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Huneck, Lavonne

  • Huneck, Lavonne
  • Person

Lavonne Huneck received a BA in Geography with an emphasis on regional conservation and has been involved in land-management decisions in BC. Huneck joined the Board of Directors of the Sierra Club, and was appointed chair of Forestry. She later separated from the Sierra Club over policy differences, and was appointed by the government to the Carmanah Valley Forest Management Advisory Committee (CVFMAC) as an environmental representative. Huneck has also been a member of several committees: a representative on the Forest Land Use Liaison Committee; the chair of Public Involvement, Interface Between Wildlife and Intensive Forestry Research; a member of the editorial board, Forest Planning Canada; and a member of Graham Bruces ad hoc Carmanah Community Committee.

International Foundation for Gender Education (IFGE)

  • International Foundation for Gender Education (IFGE)
  • Corporate body
  • 1986-

The International Foundation for Gender Education (IFGE) is a non-profit advocacy organization founded in November 1986 by Merissa Sherill Lynn. It was established to promote understanding of transvestitism and transsexualism. The IFGE developed out of an earlier organization, the Tiffany Club, which was officially founded 1978. In 1986, the IFGE took over the international services and the Tiffany Club was reformed into a local support group serving the New England area. IFGE elected a board of directors, which took office at first IFGE convention in 1987.

The IFGE operates as a communication medium, an outreach and educational tool, and a unifying factor for the transvestite and transsexual (TV/TS) community. It provides support and channels funds and information to TV/TS groups, and it provides educational information to TV/TS people, to persons directly affected by them, to professional communities and to the general public. The IFGE publishes the TV-TS Tapestry Journal and special topic publications, holds an annual “coming together” convention, and provides a speakers bureau and library on TV/TS issues.

Itter, Carole, 1939-

  • Itter, Carole, 1939-
  • Person
  • 1939-

Carole Itter was born in Vancouver, British Columbia on September 29, 1939. She is an artist, writer, filmmaker, and educator. She attended the Vancouver School of Art in 1961, subsequently renamed the Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she later became an instructor. She traveled and studied throughout Europe during the 1960's before settling in Vancouver's Strathcona neighbourhood. She had one daughter--Lara Gilbert, 1972-1995--with Vancouver poet Gerry Gilbert, who she lived with for approximately six years. The couple's relationship was emotionally and sexually abusive. Once separated they initially shared custody of Gilbert, and when Gilbert was 12 years old she requested to live with Itter full-time.

In 1978 Itter began to divide her time between her home in Strathcona and a North Vancouver shack occupied by her partner Al Neil, the late Vancouver artist and musician. They shared this shack, known as the Blue Cabin, until 2015. It was preserved when the land was sold, and now exists as the Blue Cabin Floating Artist Residency in the waters of False Creek.

Itter has held several exhibitions in Vancouver, frequently collaborating with Al Neil. Notable work and exhibitions include art piece "Personal Baggage" (1972), Rattles (Western Front, 1984), and WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution (Vancouver Art Gallery, 2008). She has won two awards for visual art, the 1989 VIVA (Vancouver Institute of Visual Arts) Award and the 2017 Audain Prize in Visual Art. With Daphne Marlatt, Itter was co-editor of Opening Doors in Vancouver's East End: Strathcona (Harbour Publishing: 1979), an oral history of Strathcona. Her own writing has appeared in anthologies and literary magazines, including periodics, Brick, and Room of One's Own.

In 1992 Lara Gilbert disclosed that she had been sexually abused by her father and paternal grandfather. Despite Itter's own ensuing mental health struggles, she supported Gilbert throughout her final years. They attended joint therapy and filed an unsuccessful suit against Vancouver General Hospital for a sexual assault of Gilbert by an orderly. Gilbert died by suicide on October 7, 1995. Itter attempted to press charges against St. Paul's Hospital and staff for medical malpractice, but the filing was dropped in 2001.

Itter processed her grief through research, therapy, and art. Her sculptural installation "The Pink Room: A Visual Requiem" (grunt gallery, 2000) dealt with the impact of grief and loss. It was acquired by the Vancouver Art Gallery in 2007. Itter edited and published excerpts of Lara Gilbert's journals in the book I Might Be Nothing (Trafford Publishing: 2004).

Maracle, Aiyyana, 1950-2016

  • Maracle, Aiyyana, 1950-2016
  • Person
  • 1950-2016

Aiyyana Maracle (1950-2016) was a transgender Haudenosaunee artist and educator, born on Six Nations territory near Grand River, Ont., to Leonard and Kitty Maracle. She was one of six children, and was assigned male at birth. After her family was evicted from the reservation—due to her father’s lack of official Indian status—they moved to Rochester, N.Y. then Buffalo, N.Y. Maracle later became estranged from her family, and spent time in Vancouver, Toronto, Chippewa territory, and Montreal. She married and had four sons before beginning her gender transition at age 40. She underwent gender reassignment surgery in Brussels in 2010, and ultimately returned to Six Nations territory with her son. She was diagnosed with depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, which she treated with medication and therapy.

