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Derrick and Gwen Mallard fonds
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1947-2001, predominant 1970-1997 (Creation)
- Mallard, Derrick
1947-2001, predominant 1970-1997 (Creation)
- Mallard, Gwen
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5.7 m of textual records and other materials
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Derrick Mallard was born in 1921 in England. In 1953, he emigrated to B.C. and worked in the Engineering Dept. of the B.C. Power Commission and B.C. Hydro. After leaving B.C. Hydro he taught at S.F.U in the Department of Psychology, lecturing on human acoustics and electronic physiological measurements. Throughout his life, Derrick was involved in many projects relating to a broad spectrum of environmental concerns, including waste management, preservation of significant ecosystems, climate change and energy conservation.
Derrick and his wife Gwen started S.P.E.C. (Society for Promoting Environmental Conservation), the first citizens environmental organization in western Canada, with Bernard Hagell, Dr. Robin Harger, John Haywood, Ralph Lundahl, Larry McConnell, John Stigant, Dr. A. Turnbull and others in Vancouver, January 1969. In 1972, the Mallards severed ties with S.P.E.C., moved to Victoria and started C.A.S.E. (Citizens Association to Save the Environment), which they directed until their deaths. The Mallards were among the first in B.C. to speak on behalf of the environment and to enlist widespread public support. In 1992, they were awarded the Joint Environmental Award from the B.C. Minister of the Environment, Lands and Parks; in 1993, they were awarded the Lifetime Environmental Achievement Award by the Canadian Minister of the Environment. Derrick died in 2001.
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Gwen Mallard was born ca. 1917 in Fernie, B.C. Gwen and her husband Derrick started S.P.E.C. (Society for Promoting Environmental Conservation), the first citizens environmental organization in western Canada, with Bernard Hagell, Dr. Robin Harger, John Haywood, Ralph Lundahl, Larry McConnell, John Stigant, Dr. A. Turnbull and others in Vancouver Janauary 1969. In 1972, the Mallards severed ties with S.P.E.C., moved to Victoria and started C.A.S.E. (Citizens Association to Save the Environment), which they directed until their deaths.
Gwen was particularly interested in food and nutrition, biotechnology and bovine growth hormone. In the early years of C.A.S.E., she served as the Chairperson of the Foods and Nutrition Committee. From 1982 on, Gwen owned and operated Gwen’s Vegetarian Diner.
The Mallards were among the first in B.C. to speak on behalf of the environment and to enlist widespread public support. In 1992, they were awarded the Joint Environmental Award from the B.C. Minister of the Environment, Lands and Parks; in 1993, they were awarded the Lifetime Environmental Achievement Award by the Canadian Minister of the Environment. Gwen died in 1999.
Scope and content
Fonds consists of records related to the environmental activism and activities of Gwen and Derrick Mallard. The fonds is arranged in 12 series: Alpha-numeric series (A1-W27), 1959-93; Derrick Mallard series, 1947-2001; Gwen Mallard series, 1968-97; B.C. Environmental Associations, 1972-2000; BC Environmental newsletters, 1970-2000; Community Associations, 1990-2000; Capital Regional District, 1990-2000; Foundations, 1994-2000; Issues, 1973-2000; Land preservation, 1990-2000; Awards, 1992-2001; and Promotional displays and graphic materials, [1972-1996].
Immediate source of acquisition
The Alpha-Numeric system was established by Derrick Mallard in the early years of his environmental work. The files, the majority of which were un-filed, constitute the Mallards’ research materials relating to their C.A.S.E. work. These have been arranged in series reflecting the subject groupings of his early alpha-numeric system. Administrative files relating to C.A.S.E. have been arranged in the B.C. Environmental Associations series.
Approximately 300 reports and publications have been transferred to Special Collections, and cataloged as the Derrick Mallard Collection. They are on a wide variety of environmental subjects, including: water, sewage, transportation, parks, farming, noise, fishing, endangered species and global issues.
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The City of Vancouver Archives holds the records of S.P.E.C. Please refer to the Society Promoting Environmental Conservation fonds [http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/society-promoting-environmental-conservation-fonds]
Other materials include slides, photographs, VHS videocassettes, and audio cassettes.
Subject access points
- Transportation and utilities
- Natural resources
- Environmental protection--Societies, etc.
- Environmental protection--Citizen participation--Societies, etc.
- Associations, institutions, etc.
- Environmental protection
- Community activists
- Food industry and trade--Environmental aspects
- Mineral industries--Environmental aspects
- Wood-pulp industry--Environmental aspects
- College teachers
- Sustainable agriculture
- Environmental policy
- Refuse and refuse disposal
- Earth Day
- Special events
- Land use
- Land use--Environmental aspects
- Conservation of natural resources
- Sustainable development
- Sustainable urban development
- Insects--Environmental aspects
- Pesticides--Environmental aspects
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- newspaper clippings
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2013-02-05. Updated 2016-04-29 [MP].
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