALGARY GENERAL HOSPITAL FOR NURSING TRAINING, WHICH SHE GRADUATED FROM IN 1939. AGNES WAS THE SUPERVISOR AT THE GALT HOSPITAL FROM 1939-1945. SHE WAS IN CHARGE OF THE NURSING STAFF OF LETHBRIDGE SCHOOL DISTRICT #51 FROM 1947 UNTIL 1958. SHE WAS ALSO THE DIRECTOR OF NURSING AT THE LETHBRIDGE HEALTH UNIT FROM 1964 UNTIL HER RETIREMENT. SHE RETIRED IN 1980 AFTER 42 YEARS OF NURSING. AGNES PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 78 ON OCTOBER 20, 1994. WILLIAM HENRY SHORT WAS AGNES’S FATHER. HE WAS BORN IN LONDON, ENGLAND IN 1889 AND MOVED TO CANADA IN 1909. HE INITIALLY WORKED FOR THE CITY WATERWORKS DEPARTMENT IN LETHBRIDGE FOR TWO YEARS, BEFORE SPENDING 51 YEARS IN SERVICE OF THE LETHBRIDGE FIRE DEPARTMENT. HE OVERSAW THE INTRODUCTION OF MOTORIZED FIRE ENGINES, SWITCHING FROM HORSE POWERED WAGONS, IN 1913. HE ALSO SAW THE DEPARTMENT GROW IN SIZE FROM ONLY 13 TO 49 MEN. HE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 84 ON NOVEMBER 18, 1974. WILLIAM’S WIFE BERTHA L. SHORT PASSED AWAY ON JULY 28, 1989. ACCORDING TO AN ARTICLE ABOUT AGNES’S LIFE, THE SHORT FAMILY LIVED IN NUMBER 1 FIRE HALL, WHERE WILLIAM WAS FIRE CHIEF. WILLIAM H. AND BERTHA ALSO HAD ANOTHER CHILD, WILLIAM D. SHORT. HE WAS BORN ON AUGUST 16, 1916 AND PASSED AWAY ON AUGUST 5, 1990. HE WAS MARRIED TO MYRTLE (NEE NELSON) SHORT AND THEIR CHILDREN INCLUDE THE DONOR, SHARON DERRICK. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. *UPDATE* IN 2018 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT ELISE PUNDYK CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF BOXED TEXTILES AND ACCESSORIES INCLUDING A NUMBER OF ARTIFACTS DONATED BY SHARON DERRICK. ON 1 MARCH 2018, PUNDYK INTERVIEWED DERRICK REGARDING HER DONATION. THE INFORMATION BELOW HAS BEEN EXTRACTED FROM THAT INTERVIEW: A NUMBER OF ARTIFACTS DONATED WERE CONNECTED TO THE DONOR’S GRANDFATHER, WILLIAM H. SHORT AND HIS CAREER AS FIRE CHIEF IN THE NUMBER 1 FIRE HALL IN LETHBRIDGE. “YOU SEE, DURING THE YEARS THAT HE WAS THE FIRE CHIEF,” DERRICK BEGAN, “THEIR QUARTERS ACTUALLY WERE IN THE BACK OF THE FIRE HALL. SO STUFF KIND OF GOT ACCUMULATED THERE. THE WHOLE FAMILY [LIVED IN THE FIRE HALL]. WHEN I WAS LITTLE, I WAS THERE ALL THE TIME. MY FATHER [WILLIAM D. SHORT] WAS A CAPTAIN IN THE FIRE DEPARTMENT, BUT MY GRANDFATHER WAS THE FIRE CHIEF.” WHEN ASKED IF SHE HAD ANY MEMORY OF SEEING HER GRANDFATHER WEARING ANY OF THE ARTIFACTS, SUCH AS THE HELMET (P19950037014) OR THE FIRE PANTS (P19950037008), DERRICK RECALLED, “YES, BECAUSE LETHBRIDGE WAS SMALL AT THE TIME AND WHEN WE LIVED IN THE FIRE HALL AND THE BELLS WENT OFF, WE WOULD OFTEN WALK OVER TO HAVE A LOOK AT THE FIRE. I WOULD SEE MY GRANDFATHER OUT THERE, AND I’D SEE MY FATHER WHEN HE WAS ON SHIFT. THERE WERE SOME HUGE FIRES RIGHT DOWNTOWN. I CAN’T REMEMBER WHAT DATES – PROBABLY BACK IN THE LATE ‘40’S, EARLY ‘50’S. [IN ONE INSTANCE], MY DAD WAS ALSO ON THE BACK OF A FIRE TRUCK, SPEEDING TO A FIRE, AND ANOTHER TRUCK CAME ALONG AND HIT HIM IN THE BACK. HE SUFFERED VERY SEVERE INJURIES FROM THAT. AND I SAW THAT TOO. I WAS JUST ON MY WAY BACK TO SCHOOL.” “WHEN I WAS YOUNG, I WAS ALWAYS IN AND OUT [OF THE FIRE HALL],” DERRICK WENT ON, “THERE WAS A BELL TOWER THERE, WHERE THEY HUNG THE WET HOSES UP TO DRY. THERE WERE RICKETY OLD WOODEN STAIRS GOING ROUND AND ROUND ALL THE WAY UP TO THE TOP OF THE FIRE HALL TO WHERE THE BELL USED TO BE. I USED TO GO UP AND DOWN THOSE STAIRS, AND HOP AND PLAY. AND IN THE BASEMENT THERE WAS PRISON CELLS, BECAUSE IT USED [TO BE] THE POLICE STATION MANY, MANY YEARS BEFORE. IT WAS A COMBINATION OF FIRE AND POLICE. AND, THERE WAS A BIG FURNACE DOWN THERE. I USED TO GO DOWN AND WATCH THE FIREMEN PUSH COAL INTO THE FURNACE TO KEEP IT GOING. IT WAS AN INTERESTING PLACE TO BE AROUND.” “MY GRANDFATHER WAS ON THE INTERNATIONAL BOARD OF FIRE CHIEFS,” DERRICK CONTINUED, “HE WAS VICE-PRESIDENT IN NEW YORK. THEY HAD ASKED HIM TO COME UP AND TAKE THE PRESIDENCY, BUT AFTER MUCH CONSIDERATION, HE DECIDED HE DIDN’T WANT TO LEAVE THE FAMILY FOR THE TWO YEAR TERM IN NEW YORK, SO HE TURNED THAT ONE DOWN. THOUGH HE DID REMAIN ON THE BOARD FOR MANY YEARS.” AN ARTICLE IN THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD PUBLISHED ON SEPTEMBER 27, 2000 READS, “WILLIAM SHORT RETIRED AS LETHBRIDGE FIRE CHIEF IN 1962, ENDING A CAREER AS CHIEF WHICH BEGAN IN JANUARY 1945.” A HERALD ARTICLE FROM 1974 ADDITIONALLY STATES THAT SHORT “JOINED THE LETHBRIDGE FIRE DEPARTMENT IN 1911. HE WAS PROMOTED TO LIEUTENANT IN 1919 AND CAPTAIN IN 1922.” AN ADDITIONAL ARTICLE TITLED, “LETHBRIDGE WELL PROTECTED BY MODERN FIRE DEPARTMENT,” PUBLISHED IN 1967 IN THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD READS, “[IN 1910] THE FIRST FIREHALL THAT [WAS] LOCATED AT 4TH STREET AND 2ND AVENUE SOUTH WAS TORN DOWN. IT WAS A TWO-STOREY BUILDING. A THREE-STOREY FIREHALL WAS BUILT IN ITS PLACE ON THE SAME SITE. THAT EARLY BUILDING HOUSED THE FIRE DEPARTMENT EQUIPMENT, SERVED AS CITY HALL AND THE POLICE STATION…” WHEN ASKED ABOUT THE REASON FOR THE DONATION OF HER FAMILY’S ARTIFACTS DURING THE 2018 INTERVIEW, DERRICK EXPLAINED, “I WAS THE EXECUTOR FOR MY AUNT’S WILL AND WHEN SHE PASSED AWAY SHE [WAS LIVING IN] MY GRANDMOTHER AND GRANDFATHER’S HOME. ALL THIS STUFF HAD BEEN LEFT IN THE HOUSE, SO WHEN WE WERE CLEANING IT OUT FOLLOWING HER DEATH, WE CAME ACROSS ALL THESE THINGS. WHILE I KEPT SOME AS MEMENTOS, MY SISTER AND I [DECIDED TO DONATE OTHER ITEMS TO THE MUSEUM].” PLEASE PERMANENT FILE P19950037001, FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION AND COPIES OF ARTICLES REGARDING THE FAMILY HISTORY.
Catalogue Number
P19950038008
Acquisition Date
1995-06
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1940
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
GLASS, PAPER
Catalogue Number
P19950037006
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1940
Materials
GLASS, PAPER
No. Pieces
3
Description
1. GLASS-PLATE NEGATIVE: 10.2CM X 8.2CM X 0.3CM GLASS PLATE WITH BLACK PAPER EDGING AND COLORED PICTURE. NEGATIVE IS MADE UP OF TWO PANES OF GLASS HELD TOGETHER WITH BLACK PAPER TAPE. BACK PANE HAS STENCILED COLORED PICTURE WITH WHITE PAPER BORDER AROUND IT. PAPER BORDER HAS GREEN PRINTING WHICH READS "COLUMBIA SLIDE COMPANY" AND "19 S. WELLS ST., CHICAGO OPERATOR - KEEP SLIDE CLEAN". COLORED PICTURE IS OF MAN IN BLUE COAT AND YELLOW HAT WITH A POCKETWATCH IN HIS HANDS. ACROSS TOP IN RED READS "IF YOUR WATCH IS ON THE BUM" AND ACROSS BOTTOM IN GREEN READS "TAKE IT TO A. F. ZEMLAK 712 - 3RD AVE. SO.". INSIDE YELLOW BORDER TO LEFT AND RIGHT OF PICTURE OF MAN IS "CAREFUL ATTENTION" AND "SATISFACTORY WORK". BOTTOM RIGHT CORNER OF BACK PANE IS CRACKED. 2. GLASS-PLATE NEGATIVE: 10.1CM X 8.3CM X 0.3CM GLASS PLATE WITH BLACK PAPER EDGING AND STENCILED MESSAGE. BLACK PAPER EDGING IS BADLY WORN WITH PORTIONS MISSING. ONE SIDE HAS STENCILED BLACK BACKGROUND WITH WHITE LETTERING WHICH READS "CARELESSNESS CAUSES FIRES CLEANLINESS AND CAREFULNESS WILL PREVENT FIRES." AND "FIRE PREVENTION WEEK THIS WEEK!". 3. GLASS-PLATE NEGATIVE: 8.1CM X8.1CM X 0.3CM GLASS PLATE WITH STENCILED PHOTO AND BLACK PAPER BORDER. NEGATIVE IS MADE UP OF TWO PLATES OF GLASS HELD TOGETHER WITH BLACK PAPER TAPE. PHOTO IS OF BOY-SCOUT LEADER AND MEMBER HELPING A WOUNDED DOG. WHITE PAPER LABEL GLUED TO BLACK MAT BORDER READS "FRY,LTD., 110 PRATT ST., LONDON, N.W. 1.". IN TOP CORNERS ARE TWO WHITE CIRCLES ON BLACK MATTE BORDER. ON GLASS OVER TOP LEFT IS TORN PAPER TAG WITH "26" ON IT.
Subjects
DOCUMENTARY ARTIFACT
Historical Association
BUSINESS
SAFETY SERVICES
ASSOCIATIONS
History
ARTIFACTS ARE FROM THE #1 FIREHALL AND THE GALT HOSPITAL AND WERE DONATED IN MEMORY OF AGNES C. SHORT, HEAD SCHOOL NURSE, AND WILLIAM H. SHORT WHO WAS FIRE CHIEF. *UPDATE* IN 2016 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A BELT DONATED BY SHARON DEREK. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. THE DONOR, SHARON DERRICK, IS THE NIECE OF AGNES SHORT. AGNES CHRISTINA SHORT WAS BORN ON APRIL 20, 1916 TO WILLIAM H. AND BERTHA SHORT (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN). SHE GRADUATED FROM LETHBRIDGE COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE AND THEN ATTDNED THE CALGARY GENERAL HOSPITAL FOR NURSING TRAINING, WHICH SHE GRADUATED FROM IN 1939. AGNES WAS THE SUPERVISOR AT THE GALT HOSPITAL FROM 1939-1945. SHE WAS IN CHARGE OF THE NURSING STAFF OF LETHBRIDGE SCHOOL DISTRICT #51 FROM 1947 UNTIL 1958. SHE WAS ALSO THE DIRECTOR OF NURSING AT THE LETHBRIDGE HEALTH UNIT FROM 1964 UNTIL HER RETIREMENT. SHE RETIRED IN 1980 AFTER 42 YEARS OF NURSING. AGNES PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 78 ON OCTOBER 20, 1994. WILLIAM HENRY SHORT WAS AGNES’S FATHER. HE WAS BORN IN LONDON, ENGLAND IN 1889 AND MOVED TO CANADA IN 1909. HE INITIALLY WORKED FOR THE CITY WATERWORKS DEPARTMENT IN LETHBRIDGE FOR TWO YEARS, BEFORE SPENDING 51 YEARS IN SERVICE OF THE LETHBRIDGE FIRE DEPARTMENT. HE OVERSAW THE INTRODUCTION OF MOTORIZED FIRE ENGINES, SWITCHING FROM HORSE POWERED WAGONS, IN 1913. HE ALSO SAW THE DEPARTMENT GROW IN SIZE FROM ONLY 13 TO 49 MEN. HE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 84 ON NOVEMBER 18, 1974. WILLIAM’S WIFE BERTHA L. SHORT PASSED AWAY ON JULY 28, 1989. ACCORDING TO AN ARTICLE ABOUT AGNES’S LIFE, THE SHORT FAMILY LIVED IN NUMBER 1 FIRE HALL, WHERE WILLIAM WAS FIRE CHIEF. WILLIAM H. AND BERTHA ALSO HAD ANOTHER CHILD, WILLIAM D. SHORT. HE WAS BORN ON AUGUST 16, 1916 AND PASSED AWAY ON AUGUST 5, 1990. HE WAS MARRIED TO MYRTLE (NEE NELSON) SHORT AND THEIR CHILDREN INCLUDE THE DONOR, SHARON DERRICK. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. *UPDATE* IN 2018 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT ELISE PUNDYK CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF BOXED TEXTILES AND ACCESSORIES INCLUDING A NUMBER OF ARTIFACTS DONATED BY SHARON DERRICK. ON 1 MARCH 2018, PUNDYK INTERVIEWED DERRICK REGARDING HER DONATION. DURING THAT INTERVIEW, IT WAS DETERMINED THAT THIS ARTIFACT WAS UNRECOGNIZABLE TO THE DONOR. LETHBRIDGE HERALD RESEARCH CONDUCTED INTO THE NAME ON THE GLASS-PLATE NEGATIVE, A. F. ZEMLAK, DETERMINED THAT ZEMLAK WAS A LOCAL JEWELLER WHO OWNED A SHOP CALLED "ZEMLAK JEWELLERY." THE EARLIEST ADVERTISMENT FOR THE SHOP WAS FOUND IN THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD WAS FOUND IN A 1927 EDITION. WHEN ZEMLAK PASSED AWAY IN 1955 IN LETHBRIDGE, THE NAME OF THE SHOP CHANGED TO ZEMLAK JEWELLERY UNDER PROPRIETORS AGNES BILCIK AND STEVE SLEMKO. THE LAST YEAR THAT ZEMLAK JEWELLERY WAS LISTED IN HENDERSON'S CITY DIRECTORY FOR LETHBRIDGE WAS 1956. PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR MORE INFORMATION, INCLUDING CLIPPINGS FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARCHIVES. PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE P19950037001 FOR FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION OF THE 2018 INTERVIEW WITH SHARON DERRICK.
Catalogue Number
P19950037006
Acquisition Date
1995-05
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
DEMONSTRATION ALARM BOX
Date Range From
1910
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD, STEEL, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P19760095000
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
DEMONSTRATION ALARM BOX
Date Range From
1910
Date Range To
1950
Materials
WOOD, STEEL, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
3
Height
183.5
Width
32.0
Description
"SERIAL #20114C" AND "17" ON BACK OF ALARM BOX. DEMONSTRATION UNIT CONSISTS OF A WOODEN STAND WITH A TRIANGULAR BRACED BASE. AN ALARM BOX IS AT TOP OF THE STAND, A GONG IS MOUNTED BELOW THIS, AND A GONG MOUNTED ON A CONTROL BOX IS AT THE BOTTOM. AT THE BACK OF THE STAND IS AN AUTO BATTERY MOUNTED AT THE TOP, A RESET SWITCH BELOW THE BATTERY, AND A CIRCUIT BOARD BELOW THE SWITCH. BOX IS RED, PENTAGONAL SHAPE, WITH FRONT OPENING. TOP FEATURES A FIST DESIGN AND EMBOSSED WORD: "GAMEWELL". DOOR OF BOX FEATURES WHITE LETTERING: "FOR FIRE". INSIDE DOOR IS PLASTIC COVERED OPENING, A HANDLE MARKED: OPEN, AND A WHITE HOOK WITH RED LETTERING BELOW: "PULL DOWN HOOK". LETTERING FLANKED BY DOWN POINTED ARROWS. BACKSIDE OF DOOR AND OPENING AREA FEATURE SILVER/BLACK LABELS SHOWING: PATENT NUMBERS, SERIAL NUMBER, UNDERWRITERS LABORATORIES OF CANADA, FIRE ALARM, NORTHERN ELECTRIC COMPANY LIMITED, MADE IN CANADA, ETC. TWO KEYS AVAILABLE TO LOCK BOX VIA KEYHOLE INSIDE DOOR. THE MIDDLE GONG IS MOUNTED ON A MAHOGANY BLOCK AND FEATURES A SPRING LOADED HANDLE AND TWO COILS. THE GONG IS STAMPED IN GOLD; THE NORTHERN ELECTRIC & MANUFACTURING CO. LTD. THE BOTTOM GONG IS MOUNTED ON A BLACK/SILVER METAL CONTROL BOX FEATURING A SILVER SWITCH AND A RED INDICATOR LIGHT. THIS BOTTOM UNIT IS MARKED WITH A CLENCHED FIST SYMBOL AND: THE GAMEWELL COMPANY, NEWTON, MASSACHUSETTS. KINGSTON AUTO BATTERY AT TOP REAR OF STAND IS BLACK METAL & HAS A PRODUCT LABEL: KINGSTON AUTO BATTERY...KINGSTON PRODUCT CORP. KOKOMA, INDIANA, U.S.A. BATTERY IS WIRED FOR A WALL PLUG, 115 V. A.C., 65 WATTS. THE RESET SWITCH BELOW THE BATTERY FEATURES THE WORDS: TRIP AND RESET. THE CIRCUIT BOARD AT THE BOTTOM REAR OF THE STAND IS WIRED TO THE VARIOUS ITEMS ON THE DEMONSTRATION UNIT, AND IS LABELLED: MOTOROLA, MADE IN CANADA.
Subjects
REGULATIVE & PROTECTIVE T&E
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
EDUCATION
History
UNIT CONSTRUCTED BY LETHBRIDGE FIRE DEPARTMENT PERSONNEL TO DEMONSTRATE ALARM SYSTEM USE TO SCHOOL CHILDREN. UNIT WAS COLLECTED FROM NO. 1 FIRE HALL WHEN ABANDONED BY FIRE DEPARTMENT. NO. 1 FIRE HALL WAS CONSTRUCTED IN 1908-1909. ARCHITECT: J.A. MCDONALD, CONTRACTOR: SMITH BROS. & WILSON.
Catalogue Number
P19760095000
Acquisition Date
1975-03
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1965
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19970075002
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1965
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Height
10.5
Length
16
Width
11
Description
WHITE HEAVILY STARCHED COTTON NURSES CAP. CAP WAS A FLAT PIECE OF FABRIC FOLDED INTO A STANDUP BRIM, AND A POINTED CROWN. THERE IS THE REMNANTS OF A TAG ON THE EDGE MARKED "DONNA MELLORM?". ALSO MARKED "M.H." IN ONE CORNER. ITEM HAS THREE PAPER CLIPS ATTACHED TO KEEP HAT IN PLACE, BUT WITHOUT HAT STILL MAINTAINS SHAPE.
Subjects
CLOTHING-HEADWEAR
Historical Association
HEALTH SERVICES
EDUCATION
History
FROM DONORS UNIFORM FROM THE ST. MICHAEL'S SCHOOL OF NURSING. DONORS MAIDEN NAME WAS FLETT. FOR MORE INFORMATION SEE P19970075001-GA. *UPDATE* IN 2016 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A NURSE’S UNIFORM DONATED BY MARION WRIGHT. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION COMES FROM AN INTERVIEW CONDUCTED BY RUTHANN LABLANCE WITH THE DONOR, MARION WRIGHT (NEE FLETT), AND HER CLASSMATES MARLENE SIMPSON (NEE BACHMEIER) AND MARY ANN PRASKACH (NEE SERA). THE THREE WOMEN STUDIED TOGETHER AT ST. MICHAEL’S NURSING SCHOOL AND GRADUATED IN 1966. NONE OF THE THREE WOMEN HAD ANYTHING SPECIFICALLY TO SAY ABOUT THE NURSE’S CAP. THEY DID RECALL THAT THEY RELIED ON SAFETY PINS TO HOLD THEIR UNIFORMS TOGETHER. ASKED ABOUT THE OTHER NAMES WRITTEN IN HER UNIFORM, MARION REPLIED: “OH, IT WAS PROBABLY REUSED … THEY WOULD NEVER WASTE A THING, AT ST. MIKES WE WERE TAUGHT TO CONSERVE … NOTHING WAS THROWN OUT THAT COULD BE REUSED, WHETHER IT WAS ON THE NURSING UNIT OR AS FAR AS OUR UNIFORMS WERE CONCERNED. I REMEMBER ONE INCIDENT: I WORKED IN THE OPERATING ROOM AT ST. MIKES AND I BRIEFLY WORKED THE “OR” AT THE FOOTHILLS HOSPITAL AND I COULDN’T GET OVER [IT], I KEPT RUNNING TO THE GARBAGE AND PULLING OUT WHAT THEY WERE THROWING AWAY BECAUSE IT WAS STILL GOOD. AND WE WOULD NEVER CONSIDER THROWING AWAY THINGS THAT COULD BE RE-STERILIZED AND REUSED.” MARY ANN ADDED: “OUR UNIFORMS WERE WASHED FOR US. … SO WHEN WE GOT OUR UNIFORMS, SOMETIMES WE GOT THE WRONG HAT AND STUFF.” THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND “OUT OF THE BLUE: SCIENCE, SERVICE, SANCTITY: ST. MICHAEL’S SCHOOL OF NURSING YEARBOOK 1966”. MARION WRIGHT (NEE FLETT) GRADUATED FROM THE ST. MICHAEL’S SCHOOL OF NURSING IN 1966. SHE MARRIED DR. GERALD A. WRIGHT AND AT THE TIME OF HIS PASSING IN 2007, THEY HAD BEEN MARRIED FOR 25 YEARS. GERALD WAS BORN ON MAY 7, 1917 IN SOUTH WALES. HE IMMIGRATED TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1951. HE WAS PREDECEASED BY HIS FIRST WIFE, ISOBEL WRIGHT. GERALD PASSED AWAY ON MARCH 31, 2007. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR A TRANSCRIPT OF THE INTERVIEW AND FOR HARD COPIES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND “OUT OF THE BLUE:SCIENCE, SERVICE, SANCTITY: ST. MICHAEL’S SCHOOL OF NURSING YEARBOOK 1966”.