Maracle was a multi-disciplinary artist, whose art explored her experience as a First Nations person and created and directed performance art, theatre pieces, and art installations. Her performance art includes “Gender Möbius” at grunt gallery (1995) and an untitled piece at “LIVE at the End of the Century” festival (1999). In 1992 she began curating queer and Indigenous arts festivals, including The Queer Series/Two Spirit Festival (grunt gallery, 1993) and women @ the front 30th anniversary exhibition (Western Front, 2003). She won Canada Council’s 1997 John Hirsch Prize for “the most artistically exciting new director of promise in Canadian Theatre.” She was also a seamstress, filmmaker, and painter, and created her garments and sets for her performance work.

As writer, Maracle wrote an unpublished autobiography, Chronicle of a Transformed Woman, as well as plays, exhibition anthologies, and essays, such as “Journey in Gender” published in torquere (2001). She took her MFA at Goddard College (2003-2005). From 2002 to 2007, Maracle taught courses and delivered guest lectures at Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Concordia University, and other Canadian and international universities. She returned to Six Nations territory in 2010 and from 2012, she co-facilitated Gender Journey, a peer support group in Brantford, Ont. She passed away at her home on April 24th, 2016.

Federation of Military and United Services Institutes of Canada

  • SC001
  • Corporate body
  • 1973-

The Federation of Military and United Services Institutes of Canada (FMUSIC) was founded in 1973 to bring together the various United Services Institutes in Canada recognized by the Department of National Defence, and to further their goals without impinging on their autonomy when dealing with the National Defence Headquarters. Another aim of FMUSIC is to support Canada's development of effective military and non-military policies and capabilities through;study, research and through the submission of position papers to the appropriate government bodies. FMUSIC also endeavours to communicate the defence needs of Canada to the Canadian public.

Houghton, Claude, 1889-1961

  • SC002
  • Person
  • 1889-1961

"Claude Houghton" was the name used by Claude Houghton Oldfield, who was an English writer of prose, verse and drama. He was born in Kent and educated at Dulwich College.

Alexander, Ronald Okeden, 1888-1949

  • SC003
  • Person
  • 1888-1949

Ronald Okeden Alexander was a noted army leader in World War I and World War II. He was a member of the following regiments: the Victoria Rifles of Canada, 1908; Royal Canadian Regiment, 1910; 24th Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, 1914-1917; 2nd Canadian Division, 1917-1919; Canadian Army, Permanent Force, 1919-1939. He was General Officer Commanding (GOC) in the Canadian Pacific Command, 1940-1942; and Major-General, 1942-1945.

Alford, Norman

  • SC004
  • Person

Norman William Alford was born in Croydon, Surrey, England. He obtained a B.A. in English from the University of London in 1962, an M.A. in English from Birbeck College, University of London in 1964, and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Texas in 1966. He taught school in Sussex, Ceylon, and Southern Rhodesia during the 1950s and also worked at the Federal Ministry of Education for Rhodesia and Nyasaland from 1961 to 1962. He came to the University of Victoria in 1964, first as a student and later as a professor, and taught in the Department of English. After leaving the University of Victoria, he moved to Mexico in 1984. Throughout his career, Alford has published novels, short stories and scholarly works, including a book about the Rhymers' Club. Some of his stories, including "Allergy" and "Bungalow", have been published in the Malahat Review.

Gawsworth, John, 1912-1970

  • SC005
  • Person
  • 1912-1970

John Gawsworth was the pseudonym of Terence Ian Fytton Armstrong. He was an English poet, critic, bibliographer and editor. As well as compiling numerous anthologies, he published "Collected Poems" (1948) and "Ten Contemporaries" (1932, 1933). He was the editor of the "English Digest" (1939-1941) and other periodicals including "The Literary Digest" (1946-1949) and "The Poetry Review" (1948-1952).

Auden, W. H. (Wystan Hugh), 1907-1973

  • SC006
  • Person
  • 1907-1973

W. H. (Wystan Hugh) Auden, born in York and educated at Oxford, was an English poet who had a major influence on modern poetry, particularly during the 1930s. After assisting the Republican side in the Spanish Civil War, Auden moved to the United States in 1939, where he taught in colleges and universities. He became an American citizen in 1946. Among Auden's works include "The Double Man", "Nones", and "The Shield of Achilles". He also collaborated on drama and opera librettos, and wrote literary criticism.

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