Catalogue Number
P19970075002
Acquisition Date
1997-08
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1916
Date Range To
1920
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
IRON, STEEL
Catalogue Number
P20170034002
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1916
Date Range To
1920
Materials
IRON, STEEL
No. Pieces
1
Height
1.3
Diameter
2
Description
IRON RING WITH WIDE BLANK SQUARE FRONT. RING HAS NO MARKING ON FRONT OR INSIDE. RING BAND WIDENS AT SQUARE FRONT AND NARROWS INTO BAND. RING IS TARNISHED ON INSIDE AND OUTSIDE OF BAND; OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
ADORNMENT
Historical Association
MILITARY
PERSONAL CARE
History
ON NOVEMBER 20, 2017, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED RITA BERLANDO REGARDING HER DONATION OF A GIFTED RING AND CRUCIFIX. BERLANDO WAS GIFTED THE OBJECTS FROM A PREVIOUS EMPLOYER, GLADSTONE VIRUTE, OF LETHBRIDGE. ON THE RING, BERLANDO RECALLED, “[THEY WERE FASHIONED FROM A BELL IN FRANCE OR BELGIUM] I HAVE NO IDEA…HOW THEY BECAME IN HIS POSSESSION. BUT TO HIM, HE MUST HAVE TREASURED THEM BECAUSE HE KNEW OF THE CHURCH THAT WAS BOMBED AND THE BELL THAT IT CAME FROM…WHEN HE GAVE THEM TO ME, I WAS INTRIGUED TO KNOW MORE ABOUT IT BUT HE DIDN’T HAVE TOO MUCH HISTORY ON THEM. NOT TO ME, ANYWAY.” ON GLADSTONE VIRTUE’S MILITARY SERVICE, BERLANDO NOTED, ““I DON’T THINK HE WANTED TO TALK ABOUT IT. I THINK HE HAD A PAST THAT HE WOULD RATHER NOT DISCUSS. IT WAS ALWAYS STRICTLY BUSINESS. IT WAS NEVER SITTING THERE AND DISCUSSING WHAT HIS LIFE WAS OR ANYTHING OF THAT NATURE.” “I DIDN’T KNOW TOO MUCH ABOUT HIM BUT I KNOW THAT HE WAS A MAN THAT PEOPLE RESPECTED, AND FOR HIM TO RESPECT ME, I THINK THAT WAS AN HONOUR.” “I WOULD LOVE TO KNOW HOW THESE TWO LITTLE ITEMS BECAME IN HIS POSSESSION AND WHERE WAS HE WHEN THEY WERE GIVEN TO HIM AND WAS HE PRESENT AT SOME TIME…I JUST FIND THAT HE MUST HAVE HAD THEM IN HIS POSSESSION FOR SOME TIME.” BERLANDO ELABORATED ON HOW THE RING CAME INTO HER POSSESSION, “[THIS ITEM] MEANS AN AWFUL LOT TO ME BECAUSE IT WAS GIVEN AT THE TIME THAT I WAS EMPLOYED WITH THE LAW FIRM OF VIRTUE AND COMPANY. IT WAS MR. GLADSTONE VIRTUE, SEMI-RETIRED WHEN I WAS EMPLOYED THERE, THAT HAD ASKED THAT I GO INTO HIS ROOM AND TAKE LETTERS [AND] NOTES FOR LETTERS THAT HE WISHED TO HAVE TYPED. I WAS HIRED AS A RECEPTIONIST, NOT FEELING THAT I WOULD HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY AS A SECRETARY, SO I INFORMED HIM THAT I COULD NOT DO THIS DUTY. HE ASKED THAT I GET HIS SECRETARY TO TAKE HIS NOTES. AS THE MONTHS WENT BY, HE BECAME VERY – AND I USE THE WORD ‘ATTACHED’ – BECAUSE HE WOULD ALSO ASK ME TO DO SERVICES FOR HIM, WHICH I WOULD HAVE TO GO TO THE ROYAL BANK TO DO HIS BANKING [AND] HIS INVESTMENTS. WHEN HE WAS NO LONGER TO BE WITH THE FIRM, HE HANDED ME A LITTLE GIFT. THAT GIFT CONSIST[ED] OF A RING AND A CROSS THAT WAS MADE FROM A BELL OF A CHURCH THAT WAS BOMBED IN THE FIRST WAR. THAT MEANT AN AWFUL LOT TO ME SO I HAVE TREASURED IT CONTINUALLY AND [THE GIFTING] HAS TO DATE BACK TO [1965].” “[MR GLADSTONE VIRTURE] MUST HAVE KEPT IT AS A REMEMBRANCE FROM SOMEWHERE IN THE PAST THAT HE HAD THAT HE DID NOT [WANT TO] LEAVE IT TO HIS FAMILY, BUT [WITH] ME. THEREFORE, I DEFINITELY FELT THAT [IT] WAS A GIFT THAT I SHOULD TREASURE AND I HAVE TREASURED, AND I HAVE KEPT IT UNDER LOCK AND KEY. EVEN IN THE TRANSITION OF DOWNSIZING, I LIVED IN FEAR THAT FOR SOME REASON, THERE WERE ITEMS THAT I NO LONGER HAVE. I KEPT THINKING, ‘OH, DEAR LORD, I BETTER MAKE SURE I STILL HAVE THAT GIFT FROM MR. VIRTUE.’ WHEN I FOUND IT, THAT’S WHEN I REALLY SERIOUSLY THOUGHT I HAD TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THEM.” “AT [THE TIME I WAS HIRED], FINANCES WERE DIFFICULT IN THE FAMILY HOME SO I APPLIED FOR THE POSITION OF RECEPTIONIST. THE POSITION REQUIRED NOT ONLY [WORKING] AS A RECEPTIONIST BUT AS A BOOKKEEPER AND AN OFFICE MANAGER. I HESITATED ONCE I WAS INFORMED OF THIS RESPONSIBILITY, BUT I UNDERTOOK THE POSITION AND DID ALL OF THE REQUIREMENTS THAT WAS EXPECTED OF ME. THE LAW FIRM AT THAT TIME CONSISTED OF CHARLES VIRTUE, WILLIAM RUSSELL, MR. GORDON AND THEN LATER ON, THERE WAS VAUGHN HEMBROFF THAT BECAME PARTNER AND GLENN MORRISON. IT’S ALWAYS MEANT A LOT OF THE PAST HISTORY OF MY LIFE. THINKING HOW I WAS HONOURED TO BE WITH THAT FIRM, THESE LITTLE ITEMS THAT WERE GIVEN TO ME JUST EVEN MEANT ALL THE MORE.” “BUT I REMEMBER DISTINCTLY THAT THEY SAID I COULDN’T LEAVE [IN 1964] UNTIL I HIRED SOMEONE THAT COULD REPLACE ME. THEY GAVE ME THE RESPONSIBILITY OF FINDING SOMEONE. MY INTENTION AT THAT TIME WAS TO LEAVE AND MOVE TO MONTREAL. I WAS LIMITED IN THE TIME THAT THIS RESPONSIBILITY WAS GIVEN, AND I DID SUGGEST A PARTICULAR PERSON BUT SHE ONLY WORKED THERE FOR A SHORT TIME AND THEY DIDN’T FEEL THAT SHE QUALIFIED AND COULD HANDLE THE WORK THAT I HAD TAKEN ON. THEN I HAD TO CONTINUE TO STAY UNTIL THEY FELT COMFORTABLE THAT THERE WAS SOMEONE THAT COULD REPLACE ME AND IT MUST HAVE BEEN 1965 [THAT I LEFT].” “EACH ONE OF THE LAWYERS HAD THEIR OWN PRIVATE SECRETARIES. ONE WOMAN IN PARTICULAR…MARY, WAS EXCELLENT IN TAKING LETTERS AND WAS AN EXCELLENT LAW SECRETARY, BUT COULD NOT DO THE BOOKKEEPING. I UNDERTOOK TO DO THE BOOKKEEPING FOR THE SECRETARIES AND THEREFORE, THERE HAD TO BE, AT LEAST FOUR EXTRA GIRLS AS SECRETARIES THERE. AS THEY INCREASED WITH STAFF, THEY WOULD ALSO HIRE MORE SECRETARIES.” ON MR. GLADSTONE VIRTUE, BERLANDO STATED, “I ADMIRED HIM BECAUSE HE DEMANDED RESPECT, HE DEMANDED PROFESSIONALISM. HE WAS VERY SERIOUS ABOUT HIS CLIENTS AND THEY HAD TO BE TREATED LIKE IT WAS AN HONOUR TO HAVE HIM AS THEIR LAWYER. HE WAS NOT A TALL MAN IN STATURE BUT HE STOOD OUT AS A SPECIAL PERSON…BUT HIS CLIENTS CAME FIRST. HE WOULD NEVER HESITATE TO MAKE SURE THAT IF HE HAD A CLIENT OR HAD AN APPOINTMENT THAT I HAD TO MAKE SURE THEY WERE TAKEN CARE OF. HE USED TO INVEST THROUGH THE ROYAL BANK AND HE WOULD HAVE ME GO DOWN AND MEET WITH THE MANAGER. [I WOULD] LET THEM KNOW THAT I WAS THERE ON BEHALF OF MR. VIRTUE AND PRESENT THEM WITH WHATEVER INFORMATION HE GAVE ME…THEY WERE TO TAKE CARE OF THAT. SO HE REALLY MADE ME HIS PERSONAL PERSON TO LOOK AFTER ALL OF HIS PRIVATE AFFAIRS, WHICH TO ME WAS AN HONOUR…EVEN THE LAWYERS HAD SO MUCH RESPECT FOR HIM. WHEN HE MADE A STATEMENT OR A COMMAND OR MADE INSTRUCTIONS FOR CHANGES, THEY WERE MADE AND THEY HAD TO BE ABIDED.” BERLANDO SPOKE ABOUT HER SENTIMENTS ON DONATING THE RING TO THE MUSEUM, NOTING, “AT THE AGE OF NINETY-ONE, WHICH I HAVE BEEN VERY FORTUNATE TO LIVE THIS LENGTH OF TIME, I HAVE TO TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION MANY ITEMS THAT I FEEL SHOULD BE INHERITED BY MY FAMILY…BUT NOT KNOWING THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS GIFT…[I WISH TO] LEAVE IT TO NO ONE OTHER THAN I FEEL THAT DESERVES TO HAVE IT, [WHICH] WOULD BE THE GALT MUSEUM. I DO WISH TO LEAVE IT TO SOMEONE THAT I THINK MAYBE COULD CARRY ON A LITTLE IMPORTANCE OF THE GIFT THAT WAS HANDED TO ME.” “I THINK THAT IT PUTS SUCH A TRUST IN ME, THAT I FEEL NOW, EVEN IN THE YEARS GONE BY, HOW I’VE ALWAYS WANTED SOMEONE, OR ANYONE THAT HAD ANY CONNECTIONS WITH ME, THAT THEY COULD TRUST ME. THAT I WOULD NEVER WANT TO HURT ANYONE AND I WOULD WANT TO CONTINUE TO HELP PEOPLE. WHEN I HEAR PEOPLE IN DISCUSSION OR IN COMMENTS THAT THEY CAN RECALL THINGS THAT I HAVE DONE FOR THEM THAT I CAN’T REMEMBER…I GUESS IT’S JUST MY NATURE TO BE THAT TYPE OF PERSON. [BUT] IF SOMEONE LIKE MR. VIRTUE COULD TRUST ME, AND THEN CLIENTS CAN TRUST ME, I THINK IT INSTILLED [A] TRUST THAT I’LL CARRY TO MY GRAVE.” ABNER GLADSTONE VIRTUE GRADUATED FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA IN 1913 AND BEGAN HIS CAREER IN LAW SHORTLY BEFORE THE START OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR. IN 1915, VIRTUE ENLISTED IN THE LETHBRIDGE MILITIA UNIT, THE 25TH FIELD ARTILLERY. UPON ITS FORMATION, VIRTUE ENLISTED AS A LIEUTENANT WITH THE LETHBRIDGE 61ST BATTERY THAT JOINED FRONT LINES IN FRANCE IN 1917. IN 1916, THE CARENCY CHURCH’S STEEPLE FELL FROM GERMAN GUN-FIRE. THE BELL FROM THE STEEPLE WAS RELATIVELY UNDAMAGED, AND MOVED TO BE BURIED IN VILLERS A ROIS FOR SAFETY. THE ARTILLERY BRIGADE OF THE 61ST BATTERY ARRIVED IN CARENCY, WHERE AMONGST THE CHURCH DEBRIS FRAGMENTS OF THE BELL WERE RETRIVED BY LETHBRIDGE FORCES. THE BATTERY FARRIER FASHIONED THE FRAGMENTS INTO SOUVENIRS THAT SOLDIERS RETURNED TO LETHBRIDGE WITH, INCLUDING GLADSTONE VIRTUE, WHO RETURNED TO LETHBRIDGE WITH A RING. AN ARTICLE FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD PUBLISHED MARCH 24, 1931 ON THE FRONT PAGE REFERENCED "LIEUT. A.G. VIRTUE, WHO WAS IN CHARGE OF THE 61ST [ALBERTA BATTALION] WHEN IT WAS DEMOBILIZED, HAS ONE OF THE RINGS MADE FROM FRAGMENTS OF THE FAMOUS [CARENCY] BELL, SHOT FROM THE STEEPLE OF THE CHURCH BY GERMAN SHELL FIRE AND SHATTERED." VIRTUE RESUMED HIS LAW PRACTICE IN LETHBRIDGE FOLLOWING HIS RETUN FROM WAR, AND BECAME A SENIOR PARTNER IN THE FIRM OF VIRTUE, RUSSELL, MORGAN AND VIRTUE. THE BELL OF CARENCY CHURCH WAS RETRIEVED BY THE PARIS MUNICIPAL COUNCIL IN 1931, AND RETURNED TO THE CARENCY CHURCH. FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING ARTICLES ON THE BELL AND VIRTUE’S INVOLVEMENT FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD, AND THE FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION, PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENT FILE P20170034001-GA.
Catalogue Number
P20170034002
Acquisition Date
2017-11
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
CAP, “GSN”
Date Range From
1910
Date Range To
1930
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P20140006005
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
CAP, “GSN”
Date Range From
1910
Date Range To
1930
Materials
COTTON, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
3
Height
0.1
Length
60
Width
30
Description
.A - TRIANGULAR PIECE OF WHITE, STARCHED COTTON WITH WIDE HEM ALONG BOTTOM EDGE AND CONCAVE CURVES ALONG EACH UPPER SIDE. TOP IS HEMMED AND HAS TWO HORIZONTAL BUTTONHOLE ALONG EDGE. A SMALLER PIECE OF WHITE COTTON IS SEWN ONTO THE BACK OF THE TOP HEM, AND MARKED WITH HANDWRITING IN BLACK INK READING “GSN”. MINOR WEAR ALONG EDGES, BROWN STAINED DOT NEAR BOTTOM CENTRE; OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION. 0.1 X 60 X 30 .B & .C – WHITE ROUND PEARLIZED BUTTONS, ATTACHED NEAR CENTRE OF TRIANGULAR PIECE OF FABRIC AT EDGES OF CONCAVE CURVES. PINNED TO .A WITH METAL SAFETY PINS. OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION. 0.1 X 1.4 X 1.4
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
HEALTH SERVICES
EDUCATION
History
AT THE TIME OF DONATION, GALT SCHOOL OF NURSING ALUMNAE ASSOCIATION PAST ARCHIVIST ELAINE HAMILTON IDENTIFIED THIS CAP AS BEING PART OF THE “OLDEST UNIFORM” HELD IN THE ALUMNAE’S COLLECTION. THIS CAP, ALONG WITH P20140006001, P20140006002, P20140006003, AND P20140006004, WAS USED TO DRESS THE ALUMNAE’S MANNEQUIN THAT WAS ON DISPLAY IN THE ATRIUM AT THE LETHBRIDGE REGIONAL HOSPITAL. IN SUMMER 2014, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED THE PAST ARCHIVISTS OF THE GALT SCHOOL OF NURSING COLLECTION, SHIRLEY HIGA, ELAINE HAMILTON, AND SUE KYLLO, ABOUT THEIR INVOLVEMENT WITH THE GSN ALUMNAE ASSOCIATION AND THE HISTORY OF THE COLLECTED ARTIFACTS. HIGA, THE EARLIEST GSN COLLECTION ARCHIVIST, SAID: “I TRAINED MOSTLY AT THE GALT. THE STUDENTS, WE ALL KNEW EACH OTHER, HELPED EACH OTHER BECAUSE THERE WERE MOSTLY STUDENTS THERE: ONE REGISTERED NURSE FROM 7AM TO 7PM. THE REST WERE ALL US STUDENTS THAT RAN THE HOSPITAL SO, BUT WE WERE REALLY GOOD FRIENDS AND WE HELPED EACH OTHER… WE HAD SUCH GOOD RAPPORT BETWEEN THE STUDENTS IN MY CLASS… I JOINED [THE ALUMNAE] WHEN I GRADUATED IN 1955… I WAS INTERESTED IN HOW EVERYBODY TURNED OUT, AND THE ALUMNAE SORT OF KEPT IN CONTACT WITH THEM, AND IT WAS QUITE IMPORTANT TO ME. I FELT QUITE HAPPY TO HEAR ABOUT ALL THE OTHER [NURSES]… IT’S NICE WHEN THEY CAME FOR THE REUNIONS. YOU SEE ALL THESE GIRLS YOU WORKED WITH, MAYBE ONLY FOR A LITTLE WHILE, BUT YOU REMEMBER THEM… I REALLY DIDN’T WANT TO BE THE ARCHIVIST, BUT WE DON’T HAVE TOO MANY PEOPLE THAT OFFER TO DO THINGS… I WAS INTERESTED IN ALL THE HISTORY AND ALL THE THINGS THAT THE GIRLS THOUGHT ABOUT IT… [THE ARCHIVIST WAS TO] KEEP TRACK OF ALL THE HISTORY AND THE PEOPLE THAT WERE INVOLVED, AND KEEP TRACK OF THE STUFF WE COLLECT[ED]… [THE COLLECTION IS IMPORTANT TO ME BECAUSE] I LIKE EVERYBODY TO KNOW ABOUT THE GALT AND HOW WE TRAINED AND HOW IT PROGRESSED… AS YOU GET OLDER YOU KIND OF HAVE MEMORIES THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO KEEP, AND YOU KNOW YOU THINK ABOUT THOSE THINGS… [WHEN] YOU LOOK AT [THE OBJECTS] YOU REMEMBER.” ELAINE HAMILTON BECAME THE GSN COLLECTION ARCHIVIST IN THE LATE 1980S AFTER SHIRLEY HIGA STEPPED DOWN. OF THE ALUMNAE ASSOCIATION, HAMILTON SAID: “I THINK THE RETIRED NURSES DECIDED THAT THEY SHOULD FORM A GROUP TO HELP THE STUDENTS… I WASN’T THERE BUT IT WAS ’45 WHEN THEY FORMED, AND THEY DID THINGS FOR THE NURSES STUDENTS LIKE, THEY BOUGHT FURNITURE [FOR STUDENT RESIDENCES]… THEY DID A WHOLE BUNCH OF BAKE SALES AND CRAFT SALES; THEY WORKED AT THE BULL SALE OUT AT THE EXHIBITION GROUNDS. THEY DID A LOT OF THINGS LIKE THAT TO RAISE MONEY FOR LITTLE THINGS THAT COULDN’T BE BOUGHT OTHERWISE, LIKE THE PATIENT COMFORT, LIKE PATIENTS WOULD COME IN WITHOUT TOOTHBRUSHES AND COMBS… THEY HAD A BANQUET [FOR NURSING STUDENTS], AND THEY HAD A TEA WITH OUR PARENTS TOO, FOR US IN THE RESIDENCE… FOR ME, THE MOST IMPORTANT THING WAS THE BANQUETS, AND HAVING MY CLASSMATES COME EVERY FIVE YEARS, BECAUSE THEY ARE LIKE SISTERS TO ME… OF COURSE I LIKE HISTORY AND ARCHIVES TOO SO [THE COLLECTION] IS KIND OF IMPORTANT TO ME TOO… WE LIVED TOGETHER, AND ATE TOGETHER, AND CRIED TOGETHER AND DID EVERYTHING TOGETHER FOR THREE YEARS, BECAUSE WE LIVED RIGHT IN A RESIDENCE. SO, WE BECAME VERY CLOSE… AND IF YOU WORK IN THE ALUMNI, YOU BECOME KIND OF LIKE A LITTLE FAMILY TOO BECAUSE THERE’S NOT THAT MANY OF US THAT GO TO OUR MEETINGS, SO WHEN WE GET TOGETHER, IT’S KIND OF NICE TO SHARE WHAT’S BEEN GOING ON… IT’S A FELLOWSHIP.” OF THE GSN COLLECTION, HAMILTON SAID: “IT’S AN ACCUMULATION OF ARTIFACTS FROM THE HOSPITALS AND FROM OUR TRAINING DAYS. AND, IT’S PART OF THE HISTORY OF LETHBRIDGE IN A WAY, BECAUSE THE SCHOOL WAS HERE FOR QUITE A WHILE… I’M A CARE GIVER AND I LIKE TO LOOK AFTER STUFF. SO, IT WAS IMPORTANT TO ME THAT IT GOT CARED FOR… I THINK WITH THE CLOSING [OF THE GALT SCHOOL OF NURSING, IN 1979] WE GOT ALL THE CHARTS, AND WE ALREADY HAD THINGS FROM THE GALT HOSPITAL IN OUR STUFF THAT PROBABLY SOMEBODY [BEFORE HIGA] ACCEPTED… WHEN WE WENT INTO THE MUNICIPAL HOSPITAL [IN 1955] IT WAS ALL BRAND NEW, STAINLESS STEEL, SO THERE WAS NONE OF THE ENAMEL STUFF, AND THEN WHEN THE MUNICIPAL CLOSED [IN 1988], THE OPERATING ROOM GAVE US A LOT OF THINGS. THERE WERE A LOT OF DONATIONS THEN FROM DIFFERENT SPOTS BECAUSE THEY DIDN’T WANT TO MOVE STUFF SINCE IT WAS OLD… WE GOT A PLACE [FOR STORING THE COLLECTION IN THE REGIONAL HOSPITAL], ACTUALLY ABOVE THE WASHERS IN THE LAUNDRY FIRST. BUT IT WAS PRETTY MOIST UP THERE. AND THEN THEY GAVE US A ROOM IN THE SEWING ROOM, WHICH WAS VERY NICE, OUR OWN SEPARATE LITTLE ROOM THERE FOR OUR STORAGE… WE HAD THINGS UP ON A SHELF AND WE HAD A TRUNK IN THERE, AND… WE HAD ALL THE LETTERS FROM THE RESIDENCE… WE HAD A DISPLAY CASE THAT THEY BUILT AT THE REGIONAL [IN THE HOSPITAL ATRIUM] AND WE HAD STUFF IN THERE, AND WE’D MOVE IT AROUND… HAVING THE DISPLAY CASE WAS IMPORTANT TO ME, AND CHANGING THE UNIFORM ON [THE DISPLAY MANNEQUIN] EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE, AND HAVING HER IN DIFFERENT OUTFITS… I ALWAYS HAD IT ALL TIDY FOR A REUNION… I WOULD CHANGE THE UNIFORM FOR THEM, DEPENDING ON WHAT CLASS WAS HAVING THEIR REUNION.” SUE KYLLO BECAME THE GSN COLLECTION ARCHIVIST IN 2010 AFTER ELAINE HAMILTON STEPPED DOWN. OF THE ALUMNAE ASSOCIATION, KYLLO SAID: “[I ATTENDED THE GALT SCHOOL OF NURSING] FROM ’66 TO ’69, AND I JOINED IN 1976 AFTER I CAME BACK TO LETHBRIDGE. I HAD TWO LITTLE KIDS AND I WANTED TO GET OUT AND MEET PEOPLE AND THE ALUMNI GAVE ME THAT… I WANTED TO STAY IN TOUCH WITH MY NURSING FRIENDS AND SEE IF I CAN HELP OUT IN SOME WAY… THE ALUMNI IS THE WAY TO GO TO KEEP OUR NURSING MEMORIES ALIVE AND I WANT TO DO THAT. SO NOW IT’S IMPORTANT TO ME WAY MORE THAN WHEN I WAS A YOUNG MOTHER THAT WANTED TO GET OUT… IT MEANS COMPANIONSHIP [AND] TO HELP EACH OTHER.” OF THE GSN COLLECTION, KYLLO SAID: “I DON’T KNOW HOW IT GOT STARTED. I WOULD THINK THAT MRS. BOYCHUCK WOULD HAVE A LOT TO DO WITH IT BECAUSE [SHE] WAS VERY ACTIVE IN THE ALUMNI AT THE BEGINNING, AND I WOULD THINK THAT IF ANYBODY, IT WOULD BE HER THAT STARTED COLLECTING THE ODD LITTLE THING, AND THEN IT WENT TO SHIRLEY. I DON’T KNOW THAT THERE WAS ANYBODY BEFORE SHIRLEY… OUR ALUMNI ONLY STARTED IN [1945], SO THERE WERE THOSE PERIODS WHERE I DON’T THINK ANYBODY CARED ABOUT ANY OF THIS STUFF… TO ME, IT MEANS AN AWFUL LOT. IT MEANS THAT WE EXISTED REALLY… IF WE DIDN’T HAVE ALL THIS STUFF, WELL WHAT WERE WE? A NURSE, WHAT DOES A NURSE DO? WITH THIS WE CAN SHOW THEM THAT WE DIDN’T JUST GIVE BEDPANS. WE DID A LOT OF THINGS, AND I’M REALLY PROUD THAT WE HAVE WHAT WE’VE GOT.” OF THE SITUATION LEADING UP TO THE DONATION OF THE GSN COLLECTION TO THE GALT MUSEUM, KYLLO SAID: “WE HAD A DISPLAY AT THE NORTH END OF THE HOSPITAL [THAT] WAS GOING TO STAY THERE [AND ADDITIONAL COLLECTION STORAGE] AND WE DIDN’T HAVE A PROBLEM... WE WERE ALWAYS UNDER THE IMPRESSION OF ALL THE PAST ADMINISTRATIONS THAT WE ALWAYS HAD A PLACE IN THAT HOSPITAL… NOW THAT ALL THE OLD GUYS HAVE GONE, THEY JUST UP AND MOVED [THE COLLECTION, IN FALL 2012] AND DIDN’T CARE. THEY WERE BUILDING A NEW WING AND ‘TO HECK WITH YOUR GUYS’ STUFF’… NOBODY WANTED TO EVEN TALK TO US ABOUT IT. I FINALLY GOT AHOLD OF THE GUY IN CHARGE OF MAINTENANCE, [HE] SAID, “WELL IT’S UPSTAIRS IN THE PENTHOUSE.” WELL, WE KNEW WHAT THE PENTHOUSE WAS LIKE, BECAUSE IT WAS VERY HOT AND YOU DON’T WANT [THESE ARTIFACTS] IN SOMEPLACE REALLY HOT, SO I WANTED IT OUT OF THERE… SO THAT’S WHEN IT WENT OUT INTO A STORAGE LOCKER. AND IN THE STORAGE LOCKER… IT WAS JUST NOT CLEAN ENOUGH TO BE IN THERE… WE WERE VERY DISAPPOINTED.” HAMILTON ADDED: “WE DIDN’T HAVE ANYWHERE FOR [THE COLLECTION], AND IT’S IN PEOPLE’S GARAGES AND BASEMENTS AND LIVING ROOMS… [THE MUSEUM IS HOUSED IN] THE GALT HOSPITAL. AND A LOT OF OUR MEMBERS TRAINED HERE. SO IT’S PRETTY SPECIAL TO THEM, AND THEY WOULD LIKE TO LEAVE SOMETHING HERE TO BE REMEMBERED BY… IT’S VERY IMPORTANT TO US TO LEAVE SOMETHING BEHIND.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR HARDCOPIES OF FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTS AND NEWSPAPER ARTICLES.
Catalogue Number
P20140006005
Acquisition Date
2014-03
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
HAND SANITIZER BOTTLE
Date Range From
2020
Date Range To
2020
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PLASTIC, PAPER, INK
Catalogue Number
P20200008001
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
HAND SANITIZER BOTTLE
Date Range From
2020
Date Range To
2020
Materials
PLASTIC, PAPER, INK
No. Pieces
1
Height
25.5
Diameter
8
Description
CLEAR CYLINDRICAL PLASTIC BOTTLE WITH A BLACK CAP. THERE IS A WHITE PAPER STICKER LABEL THAT HAS “ALCOHOL ANTISEPTIC 80%...1000 ML” PRINTED IN BLACK INK. THE SMALL BLACK STAMP ON THE BACK READS “IPC190221959L3”. THE BASE HAS FIVE BUMPS. THE BOTTLE IS OPENED AND EMPTIED. THERE IS A SMALL “TP” LOGO EMBOSSED ON THE SURFACE OF THE PLASTIC ON THE FRONT. THE BOTTLE IS IN EXCELLENT CONDITION.
Subjects
CONTAINER
Historical Association
BUSINESS
HEALTH SERVICES
INDUSTRY
PERSONAL CARE
TRADES
History
ON THE 22ND OF DECEMBER, 2020 KEVIN MACLEAN MET WITH CLAUDE BILODEAU, THE VICE PRESIDENT AND GENERAL MANGER OF THE LOCAL 'BLACK VELVET DISTILLERY COMPANY'. BLACK VELVET HAS BEEN MAKING WHISKY IN LETHBRIDGE SINCE THE 1970S, AND WAS RECENTLY ACQUIRED IN 2019 BY A KENTUCKY, UNITED STATES BASED COMPANY CALLED 'HEAVEN HILL'. AT THE LOCAL OUTSET OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC IN 2020, BLACK VELVET WAS ABLE TO START PRODUCING HAND SANITIZER IN THE FACILITY AND DONATE IT TO THE CITY STORES AND NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS IN LETHBRIDGE. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS DERIVED FROM THE INTERVIEW WITH CLAUDE BILODEAU. CLAUDE REVEALED WHO SUGGESTED THE SHIFT INTO PRODUCING HAND SANITIZER AND THE TURNAROUND TIMEFRAME: “…THE SENIOR LEADERSHIP OF THE COMPANY WERE HAVING WEEKLY CORONAVIRUS CALLS, AND WE WERE TALKING ABOUT WHAT COULD WE DO… HEAVEN HILL BEING A FAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED COMPANY FOR THE PAST 85 YEARS IS SO STRONG IN SUPPORTING THEIR COMMUNITIES… IT WAS ACTUALLY THEM THAT BROUGHT THE HAND SANITIZER IDEA TO US, AND IT WAS IN TURN ME WHO HAD SHARED IT WITH ‘SPIRITS CANADA’, WHICH IS THE TRADE ASSOCIATION FOR DISTILLERIES ACROSS CANADA… WHEN I SHARED IT WITH [‘SPIRITS CANADA’], THEY WERE ECSTATIC. THEY SAID, ‘WHAT A GREAT THING TO DO.’ THEY WERE ASKING, ‘ARE YOU OK IF WE SHARE IT WITH EVERYBODY ELSE?’ I SAID ‘ABSOLUTELY, LET’S GET IT OUT THERE’… I’LL SAY…THAT’S HOW IT BEGAN IN CANADA. THE U.S. WAS A LITTLE BIT AHEAD OF US… [AND] ALTHOUGH THEY WERE AHEAD OF US…IN THOUGHT…IT LITERALLY TOOK TWO OR THREE DAYS FOR ME TO HEAR ABOUT IT AND GET THE FIRST PRODUCT MADE.” CLAUDE PROVIDED THE GENERAL BACKSTORY BEHIND THE HAND SANITIZER BOTTLES: “THE FIRST [1000 ML] BOTTLE [THAT WAS DONATED TO THE MUSEUM] WAS THE FIRST PRODUCT THAT WE PRODUCED FOR HAND SANITIZER FOR THE PANDEMIC, AND IT WAS DONE BY HAND WITH THE MANAGEMENT TEAM HERE AT BLACK VELVET… AT THAT POINT WE WERE IN THE PROCESS OF APPLYING FOR THE ABILITY TO PRODUCE AND DISTRIBUTE THE PRODUCT THROUGH HEALTH CANADA, BUT IT WAS TAKING SO LONG. THE PROCESS WAS RIGOROUS AND THE CITY WAS DESPERATE. IN MY CONVERSATIONS WITH TYLER [KASCOR], HE WAS IN NEED OF PRODUCT [FOR THE CORPORATE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE]. IT WAS ALL OVER THE NEWS THAT THERE WAS A NEED FOR PRODUCT, AND WE KNEW THAT THE FORMULA WAS AN APPROVED FORMULA BY THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (W.H.O) AND THAT THE HEALTH CANADA FORMALITY WAS AN INTEGRAL PART AND AN IMPORTANT PART, BUT SO WAS GIVING THE FIRST RESPONDERS AND THOSE MOST VULNERABLE IN THE COMMUNITY SOMETHING TO USE. SO WE DID OUR FIRST BATCH BASED ON THE W.H.O FORMULA, AND I GOT THE MANAGEMENT TEAM TOGETHER AND WE WENT OUT ON…WHAT WAS AN EMPTY LINE AT THE TIME, AND WE PUT HAND SANITIZER TO THE LINE. WE BOTTLED IT BY HAND, WE CAPPED IT BY HAND, WE LABELLED IT BY HAND, AND IN ALL JEST AND FUN THEY HAD ME DOING THE CAPS. SO BECAUSE I HAVE THE SOFTEST HANDS OF THE GROUP IT DIDN’T TAKE LONG BEFORE I BLISTERED, AND BY THE TIME I WENT HOME THAT NIGHT I WAS BLISTERED AND BLEEDING… I WAS PROUD TO THOUGH… IT FELT LIKE WE WERE DOING GOOD.” CLAUDE DESCRIBED THE CHALLENGES ENCOUNTERED WHEN THE DISTILLERY SHIFTED TO MAKING HAND SANITIZER: “…THERE WAS CHALLENGE BECAUSE FIRST OF ALL WE DIDN’T HAVE BOTTLES THAT WE WERE GOING TO USE. SO THAT FIRST GENERATION [1000 ML] MODEL [THAT WAS DONATED TO THE MUSEUM]…IS ACTUALLY WHAT WE USE TO BRING LIQUID FROM THE BLENDING AREA TO THE QUALITY ASSURANCE LAB FOR TESTING… WE HAD A PALLET OF THOSE BOTTLES AVAILABLE AND CAPS, AND THAT’S WHAT WE USED…JUST SO WE COULD GET SOMETHING OUT THERE… WHEN YOU’RE DOING IT BY HAND, IT DIDN’T TAKE ANY RETOOLING. THERE WAS NOTHING THAT NEEDED TO BE DONE OTHER THAN GET LIQUID TO THE BOWL, WHICH THIS PLANT IS SET UP TO DO… BECAUSE WE BOTTLE WITH THREE SEPARATE LINES ALL THE TIME WE WERE ABLE TO SEGREGATE A TANK, CREATE THE BLEND, AND…TRANSFER THAT BLEND INTO THE BOTTLING TANK WHERE WE…HELD THOSE BOTTLES UP TO A NOZZLE, FILLED THEM UP, PUT A CAP ON THEM BY HAND, PUT A LABEL ON BY HAND, [AND] BOXED THEM UP BY HAND. WE DIDN’T EVEN HAVE PROPER BOXES, SO WE WERE USING…[SPARE] BOXES THAT WE HAVE PLENTY OF HERE BECAUSE OF HOW MUCH WE BOTTLE… WE HAD DONE AS MANY CASES AS THE DAY WOULD ALLOW US TO DO, AND IN MY CONVERSATIONS WITH TYLER [KASCOR]…THERE WAS A TIME LIMIT…WHERE WE HAD TO HAVE THIS PRODUCT TO…THE CITY STORES... SO WE LOADED IT UP…AND I DROVE IT OVER TO THE CITY STORES AND DELIVERED IT… I WAS BEAT, BUT I WENT HOME FEELING GOOD.” CLAUDE ELABORATED ON THE TIMELINE OF EVENTS: “…IT WOULD BE HARD TO PINPOINT THOSE DAYS [BECAUSE] IT ALL HAPPENED SO FAST. I KNOW THAT I GOT AN EMAIL ON MARCH 16TH [2020], AND THAT EMAIL…TALKED ABOUT WHAT KENTUCKY WAS DOING, AND THEN THAT SAME DAY I EMAILED ‘SPIRITS CANADA’ AND I ACTUALLY HAD ASKED FOR THEIR HELP TO GET HEALTH CANADA INVOLVED [BECAUSE] I HAD NO IDEA HOW TO GO ABOUT THAT.” “I’M GOING TO SAY ON TUESDAY WE HAD A DISCUSSION AND BY FRIDAY WE WERE DELIVERING PRODUCT.” “…I THINK I HAD IT TO [TYLER KASCOR AT CITY STORES] BY THE END OF THE DAY ON THAT FRIDAY.” CLAUDE COMMENTED ON WORKING WITH TYLER KASCOR SUPPLYING THE CITY WITH HAND SANITIZER: “…I HAD SO MANY CONVERSATIONS WITH TYLER. I REMEMBER HIM BEING EXTREMELY GRATEFUL… I JUST KEPT SAYING, ‘LOOK, WE’RE HAPPY TO DO IT.’ HE…[ASKED] ‘WHAT’S YOUR PRICE?’ I SAID, ‘WE’RE NOT GOING TO CHARGE YOU FOR IT’… HE WAS SO HAPPY… HE COULD NOT BELIEVE THAT WE WERE NOT ONLY WILLING TO DO THAT, BUT DOING THAT AS QUICK AS WE DID… THEN WE HAD MULTIPLE CONVERSATIONS AFTER THAT LEADING UP TO THE GEN. 2 BOTTLE, BECAUSE THAT’S WHEN WE WERE WAITING FOR THE HEALTH CANADA APPROVAL TO BE DONE… I WAS…TALKING TO HIM DAILY SAYING, ‘HOW ARE YOU DOING ON SUPPLY?’ AND HE WOULD SAY, ‘WELL WE’RE GETTING DOWN THERE, HOW ARE YOU DOING WITH THE APPROVAL?’ AND I KEPT HIM ABREAST OF THE APPROVAL PROCESS AND WHERE WE WERE AT…UNTIL WE COULD FINALLY GET HIM SOMETHING THAT WAS BOTTLED ON THE LINE…” CLAUDE SPOKE ABOUT THE HEALTH CANADA APPROVAL PROCESS FOR DISTRIBUTING THE [GEN. 2] HAND SANITIZER: “…[‘SPIRITS CANADA’ HAD] THE CONTACTS AT HEALTH CANADA WHEREAS WE DON’T. SO HEALTH CANADA GOT US IN TOUCH…THROUGH THE TRADE ASSOCIATION [AND PROVIDED]…THE DOCUMENTS THAT YOU HAD TO FILL OUT…AND GET WHAT WAS REFERRED TO AS AN NPN, OR A NATIONAL PRODUCTS NUMBER… IN ORDER TO DO THAT YOU HAVE TO SUPPLY THE FORMULA, YOU HAVE TO SUPPLY YOUR PROCESS, YOU HAVE TO SUPPLY THE QUALITY ASSURANCE PROGRAMS THAT YOU HAVE, YOU HAVE TO SUPPLY WHAT YOU PROPOSE AS LABELLING AND THEN IT GOES THROUGH THEIR INTERNAL PROCESS AND COMES BACK TO YOU… THROUGH THE TRADE ASSOCIATION, I WAS LEARNING THAT OTHERS HAD BEEN APPROVED BEFORE US AND I THOUGHT, ‘WELL HOW COULD THAT BE?’ THERE WERE DISTILLERIES IN EASTERN CANADA MAKING PRODUCT… IT TURNED OUT THAT MY SUBMISSION WAS LOST SOMEWHERE IN CYBERSPACE, SO THEY DIDN’T HAVE IT AND WHEN…I GOT IT TO THEM THAT AFTERNOON…WITHIN AN HOUR WE WERE APPROVED AND I GOT THE LICENSE…” “…ON APRIL 3RD [2020] I HAVE THE APPROVAL FROM HEALTH CANADA AND WE STARTED TO MAKE BATCHES [AND] GET MORE INGREDIENTS. I HAD ORDERED BOTTLES, THEY WERE COMING IN AND…I WAS WAITING FOR LABELS TO BE MADE… FROM THE FIRST GEN. 1 BOTTLE TO THE SECOND ONE WAS…A TWO…OR A TWO AND A HALF WEEK PERIOD…” AFTER THE HEALTH CANADA APPROVAL, THE HAND SANITIZER FORMULA AT BLACK VELVET WAS CHANGED DUE TO THE INACCESIBLITY OF GLYCERIN AND THE NEED TO DENATURE THE ALCOHOL: “WE ENDED UP HAVING TO CHANGE THE FORMULA A LITTLE BIT AGAIN WITH HEALTH CANADA’S APPROVAL…FOR THAT [GEN. 2] BOTTLE BECAUSE OF THE AVAILABILITY OF GLYCERIN… ONCE THE WORLD CAUGHT DRIFT OF THE FORMULA AND EVERYBODY WAS TRYING TO BUY ALCOHOL…THEY SNAPPED UP ALL OF THE GLYCERIN AND OUR ABILITY TO GET GLYCERIN TO KEEP UP WITH THE VOLUME JUST WASN’T THERE… BETWEEN GEN. 1 AND GEN. 2 THERE WAS [ALSO] THE CANADA REVENUE PORTION OF THIS, BECAUSE WE ARE TAXED ON ALL ALCOHOL SALES… WE WERE LITERALLY GIVING THIS PRODUCT AWAY, AND IF WE WOULD HAVE BEEN TAXED AT IT AT THE RATE OF ALCOHOL, IT WOULD’VE BROKE THE BANK. IT WOULD’VE KILLED US, SO IN DISCUSSIONS WITH THE CRA…WE LEARNED THAT WE HAD TO DENATURE THE ALCOHOL. SO FROM GEN. 1 TO GEN. 2 WE ADDED ACETIC ACID, WHICH IS ESSENTIALLY VINEGAR AND THAT WAS TO DENATURE THE ALCOHOL SO THAT IT WAS NOT APPEALING TO ANYBODY TO DRINK. THE ORIGINAL FORMULA HAD HYDROGEN PEROXIDE IN IT AS DID THE FINISHED FORMULA, OR THE END FORMULA. SO THE ONLY DIFFERENCE WAS THE REMOVAL OF GLYCERIN.” “…GEN. 1 HAS GLYCERIN IN IT, GEN. 2 DOES NOT. WE WERE NOT ABLE TO GET ANY MORE GLYCERIN.” “SO HOW WE GOT THE PRODUCT OUT SO FAST WAS WE HAD FOUND SOME GLYCERIN IN EDMONTON AND HAD IT SHIPPED OVERNIGHT TO US. THAT’S HOW THINGS GOT TO GO SO FAST, BUT THAT WAS ONLY ONE BLEND, AND THAT ONE BLEND IS WHAT WENT INTO [THE] GEN. 1 [HAND SANITIZER].” WHEN ASKED WHAT THE INGREDIENT GLYCERIN WAS INCLUDED FOR, CLAUDE RESPONDED: “ALL GLYCERIN DID WAS IT HELPED TO ADHERE TO THE HANDS. SO [IT WOULD HAVE] A SLOWER EVAPORATION RATE.” THE DEMAND FOR THE HAND SANITIZER WAS HIGH, WHICH CLAUDE MANAGED: “I WAS WORKING WITH ALBERTA HEALTH SERVICES HERE IN LETHBRIDGE…AND WE HAD SHIPPED THEM SOME PRODUCT FOR TESTING BUT…I WAS RECEIVING SO MANY CALLS. MY PHONE DID NOT STOP RINGING ONCE WORD STARTED GETTING OUT THAT WE WERE MAKING HAND SANITIZER… THERE WAS NO WAY THAT WE COULD’VE HANDLED THE FOOT TRAFFIC FOR ALL OF THE INDIVIDUALS THAT WANTED IT. I WANTED TO DO MY BEST TO HELP EVERYBODY THAT I COULD, BUT THERE WAS ONLY SO MUCH WE COULD DO… THERE WERE PEOPLE FROM ONTARIO AND PEOPLE FROM VANCOUVER ISLAND THAT WERE PHONING ME ASKING ME FOR HAND SANITIZER… OUR ABILITY TO PROVIDE IT FOR THE WHOLE COUNTRY JUST WASN’T THERE. SO I DIRECTED THEM TOWARDS ‘SPIRITS CANADA’ TO TRY AND GET THE DISTILLERS IN THEIR PROVINCE TO HELP THEM OUT WHILE I FOCUSED ON THE ONES IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA. SO [DISTRIBUTING THE HAND SANITIZER] REALLY STARTED OFF WITH CITY STORES FOR FIRST PROVIDERS AND THEN IT QUICKLY BRANCHED OUT TO HEALTHCARE FACILITIES. THEY WERE CALLING ME DESPERATE FOR PRODUCT. I ALSO HAD A GENTLEMAN…WHO OWNS THE MEDICINE SHOPPE ON 20TH STREET IN LETHBRIDGE, AND HE CONTACTED ME AND…SAID, ‘…WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP?’ AND I SAID, ‘COULD YOU HANDLE THE FOOT TRAFFIC FOR PEOPLE COMING IN THERE?’ AND HE SAID, ‘ABSOLUTELY, I WOULD LOVE TO DO THAT’… HE’S JUST SUCH A WONDERFUL MAN, HE DID NOT WANT TO PROFIT FROM THIS, AND IT WAS IMPORTANT TO ME THAT I PARTNER WITH SOMEBODY WHO WASN’T GOING TO PROFIT FROM IT… IT WAS IMPORTANT TO ME THAT NOBODY PROFITEER FROM BLACK VELVET OR HEAVEN HILLS’ NEED TO SUPPORT THE COMMUNITY. SO [HE] AND I AGREED ON A PRICE PER BOTTLE, WHICH WAS A FRACTION OVER THE COST JUST TO ALLOW HIM TO COME AND PICK PRODUCT UP AND PAY FOR HIS TIME, AND EVEN THEN I’M SURE IT NEVER DID... I GOT CALLS FROM MEDICINE HAT WHERE THEY NEEDED IT FOR THEIR WOMEN’S SHELTER, FOR THEIR SENIOR CARE HOMES, [AND] FIRST PROVIDERS. SO I LOADED UP THE TRUCK AND I DROVE TO MEDICINE HAT AND I DROPPED…AROUND FIFTY OR SIXTY CASES OF HAND SANITIZER OFF THERE AND CAME BACK HOME. I WAS ALSO GETTING CALLS FROM SENIOR CITIZENS WHO COULDN’T GET OUT… SO I WOULD THROW A CASE IN THE TRUCK AND I WOULD RUN IT TO THEIR HOUSE AND I WOULD PUT IT ON THEIR PORCH. I REMEMBER ONE LADY…WHO HAD JUST HAD A BABY…TWO DAYS BEFORE ALL OF THIS WAS HITTING THE NEWS, AND HER STORY TUGGED AT MY HEART… I THREW A CASE IN THE TRUCK AND I PUT IT ON HER DOORSTEP… SHE CAME OUTSIDE AND SHE WAS BAWLING. SHE WAS SO HAPPY THAT I WAS DOING THAT FOR HER… I JUST DID WHAT I HAD TO DO AT THE TIME WITH WHAT I COULD DO AND MY OWN WORK KIND OF GOT PUT OFF TO THE SIDE A LITTLE BIT, IT WOULD GET DONE LATER IN THE DAY… I STILL HAD TO FOCUS ON…THE SAFETY OF OUR OWN EMPLOYEES AND THE PROCESSES…AND…POLICIES THAT WE HAD TO PUT IN PLACE… SO I JUST…JUGGLED IT ALL AND DID WHAT I COULD THROUGH THAT PERIOD OF TIME.” “…THE DEMAND IN THE BEGINNING WAS EXTREME… IT WAS BEYOND ANYTHING THAT WE COULD DO AND THEN IT TAPERED OFF SLOWLY AS OTHER PRODUCTS OR OTHER FACILITIES THAT WERE DOING THIS FOR PROFIT STARTED TO GET THEIR PRODUCT ONTO THE SHELVES… WE WERE NEVER IN THE BUSINESS TO BE THE SUPPLIER OF HAND SANITIZER FOR THE WORLD, WE WERE SIMPLY TRYING TO HELP… ONCE THE REST OF THESE PRODUCTS STARTED TAKING OVER AND THINGS STARTED PARING DOWN A BIT, WE COULD ACTUALLY TAKE A BREATHER…” “…WE WERE DOING ALL WE COULD IN THOSE EARLY TIMES. THE DEMANDS WERE COMING ALL DAY EVERY DAY IT JUST DIDN’T STOP. SO I’LL SAY IT WAS JULY WE REALLY STARTED TO SEE THINGS SLOW DOWN AND IN AUGUST, SEPTEMBER MORE AND MORE PRODUCT WAS ON THE SHELF. WE COULD ALL SEE IT IN THE GROCERY STORES OR WHEREVER WE HAD GONE AND I WAS HAPPY FOR THAT.” CLAUDE REVEALED HOW FAR THE BLACK VELVET MADE HAND SANITIZER TRAVELLED AND HOW THEY DECIDED WHERE TO SEND IT: “…SOME ENDED UP IN SASKATCHEWAN AND DEFINITELY SOME ENDED UP IN B.C., WE WERE SHIPPING INTO CRANBROOK... FOR AREAS THAT DIDN’T HAVE A LOCAL DISTILLERY…IN THE AREA, I WAS MORE THAN WILLING TO HELP. SO THAT’S…WHERE THE HELP WENT. FOR AREAS LIKE CALGARY WHERE ALBERTA DISTILLERS IS, AND I KNEW ALBERTA DISTILLERS WAS DOING ALL THEY COULD TO MAKE PRODUCT AS WELL, I JUST KEPT DIVERTING PEOPLE TO THEIR LOCAL DISTILLERIES.” CLAUDE EXPLAINED HOW BLACK VELVET HIRED PEOPLE OUT OF WORK DUE TO COVID-19 TO BOTTLE THE SANITIZER BY HAND: “…THROUGH THE CORONAVIRUS CALLS THAT WE WERE HAVING AS A SENIOR MANAGEMENT TEAM, THE COMPANY WANTED US TO REACH OUT TO OUR EMPLOYEES TO SEE IF THEY HAD ANY FAMILY MEMBERS WHO WERE DISPLACED BECAUSE OF COVID, BECAUSE SHUTDOWNS WERE HAPPENING NOW, RESTAURANTS WERE CLOSED… I HAD SENT OUT A NOTICE TO ALL THE EMPLOYEES ASKING IF ANYBODY HAD FAMILY MEMBERS DISPLACED, AND WE HAD A HALF A DOZEN EMPLOYEES SPEAK UP. SO WITHIN A DAY OR TWO WE HAD A HALF A DOZEN NEW EMPLOYEES HERE WHO WE REALLY FOCUSED ON THE MAKING OF HAND SANITIZER… WE TOOK THEM TO THE LINE [AND] WE STARTED THE PROCESS OF TEACHING THEM HOW EVERYTHING WORKS. WE PUT A COUPLE OF EXPERIENCED PEOPLE ON THE LINE TO WORK WITH THEM AND WE JUST STARTED OFF SLOW. WE KNEW THAT EVENTUALLY THE SPEED WOULD PICK UP AND IT LITERALLY TOOK LESS THAN A DAY FOR THESE NEW HIRES TO UNDERSTAND WHAT THEY WERE DOING AND BRING THE NUMBERS UP…FOR SOMETHING THAT WE HAD TO LABEL BY HAND… THE REASON THAT WE HAD TO DO IT THAT WAY [BY HAND] WAS BECAUSE TO BRING IN A LABEL THAT WOULD WORK ON OUR EQUIPMENT IS ABOUT AN 8-10 WEEK PROCESS. SO I WENT TO 'CANCOM LABELS' HERE IN LETHBRIDGE. I SPOKE WITH THE OWNER...AND HE WAS OUTSTANDING… HE GOT LABELS MADE WITH HIS TEAM QUICKLY FOR US, FOR BOTH THE BOTTLES AND THE PAILS [OF HAND SANITIZER]… HE DONATED THE LABELS FOR THE PAILS AND GAVE US THE OTHER LABELS AT COST SO…THAT HELPED TO KEEP THAT COST DOWN.” WHEN ASKED IF THE DISTILLERY IS STILL MAKING THE HAND SANITIZER, CLAUDE REPLIED: “NO IT’S DONE. SO THROUGH THE HEALTH CANADA PROCESS, AS HEALTH CANADA EVOLVED SO DID ISSUES WITH PEOPLE WHO WERE ABUSING THE PRODUCT. SO THE LABELLING CHANGED AND AS THE LABELLING CHANGED…OUR DECISION WAS TO PACKAGE A WHOLE BUNCH BY THE END OF SEPTEMBER… PEOPLE WERE GOING BACK TO WORK SO WE WERE LOSING OUR ADDITIONAL LABOUR. THE LABEL HAD TO CHANGE AND THE DEMAND WENT DOWN, THE MATHEMATICS JUST SAID WE’LL STOP MAKING IT… WE STORED A FEW THOUSAND CASES HERE AT THE PLANT AND A FEW HUNDRED PAILS AND DID SO WITH THE MINDSET THAT IF THINGS RAMPED BACK UP AGAIN AND WE WERE NEEDED, WE COULD EASILY TURN ON THE TAP. SO WE COULD BE THERE AGAIN IF SOMETHING DIRE HAPPENED... I DON’T ENVISION THAT HAPPENING BECAUSE THERE ARE SO MANY PLACES OUT THERE THAT ARE MAKING [HAND SANITIZER] NOW, BUT IF NEED BE WE WOULD…” “NOVEMBER 27TH [2020] WAS THE FINAL DAY THAT YOU COULD SHIP PRODUCT THAT DIDN’T CONTAIN A LARGE RED STOP SIGN EMBLEM ON THE LABEL TO PREVENT KIDS FROM DRINKING THE PRODUCT. SO THE LAST THING WE WANT TO BE ASSOCIATED WITH IS ANY HARM TO...THE COMMUNITY. WHEN PRODUCT IS IN A GEL FORMAT AND PEOPLE HAVE THE ABILITY TO MAKE...GELLED HAND SANITIZER, THAT’S JUST WAY BETTER FOR EVERYBODY. SO I LET ALL OF THE CUSTOMERS THAT WE HAD…KNOW THAT THAT WAS THE…DEADLINE… OUR LAST CUSTOMER FOR THE PRODUCT WAS THE UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE, AND THEY TOOK ALL OF THE PAILS THAT WE HAD REMAINING IN INVENTORY AND PURCHASED THEM.” CLAUDE REFLECTED ON THE ROLE THE COMPANY HAD IN DONATING THE HAND SANITIZER TO THE COMMUNITY: “…THERE ARE THE THINGS THAT I AM SO PROUD OF FROM A HEAVEN HILL PERSPECTIVE... THE OWNERSHIP OF THIS COMPANY NEVER WANTED TO MAKE PROFIT OFF OF THIS… IT WAS ALSO IMPORTANT TO US TO DETERMINE WHO REALLY NEEDED THE DONATIONS… ANY NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION WE DONATED TO FROM THE DAY WE STARTED [UNTIL] THE DAY WE STOPPED, AND ANYBODY WHO WAS A FOR-PROFIT BUSINESS WE SOLD IT AT COST, AND WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE WAY WE CALCULATED THE COST IT WAS ACTUALLY UNDER COST. SO I WOULD SAY THAT THE UNIQUE PIECE ABOUT BEING A FAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED COMPANY, IS THAT THE OWNER CAN MAKE THAT DECISION ON DAY ONE AND STICK TO IT ALL THE WAY THROUGH… I’M NOT SO SURE THAT THERE’S ANOTHER DISTILLERY IN CANADA THAT DID THAT…AND THAT’S THE PIECE I THINK THAT SEPARATED US FROM THE REST.” “…HEAVEN HILL SUPPORTS THE COMMUNITY… THIS FAMILY CAME IN ON DAY ONE AND DID A DONATION TO THE [LETHBRIDGE] UNITED WAY. WHEN CORONAVIRUS HIT THEY CAME TO THE TABLE FOR THE HAND SANITIZER… THEY TRULY VALUE THE COMMUNITY, AND IT’S THE FIRST TIME IN MY CAREER THAT I’VE GOTTEN TO PARTICIPATE AT THIS LEVEL, AND I AM SO THANKFUL THAT IT WAS DURING THE PANDEMIC THAT THAT HAPPENED.” CLAUDE BRIEFLY COMMENTED ON THE HISTORY OF THE LOCAL DISTILLERY: “…THERE IS SUCH A HISTORY BEHIND THE GILBEY COMPANY WHO USED TO OWN BLACK VELVET. [THEY] HAD A FACILITY IN TORONTO AND A FACILITY IN LETHBRIDGE… THERE WAS A WHOLE LOT OF LOBBYING FROM THE MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT HERE, AND [CURRENT MAYOR] CHRIS SPEARMAN HIMSELF AT THE TIME, TO MAKE THIS THE FACILITY THAT STAYED… IT DID [STAY] AND I THINK IT’S BECAUSE IT’S AN EFFICIENT FACILITY [AND] IT HAS OUTSTANDING EMPLOYEES. FROM A PERSPECTIVE OF DISTILLERIES IN THE WORLD, IT’S VERY MODERN EVEN THOUGH IT WAS BUILT IN 1973. WHEN YOU LOOK AT DISTILLERIES THAT’S ONE OF THE NEWER ONES OUT THERE. SO THE ASSET WAS THERE AND THE PEOPLE WERE THERE.” IN HIS CLOSING THOUGHTS, CLAUDE SAID: “…I THINK IT’S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT IT CERTAINLY WASN’T JUST ME. THIS TOOK EVERYBODY IN THIS BUILDING, AND EVERYBODY IN THIS BUILDING WAS PROUD TO BE A PART OF THIS… THESE EMPLOYEES CARE AND THEY HAVE DONE THEIR PART TO STAY SAFE SO THAT WE CAN CONTINUE TO DO WHAT WE DO.” ON OCTOBER 9TH, 2020 COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN MET WITH TYLER KASCOR, PURCHASING MANAGER FOR THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE. THEY DISCUSSED THE TWO DONATED BOTTLES OF HAND SANITIZER PRODUCED BY THE BLACK VELVET DISTILLERY. THE DISTILLERY WAS ABLE TO MAKE THE SANITIZER IN THEIR FACILITY, WHICH WAS THEN DISTRIBUTED TO MANY LOCAL SERVICES AND ORGANIZATIONS AFTER RECEIVING HEALTH CANADA APPROVAL. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS DERIVED FROM THE INTERVIEW WITH TYLER KASCOR. TYLER PROVIDED THE BACKSTORY BEHIND THE BOTTLES: “…THESE ITEMS WERE PART OF SOME PARTNERSHIPS THAT WE WERE ABLE TO REACH WITH ONE OF THE LOCAL DISTILLERIES IN TOWN, IN AN EFFORT TO PROVIDE SANITIZER TO THE CITY AND MORE SPECIFICALLY…TO…OUR EMERGENCY PERSONNEL WHO AT THE TIME WERE BECOMING SLIGHTLY MORE DESPERATE FOR SANITIZERS AMIDST THE ONSET OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC.” TYLER CONTINUED: “…IT WOULD HAVE BEEN…PROBABLY THE SECOND WEEK OF MARCH AND I HAD SEEN A STORY ON CBC… THEY HAD AN INDIVIDUAL…[ON] ‘TALK BACK’ WHICH IS…ONE OF THE RADIO PROGRAMS… THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT…SOME ORGANIZATIONS STARTING TO PIVOT TO DO DIFFERENT THINGS IN RESPONSE TO THE PANDEMIC, WHICH WAS RELATIVELY RECENT AT THIS POINT IN TIME. ONE OF THEM CALLED IN AND WAS MENTIONING…IN B.C. AT THE TIME...THE DISTILLERIES WERE MAKING THIS TRANSITION TO EFFECTIVELY MOVE OVER TO SANITIZERS AS OPPOSED TO ALCOHOL…I FIGURED…I’M GOING TO REACH OUT TO THE DISTILLERIES AND SEE IF WE GET ANY RESPONSES. WE WERE STARTING TO SEE…STOCK OUTS WITH SOME OF OUR SUPPLIERS, ALREADY ON SANITIZER, AND WHILE WE DO HAVE GOOD RELATIONSHIPS AND GET PREFERENCE AMIDST THE PANDEMIC…[THERE ARE] BIGGER FISH THAN US ULTIMATELY…[THAT] WILL START TO MONOPOLIZE SOME OF THE SUPPLIES… IT WAS PRETTY IMPERATIVE THAT WE GOT SOMETHING… SO I REACHED OUT…AROUND…MARCH…THE 18TH TO B.C....AND I LOOKED IN ALBERTA BECAUSE I WANTED TO FIND RELATIVELY CLOSE CONTACTS THAT WE’D BE ABLE TO UTILIZE…SO WE WOULD NOT SEE ANY DISRUPTIONS IN THE SUPPLY CHAIN... WE WERE SEEING GROUNDING OF PLANES, ALL KIND[S] OF SUPPLY CHAIN ISSUES START TO CREEP UP, SO I THOUGHT…THE MORE LOCAL THE BETTER… ONE OF THE DISTILLERIES THAT I CONTACTED WAS BLACK VELVET WHICH IS LOCATED WITHIN LETHBRIDGE, AND I STARTED DEALING WITH CLAUDE BILODEAU… HE WAS VERY GRACIOUS AND BASICALLY OFFERED TO WORK WITH US TO COME UP WITH A WAY TO SUPPLY THE CITY SOLELY, AT LEAST AT FIRST, FOR SANITIZERS SO WE WERE ABLE TO MAINTAIN AN EMERGENCY RESPONSE.” TYLER COMMENTED ON THE PACKAGING OF THE SANITIZER: “…INITIALLY THEY HAD…BROUGHT IN A REGULAR KIND OF ONE LITRE BOTTLES, AND ULTIMATELY THEY WERE ABLE TO GET MORE EFFECTIVE LABELLING AND STARTED PRODUCING THEM IN THESE LITTLE…375 ML FLASKS WHICH IS PRETTY FANTASTIC. YOU KNOW THE OVERALL LOOK OF THEM IS…QUITE INTERESTING TO SAY THE LEAST.” TYLER SPOKE ABOUT HOW THE CITY SOURCED THE SANITIZER RAPIDLY: “…SO WE WERE THE FIRST AND ONLY PEOPLE INITIALLY THAT THEY WERE INTERESTED IN SUPPLYING WHICH WAS FANTASTIC FOR US... THEY WERE ABLE TO REALLY QUICKLY TURN AROUND AND SUPPLY US WITH…I THINK UPWARDS OF A THOUSAND LITRES…WHICH WAS A GARGANTUAN AMOUNT… WE HAD ONE LITRE BOTTLES OFFERED TO US AT THE CITY AT A COST OF FORTY DOLLARS EACH AND…FORTY DOLLARS TIMES A THOUSAND DOESN’T TAKE ROCKET SCIENCE TO FIGURE OUT IT’S PRETTY HUGE SUMS JUST FOR...RELATIVELY BENIGN PPE THAT WE WOULD GENERALLY USE AND…CLAUDE WAS WILLING TO PROVIDE THAT TO US FOR FREE, NO ADMIN COSTS, NO NOTHING… AS THEY WORKED THROUGH…DEVELOPING THE [WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION] FORMULAS THAT THEY UTILIZED...IT WAS…HIM AND HIS MANAGEMENT TEAM WHO WERE EFFECTIVELY…TRYING TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN OVER THE COURSE OF A WEEKEND FOR US.” “…THE W.H.O HAS A SPECIFIC FORMULA AND [BLACK VELVET] WERE WAITING ON A COUPLE MATERIALS TO SHOW UP DURING THE…WEEK ENDING MARCH 20TH… IT WAS THE FOLLOWING WEEK WHEN WE ACTUALLY WERE ABLE TO TAKE DELIVERY, SO THEY TURNED IT AROUND QUITE QUICKLY FOR US.” TYLER EXPLAINED THE DIFFICULTY OF PROVIDING ENOUGH WITH INCREASED DEMAND FOR SUPPLIES: “…YOU CAN IMAGINE…TRYING TO OPERATE THE CITY AND THEN ALL THE BUSINESSES THAT EXIST WITHIN THE CITY… HOSPITALS, CLINICS. WE HAD PEOPLE CONTACTING US FROM ALL OVER THE PLACE…AT OUR CENTRAL STORES TRYING TO GET THEIR HANDS ON SANITIZER BECAUSE THEY HAD HEARD VERY QUICKLY THAT WE WERE DEALING WITH BLACK VELVET SPECIFICALLY.” “…WE HAD A REASONABLE SUPPLY FOR REGULAR OPERATIONS, BUT IT WAS QUICKLY DWINDLING AND IT’S LIKELY WITHIN…PROBABLY TWO WEEKS WE WOULD HAVE STOCKED OUT…OF ALL FORMS OF SANITIZERS JUST BECAUSE THERE WAS AN IMMEDIATE RUSH, FROM EVERY OPERATIONAL GROUP THAT WE HAVE... THEY WERE ALL OUT THERE TRYING TO GET THEIR HANDS ON IT… ALL THESE PEOPLE WERE JUST CLAMORING FOR IT… WE GOT DWINDLED DOWN EFFECTIVELY TO NOTHING OVER THE COURSE OF PROBABLY TWO WEEKS...” “…INITIALLY WE REALLY DIDN’T UNDERSTAND WHAT THE FULL IMPACT WAS GOING TO BE… WE KNEW WE HAD THE SUPPORT OF…EMERGENCY OPERATIONS...100%... [THE SANITIZER] WAS POLICE, FIRE AND EMS RESTRICTED AND WE REALLY KEPT THAT METHODOLOGY AS MUCH AS…POSSIBLE, AT LEAST FOR PROBABLY THE FIRST MONTH OR SO UNLESS IT WAS…EXTENUATING CIRCUMSTANCES… AFTER THAT POINT WE WERE ABLE TO GET BETTER BURN RATES ON…[THE AMOUNT OF SANITIZER] WE WERE GOING THROUGH AND ULTIMATELY WHAT SOME OF THE USAGE WOULD LOOK LIKE AS SOME OF OUR COUNTERPARTS…[WERE] COMING BACK ONLINE… IT WAS AT THAT POINT THAT WE WERE ABLE TO START RELEASING IT A LOT MORE FREELY.” TYLER SPOKE ABOUT THE CITY STILL USING THE SANITIZER FROM BLACK VELVET DISTILLERY AS OF OCTOBER 2020: “…SO MY UNDERSTANDING IS WE HAVEN’T TAKEN DELIVERY IN A WHILE BUT…THAT THOUSAND LITRES WE GOT IS STILL BEING UTILIZED AND YET WE HAD ZERO CHARGES…” TYLER RECALLED THE STRUGGLE BEHIND SOURCING OTHER PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT: “…GOWNS, GLOVES AND N95 WERE VERY DIFFICULT. N95 WAS BASICALLY UNAVAILABLE…FOR A COUPLE OF MONTHS IT SEEMED. THE MAJORITY OF THE SUPPLY IS FROM CHINA AND OF COURSE THEY WERE DEALING WITH THEIR OWN ISSUES AT THE TIME... SO IT WASN’T UNTIL MANUFACTURING CAPABILITIES CAME BACK ONLINE THAT WE WERE REALLY ABLE TO GET SUBSTITUTIONS...” TYLER COMMENTED ON THE EXPERIENCE OF ORGANIZING IN THE CONTEXT OF THE PANDEMIC OVERALL: “IT’S…[A] ONCE IN A LIFETIME EXPERIENCE... YOU OF COURSE LEARN THE PRINCIPLES OF SUPPLY AND DEMAND, YOU EXPERIENCE IT IN COMMODITIES FROM TIME TO TIME, BUT GENERALLY THINGS ARE SOMEWHAT LOCALIZED… IT’S NOT OFTEN THAT YOU SEE A WORLDWIDE EVENT WHERE YOU HAVE THESE COMPETING RESOURCES FOR PPE'S SPECIFICALLY… IT WAS CHALLENGING AND A LOT TIME SPENT UP FRONT, ESPECIALLY AS EVERYONE WAS REALLY FIGURING OUT HOW WE WORKED TOGETHER, HOW WE WORK UNDER THE GUIDANCE OF THE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS WHEN I HAVE NO TRAINING FOR AND MANY OF THE COLLEAGUES HAD NO TRAINING FOR EITHER. WE’RE LITERALLY JUST TOSSED INTO IT AND TOLD TO OPERATE WITHIN IT SO…IT WAS A BIG INVESTMENT ON A LOT OF PEOPLE’S PARTS.” “…EVERYONE DID A REALLY GREAT JOB WORKING TOGETHER AND CERTAINLY CAN’T THANK OUR STORES PERSONNEL ENOUGH. THEY’VE REALLY DONE A WONDERFUL JOB SO KUDOS TO THEM." FOR MORE INFORMATION, OR FOR THE FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT, A SPARK YQL NEWSLETTER, AND A CITYWISE NEWSLETTER INCLUDING COVERAGE OF THE BLACK VELVET DISTILLERY HAND SANITIZER, PLEASE SEE THE DONATION’S PERMANENT FILE.
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P20200008001
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2020-04
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Museum
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HAND SANITIZER BOTTLE
Date Range From
2020
Date Range To
2020
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P20200008002
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
HAND SANITIZER BOTTLE
Date Range From
2020
Date Range To
2020
Materials
PLASTIC
No. Pieces
1
Height
20
Length
8
Width
3
Description
CLEAR PLASTIC BOTTLE WITH BLACK CAP. THE BOTTLE IS THE SAME SHAPE AND SIZE AS A ‘MICKEY’. THERE IS A WHITE STICKER LABEL ON THE FRONT THAT READS “BLACK VELVET HAND SANITIZER…80%...HEAVEN HILL DISTILLING CANADA, INC… 375 ML” WITH BLACK AND YELLOW INK. ON THE FRONT AND BACK, 375 ML IS MOLDED INTO THE PLASTIC AT THE BOTTOM. “LB10620020901” IS EMBOSSED ON THE FRONT IN THE PLASTIC. THE BASE HAS A RECYCLING SYMBOL WITH “PETE” UNDERNEATH AND A “1”. THE BOTTLE IS FULL, UNOPENED, AND IS IN EXCELLENT CONDITION.
Subjects
CONTAINER
Historical Association
BUSINESS
HEALTH SERVICES
INDUSTRY
PERSONAL CARE
TRADES
History
ON THE 22ND OF DECEMBER, 2020 KEVIN MACLEAN MET WITH CLAUDE BILODEAU, THE VICE PRESIDENT AND GENERAL MANGER OF THE LOCAL 'BLACK VELVET DISTILLERY COMPANY'. BLACK VELVET HAS BEEN MAKING WHISKY IN LETHBRIDGE SINCE THE 1970S, AND WAS RECENTLY ACQUIRED IN 2019 BY A KENTUCKY, UNITED STATES BASED COMPANY CALLED 'HEAVEN HILL'. AT THE LOCAL OUTSET OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC IN 2020, BLACK VELVET WAS ABLE TO START PRODUCING HAND SANITIZER IN THE FACILITY AND DONATE IT TO THE CITY STORES AND NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS IN LETHBRIDGE. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS DERIVED FROM THE INTERVIEW WITH CLAUDE BILODEAU. CLAUDE REVEALED WHO SUGGESTED THE SHIFT INTO PRODUCING HAND SANITIZER AND THE TURNAROUND TIMEFRAME: “…THE SENIOR LEADERSHIP OF THE COMPANY WERE HAVING WEEKLY CORONAVIRUS CALLS, AND WE WERE TALKING ABOUT WHAT COULD WE DO… HEAVEN HILL BEING A FAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED COMPANY FOR THE PAST 85 YEARS IS SO STRONG IN SUPPORTING THEIR COMMUNITIES… IT WAS ACTUALLY THEM THAT BROUGHT THE HAND SANITIZER IDEA TO US, AND IT WAS IN TURN ME WHO HAD SHARED IT WITH ‘SPIRITS CANADA’, WHICH IS THE TRADE ASSOCIATION FOR DISTILLERIES ACROSS CANADA… WHEN I SHARED IT WITH [‘SPIRITS CANADA’], THEY WERE ECSTATIC. THEY SAID, ‘WHAT A GREAT THING TO DO.’ THEY WERE ASKING, ‘ARE YOU OK IF WE SHARE IT WITH EVERYBODY ELSE?’ I SAID ‘ABSOLUTELY, LET’S GET IT OUT THERE’… I’LL SAY…THAT’S HOW IT BEGAN IN CANADA. THE U.S. WAS A LITTLE BIT AHEAD OF US… [AND] ALTHOUGH THEY WERE AHEAD OF US…IN THOUGHT…IT LITERALLY TOOK TWO OR THREE DAYS FOR ME TO HEAR ABOUT IT AND GET THE FIRST PRODUCT MADE.” CLAUDE PROVIDED THE GENERAL BACKSTORY BEHIND THE HAND SANITIZER BOTTLES: “THE FIRST [1000 ML] BOTTLE [THAT WAS DONATED TO THE MUSEUM] WAS THE FIRST PRODUCT THAT WE PRODUCED FOR HAND SANITIZER FOR THE PANDEMIC, AND IT WAS DONE BY HAND WITH THE MANAGEMENT TEAM HERE AT BLACK VELVET… AT THAT POINT WE WERE IN THE PROCESS OF APPLYING FOR THE ABILITY TO PRODUCE AND DISTRIBUTE THE PRODUCT THROUGH HEALTH CANADA, BUT IT WAS TAKING SO LONG. THE PROCESS WAS RIGOROUS AND THE CITY WAS DESPERATE. IN MY CONVERSATIONS WITH TYLER [KASCOR], HE WAS IN NEED OF PRODUCT [FOR THE CORPORATE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE]. IT WAS ALL OVER THE NEWS THAT THERE WAS A NEED FOR PRODUCT, AND WE KNEW THAT THE FORMULA WAS AN APPROVED FORMULA BY THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (W.H.O) AND THAT THE HEALTH CANADA FORMALITY WAS AN INTEGRAL PART AND AN IMPORTANT PART, BUT SO WAS GIVING THE FIRST RESPONDERS AND THOSE MOST VULNERABLE IN THE COMMUNITY SOMETHING TO USE. SO WE DID OUR FIRST BATCH BASED ON THE W.H.O FORMULA, AND I GOT THE MANAGEMENT TEAM TOGETHER AND WE WENT OUT ON…WHAT WAS AN EMPTY LINE AT THE TIME, AND WE PUT HAND SANITIZER TO THE LINE. WE BOTTLED IT BY HAND, WE CAPPED IT BY HAND, WE LABELLED IT BY HAND, AND IN ALL JEST AND FUN THEY HAD ME DOING THE CAPS. SO BECAUSE I HAVE THE SOFTEST HANDS OF THE GROUP IT DIDN’T TAKE LONG BEFORE I BLISTERED, AND BY THE TIME I WENT HOME THAT NIGHT I WAS BLISTERED AND BLEEDING… I WAS PROUD TO THOUGH… IT FELT LIKE WE WERE DOING GOOD.” CLAUDE DESCRIBED THE CHALLENGES ENCOUNTERED WHEN THE DISTILLERY SHIFTED TO MAKING HAND SANITIZER: “…THERE WAS CHALLENGE BECAUSE FIRST OF ALL WE DIDN’T HAVE BOTTLES THAT WE WERE GOING TO USE. SO THAT FIRST GENERATION [1000 ML] MODEL [THAT WAS DONATED TO THE MUSEUM]…IS ACTUALLY WHAT WE USE TO BRING LIQUID FROM THE BLENDING AREA TO THE QUALITY ASSURANCE LAB FOR TESTING… WE HAD A PALLET OF THOSE BOTTLES AVAILABLE AND CAPS, AND THAT’S WHAT WE USED…JUST SO WE COULD GET SOMETHING OUT THERE… WHEN YOU’RE DOING IT BY HAND, IT DIDN’T TAKE ANY RETOOLING. THERE WAS NOTHING THAT NEEDED TO BE DONE OTHER THAN GET LIQUID TO THE BOWL, WHICH THIS PLANT IS SET UP TO DO… BECAUSE WE BOTTLE WITH THREE SEPARATE LINES ALL THE TIME WE WERE ABLE TO SEGREGATE A TANK, CREATE THE BLEND, AND…TRANSFER THAT BLEND INTO THE BOTTLING TANK WHERE WE…HELD THOSE BOTTLES UP TO A NOZZLE, FILLED THEM UP, PUT A CAP ON THEM BY HAND, PUT A LABEL ON BY HAND, [AND] BOXED THEM UP BY HAND. WE DIDN’T EVEN HAVE PROPER BOXES, SO WE WERE USING…[SPARE] BOXES THAT WE HAVE PLENTY OF HERE BECAUSE OF HOW MUCH WE BOTTLE… WE HAD DONE AS MANY CASES AS THE DAY WOULD ALLOW US TO DO, AND IN MY CONVERSATIONS WITH TYLER [KASCOR]…THERE WAS A TIME LIMIT…WHERE WE HAD TO HAVE THIS PRODUCT TO…THE CITY STORES... SO WE LOADED IT UP…AND I DROVE IT OVER TO THE CITY STORES AND DELIVERED IT… I WAS BEAT, BUT I WENT HOME FEELING GOOD.” CLAUDE ELABORATED ON THE TIMELINE OF EVENTS: “…IT WOULD BE HARD TO PINPOINT THOSE DAYS [BECAUSE] IT ALL HAPPENED SO FAST. I KNOW THAT I GOT AN EMAIL ON MARCH 16TH [2020], AND THAT EMAIL…TALKED ABOUT WHAT KENTUCKY WAS DOING, AND THEN THAT SAME DAY I EMAILED ‘SPIRITS CANADA’ AND I ACTUALLY HAD ASKED FOR THEIR HELP TO GET HEALTH CANADA INVOLVED [BECAUSE] I HAD NO IDEA HOW TO GO ABOUT THAT.” “I’M GOING TO SAY ON TUESDAY WE HAD A DISCUSSION AND BY FRIDAY WE WERE DELIVERING PRODUCT.” “…I THINK I HAD IT TO [TYLER KASCOR AT CITY STORES] BY THE END OF THE DAY ON THAT FRIDAY.” CLAUDE COMMENTED ON WORKING WITH TYLER KASCOR SUPPLYING THE CITY WITH HAND SANITIZER: “…I HAD SO MANY CONVERSATIONS WITH TYLER. I REMEMBER HIM BEING EXTREMELY GRATEFUL… I JUST KEPT SAYING, ‘LOOK, WE’RE HAPPY TO DO IT.’ HE…[ASKED] ‘WHAT’S YOUR PRICE?’ I SAID, ‘WE’RE NOT GOING TO CHARGE YOU FOR IT’… HE WAS SO HAPPY… HE COULD NOT BELIEVE THAT WE WERE NOT ONLY WILLING TO DO THAT, BUT DOING THAT AS QUICK AS WE DID… THEN WE HAD MULTIPLE CONVERSATIONS AFTER THAT LEADING UP TO THE GEN. 2 BOTTLE, BECAUSE THAT’S WHEN WE WERE WAITING FOR THE HEALTH CANADA APPROVAL TO BE DONE… I WAS…TALKING TO HIM DAILY SAYING, ‘HOW ARE YOU DOING ON SUPPLY?’ AND HE WOULD SAY, ‘WELL WE’RE GETTING DOWN THERE, HOW ARE YOU DOING WITH THE APPROVAL?’ AND I KEPT HIM ABREAST OF THE APPROVAL PROCESS AND WHERE WE WERE AT…UNTIL WE COULD FINALLY GET HIM SOMETHING THAT WAS BOTTLED ON THE LINE…” CLAUDE SPOKE ABOUT THE HEALTH CANADA APPROVAL PROCESS FOR DISTRIBUTING THE [GEN. 2] HAND SANITIZER: “…[‘SPIRITS CANADA’ HAD] THE CONTACTS AT HEALTH CANADA WHEREAS WE DON’T. SO HEALTH CANADA GOT US IN TOUCH…THROUGH THE TRADE ASSOCIATION [AND PROVIDED]…THE DOCUMENTS THAT YOU HAD TO FILL OUT…AND GET WHAT WAS REFERRED TO AS AN NPN, OR A NATIONAL PRODUCTS NUMBER… IN ORDER TO DO THAT YOU HAVE TO SUPPLY THE FORMULA, YOU HAVE TO SUPPLY YOUR PROCESS, YOU HAVE TO SUPPLY THE QUALITY ASSURANCE PROGRAMS THAT YOU HAVE, YOU HAVE TO SUPPLY WHAT YOU PROPOSE AS LABELLING AND THEN IT GOES THROUGH THEIR INTERNAL PROCESS AND COMES BACK TO YOU… THROUGH THE TRADE ASSOCIATION, I WAS LEARNING THAT OTHERS HAD BEEN APPROVED BEFORE US AND I THOUGHT, ‘WELL HOW COULD THAT BE?’ THERE WERE DISTILLERIES IN EASTERN CANADA MAKING PRODUCT… IT TURNED OUT THAT MY SUBMISSION WAS LOST SOMEWHERE IN CYBERSPACE, SO THEY DIDN’T HAVE IT AND WHEN…I GOT IT TO THEM THAT AFTERNOON…WITHIN AN HOUR WE WERE APPROVED AND I GOT THE LICENSE…” “…ON APRIL 3RD [2020] I HAVE THE APPROVAL FROM HEALTH CANADA AND WE STARTED TO MAKE BATCHES [AND] GET MORE INGREDIENTS. I HAD ORDERED BOTTLES, THEY WERE COMING IN AND…I WAS WAITING FOR LABELS TO BE MADE… FROM THE FIRST GEN. 1 BOTTLE TO THE SECOND ONE WAS…A TWO…OR A TWO AND A HALF WEEK PERIOD…” AFTER THE HEALTH CANADA APPROVAL, THE HAND SANITIZER FORMULA AT BLACK VELVET WAS CHANGED DUE TO THE INACCESIBLITY OF GLYCERIN AND THE NEED TO DENATURE THE ALCOHOL: “WE ENDED UP HAVING TO CHANGE THE FORMULA A LITTLE BIT AGAIN WITH HEALTH CANADA’S APPROVAL…FOR THAT [GEN. 2] BOTTLE BECAUSE OF THE AVAILABILITY OF GLYCERIN… ONCE THE WORLD CAUGHT DRIFT OF THE FORMULA AND EVERYBODY WAS TRYING TO BUY ALCOHOL…THEY SNAPPED UP ALL OF THE GLYCERIN AND OUR ABILITY TO GET GLYCERIN TO KEEP UP WITH THE VOLUME JUST WASN’T THERE… BETWEEN GEN. 1 AND GEN. 2 THERE WAS [ALSO] THE CANADA REVENUE PORTION OF THIS, BECAUSE WE ARE TAXED ON ALL ALCOHOL SALES… WE WERE LITERALLY GIVING THIS PRODUCT AWAY, AND IF WE WOULD HAVE BEEN TAXED AT IT AT THE RATE OF ALCOHOL, IT WOULD’VE BROKE THE BANK. IT WOULD’VE KILLED US, SO IN DISCUSSIONS WITH THE CRA…WE LEARNED THAT WE HAD TO DENATURE THE ALCOHOL. SO FROM GEN. 1 TO GEN. 2 WE ADDED ACETIC ACID, WHICH IS ESSENTIALLY VINEGAR AND THAT WAS TO DENATURE THE ALCOHOL SO THAT IT WAS NOT APPEALING TO ANYBODY TO DRINK. THE ORIGINAL FORMULA HAD HYDROGEN PEROXIDE IN IT AS DID THE FINISHED FORMULA, OR THE END FORMULA. SO THE ONLY DIFFERENCE WAS THE REMOVAL OF GLYCERIN.” “…GEN. 1 HAS GLYCERIN IN IT, GEN. 2 DOES NOT. WE WERE NOT ABLE TO GET ANY MORE GLYCERIN.” “SO HOW WE GOT THE PRODUCT OUT SO FAST WAS WE HAD FOUND SOME GLYCERIN IN EDMONTON AND HAD IT SHIPPED OVERNIGHT TO US. THAT’S HOW THINGS GOT TO GO SO FAST, BUT THAT WAS ONLY ONE BLEND, AND THAT ONE BLEND IS WHAT WENT INTO [THE] GEN. 1 [HAND SANITIZER].” WHEN ASKED WHAT THE INGREDIENT GLYCERIN WAS INCLUDED FOR, CLAUDE RESPONDED: “ALL GLYCERIN DID WAS IT HELPED TO ADHERE TO THE HANDS. SO [IT WOULD HAVE] A SLOWER EVAPORATION RATE.” THE DEMAND FOR THE HAND SANITIZER WAS HIGH, WHICH CLAUDE MANAGED: “I WAS WORKING WITH ALBERTA HEALTH SERVICES HERE IN LETHBRIDGE…AND WE HAD SHIPPED THEM SOME PRODUCT FOR TESTING BUT…I WAS RECEIVING SO MANY CALLS. MY PHONE DID NOT STOP RINGING ONCE WORD STARTED GETTING OUT THAT WE WERE MAKING HAND SANITIZER… THERE WAS NO WAY THAT WE COULD’VE HANDLED THE FOOT TRAFFIC FOR ALL OF THE INDIVIDUALS THAT WANTED IT. I WANTED TO DO MY BEST TO HELP EVERYBODY THAT I COULD, BUT THERE WAS ONLY SO MUCH WE COULD DO… THERE WERE PEOPLE FROM ONTARIO AND PEOPLE FROM VANCOUVER ISLAND THAT WERE PHONING ME ASKING ME FOR HAND SANITIZER… OUR ABILITY TO PROVIDE IT FOR THE WHOLE COUNTRY JUST WASN’T THERE. SO I DIRECTED THEM TOWARDS ‘SPIRITS CANADA’ TO TRY AND GET THE DISTILLERS IN THEIR PROVINCE TO HELP THEM OUT WHILE I FOCUSED ON THE ONES IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA. SO [DISTRIBUTING THE HAND SANITIZER] REALLY STARTED OFF WITH CITY STORES FOR FIRST PROVIDERS AND THEN IT QUICKLY BRANCHED OUT TO HEALTHCARE FACILITIES. THEY WERE CALLING ME DESPERATE FOR PRODUCT. I ALSO HAD A GENTLEMAN…WHO OWNS THE MEDICINE SHOPPE ON 20TH STREET IN LETHBRIDGE, AND HE CONTACTED ME AND…SAID, ‘…WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP?’ AND I SAID, ‘COULD YOU HANDLE THE FOOT TRAFFIC FOR PEOPLE COMING IN THERE?’ AND HE SAID, ‘ABSOLUTELY, I WOULD LOVE TO DO THAT’… HE’S JUST SUCH A WONDERFUL MAN, HE DID NOT WANT TO PROFIT FROM THIS, AND IT WAS IMPORTANT TO ME THAT I PARTNER WITH SOMEBODY WHO WASN’T GOING TO PROFIT FROM IT… IT WAS IMPORTANT TO ME THAT NOBODY PROFITEER FROM BLACK VELVET OR HEAVEN HILLS’ NEED TO SUPPORT THE COMMUNITY. SO [HE] AND I AGREED ON A PRICE PER BOTTLE, WHICH WAS A FRACTION OVER THE COST JUST TO ALLOW HIM TO COME AND PICK PRODUCT UP AND PAY FOR HIS TIME, AND EVEN THEN I’M SURE IT NEVER DID... I GOT CALLS FROM MEDICINE HAT WHERE THEY NEEDED IT FOR THEIR WOMEN’S SHELTER, FOR THEIR SENIOR CARE HOMES, [AND] FIRST PROVIDERS. SO I LOADED UP THE TRUCK AND I DROVE TO MEDICINE HAT AND I DROPPED…AROUND FIFTY OR SIXTY CASES OF HAND SANITIZER OFF THERE AND CAME BACK HOME. I WAS ALSO GETTING CALLS FROM SENIOR CITIZENS WHO COULDN’T GET OUT… SO I WOULD THROW A CASE IN THE TRUCK AND I WOULD RUN IT TO THEIR HOUSE AND I WOULD PUT IT ON THEIR PORCH. I REMEMBER ONE LADY…WHO HAD JUST HAD A BABY…TWO DAYS BEFORE ALL OF THIS WAS HITTING THE NEWS, AND HER STORY TUGGED AT MY HEART… I THREW A CASE IN THE TRUCK AND I PUT IT ON HER DOORSTEP… SHE CAME OUTSIDE AND SHE WAS BAWLING. SHE WAS SO HAPPY THAT I WAS DOING THAT FOR HER… I JUST DID WHAT I HAD TO DO AT THE TIME WITH WHAT I COULD DO AND MY OWN WORK KIND OF GOT PUT OFF TO THE SIDE A LITTLE BIT, IT WOULD GET DONE LATER IN THE DAY… I STILL HAD TO FOCUS ON…THE SAFETY OF OUR OWN EMPLOYEES AND THE PROCESSES…AND…POLICIES THAT WE HAD TO PUT IN PLACE… SO I JUST…JUGGLED IT ALL AND DID WHAT I COULD THROUGH THAT PERIOD OF TIME.” “…THE DEMAND IN THE BEGINNING WAS EXTREME… IT WAS BEYOND ANYTHING THAT WE COULD DO AND THEN IT TAPERED OFF SLOWLY AS OTHER PRODUCTS OR OTHER FACILITIES THAT WERE DOING THIS FOR PROFIT STARTED TO GET THEIR PRODUCT ONTO THE SHELVES… WE WERE NEVER IN THE BUSINESS TO BE THE SUPPLIER OF HAND SANITIZER FOR THE WORLD, WE WERE SIMPLY TRYING TO HELP… ONCE THE REST OF THESE PRODUCTS STARTED TAKING OVER AND THINGS STARTED PARING DOWN A BIT, WE COULD ACTUALLY TAKE A BREATHER…” “…WE WERE DOING ALL WE COULD IN THOSE EARLY TIMES. THE DEMANDS WERE COMING ALL DAY EVERY DAY IT JUST DIDN’T STOP. SO I’LL SAY IT WAS JULY WE REALLY STARTED TO SEE THINGS SLOW DOWN AND IN AUGUST, SEPTEMBER MORE AND MORE PRODUCT WAS ON THE SHELF. WE COULD ALL SEE IT IN THE GROCERY STORES OR WHEREVER WE HAD GONE AND I WAS HAPPY FOR THAT.” CLAUDE REVEALED HOW FAR THE BLACK VELVET MADE HAND SANITIZER TRAVELLED AND HOW THEY DECIDED WHERE TO SEND IT: “…SOME ENDED UP IN SASKATCHEWAN AND DEFINITELY SOME ENDED UP IN B.C., WE WERE SHIPPING INTO CRANBROOK... FOR AREAS THAT DIDN’T HAVE A LOCAL DISTILLERY…IN THE AREA, I WAS MORE THAN WILLING TO HELP. SO THAT’S…WHERE THE HELP WENT. FOR AREAS LIKE CALGARY WHERE ALBERTA DISTILLERS IS, AND I KNEW ALBERTA DISTILLERS WAS DOING ALL THEY COULD TO MAKE PRODUCT AS WELL, I JUST KEPT DIVERTING PEOPLE TO THEIR LOCAL DISTILLERIES.” CLAUDE EXPLAINED HOW BLACK VELVET HIRED PEOPLE OUT OF WORK DUE TO COVID-19 TO BOTTLE THE SANITIZER BY HAND: “…THROUGH THE CORONAVIRUS CALLS THAT WE WERE HAVING AS A SENIOR MANAGEMENT TEAM, THE COMPANY WANTED US TO REACH OUT TO OUR EMPLOYEES TO SEE IF THEY HAD ANY FAMILY MEMBERS WHO WERE DISPLACED BECAUSE OF COVID, BECAUSE SHUTDOWNS WERE HAPPENING NOW, RESTAURANTS WERE CLOSED… I HAD SENT OUT A NOTICE TO ALL THE EMPLOYEES ASKING IF ANYBODY HAD FAMILY MEMBERS DISPLACED, AND WE HAD A HALF A DOZEN EMPLOYEES SPEAK UP. SO WITHIN A DAY OR TWO WE HAD A HALF A DOZEN NEW EMPLOYEES HERE WHO WE REALLY FOCUSED ON THE MAKING OF HAND SANITIZER… WE TOOK THEM TO THE LINE [AND] WE STARTED THE PROCESS OF TEACHING THEM HOW EVERYTHING WORKS. WE PUT A COUPLE OF EXPERIENCED PEOPLE ON THE LINE TO WORK WITH THEM AND WE JUST STARTED OFF SLOW. WE KNEW THAT EVENTUALLY THE SPEED WOULD PICK UP AND IT LITERALLY TOOK LESS THAN A DAY FOR THESE NEW HIRES TO UNDERSTAND WHAT THEY WERE DOING AND BRING THE NUMBERS UP…FOR SOMETHING THAT WE HAD TO LABEL BY HAND… THE REASON THAT WE HAD TO DO IT THAT WAY [BY HAND] WAS BECAUSE TO BRING IN A LABEL THAT WOULD WORK ON OUR EQUIPMENT IS ABOUT AN 8-10 WEEK PROCESS. SO I WENT TO 'CANCOM LABELS' HERE IN LETHBRIDGE. I SPOKE WITH THE OWNER...AND HE WAS OUTSTANDING… HE GOT LABELS MADE WITH HIS TEAM QUICKLY FOR US, FOR BOTH THE BOTTLES AND THE PAILS [OF HAND SANITIZER]… HE DONATED THE LABELS FOR THE PAILS AND GAVE US THE OTHER LABELS AT COST SO…THAT HELPED TO KEEP THAT COST DOWN.” WHEN ASKED IF THE DISTILLERY IS STILL MAKING THE HAND SANITIZER, CLAUDE REPLIED: “NO IT’S DONE. SO THROUGH THE HEALTH CANADA PROCESS, AS HEALTH CANADA EVOLVED SO DID ISSUES WITH PEOPLE WHO WERE ABUSING THE PRODUCT. SO THE LABELLING CHANGED AND AS THE LABELLING CHANGED…OUR DECISION WAS TO PACKAGE A WHOLE BUNCH BY THE END OF SEPTEMBER… PEOPLE WERE GOING BACK TO WORK SO WE WERE LOSING OUR ADDITIONAL LABOUR. THE LABEL HAD TO CHANGE AND THE DEMAND WENT DOWN, THE MATHEMATICS JUST SAID WE’LL STOP MAKING IT… WE STORED A FEW THOUSAND CASES HERE AT THE PLANT AND A FEW HUNDRED PAILS AND DID SO WITH THE MINDSET THAT IF THINGS RAMPED BACK UP AGAIN AND WE WERE NEEDED, WE COULD EASILY TURN ON THE TAP. SO WE COULD BE THERE AGAIN IF SOMETHING DIRE HAPPENED... I DON’T ENVISION THAT HAPPENING BECAUSE THERE ARE SO MANY PLACES OUT THERE THAT ARE MAKING [HAND SANITIZER] NOW, BUT IF NEED BE WE WOULD…” “NOVEMBER 27TH [2020] WAS THE FINAL DAY THAT YOU COULD SHIP PRODUCT THAT DIDN’T CONTAIN A LARGE RED STOP SIGN EMBLEM ON THE LABEL TO PREVENT KIDS FROM DRINKING THE PRODUCT. SO THE LAST THING WE WANT TO BE ASSOCIATED WITH IS ANY HARM TO...THE COMMUNITY. WHEN PRODUCT IS IN A GEL FORMAT AND PEOPLE HAVE THE ABILITY TO MAKE...GELLED HAND SANITIZER, THAT’S JUST WAY BETTER FOR EVERYBODY. SO I LET ALL OF THE CUSTOMERS THAT WE HAD…KNOW THAT THAT WAS THE…DEADLINE… OUR LAST CUSTOMER FOR THE PRODUCT WAS THE UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE, AND THEY TOOK ALL OF THE PAILS THAT WE HAD REMAINING IN INVENTORY AND PURCHASED THEM.” CLAUDE REFLECTED ON THE ROLE THE COMPANY HAD IN DONATING THE HAND SANITIZER TO THE COMMUNITY: “…THERE ARE THE THINGS THAT I AM SO PROUD OF FROM A HEAVEN HILL PERSPECTIVE... THE OWNERSHIP OF THIS COMPANY NEVER WANTED TO MAKE PROFIT OFF OF THIS… IT WAS ALSO IMPORTANT TO US TO DETERMINE WHO REALLY NEEDED THE DONATIONS… ANY NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION WE DONATED TO FROM THE DAY WE STARTED [UNTIL] THE DAY WE STOPPED, AND ANYBODY WHO WAS A FOR-PROFIT BUSINESS WE SOLD IT AT COST, AND WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE WAY WE CALCULATED THE COST IT WAS ACTUALLY UNDER COST. SO I WOULD SAY THAT THE UNIQUE PIECE ABOUT BEING A FAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED COMPANY, IS THAT THE OWNER CAN MAKE THAT DECISION ON DAY ONE AND STICK TO IT ALL THE WAY THROUGH… I’M NOT SO SURE THAT THERE’S ANOTHER DISTILLERY IN CANADA THAT DID THAT…AND THAT’S THE PIECE I THINK THAT SEPARATED US FROM THE REST.” “…HEAVEN HILL SUPPORTS THE COMMUNITY… THIS FAMILY CAME IN ON DAY ONE AND DID A DONATION TO THE [LETHBRIDGE] UNITED WAY. WHEN CORONAVIRUS HIT THEY CAME TO THE TABLE FOR THE HAND SANITIZER… THEY TRULY VALUE THE COMMUNITY, AND IT’S THE FIRST TIME IN MY CAREER THAT I’VE GOTTEN TO PARTICIPATE AT THIS LEVEL, AND I AM SO THANKFUL THAT IT WAS DURING THE PANDEMIC THAT THAT HAPPENED.” CLAUDE BRIEFLY COMMENTED ON THE HISTORY OF THE LOCAL DISTILLERY: “…THERE IS SUCH A HISTORY BEHIND THE GILBEY COMPANY WHO USED TO OWN BLACK VELVET. [THEY] HAD A FACILITY IN TORONTO AND A FACILITY IN LETHBRIDGE… THERE WAS A WHOLE LOT OF LOBBYING FROM THE MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT HERE, AND [CURRENT MAYOR] CHRIS SPEARMAN HIMSELF AT THE TIME, TO MAKE THIS THE FACILITY THAT STAYED… IT DID [STAY] AND I THINK IT’S BECAUSE IT’S AN EFFICIENT FACILITY [AND] IT HAS OUTSTANDING EMPLOYEES. FROM A PERSPECTIVE OF DISTILLERIES IN THE WORLD, IT’S VERY MODERN EVEN THOUGH IT WAS BUILT IN 1973. WHEN YOU LOOK AT DISTILLERIES THAT’S ONE OF THE NEWER ONES OUT THERE. SO THE ASSET WAS THERE AND THE PEOPLE WERE THERE.” IN HIS CLOSING THOUGHTS, CLAUDE SAID: “…I THINK IT’S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT IT CERTAINLY WASN’T JUST ME. THIS TOOK EVERYBODY IN THIS BUILDING, AND EVERYBODY IN THIS BUILDING WAS PROUD TO BE A PART OF THIS… THESE EMPLOYEES CARE AND THEY HAVE DONE THEIR PART TO STAY SAFE SO THAT WE CAN CONTINUE TO DO WHAT WE DO.” ON OCTOBER 9TH, 2020 COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN MET WITH TYLER KASCOR, PURCHASING MANAGER FOR THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE. THEY DISCUSSED THE TWO DONATED BOTTLES OF HAND SANITIZER PRODUCED BY THE BLACK VELVET DISTILLERY. THE DISTILLERY WAS ABLE TO MAKE THE SANITIZER IN THEIR FACILITY, WHICH WAS THEN DISTRIBUTED TO MANY LOCAL SERVICES AND ORGANIZATIONS AFTER RECEIVING HEALTH CANADA APPROVAL. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS DERIVED FROM THE INTERVIEW WITH TYLER KASCOR. TYLER PROVIDED THE BACKSTORY BEHIND THE BOTTLES: “…THESE ITEMS WERE PART OF SOME PARTNERSHIPS THAT WE WERE ABLE TO REACH WITH ONE OF THE LOCAL DISTILLERIES IN TOWN, IN AN EFFORT TO PROVIDE SANITIZER TO THE CITY AND MORE SPECIFICALLY…TO…OUR EMERGENCY PERSONNEL WHO AT THE TIME WERE BECOMING SLIGHTLY MORE DESPERATE FOR SANITIZERS AMIDST THE ONSET OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC.” TYLER CONTINUED: “…IT WOULD HAVE BEEN…PROBABLY THE SECOND WEEK OF MARCH AND I HAD SEEN A STORY ON CBC… THEY HAD AN INDIVIDUAL…[ON] ‘TALK BACK’ WHICH IS…ONE OF THE RADIO PROGRAMS… THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT…SOME ORGANIZATIONS STARTING TO PIVOT TO DO DIFFERENT THINGS IN RESPONSE TO THE PANDEMIC, WHICH WAS RELATIVELY RECENT AT THIS POINT IN TIME. ONE OF THEM CALLED IN AND WAS MENTIONING…IN B.C. AT THE TIME...THE DISTILLERIES WERE MAKING THIS TRANSITION TO EFFECTIVELY MOVE OVER TO SANITIZERS AS OPPOSED TO ALCOHOL…I FIGURED…I’M GOING TO REACH OUT TO THE DISTILLERIES AND SEE IF WE GET ANY RESPONSES. WE WERE STARTING TO SEE…STOCK OUTS WITH SOME OF OUR SUPPLIERS, ALREADY ON SANITIZER, AND WHILE WE DO HAVE GOOD RELATIONSHIPS AND GET PREFERENCE AMIDST THE PANDEMIC…[THERE ARE] BIGGER FISH THAN US ULTIMATELY…[THAT] WILL START TO MONOPOLIZE SOME OF THE SUPPLIES… IT WAS PRETTY IMPERATIVE THAT WE GOT SOMETHING… SO I REACHED OUT…AROUND…MARCH…THE 18TH TO B.C....AND I LOOKED IN ALBERTA BECAUSE I WANTED TO FIND RELATIVELY CLOSE CONTACTS THAT WE’D BE ABLE TO UTILIZE…SO WE WOULD NOT SEE ANY DISRUPTIONS IN THE SUPPLY CHAIN... WE WERE SEEING GROUNDING OF PLANES, ALL KIND[S] OF SUPPLY CHAIN ISSUES START TO CREEP UP, SO I THOUGHT…THE MORE LOCAL THE BETTER… ONE OF THE DISTILLERIES THAT I CONTACTED WAS BLACK VELVET WHICH IS LOCATED WITHIN LETHBRIDGE, AND I STARTED DEALING WITH CLAUDE BILODEAU… HE WAS VERY GRACIOUS AND BASICALLY OFFERED TO WORK WITH US TO COME UP WITH A WAY TO SUPPLY THE CITY SOLELY, AT LEAST AT FIRST, FOR SANITIZERS SO WE WERE ABLE TO MAINTAIN AN EMERGENCY RESPONSE.” TYLER COMMENTED ON THE PACKAGING OF THE SANITIZER: “…INITIALLY THEY HAD…BROUGHT IN A REGULAR KIND OF ONE LITRE BOTTLES, AND ULTIMATELY THEY WERE ABLE TO GET MORE EFFECTIVE LABELLING AND STARTED PRODUCING THEM IN THESE LITTLE…375 ML FLASKS WHICH IS PRETTY FANTASTIC. YOU KNOW THE OVERALL LOOK OF THEM IS…QUITE INTERESTING TO SAY THE LEAST.” TYLER SPOKE ABOUT HOW THE CITY SOURCED THE SANITIZER RAPIDLY: “…SO WE WERE THE FIRST AND ONLY PEOPLE INITIALLY THAT THEY WERE INTERESTED IN SUPPLYING WHICH WAS FANTASTIC FOR US... THEY WERE ABLE TO REALLY QUICKLY TURN AROUND AND SUPPLY US WITH…I THINK UPWARDS OF A THOUSAND LITRES…WHICH WAS A GARGANTUAN AMOUNT… WE HAD ONE LITRE BOTTLES OFFERED TO US AT THE CITY AT A COST OF FORTY DOLLARS EACH AND…FORTY DOLLARS TIMES A THOUSAND DOESN’T TAKE ROCKET SCIENCE TO FIGURE OUT IT’S PRETTY HUGE SUMS JUST FOR...RELATIVELY BENIGN PPE THAT WE WOULD GENERALLY USE AND…CLAUDE WAS WILLING TO PROVIDE THAT TO US FOR FREE, NO ADMIN COSTS, NO NOTHING… AS THEY WORKED THROUGH…DEVELOPING THE [WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION] FORMULAS THAT THEY UTILIZED...IT WAS…HIM AND HIS MANAGEMENT TEAM WHO WERE EFFECTIVELY…TRYING TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN OVER THE COURSE OF A WEEKEND FOR US.” “…THE W.H.O HAS A SPECIFIC FORMULA AND [BLACK VELVET] WERE WAITING ON A COUPLE MATERIALS TO SHOW UP DURING THE…WEEK ENDING MARCH 20TH… IT WAS THE FOLLOWING WEEK WHEN WE ACTUALLY WERE ABLE TO TAKE DELIVERY, SO THEY TURNED IT AROUND QUITE QUICKLY FOR US.” TYLER EXPLAINED THE DIFFICULTY OF PROVIDING ENOUGH WITH INCREASED DEMAND FOR SUPPLIES: “…YOU CAN IMAGINE…TRYING TO OPERATE THE CITY AND THEN ALL THE BUSINESSES THAT EXIST WITHIN THE CITY… HOSPITALS, CLINICS. WE HAD PEOPLE CONTACTING US FROM ALL OVER THE PLACE…AT OUR CENTRAL STORES TRYING TO GET THEIR HANDS ON SANITIZER BECAUSE THEY HAD HEARD VERY QUICKLY THAT WE WERE DEALING WITH BLACK VELVET SPECIFICALLY.” “…WE HAD A REASONABLE SUPPLY FOR REGULAR OPERATIONS, BUT IT WAS QUICKLY DWINDLING AND IT’S LIKELY WITHIN…PROBABLY TWO WEEKS WE WOULD HAVE STOCKED OUT…OF ALL FORMS OF SANITIZERS JUST BECAUSE THERE WAS AN IMMEDIATE RUSH, FROM EVERY OPERATIONAL GROUP THAT WE HAVE... THEY WERE ALL OUT THERE TRYING TO GET THEIR HANDS ON IT… ALL THESE PEOPLE WERE JUST CLAMORING FOR IT… WE GOT DWINDLED DOWN EFFECTIVELY TO NOTHING OVER THE COURSE OF PROBABLY TWO WEEKS...” “…INITIALLY WE REALLY DIDN’T UNDERSTAND WHAT THE FULL IMPACT WAS GOING TO BE… WE KNEW WE HAD THE SUPPORT OF…EMERGENCY OPERATIONS...100%... [THE SANITIZER] WAS POLICE, FIRE AND EMS RESTRICTED AND WE REALLY KEPT THAT METHODOLOGY AS MUCH AS…POSSIBLE, AT LEAST FOR PROBABLY THE FIRST MONTH OR SO UNLESS IT WAS…EXTENUATING CIRCUMSTANCES… AFTER THAT POINT WE WERE ABLE TO GET BETTER BURN RATES ON…[THE AMOUNT OF SANITIZER] WE WERE GOING THROUGH AND ULTIMATELY WHAT SOME OF THE USAGE WOULD LOOK LIKE AS SOME OF OUR COUNTERPARTS…[WERE] COMING BACK ONLINE… IT WAS AT THAT POINT THAT WE WERE ABLE TO START RELEASING IT A LOT MORE FREELY.” TYLER SPOKE ABOUT THE CITY STILL USING THE SANITIZER FROM BLACK VELVET DISTILLERY AS OF OCTOBER 2020: “…SO MY UNDERSTANDING IS WE HAVEN’T TAKEN DELIVERY IN A WHILE BUT…THAT THOUSAND LITRES WE GOT IS STILL BEING UTILIZED AND YET WE HAD ZERO CHARGES…” TYLER RECALLED THE STRUGGLE BEHIND SOURCING OTHER PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT: “…GOWNS, GLOVES AND N95 WERE VERY DIFFICULT. N95 WAS BASICALLY UNAVAILABLE…FOR A COUPLE OF MONTHS IT SEEMED. THE MAJORITY OF THE SUPPLY IS FROM CHINA AND OF COURSE THEY WERE DEALING WITH THEIR OWN ISSUES AT THE TIME... SO IT WASN’T UNTIL MANUFACTURING CAPABILITIES CAME BACK ONLINE THAT WE WERE REALLY ABLE TO GET SUBSTITUTIONS...” TYLER COMMENTED ON THE EXPERIENCE OF ORGANIZING IN THE CONTEXT OF THE PANDEMIC OVERALL: “IT’S…[A] ONCE IN A LIFETIME EXPERIENCE... YOU OF COURSE LEARN THE PRINCIPLES OF SUPPLY AND DEMAND, YOU EXPERIENCE IT IN COMMODITIES FROM TIME TO TIME, BUT GENERALLY THINGS ARE SOMEWHAT LOCALIZED… IT’S NOT OFTEN THAT YOU SEE A WORLDWIDE EVENT WHERE YOU HAVE THESE COMPETING RESOURCES FOR PPE'S SPECIFICALLY… IT WAS CHALLENGING AND A LOT TIME SPENT UP FRONT, ESPECIALLY AS EVERYONE WAS REALLY FIGURING OUT HOW WE WORKED TOGETHER, HOW WE WORK UNDER THE GUIDANCE OF THE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS WHEN I HAVE NO TRAINING FOR AND MANY OF THE COLLEAGUES HAD NO TRAINING FOR EITHER. WE’RE LITERALLY JUST TOSSED INTO IT AND TOLD TO OPERATE WITHIN IT SO…IT WAS A BIG INVESTMENT ON A LOT OF PEOPLE’S PARTS.” “…EVERYONE DID A REALLY GREAT JOB WORKING TOGETHER AND CERTAINLY CAN’T THANK OUR STORES PERSONNEL ENOUGH. THEY’VE REALLY DONE A WONDERFUL JOB SO KUDOS TO THEM." FOR MORE INFORMATION, OR FOR THE FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT, A SPARK YQL NEWSLETTER, AND A CITYWISE NEWSLETTER INCLUDING COVERAGE OF THE BLACK VELVET DISTILLERY HAND SANITIZER, PLEASE SEE THE DONATION’S PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P20200008002
Acquisition Date
2020-04
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
GRADUATION CAP, TASSEL, AND BAG
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PLASTIC, POLYESTER, THREAD, CARDBOARD
Catalogue Number
P20200024002
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
GRADUATION CAP, TASSEL, AND BAG
Date
2020
Materials
PLASTIC, POLYESTER, THREAD, CARDBOARD
No. Pieces
3
Length
30.7
Width
27
Description
A) BLUE PLASTIC ZIPLOC BAG. LENGTH: 30.7CM WIDTH: 27CM. “HUDSON TAYLOR” IS WRITTEN IN BLACK MARKER ON THE FRONT. THE MARKER INK SLIGHTLY WORN OFF. VERY GOOD CONDITION. B) BLACK SQUARE GRADUATION MORTARBOARD CAP WITH BLACK BUTTON ON THE TOP AT THE CENTER. LENGTH: 25.5CM WIDTH: 22.5CM. INSIDE THE HEADPIECE IS A CIRCULAR WHITE CARDBOARD LABEL WITH BLACK PRINTED LETTERING. IT SAYS “MY GRADUATION CLASS AUTOGRAPHS” “GASPARD SINCE 1909” “100% POLYESTER”. THERE IS A CIRCULAR METAL DIVET IN THE CENTER OF THE CARDBOARD LABEL. THE CAP HAS ELASTIC INSIDE THE EDGES. THERE ARE SOME FOLDS IN THE HEADPIECE, BUT IN VERY GOOD CONDITION. C) GREEN AND GOLDEN YELLOW TASSEL. LENGTH: 23CM WIDTH: 4CM. GOLD FASTENING AND “2020” CHARM PIECE ATTACHED TO THE TOP. GOLDEN YELLOW THREAD LOOP FOR ATTACHING AROUND BUTTON ON TOP OF THE MORTARBOARD. EXCELLENT CONDITION.
Subjects
PERSONAL SYMBOL
Historical Association
EDUCATION
COMMEMORATIVE
History
ON JUNE 25TH, 2020 COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED DYLAN TAYLOR IN REGARD TO THE LETHBRIDGE COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE 2020 HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION MEMORABILIA HE DONATED TO THE MUSEUM. THE FOLLOWING DIALOGUE WAS EXTRACTED FROM THEIR MEETING. DYLAN SPOKE ABOUT HIS EXPECTATIONS WHEN THE PANDEMIC FIRST AROSE: “…BY MARCH WE WERE DECENTLY SURE THAT BY JUNE WE WOULD BE BACK AT SCHOOL AGAIN BUT…HERE WE ARE. A LOT OF THE NARRATIVE THAT WAS BEING SPREAD AROUND WAS THAT IF WE STAY HOME ENOUGH AND IF WE QUARANTINE ENOUGH [AND HAVE A] SICKNESS FREE SUMMER THAT FALL WILL CONTINUE AS NORMAL AND EVERYTHING WOULD GO BACK TO NORMAL. BUT AS TIME GOES ON IT [WAS] BECOMING INCREASINGLY APPARENT THAT THIS [WAS] NOT GOING TO GO AWAY VERY EASILY IF AT ALL, AND THAT’S A…VERY...DRAMATIC CONTRAST TO HOW WE WERE FEELING IN MARCH…EVEN AS THE MONTHS PROGRESS, I THINK WE ALL GOT MORE AND MORE HOPEFUL…[AND] AROUND APRIL…THERE WAS A PUSH FOR THERE TO BE A GRADUATION– [WHICH WOULD HAVE BEEN] TOMORROW ACTUALLY…THEY HAD RESCHEDULED GRADUATION PROVISIONALLY FOR JUNE 26TH [2020]… WE ALL GOT OUR HOPES BACK UP AND THEN WITHIN 2 WEEKS’ TIME OR SO THAT WAS GIVEN THE KIBOSH AS WELL…THERE WERE…WAVES OF OPTIMISM…ABOUT OUR RETURN TO NORMAL… ONCE WE GOT INTO MID… [TO] LATE MAY THERE WAS THIS…ASSUREDNESS THAT THIS IS HERE TO STAY. WE’RE NOT COMING BACK TO NORMAL– PROBABLY EVER.” DYLAN ELABORATED ON THE UNIQUE GRADUATION EVENTS: “…IN GRADE NINE YOU ARE ASSIGNED TO ONE [ADVISOR] TEACHER…AND THAT TEACHER IS THERE TO…HELP YOU MOVE THROUGH YOUR…THREE OR FOUR YEARS OF SCHOOLING…THEN, IN THIS PARTICULAR CASE…WE WERE RECEIVING THESE GRAD PACKAGES BASED ON WHICH ADVISOR YOU HAD. YOU WERE TOLD TO COME TO THE SCHOOL AT A CERTAIN TIME…FOUR OR FIVE INDIVIDUALS WHO WERE [IN] GRADE TWELVE IN MY ADVISOR GROUP, WE ALL CAME [TO THE GRADUATION EVENT] AT SAY…2:00 -3:00 ON A GIVEN DAY….SO THEY HAD US…COME UP IN OUR CARS, PARK IN A SPECIFIC SPOT BY THE SIDEWALK, AND WALK INTO THIS COURTYARD IN THE FRONT OF OUR SCHOOL. FIRST, THEY WOULD GIVE US THIS PACKAGE OF ITEMS [THAT WAS DONATED TO THE MUSEUM]…THEY WOULD HAND IT OVER TO US OVER A TABLE. YOU’D GET A LITTLE PICTURE FOR…OUR YEARBOOK… STUDENT COUNCIL, OF WHICH I’M A PART-OF, ORGANIZED A LITTLE STUDENT VIDEO, SO THEY HAD ALMOST EVERY GRADUATING STUDENT RECORD A LITTLE MESSAGE, OR…RECORD ONE LINE OF A LARGER SPEECH THAT WOULD BE DONE LATER; [THEN IT WAS] POSTED ON SOCIAL MEDIA, AND SHARED TO PARENTS…THAT WAS ABOUT IT...THE TEACHERS WERE VERY GOOD SPORTS ABOUT IT. THEY GAVE YOU A BIG CHEER. BUT, OTHER THAN THAT, LITTLE TO NO FANFARE, AND NO DECORATIONS, OR ANYTHING…JUST ABOUT LIKE A SIX MINUTE PROCESS OF GRABBING [THE GRADUATION PACKAGE DONATED TO THE MUSEUM]. “SO, THE FRONT DOORS OF LCI HAVE…A CONCRETE COURTYARD IN FRONT OF THEM, WITH SOME BENCHES AND LITTLE THINGS FOR STUDENTS…[THE] TEACHERS HAD SET UP IN THAT CONCRETE SPACE TO HAND [GRADUATING STUDENTS] THESE ITEMS…NOT INCLUDING THE SIGN.” “…[THERE WAS] NO POSING [FOR PHOTOS] OR ANYTHING…[THE TEACHERS] JUST…USHERED YOU OVER TO A CERTAIN SPOT WHERE YOU WERE SUPPOSED TO STAND, AND PASSED [THE GRADUATION ITEMS] OVER.” “THAT [EVENT]…WAS THE BIGGEST MOMENT THAT PALES IN COMPARISON WITH THE REAL…HANDING-OF-THE-DIPLOMA MOMENT, WHEN YOU ARE IN FRONT OF YOUR PEERS, AND YOUR FAMILY, AND THE PUBLIC…THAT ABSENCE OF PEOPLE TO SEE IT HAPPEN FELT…VERY EMPTY AND INSIGNIFICANT…EVEN LOOKING THROUGH THESE ITEMS AFTERWARDS, THEY DIDN’T FEEL LIKE THEY MEANT ANYTHING, AND THAT WHOLE EXPERIENCE, IN GENERAL, DIDN’T REALLY FEEL LIKE IT MEANT ANYTHING. AS HARD AS THE TEACHERS TRIED, AND AS MUCH EFFORT AS THEY PUT INTO IT…IT REALLY WAS KIND OF A FACSIMILE…A POOR FACSIMILE OF A REAL GRADUATION.” “I HAD HONESTLY NO IDEA WHAT TO EXPECT…COMING UP TO THE SCHOOL; SEEING THE VERY SPARSE SET-UP THEY HAD THERE WAS A LITTLE SHOCKING…DEPENDING ON THE TEACHERS THAT WERE PRESENT, THEY DID SOME KIND OF GROUP PHOTOS, WHICH THEY WERE IMMEDIATELY SCOLDED FOR AFTERWARDS, BECAUSE THEY WEREN’T SUPPOSED TO DO THAT… IT WAS…A BLEAK MOMENT…AS HAPPY AS THEY TRIED TO BE; AS HAPPY AS WE WERE MEANT TO BE, IT DIDN’T QUITE MEASURE UP...” ACCORDING TO A JUNE 22, 2020 LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLE, THE SCHOOL ORGANIZED A PARADE, FOLLOWING ALBERTA HEALTH SERVICES REGULATIONS, TO CELEBRATE THE 225 LCI GRADS OF 2020 AMID THE PANDEMIC. FINE ARTS AND ATHLETIC AWARDS WERE ALSO DELIVERED TO THE HOUSES OF RECIPIENTS. IN CELEBRATION, DYLAN’S GRAD CLASS ALSO RECEIVED A LAWN SIGN: “…THE LCI STAFF WAS KIND ENOUGH TO DELIVER ONE [SIGN] TO EVERY SINGLE GRADUATING STUDENT…THE ADVISOR TEACHER I MENTIONED BEFORE (MINE IS ACTUALLY MY CHOIR TEACHER…) DELIVERED THE SIGN PERSONALLY TO STUDENTS, AND HAD A PICTURE OF THEM PLANTING IT ON THEIR LAWN, [WHICH WAS] VERY NICE. IT WASN’T EXACTLY A SURPRISE…BECAUSE I SAW PICTURES OF STUDENTS RECEIVING THEM PREVIOUSLY— BUT, IN THE E-MAIL SENT TO PARENTS, IT WAS DECLARED AS A SURPRISE FOR STUDENTS…IT WAS NICE TO NOT ONLY SEE OUR TEACHER AGAIN, BUT TO HAVE THIS…EMBLEM…IN FRONT OF MY HOUSE, THAT [SHOWED] WE DID COMPLETE ALL FOUR YEARS, AND IT DID FEEL GOOD.” DYLAN EXPLAINED THE VALUE OF THE ITEMS HE RECEIVED IN THE GRADUATION PACKAGE: [THE] FINE AND SUPPORTING ARTS CERTIFICATE [WAS SIGNIFICANT COMPARED TO SOME OF THE OTHER ITEMS]…IT [HAD] BEEN SIGNED HERE BY…MY CHOIR TEACHER…MY DRAMA TEACHER; AND MY PRINCIPAL… ALL OF THESE THINGS ARE IMPORTANT TO ME. OBVIOUSLY, MY CERTIFICATE OF BILINGUALISM; I SPENT [ABOUT] TEN…YEARS BEING EDUCATED IN FRENCH, AND THAT’S VERY IMPORTANT TO ME OBVIOUSLY. I’VE HAD SO MANY…PERSONAL EXPERIENCES [AND] MEMORIES WITH ALL THE FINE ARTS PROGRAMS AT LCI… SO MUCH OF WHO I AM TODAY CAN BE OWED TO THESE TEACHERS; TO THESE PROGRAMS. SO, AS MUCH AS IT’S A PIECE OF PAPER WITH A LITTLE JPEG OF A STAMP HERE, INSTEAD OF A REAL ONE…THIS DOES MEAN A LOT TO ME—…THIS…DECLARATION THAT I DID PASS THROUGH THESE PROGRAMS; THAT I DID…PUT IN THE EFFORT, AND THE WORK, TO LEAVE MY IMPACT ON THEM, AND TO BE IMPACTED BY THEM. ADDITIONALLY, IN THIS PACKAGE, THE ONE THING I DIDN’T INCLUDE [IN THE DONATION TO THE MUSEUM] WAS A LITTLE LETTER THAT YOU WROTE TO YOURSELF IN THE NINTH GRADE. IT WAS AN ENGLISH ASSIGNMENT…EVERY STUDENT WAS MANDATED TO TYPE OUT A LETTER TO THEIR GRADE TWELVE SELF, THAT WOULD THEN BE INCLUDED IN THIS PACKAGE, AND [THAT WAS IMPORTANT]. IT WAS CERTAINLY AN INSIGHTFUL LOOK INTO HOW MUCH I HAVE CHANGED…OVER THE PAST FOUR YEARS.” DYLAN COMMENTED FURTHER ON THE EXPERIENCE OF GRADUATING HIGH SCHOOL AMIDST THE GLOBAL COVID-19 PANDEMIC: “IT’S A LITTLE BIT OF A LETDOWN IN SOME WAYS…IT’S WONDERFUL TO HAVE THESE PHYSICAL TOKENS OF THE TIME I SPENT IN HIGH SCHOOL BUT IT FEELS LIKE SUCH A GRANDIOSE EXPERIENCE COMING TO SUCH AN ANTICLIMACTIC FINISH IN SOME WAYS. A LOT OF THE MOST IMPORTANT EXPERIENCES IN MY ENTIRE LIFE THAT I’LL REMEMBER FOREVER HAPPENED IN THIS BUILDING, LETHBRIDGE COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE, AND I FEEL A LITTLE CHEATED IN SOME WAYS TO HAVE SUCH A KIND OF LACK LUSTER FINISH – AS MUCH WORK AS THE LCI STAFF HAS PUT INTO RECOGNIZING THEIR GRADUATES AND THE STUDENTS WHO DID…GO ABOVE AND BEYOND, IT’S STILL A KIND OF MEAGRE FINISH I SUPPOSE.” “…MARCH 15TH WAS WHEN SCHOOLS CLOSED FOR GOOD INDEFINITELY AND…AT THAT TIME WE ALL HAD VERY VISCERAL REACTIONS. I REMEMBER COMING HOME FROM WORK AND THEN AS SOON AS I GOT IN MY CAR I WAS TOLD THAT I WASN’T GOING BACK TO SCHOOL WHICH IS A VERY STRANGE THING TO HEAR BECAUSE NONE OF US EXPECTED IT…THAT DATE MARCH 15TH…IT WAS ANNOUNCED BY LCI ADMINISTRATION THAT THEY HAD CANCELLED SOME EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES OR SPORTS GAMES…TO PRESERVE SAFETY. WE WERE ALL UPSET…WE DIDN’T SEE ANYTHING LIKE THIS COMING. THEY HAD ALSO RECENTLY QUASHED A TRIP TO DISNEYLAND THAT THE BAND AND CHOIR HAD PLANNED SO WE WERE ALL…REELING AFTER THAT…SEEING IF WE COULD RECUPERATE ANY KIND OF FUNDS TO REALLOCATE TO SOME OTHER TRIP SO IT WAS ALL…SUDDEN AND FAST IN THAT WEEK…EVERYTHING SEEMED TO BE CANCELLED... SO IT WAS BEWILDERMENT AT FIRST AND THEN EVERYONE WENT INTO A STAGE OF…A VERY DEEP SORROW AND…FEELING SORRY FOR OURSELVES, WHICH WASN’T HELPED BY THE ABOUT 2 WEEK GAP THAT WE HAD IN TERMS OF ACADEMICS. THE SCHOOL TOOK A COUPLE OF WEEKS OFF JUST TO DRAFT SOME KIND OF PLAN AS TO WHAT THEY WERE GOING TO DO FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE YEAR. SO WE HAD A LOT OF TIME TO…GRIEVE AND PROCESS…WHAT A CATACLYSMIC EVENT THIS REALLY WAS. BUT…AFTER THAT WE KIND OF SETTLED INTO THE ONLINE DISSEMINATION PLATFORM…SOME BETTER THAN OTHERS, BOTH STAFF AND STUDENTS ACCLIMATED TO THIS NEW CHANGE…FOR BETTER OR WORSE… BUT THEN AGAIN, NEARING THE END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR, I THINK WE’RE ALL…FEELING…THIS HEAVINESS A LITTLE BIT. MAYBE NOT AS MUCH AS WHEN THE…CLASSES ENDED IN PERSON – BUT NOW THAT IT’S ALL OVER THERE’S A BIT OF WEIGHT THERE, THERE’S STILL THAT KIND OF [A MOROSE FEELING] THAT I MENTIONED EARLIER THAT’S…CREEPING BACK.” DYLAN ATTRIBUTED THIS SAD SENTIMENT TO BOTH THE PANDEMIC AND THE TRANSITION OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL IN GENERAL: “…AS MUCH AS THAT HEAVINESS IS [FROM] THE LEAVING BEHIND THESE EXPERIENCES WE’VE HAD, IT’S ALSO…A SADNESS THAT WASN’T LIVED OUT TO ITS FULL POTENTIAL. USUALLY AROUND GRADUATION THERE’S…[A] BIG HURRAH EVENT AND A BIG ANNOUNCEMENT OF GOING OUT INTO THE WORLD...BUT IN THIS CASE IT WAS…LIKE A SILENT CREEPING OUT INSTEAD OF A BIG HURRAH. SO…THERE IS THAT REGRET…THAT WE WEREN’T ABLE TO FULLY LIVE OUT THE EXPERIENCE, BUT THERE IS ALSO THE SADNESS OF LEAVING OUR OLD LIFE, OUR CHILDHOOD BEHIND…IT’S MY EIGHTEENTH BIRTHDAY TOMORROW WHICH COINCIDES CLOSELY WITH MY LAST SCHOOL EXPERIENCE SO VERY MUCH THIS IS…THE END OF LIFE AS WE KNEW IT AND OUR CHILDHOOD, IF YOU WILL.” “…IT WAS A PLEASURE TO HAVE THE TIME WE DID HAVE IN SCHOOL. WE HAD ABOUT SEVEN PRETTY SOLID MONTHS OF A GRAD YEAR…AS MUCH AS THERE IS A BIT OF UNFAIRNESS THERE, I ALSO FEEL BAD FOR THESE NEW STUDENTS WHO ARE MOVING INTO AN UNCERTAIN GRAD YEAR; WHERE THEY WON’T HAVE THINGS LIKE SCHOOL PLAYS, THAT WE WERE ABLE TO HAVE, OR BEING PART OF CONCERTS OR SPORTS GAMES. THE WHOLE NINE YARDS. EVERYTHING WILL BE CONDENSED AND WILL HAVE THAT SAME UNDERWHELMING EFFECT THAT I THINK WE EXPERIENCED TO SOME DEGREE. I DON’T EXACTLY ENVY THIS GRAD CLASS OF 2021. CERTAINLY, I WOULD LOVE TO BE BACK AT SCHOOL. I WISH THEM ALL THE BEST, AND I HOPE THEY ARE ABLE TO MAKE THE BEST OF WHATEVER KIND OF UNDERWHELMING EXPERIENCES THEY ARE MOVING INTO.” DYLAN TALKED ABOUT TAKING CLASSES ONLINE DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR: “I WANT TO PREFACE WHAT I AM SAYING HERE BY COMMENDING THE LCI STAFF, BY MAKING THE BEST OF WHAT THEY HAD UNDER VERY SHORT CIRCUMSTANCES. WE USED A SOFTWARE CALLED ‘MICROSOFT TEAMS’…IT WORKED IN SOME CAPACITIES AND IT DID NOT WORK IN SOME CAPACITIES. OBVIOUSLY DOING DISTANCE LEARNING AND DISTANCE WORK IS A LOT DIFFERENT THAN HOLDING PEOPLE ACCOUNTABLE IN PERSON. FOR STUDENTS AND TEACHERS, SOMETIMES IT CAN BE DIFFICULT TO STAY ON TRACK AND TO STAY COMMITTED TO THEIR WORK, ESPECIALLY UNDER THESE KIND OF DISAPPOINTING AND DISHEARTENING CIRCUMSTANCES. THAT COMBINED WITH THIS NEW SYSTEM THAT DOES NOT EXACTLY HOLD STUDENTS ACCOUNTABLE WITH THEIR WORK—OR LACK THEREOF—IN THE SAME WAY THAT IN-PERSON SCHOOLING DOES. I DID HAVE SOME REALLY GOOD EXPERIENCES [IN ONLINE CLASSES], SPECIFICALLY IN DRAMA. [THE TEACHERS] MADE INTERESTING USE OF THE SOFTWARE. WE WERE ABLE TO DIVE INTO THE HISTORY OF DRAMA AND THE THEORY OF DRAMA. WE ALSO WORKED ON SOME PROJECTS WHERE WE WERE EXPERIMENTING WITH THIS VIDEO CALLING SOFTWARE, SIMILAR TO SKYPE OR FACETIME THAT THEY HAD IN THE ‘MICROSOFT TEAMS’. WE WERE ABLE TO DO SOME INTERESTING DRAMA PROJECTS IN THAT CAPACITY. OUR TEACHER…KEPT US VERY BUSY AND ENGAGED. IT WAS A BIT OF A MIXED BAG. I KNOW GOING FORWARD THE SCHOOL IS LOOKING AT A MORE INTENSIVE ACADEMIC STRAIN ON THEIR STUDENTS, IF THEY ARE LOOKING TOWARDS ONLINE LEARNING. WHICH I KNOW THEY ARE LOOKING TOWARDS A MIXED MODEL, WHERE SOME OF YOUR WORK WILL BE ONLINE AND SOME IN PERSON. I KNOW THE ONLINE WORK THAT THEY WILL DISSEMINATE WILL BE MORE ENGAGING AND CHALLENGING. WHEREAS THIS YEAR IT WAS A LITTLE BIT OF A WRITE-OFF, PERHAPS.” “ABOUT ONE DAY OUT OF THE WEEK, TEACHERS WOULD HOLD LIVE, IN-PERSON, CLASSES WITH THEIR STUDENTS. AGAIN, FOR MORE INFORMATION HEAVY CLASSES LIKE SOCIAL STUDIES, SCIENCE, MATH…THEY WOULD HAVE AROUND FIVE CLASSES IN FRONT OF WHITEBOARD WHILE TEACHING THE STUDENTS THROUGH A CAMERA.” “…IN OTHER CASES THEY WOULD SCREEN SHARE A POWER POINT. IT VARIED FROM TEACHER TO TEACHER. BUT, I DID SEE SOME TEACHERS STANDING IN FRONT OF A WHITE BOARD AND WRITING…” “IN THAT ‘MICROSOFT TEAMS’ SOFTWARE THEY HAVE A VIDEO CALLING FUNCTIONALITY. ABOUT EVERY WEEK OR SO, DEPENDING ON THE CLASS, YOU WOULD MEET UP WITH YOUR TEACHER AND THEY WOULD TURN ON THE CAMERA AND USUALLY [YOU WOULD] SEE THEIR FACE.” “…EVERY STUDENT WOULD PILE INTO THE CLASS AND EITHER TURN ON THEIR CAMERA OR NOT. YOU WOULD HAVE A CLASS FULL…WITH NOTHING ON THE CAMERA, AND THE TEACHER…DICTATING OUT INTO AN ENDLESS SEA OF DARKNESS. IT VARIED FROM CLASS TO CLASS. AGAIN, WITH THAT DRAMA CLASS THE TEACHER WAS ABLE TO GET US ENGAGED, INVOLVED, AND TALKING. BUT IN OTHER CASES IT WAS THEM TELLING US WHAT TO DO WITH HOMEWORK AND SIGNING OFF IN ABOUT FIVE MINUTES TIME.” “IT [WAS] THE SAME AMOUNT OF STUDENTS THAT WERE IN CLASSES WHEN WE WERE IN PERSON…DEPENDING ON THE CLASS, MAYBE FIFTEEN TO TWENTY STUDENTS PER AVERAGE CLASS. A LARGER CLASS MIGHT LOOK CLOSER TO THIRTY.” “THE LCI TEAM DID THEIR BEST TO TRY AND PRESERVE A REGULAR SCHEDULE. SO CLASSES…HAPPENED AT THE SAME TIME THAT THEY NORMALLY WOULD HAVE [OTHERWISE]. IT WAS A VERY DIFFERENT EXPERIENCE BEING ABLE TO WAKE UP BLEARY EYED AND TURN ON YOUR PHONE AND YOU'RE IN CLASS.” “…EVEN THE BEST OF STUDENTS GOT A BIT OFF-TRACK IN THAT CAPACITY; MYSELF INCLUDED. IT IS VERY DIFFICULT TO STAY MOTIVATED IN THAT KIND OF CONTEXT.” “WHEN YOU DON’T HAVE THE IN-PERSON PRESSURE AND MOTIVATION OF TEACHER, WITH A CARROT OR STICK, TO MOTIVATE YOU TO COMPLETE YOUR WORK TO APPLY YOURSELF— IT IS COMPLETELY DEVOID OF ANY KIND OF AWARD, IN TERMS OF YOU FINISHING YOUR WORK. HANDING IN AN ASSIGNMENT FEELS LIKE A COMPLETELY EMPTY TASK. YOU ARE JUST HITTING A BUTTON AND THEN IT GOES AWAY PRETTY MUCH FOREVER, LITTLE IN THE WAY OF FEEDBACK I FOUND. SOME STUDENTS NEVER WENT TO A SINGLE CLASS AND NEVER HANDED IN A SINGLE ASSIGNMENT. AS PER THE GOVERNMENT’S INSTRUCTIONS, YOUR GRADE [NEVER CHANGED] FROM THE MOMENT YOU LEFT IN-PERSON CLASSES. SO AS OF MARCH 15TH [2020], YOUR GRADE WAS SET IN STONE... ANYTHING YOU [CHOSE] TO SUBMIT [WAS] KIND OF UP TO YOU. IN SOME CASES YOUR GRADE COULD GO UP IF YOU HANDED IN AN ASSIGNMENT, BUT NEVER DOWN BELOW YOUR ORIGINAL MARK. A LOT PEOPLE DECIDED THAT WAS ENOUGH FOR THEM; THAT THEY WERE DONE FOR THE YEAR. OTHER PEOPLE SETTLED INTO IT VERY WELL, KEPT A REGIMENTED SCHEDULE AND COMPLETED ALL OF THEIR WORK. MOST OF US FELL SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE THERE. [AL]MOST EVERYONE COMPLETED EVERY ASSIGNMENT. WHETHER OR NOT THAT WAS ON TIME WAS A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT STORY.” DYLAN SPOKE MORE ON HIS TIME AT LETHBRIDGE COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE HIGH SCHOOL: “…I [HAD] A VERY UNIQUE EXPERIENCE WITH THE DECISION I WAS MAKING ABOUT HIGH SCHOOL…IN THE NINTH GRADE…I WAS PLANNING ON TRANSFERRING OVER TO WINSTON CHURCHILL [HIGH SCHOOL] FOR THEIR IB PROGRAM, WHICH IS ESSENTIALLY LIKE AN ADVANCED PROGRAM OF STUDIES… IT WAS A VERY LANDMARK DECISION FOR ME, BECAUSE I THINK WHAT’S VERY SPECIAL ABOUT LCI IS THEIR EXTRA-CURRICULAR PROGRAMS, AND WHAT THEY’RE ABLE TO OFFER FOR STUDENTS BEYOND ACADEMICS… I’VE HAD A GREAT EXPERIENCE IN THOSE DEPARTMENTS, AS WELL, BUT I THINK WHERE IT REALLY SHINES IS WHERE IT IS ABLE TO NOT ONLY PROVIDE STUDENTS WITH A CREATIVE OUTLET, OR ATHLETIC OUTPUT, OR ANY OTHER KIND OF COMPARABLE EXPERIENCE— THEY ALSO ARE VERY GOOD ABOUT PROVIDING A VERY NURTURING, FAMILIAL SORT OF COMMUNITY. CHOIR AND DRAMA, I THINK, ESPECIALLY ARE GREAT FOR THIS, WHERE YOU HAVE A VERY TIGHT-KNIT…PRETTY LARGE GROUP. THESE [TEACHERS] AT THE SCHOOL, ARE ABLE TO…PULL THESE REALLY LARGE AND DISPARATE GROUPS OF PEOPLE TOGETHER AND REALLY MAKE SOMETHING SPECIAL OUT OF IT, WHERE EVERY STUDENT HAS THIS SORT OF INTRINSIC CONNECTION WITH ONE ANOTHER, WITHOUT BEING…VERY OVERT…FRIENDS…BUT THERE IS STILL THAT CONNECTION THAT YOU HAVE WITH THOSE STUDENTS IN THAT COMMUNITY THAT’S FOSTERED… MOVING INTO HIGH SCHOOL, THAT…BECAME…A REALLY INTEGRAL PART OF WHO I WAS…[ALONG WITH] THE COMMITMENTS THAT NOT ONLY I MADE, BUT EVERY STUDENT MADE TO THESE PROGRAMS, AND THE COMMITMENTS FROM THE STAFF AS WELL…TAKES IT ABOVE-AND-BEYOND AN AVERAGE FINE ARTS EXPERIENCE…BY THE END OF THE YEAR, WHEN ALL IS SAID AND DONE, THAT COMMUNITY, AND THE QUALITY OF EDUCATION THAT WAS PROVIDED FROM THE FINE ARTS DEPARTMENTS REALLY WAS CONFIRMATION THAT THIS WAS WHERE I WAS MEANT TO BE, FOR SURE.” DYLAN OFFERED HIS OUTLOOK ON THE FUTURE: “…THERE’S A VERY PROFOUND SENSE OF UNCERTAINTY THAT WE’RE MOVING INTO SO, I’M SETTLING ON REALISTIC OPTIMISM FOR NOW…BECAUSE THERE’S ALL THESE WHISPERS ABOUT A SECOND WAVE OR A RESURGENCE [OF COVID-19] AFTER…MORE BUSINESSES [AND] PARKS…ARE OPENED UP. BUT WHO KNOWS?,,, SO I’M GOING TO, AGAIN, REMAIN REALISTICALLY OPTIMISTIC ABOUT THIS SITUATION. I KNOW SOMEDAY I’LL GO TO UNIVERSITY. I KNOW SOMEDAY THE STUDENTS WHO ARE COMING UP INTO THEIR GRADUATION YEAR BEHIND ME WILL HAVE SOME SORT OF COMEUPPANCE…FOR THE THINGS THEY DID LOSE OUT ON. I’M NOT SAYING THAT IT WILL BE EASY OR THAT IT WILL BE NORMAL OR THAT IT WILL FEEL ENTIRELY NATURAL BUT I AM SURE THAT THINGS WILL WORK THEMSELVES OUT IN THE END.” FINALLY, DYLAN COMMENTED ON DONATING HIS GRADUATION ITEMS TO THE MUSEUM AND THE CONCEPT OF MAKING HISTORY: “I THINK MORE AND MORE [HISTORY] IS BECOMING, TO ME, SOMETHING THAT’S NOT SO DISTANT… IN THESE TIMES WE’RE IN RIGHT NOW SEEING HISTORY REPEAT ITSELF…OR EVEN HISTORY [FEELING] VERY IMMEDIATE AND…LIKE IT HAS A VERY PROFOUND INFLUENCE ON WHAT’S HAPPENING RIGHT NOW… IN THESE EVER CHANGING TIMES, EVERYTHING WE DO CAN BE CONSIDERED HISTORY AND CAN LEAVE A VERY SIGNIFICANT MARK THAT WILL EITHER COME BACK TO BITE US OR REWARD US IN FUTURE… [DONATING THE GRADUATION ITEMS] FEELS LIKE…I’M LEAVING SOME SORT OF IMPRINT ON HISTORY, THE CLASS OF 2020 IS LEAVING SOME IMPRINT ON HISTORY THAT WILL BE REMEMBERED FOR A VERY LONG TIME…THAT WAS A LITTLE BIT CONVOLUTED BUT…I THINK…I’M COMING TO REALIZE THAT HISTORY DOESN’T JUST EXIST IN THE PAST. HISTORY IS ALWAYS HAPPENING WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT, THE THINGS YOU DO NOW [WILL MAKE] A BIG DIFFERENCE TOMORROW, AND THE NEXT DAY, FIVE YEARS FROM NOW AND FOREVER.” “…WHENEVER YOU THINK OF A MUSEUM OR YOU THINK OF HISTORY YOU THINK OF THE DISTANT PAST THAT YOU DON’T HAVE MUCH…[OF A] PERSONAL CONNECTION TO, SO IT WAS REALLY REMARKABLE TO CONSIDER THAT THE MOMENT THAT WE’RE IN RIGHT NOW WILL SOON BE CONSIDERED HISTORY AND IS SIGNIFICANT ENOUGH TO BE RECORDED, AND TO HAVE SOME KIND OF PERSONAL CONNECTION TO THAT HISTORY IS…VERY RESONANT…” FOR MORE INFORMATION, OR TO SEE THE FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT, PLEASE SEE THE DONATION’S PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P20200024002
Acquisition Date
2020-06
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
LAWN SIGN
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COROPLAST, METAL
Catalogue Number
P20200024001
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
LAWN SIGN
Date
2020
Materials
COROPLAST, METAL
No. Pieces
2
Length
102
Width
61.5
Description
A) RECTANGULAR COROPLAST LAWN SIGN. LENGTH: 45.6CM WIDTH: 61.5CM. COLOUR THEME PRINTED ON THE SIGN IS GREEN, GOLDEN YELLOW, AND BLACK ON A WHITE BACKGROUND. ON THE TOP LEFT IS THE CIRCULAR LETHBRIDGE COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE LOGO. IN THE MIDDLE IN LARGE LETTERING IS “CLASS OF 2020”. AT THE BOTTOM IN YELLOW IS “CONGRATULATIONS #LCIGREEN2GOLD”. THE SIGN IS IN EXCELLENT CONDITION. B) METAL STAND THAT INSERTS INTO THE SPACES AT THE BOTTOM OF THE LAWN SIGN. LENGTH: 76CM WIDTH: 24CM. IT HAS TWO LEGS AND TWO SUPPORT RUNGS ACROSS THE MIDDLE. THE METAL IS SLIGHTLY BENT AND THE LEGS HAVE DIRT ON THE BOTTOM WHERE THEY WERE INSERTED INTO THE GROUND.
Subjects
VISUAL COMMUNICATION T&E
Historical Association
EDUCATION
COMMEMORATIVE
History
ON JUNE 25TH, 2020 COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED DYLAN TAYLOR IN REGARD TO THE LETHBRIDGE COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE 2020 HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION MEMORABILIA HE DONATED TO THE MUSEUM. THE FOLLOWING DIALOGUE WAS EXTRACTED FROM THEIR MEETING. DYLAN SPOKE ABOUT HIS EXPECTATIONS WHEN THE PANDEMIC FIRST AROSE: “…BY MARCH WE WERE DECENTLY SURE THAT BY JUNE WE WOULD BE BACK AT SCHOOL AGAIN BUT…HERE WE ARE. A LOT OF THE NARRATIVE THAT WAS BEING SPREAD AROUND WAS THAT IF WE STAY HOME ENOUGH AND IF WE QUARANTINE ENOUGH [AND HAVE A] SICKNESS FREE SUMMER THAT FALL WILL CONTINUE AS NORMAL AND EVERYTHING WOULD GO BACK TO NORMAL. BUT AS TIME GOES ON IT [WAS] BECOMING INCREASINGLY APPARENT THAT THIS [WAS] NOT GOING TO GO AWAY VERY EASILY IF AT ALL, AND THAT’S A…VERY DRAMATIC CONTRAST TO HOW WE WERE FEELING IN MARCH…EVEN AS THE MONTHS PROGRESS, I THINK WE ALL GOT MORE AND MORE HOPEFUL…[AND] AROUND APRIL…THERE WAS A PUSH FOR THERE TO BE A GRADUATION– [WHICH WOULD HAVE BEEN] TOMORROW ACTUALLY…THEY HAD RESCHEDULED GRADUATION PROVISIONALLY FOR JUNE 26TH [2020]… WE ALL GOT OUR HOPES BACK UP AND THEN WITHIN 2 WEEKS’ TIME OR SO THAT WAS GIVEN THE KIBOSH AS WELL…THERE WERE…WAVES OF OPTIMISM…ABOUT OUR RETURN TO NORMAL… ONCE WE GOT INTO MID… [TO] LATE MAY THERE WAS THIS…ASSUREDNESS THAT THIS IS HERE TO STAY. WE’RE NOT COMING BACK TO NORMAL– PROBABLY EVER.” DYLAN ELABORATED ON THE UNIQUE GRADUATION EVENTS: “…IN GRADE NINE YOU ARE ASSIGNED TO ONE [ADVISOR] TEACHER…AND THAT TEACHER IS THERE TO…HELP YOU MOVE THROUGH YOUR…THREE OR FOUR YEARS OF SCHOOLING…THEN, IN THIS PARTICULAR CASE…WE WERE RECEIVING THESE GRAD PACKAGES BASED ON WHICH ADVISOR YOU HAD. YOU WERE TOLD TO COME TO THE SCHOOL AT A CERTAIN TIME…FOUR OR FIVE INDIVIDUALS WHO WERE [IN] GRADE TWELVE IN MY ADVISOR GROUP, WE ALL CAME [TO THE GRADUATION EVENT] AT SAY…2:00 -3:00 ON A GIVEN DAY….SO THEY HAD US…COME UP IN OUR CARS, PARK IN A SPECIFIC SPOT BY THE SIDEWALK, AND WALK INTO THIS COURTYARD IN THE FRONT OF OUR SCHOOL. FIRST, THEY WOULD GIVE US THIS PACKAGE OF ITEMS [THAT WAS DONATED TO THE MUSEUM]…THEY WOULD HAND IT OVER TO US OVER A TABLE. YOU’D GET A LITTLE PICTURE FOR…OUR YEARBOOK… STUDENT COUNCIL, OF WHICH I’M A PART-OF, ORGANIZED A LITTLE STUDENT VIDEO, SO THEY HAD ALMOST EVERY GRADUATING STUDENT RECORD A LITTLE MESSAGE, OR…RECORD ONE LINE OF A LARGER SPEECH THAT WOULD BE DONE LATER; [THEN IT WAS] POSTED ON SOCIAL MEDIA, AND SHARED TO PARENTS…THAT WAS ABOUT IT...THE TEACHERS WERE VERY GOOD SPORTS ABOUT IT. THEY GAVE YOU A BIG CHEER. BUT, OTHER THAN THAT, LITTLE TO NO FANFARE, AND NO DECORATIONS, OR ANYTHING…JUST ABOUT LIKE A SIX MINUTE PROCESS OF GRABBING [THE GRADUATION PACKAGE DONATED TO THE MUSEUM]. “SO, THE FRONT DOORS OF LCI HAVE…A CONCRETE COURTYARD IN FRONT OF THEM, WITH SOME BENCHES AND LITTLE THINGS FOR STUDENTS…[THE] TEACHERS HAD SET UP IN THAT CONCRETE SPACE TO HAND [GRADUATING STUDENTS] THESE ITEMS…NOT INCLUDING THE SIGN.” “…[THERE WAS] NO POSING [FOR PHOTOS] OR ANYTHING…[THE TEACHERS] JUST…USHERED YOU OVER TO A CERTAIN SPOT WHERE YOU WERE SUPPOSED TO STAND, AND PASSED [THE GRADUATION ITEMS] OVER.” “THAT [EVENT]…WAS THE BIGGEST MOMENT THAT PALES IN COMPARISON WITH THE REAL…HANDING-OF-THE-DIPLOMA MOMENT, WHEN YOU ARE IN FRONT OF YOUR PEERS, AND YOUR FAMILY, AND THE PUBLIC…THAT ABSENCE OF PEOPLE TO SEE IT HAPPEN FELT…VERY EMPTY AND INSIGNIFICANT…EVEN LOOKING THROUGH THESE ITEMS AFTERWARDS, THEY DIDN’T FEEL LIKE THEY MEANT ANYTHING, AND THAT WHOLE EXPERIENCE, IN GENERAL, DIDN’T REALLY FEEL LIKE IT MEANT ANYTHING. AS HARD AS THE TEACHERS TRIED, AND AS MUCH EFFORT AS THEY PUT INTO IT…IT REALLY WAS KIND OF A FACSIMILE…A POOR FACSIMILE OF A REAL GRADUATION.” “I HAD HONESTLY NO IDEA WHAT TO EXPECT…COMING UP TO THE SCHOOL; SEEING THE VERY SPARSE SET-UP THEY HAD THERE WAS A LITTLE SHOCKING…DEPENDING ON THE TEACHERS THAT WERE PRESENT, THEY DID SOME KIND OF GROUP PHOTOS, WHICH THEY WERE IMMEDIATELY SCOLDED FOR AFTERWARDS, BECAUSE THEY WEREN’T SUPPOSED TO DO THAT… IT WAS…A BLEAK MOMENT…AS HAPPY AS THEY TRIED TO BE; AS HAPPY AS WE WERE MEANT TO BE, IT DIDN’T QUITE MEASURE UP...” ACCORDING TO A JUNE 22, 2020 LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLE, THE SCHOOL ORGANIZED A PARADE, FOLLOWING ALBERTA HEALTH SERVICES REGULATIONS, TO CELEBRATE THE 225 LCI GRADS OF 2020 AMID THE PANDEMIC. FINE ARTS AND ATHLETIC AWARDS WERE ALSO DELIVERED TO THE HOUSES OF RECIPIENTS. IN CELEBRATION, DYLAN’S GRAD CLASS ALSO RECEIVED A LAWN SIGN: “…THE LCI STAFF WAS KIND ENOUGH TO DELIVER ONE [SIGN] TO EVERY SINGLE GRADUATING STUDENT…THE ADVISOR TEACHER I MENTIONED BEFORE (MINE IS ACTUALLY MY CHOIR TEACHER…) DELIVERED THE SIGN PERSONALLY TO STUDENTS, AND HAD A PICTURE OF THEM PLANTING IT ON THEIR LAWN, [WHICH WAS] VERY NICE. IT WASN’T EXACTLY A SURPRISE…BECAUSE I SAW PICTURES OF STUDENTS RECEIVING THEM PREVIOUSLY— BUT, IN THE E-MAIL SENT TO PARENTS, IT WAS DECLARED AS A SURPRISE FOR STUDENTS…IT WAS NICE TO NOT ONLY SEE OUR TEACHER AGAIN, BUT TO HAVE THIS…EMBLEM…IN FRONT OF MY HOUSE, THAT [SHOWED] WE DID COMPLETE ALL FOUR YEARS, AND IT DID FEEL GOOD.” DYLAN EXPLAINED THE VALUE OF THE ITEMS HE RECEIVED IN THE GRADUATION PACKAGE: “[THE] FINE AND SUPPORTING ARTS CERTIFICATE [WAS SIGNIFICANT COMPARED TO SOME OF THE OTHER ITEMS]…IT [HAD] BEEN SIGNED HERE BY…MY CHOIR TEACHER…MY DRAMA TEACHER, AND MY PRINCIPAL… ALL OF THESE THINGS ARE IMPORTANT TO ME. OBVIOUSLY, MY CERTIFICATE OF BILINGUALISM; I SPENT [ABOUT] TEN…YEARS BEING EDUCATED IN FRENCH, AND THAT’S VERY IMPORTANT TO ME OBVIOUSLY. I’VE HAD SO MANY…PERSONAL EXPERIENCES [AND] MEMORIES WITH ALL THE FINE ARTS PROGRAMS AT LCI… SO MUCH OF WHO I AM TODAY CAN BE OWED TO THESE TEACHERS; TO THESE PROGRAMS. SO, AS MUCH AS IT’S A PIECE OF PAPER WITH A LITTLE JPEG OF A STAMP HERE, INSTEAD OF A REAL ONE…THIS DOES MEAN A LOT TO ME—…THIS…DECLARATION THAT I DID PASS THROUGH THESE PROGRAMS; THAT I DID…PUT IN THE EFFORT, AND THE WORK, TO LEAVE MY IMPACT ON THEM, AND TO BE IMPACTED BY THEM. ADDITIONALLY, IN THIS PACKAGE, THE ONE THING I DIDN’T INCLUDE [IN THE DONATION TO THE MUSEUM] WAS A LITTLE LETTER THAT YOU WROTE TO YOURSELF IN THE NINTH GRADE. IT WAS AN ENGLISH ASSIGNMENT…EVERY STUDENT WAS MANDATED TO TYPE OUT A LETTER TO THEIR GRADE TWELVE SELF, THAT WOULD THEN BE INCLUDED IN THIS PACKAGE, AND [THAT WAS IMPORTANT]. IT WAS CERTAINLY AN INSIGHTFUL LOOK INTO HOW MUCH I HAVE CHANGED…OVER THE PAST FOUR YEARS.” DYLAN COMMENTED FURTHER ON THE EXPERIENCE OF GRADUATING HIGH SCHOOL AMIDST THE GLOBAL COVID-19 PANDEMIC: “IT’S A LITTLE BIT OF A LETDOWN IN SOME WAYS…IT’S WONDERFUL TO HAVE THESE PHYSICAL TOKENS OF THE TIME I SPENT IN HIGH SCHOOL BUT IT FEELS LIKE SUCH A GRANDIOSE EXPERIENCE COMING TO SUCH AN ANTICLIMACTIC FINISH IN SOME WAYS. A LOT OF THE MOST IMPORTANT EXPERIENCES IN MY ENTIRE LIFE THAT I’LL REMEMBER FOREVER HAPPENED IN THIS BUILDING, LETHBRIDGE COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE, AND I FEEL A LITTLE CHEATED IN SOME WAYS TO HAVE SUCH A KIND OF LACK LUSTER FINISH – AS MUCH WORK AS THE LCI STAFF HAS PUT INTO RECOGNIZING THEIR GRADUATES AND THE STUDENTS WHO DID…GO ABOVE AND BEYOND, IT’S STILL A KIND OF MEAGRE FINISH I SUPPOSE.” “…MARCH 15TH WAS WHEN SCHOOLS CLOSED FOR GOOD INDEFINITELY AND…AT THAT TIME WE ALL HAD VERY VISCERAL REACTIONS. I REMEMBER COMING HOME FROM WORK AND THEN AS SOON AS I GOT IN MY CAR I WAS TOLD THAT I WASN’T GOING BACK TO SCHOOL WHICH IS A VERY STRANGE THING TO HEAR BECAUSE NONE OF US EXPECTED IT…THAT DATE MARCH 15TH…IT WAS ANNOUNCED BY LCI ADMINISTRATION THAT THEY HAD CANCELLED SOME EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES OR SPORTS GAMES…TO PRESERVE SAFETY. WE WERE ALL UPSET…WE DIDN’T SEE ANYTHING LIKE THIS COMING. THEY HAD ALSO RECENTLY QUASHED A TRIP TO DISNEYLAND THAT THE BAND AND CHOIR HAD PLANNED SO WE WERE ALL…REELING AFTER THAT…SEEING IF WE COULD RECUPERATE ANY KIND OF FUNDS TO REALLOCATE TO SOME OTHER TRIP SO IT WAS ALL…SUDDEN AND FAST IN THAT WEEK…EVERYTHING SEEMED TO BE CANCELLED... SO IT WAS BEWILDERMENT AT FIRST AND THEN EVERYONE WENT INTO A STAGE OF…A VERY DEEP SORROW AND…FEELING SORRY FOR OURSELVES, WHICH WASN’T HELPED BY THE ABOUT 2 WEEK GAP THAT WE HAD IN TERMS OF ACADEMICS. THE SCHOOL TOOK A COUPLE OF WEEKS OFF JUST TO DRAFT SOME KIND OF PLAN AS TO WHAT THEY WERE GOING TO DO FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE YEAR. SO WE HAD A LOT OF TIME TO…GRIEVE AND PROCESS…WHAT A CATACLYSMIC EVENT THIS REALLY WAS. BUT…AFTER THAT WE KIND OF SETTLED INTO THE ONLINE DISSEMINATION PLATFORM…SOME BETTER THAN OTHERS, BOTH STAFF AND STUDENTS ACCLIMATED TO THIS NEW CHANGE…FOR BETTER OR WORSE… BUT THEN AGAIN, NEARING THE END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR, I THINK WE’RE ALL…FEELING…THIS HEAVINESS A LITTLE BIT. MAYBE NOT AS MUCH AS WHEN THE…CLASSES ENDED IN PERSON – BUT NOW THAT IT’S ALL OVER THERE’S A BIT OF WEIGHT THERE, THERE’S STILL THAT KIND OF [A MOROSE FEELING] THAT I MENTIONED EARLIER THAT’S…CREEPING BACK.” DYLAN ATTRIBUTED THIS SAD SENTIMENT TO BOTH THE PANDEMIC AND THE TRANSITION OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL IN GENERAL: “…AS MUCH AS THAT HEAVINESS IS [FROM] THE LEAVING BEHIND THESE EXPERIENCES WE’VE HAD, IT’S ALSO…A SADNESS THAT WASN’T LIVED OUT TO ITS FULL POTENTIAL. USUALLY AROUND GRADUATION THERE’S…[A] BIG HURRAH EVENT AND A BIG ANNOUNCEMENT OF GOING OUT INTO THE WORLD...BUT IN THIS CASE IT WAS…LIKE A SILENT CREEPING OUT INSTEAD OF A BIG HURRAH. SO…THERE IS THAT REGRET…THAT WE WEREN’T ABLE TO FULLY LIVE OUT THE EXPERIENCE, BUT THERE IS ALSO THE SADNESS OF LEAVING OUR OLD LIFE, OUR CHILDHOOD BEHIND…IT’S MY EIGHTEENTH BIRTHDAY TOMORROW WHICH COINCIDES CLOSELY WITH MY LAST SCHOOL EXPERIENCE SO VERY MUCH THIS IS…THE END OF LIFE AS WE KNEW IT AND OUR CHILDHOOD, IF YOU WILL.” “…IT WAS A PLEASURE TO HAVE THE TIME WE DID HAVE IN SCHOOL. WE HAD ABOUT SEVEN PRETTY SOLID MONTHS OF A GRAD YEAR…AS MUCH AS THERE IS A BIT OF UNFAIRNESS THERE, I ALSO FEEL BAD FOR THESE NEW STUDENTS WHO ARE MOVING INTO AN UNCERTAIN GRAD YEAR; WHERE THEY WON’T HAVE THINGS LIKE SCHOOL PLAYS, THAT WE WERE ABLE TO HAVE, OR BEING PART OF CONCERTS OR SPORTS GAMES. THE WHOLE NINE YARDS. EVERYTHING WILL BE CONDENSED AND WILL HAVE THAT SAME UNDERWHELMING EFFECT THAT I THINK WE EXPERIENCED TO SOME DEGREE. I DON’T EXACTLY ENVY THIS GRAD CLASS OF 2021. CERTAINLY, I WOULD LOVE TO BE BACK AT SCHOOL. I WISH THEM ALL THE BEST, AND I HOPE THEY ARE ABLE TO MAKE THE BEST OF WHATEVER KIND OF UNDERWHELMING EXPERIENCES THEY ARE MOVING INTO.” DYLAN TALKED ABOUT TAKING CLASSES ONLINE DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR: “I WANT TO PREFACE WHAT I AM SAYING HERE BY COMMENDING THE LCI STAFF, BY MAKING THE BEST OF WHAT THEY HAD UNDER VERY SHORT CIRCUMSTANCES. WE USED A SOFTWARE CALLED ‘MICROSOFT TEAMS’…IT WORKED IN SOME CAPACITIES AND IT DID NOT WORK IN SOME CAPACITIES. OBVIOUSLY DOING DISTANCE LEARNING AND DISTANCE WORK IS A LOT DIFFERENT THAN HOLDING PEOPLE ACCOUNTABLE IN PERSON. FOR STUDENTS AND TEACHERS, SOMETIMES IT CAN BE DIFFICULT TO STAY ON TRACK AND TO STAY COMMITTED TO THEIR WORK, ESPECIALLY UNDER THESE KIND OF DISAPPOINTING AND DISHEARTENING CIRCUMSTANCES. THAT COMBINED WITH THIS NEW SYSTEM THAT DOES NOT EXACTLY HOLD STUDENTS ACCOUNTABLE WITH THEIR WORK—OR LACK THEREOF—IN THE SAME WAY THAT IN-PERSON SCHOOLING DOES. I DID HAVE SOME REALLY GOOD EXPERIENCES [IN ONLINE CLASSES], SPECIFICALLY IN DRAMA. [THE TEACHERS] MADE INTERESTING USE OF THE SOFTWARE. WE WERE ABLE TO DIVE INTO THE HISTORY OF DRAMA AND THE THEORY OF DRAMA. WE ALSO WORKED ON SOME PROJECTS WHERE WE WERE EXPERIMENTING WITH THIS VIDEO CALLING SOFTWARE, SIMILAR TO SKYPE OR FACETIME THAT THEY HAD IN THE ‘MICROSOFT TEAMS’. WE WERE ABLE TO DO SOME INTERESTING DRAMA PROJECTS IN THAT CAPACITY. OUR TEACHER…KEPT US VERY BUSY AND ENGAGED. IT WAS A BIT OF A MIXED BAG. I KNOW GOING FORWARD THE SCHOOL IS LOOKING AT A MORE INTENSIVE ACADEMIC STRAIN ON THEIR STUDENTS, IF THEY ARE LOOKING TOWARDS ONLINE LEARNING. WHICH I KNOW THEY ARE LOOKING TOWARDS A MIXED MODEL, WHERE SOME OF YOUR WORK WILL BE ONLINE AND SOME IN PERSON. I KNOW THE ONLINE WORK THAT THEY WILL DISSEMINATE WILL BE MORE ENGAGING AND CHALLENGING. WHEREAS THIS YEAR IT WAS A LITTLE BIT OF A WRITE-OFF, PERHAPS.” “ABOUT ONE DAY OUT OF THE WEEK, TEACHERS WOULD HOLD LIVE, IN-PERSON, CLASSES WITH THEIR STUDENTS. AGAIN, FOR MORE INFORMATION HEAVY CLASSES LIKE SOCIAL STUDIES, SCIENCE, MATH…THEY WOULD HAVE AROUND FIVE CLASSES IN FRONT OF WHITEBOARD WHILE TEACHING THE STUDENTS THROUGH A CAMERA.” “…IN OTHER CASES THEY WOULD SCREEN SHARE A POWER POINT. IT VARIED FROM TEACHER TO TEACHER. BUT, I DID SEE SOME TEACHERS STANDING IN FRONT OF A WHITE BOARD AND WRITING…” “IN THAT ‘MICROSOFT TEAMS’ SOFTWARE THEY HAVE A VIDEO CALLING FUNCTIONALITY. ABOUT EVERY WEEK OR SO, DEPENDING ON THE CLASS, YOU WOULD MEET UP WITH YOUR TEACHER AND THEY WOULD TURN ON THE CAMERA AND USUALLY [YOU WOULD] SEE THEIR FACE.” “…EVERY STUDENT WOULD PILE INTO THE CLASS AND EITHER TURN ON THEIR CAMERA OR NOT. YOU WOULD HAVE A CLASS FULL…WITH NOTHING ON THE CAMERA, AND THE TEACHER…DICTATING OUT INTO AN ENDLESS SEA OF DARKNESS. IT VARIED FROM CLASS TO CLASS. AGAIN, WITH THAT DRAMA CLASS THE TEACHER WAS ABLE TO GET US ENGAGED, INVOLVED, AND TALKING. BUT IN OTHER CASES IT WAS THEM TELLING US WHAT TO DO WITH HOMEWORK AND SIGNING OFF IN ABOUT FIVE MINUTES TIME.” “IT [WAS] THE SAME AMOUNT OF STUDENTS THAT WERE IN CLASSES WHEN WE WERE IN PERSON…DEPENDING ON THE CLASS, MAYBE FIFTEEN TO TWENTY STUDENTS PER AVERAGE CLASS. A LARGER CLASS MIGHT LOOK CLOSER TO THIRTY.” “THE LCI TEAM DID THEIR BEST TO TRY AND PRESERVE A REGULAR SCHEDULE. SO CLASSES…HAPPENED AT THE SAME TIME THAT THEY NORMALLY WOULD HAVE [OTHERWISE]. IT WAS A VERY DIFFERENT EXPERIENCE BEING ABLE TO WAKE UP BLEARY EYED AND TURN ON YOUR PHONE AND YOU'RE IN CLASS.” “…EVEN THE BEST OF STUDENTS GOT A BIT OFF-TRACK IN THAT CAPACITY; MYSELF INCLUDED. IT IS VERY DIFFICULT TO STAY MOTIVATED IN THAT KIND OF CONTEXT.” “WHEN YOU DON’T HAVE THE IN-PERSON PRESSURE AND MOTIVATION OF TEACHER, WITH A CARROT OR STICK, TO MOTIVATE YOU TO COMPLETE YOUR WORK TO APPLY YOURSELF— IT IS COMPLETELY DEVOID OF ANY KIND OF AWARD, IN TERMS OF YOU FINISHING YOUR WORK. HANDING IN AN ASSIGNMENT FEELS LIKE A COMPLETELY EMPTY TASK. YOU ARE JUST HITTING A BUTTON AND THEN IT GOES AWAY PRETTY MUCH FOREVER, LITTLE IN THE WAY OF FEEDBACK I FOUND. SOME STUDENTS NEVER WENT TO A SINGLE CLASS AND NEVER HANDED IN A SINGLE ASSIGNMENT. AS PER THE GOVERNMENT’S INSTRUCTIONS, YOUR GRADE [NEVER CHANGED] FROM THE MOMENT YOU LEFT IN-PERSON CLASSES. SO AS OF MARCH 15TH [2020], YOUR GRADE WAS SET IN STONE... ANYTHING YOU [CHOSE] TO SUBMIT [WAS] KIND OF UP TO YOU. IN SOME CASES YOUR GRADE COULD GO UP IF YOU HANDED IN AN ASSIGNMENT, BUT NEVER DOWN BELOW YOUR ORIGINAL MARK. A LOT PEOPLE DECIDED THAT WAS ENOUGH FOR THEM; THAT THEY WERE DONE FOR THE YEAR. OTHER PEOPLE SETTLED INTO IT VERY WELL, KEPT A REGIMENTED SCHEDULE AND COMPLETED ALL OF THEIR WORK. MOST OF US FELL SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE THERE. [AL]MOST EVERYONE COMPLETED EVERY ASSIGNMENT. WHETHER OR NOT THAT WAS ON TIME WAS A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT STORY.” DYLAN SPOKE MORE ON HIS TIME AT LETHBRIDGE COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE HIGH SCHOOL: “…I [HAD] A VERY UNIQUE EXPERIENCE WITH THE DECISION I WAS MAKING ABOUT HIGH SCHOOL…IN THE NINTH GRADE…I WAS PLANNING ON TRANSFERRING OVER TO WINSTON CHURCHILL [HIGH SCHOOL] FOR THEIR IB PROGRAM, WHICH IS ESSENTIALLY LIKE AN ADVANCED PROGRAM OF STUDIES… IT WAS A VERY LANDMARK DECISION FOR ME, BECAUSE I THINK WHAT’S VERY SPECIAL ABOUT LCI IS THEIR EXTRA-CURRICULAR PROGRAMS, AND WHAT THEY’RE ABLE TO OFFER FOR STUDENTS BEYOND ACADEMICS… I’VE HAD A GREAT EXPERIENCE IN THOSE DEPARTMENTS, AS WELL, BUT I THINK WHERE IT REALLY SHINES IS WHERE IT IS ABLE TO NOT ONLY PROVIDE STUDENTS WITH A CREATIVE OUTLET, OR ATHLETIC OUTPUT, OR ANY OTHER KIND OF COMPARABLE EXPERIENCE— THEY ALSO ARE VERY GOOD ABOUT PROVIDING A VERY NURTURING, FAMILIAL SORT OF COMMUNITY. CHOIR AND DRAMA, I THINK, ESPECIALLY ARE GREAT FOR THIS, WHERE YOU HAVE A VERY TIGHT-KNIT…PRETTY LARGE GROUP. THESE [TEACHERS] AT THE SCHOOL, ARE ABLE TO…PULL THESE REALLY LARGE AND DISPARATE GROUPS OF PEOPLE TOGETHER AND REALLY MAKE SOMETHING SPECIAL OUT OF IT, WHERE EVERY STUDENT HAS THIS SORT OF INTRINSIC CONNECTION WITH ONE ANOTHER, WITHOUT BEING…VERY OVERT…FRIENDS…BUT THERE IS STILL THAT CONNECTION THAT YOU HAVE WITH THOSE STUDENTS IN THAT COMMUNITY THAT’S FOSTERED… MOVING INTO HIGH SCHOOL, THAT…BECAME…A REALLY INTEGRAL PART OF WHO I WAS…[ALONG WITH] THE COMMITMENTS THAT NOT ONLY I MADE, BUT EVERY STUDENT MADE TO THESE PROGRAMS, AND THE COMMITMENTS FROM THE STAFF AS WELL…TAKES IT ABOVE-AND-BEYOND AN AVERAGE FINE ARTS EXPERIENCE…BY THE END OF THE YEAR, WHEN ALL IS SAID AND DONE, THAT COMMUNITY, AND THE QUALITY OF EDUCATION THAT WAS PROVIDED FROM THE FINE ARTS DEPARTMENTS REALLY WAS CONFIRMATION THAT THIS WAS WHERE I WAS MEANT TO BE, FOR SURE.” DYLAN OFFERED HIS OUTLOOK ON THE FUTURE: “…THERE’S A VERY PROFOUND SENSE OF UNCERTAINTY THAT WE’RE MOVING INTO SO, I’M SETTLING ON REALISTIC OPTIMISM FOR NOW…BECAUSE THERE’S ALL THESE WHISPERS ABOUT A SECOND WAVE OR A RESURGENCE [OF COVID-19] AFTER…MORE BUSINESSES [AND] PARKS…ARE OPENED UP. BUT WHO KNOWS?,,, SO I’M GOING TO, AGAIN, REMAIN REALISTICALLY OPTIMISTIC ABOUT THIS SITUATION. I KNOW SOMEDAY I’LL GO TO UNIVERSITY. I KNOW SOMEDAY THE STUDENTS WHO ARE COMING UP INTO THEIR GRADUATION YEAR BEHIND ME WILL HAVE SOME SORT OF COMEUPPANCE…FOR THE THINGS THEY DID LOSE OUT ON. I’M NOT SAYING THAT IT WILL BE EASY OR THAT IT WILL BE NORMAL OR THAT IT WILL FEEL ENTIRELY NATURAL BUT I AM SURE THAT THINGS WILL WORK THEMSELVES OUT IN THE END.” FINALLY, DYLAN COMMENTED ON DONATING HIS GRADUATION ITEMS TO THE MUSEUM AND THE CONCEPT OF MAKING HISTORY: “I THINK MORE AND MORE [HISTORY] IS BECOMING, TO ME, SOMETHING THAT’S NOT SO DISTANT… IN THESE TIMES WE’RE IN RIGHT NOW SEEING HISTORY REPEAT ITSELF…OR EVEN HISTORY [FEELING] VERY IMMEDIATE AND…LIKE IT HAS A VERY PROFOUND INFLUENCE ON WHAT’S HAPPENING RIGHT NOW… IN THESE EVER CHANGING TIMES, EVERYTHING WE DO CAN BE CONSIDERED HISTORY AND CAN LEAVE A VERY SIGNIFICANT MARK THAT WILL EITHER COME BACK TO BITE US OR REWARD US IN FUTURE… [DONATING THE GRADUATION ITEMS] FEELS LIKE…I’M LEAVING SOME SORT OF IMPRINT ON HISTORY, THE CLASS OF 2020 IS LEAVING SOME IMPRINT ON HISTORY THAT WILL BE REMEMBERED FOR A VERY LONG TIME…THAT WAS A LITTLE BIT CONVOLUTED BUT…I THINK…I’M COMING TO REALIZE THAT HISTORY DOESN’T JUST EXIST IN THE PAST. HISTORY IS ALWAYS HAPPENING WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT, THE THINGS YOU DO NOW [WILL MAKE] A BIG DIFFERENCE TOMORROW, AND THE NEXT DAY, FIVE YEARS FROM NOW AND FOREVER.” “…WHENEVER YOU THINK OF A MUSEUM OR YOU THINK OF HISTORY YOU THINK OF THE DISTANT PAST THAT YOU DON’T HAVE MUCH…[OF A] PERSONAL CONNECTION TO, SO IT WAS REALLY REMARKABLE TO CONSIDER THAT THE MOMENT THAT WE’RE IN RIGHT NOW WILL SOON BE CONSIDERED HISTORY AND IS SIGNIFICANT ENOUGH TO BE RECORDED, AND TO HAVE SOME KIND OF PERSONAL CONNECTION TO THAT HISTORY IS…VERY RESONANT…” FOR MORE INFORMATION, OR TO SEE THE FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT, PLEASE SEE THE DONATION’S PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P20200024001
Acquisition Date
2020-06
Collection
Museum
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