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Archives receives Award
Mission Community Archives is honoured to be the recipient of the 2016 District of Mission Heritage Commission Award for our contribution to the promotion of heritage. Archivist Val Billesberger was presented with the award at the District of Mission Council meeting on Monday, September 18th.

Have you ever wondered where your street got its name? Mission is one of the few B.C. communities that continue to name streets after its citizens. As such, our street names are rich with local history. Read the interesting story behind the Mission street that was named after pioneers who homesteaded in Hatzic and constructed their house from logs felled on their property here. You can also discover the fascinating stories behind the names of many other streets in Mission.

Since 1996, the Mission Community Archives has proactively collected the records of and stories from the extraordinary women of Mission and District.

This week find out about Doreen Black (1914-1990) who was known as the "Mother of Minor Hockey" in Mission. She was honoured posthumously through the Paths & Pathfinders: Women of Mission Program in 1999.

READ about the remarkable lives of other women whose records have been acquired by the archives through the Paths & Pathfinders: Women of Mission Program.

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

The holdings include the records of individuals and families, arts and community organizations, clubs and local businesses and some local government. The archives also maintain a small reference collection pertaining to the history of the municipality, genealogical research, and the administration of archives.
We acknowledge the financial assistance of the District of Mission
and the Province of British Columbia
Glimpses of the Past: 1958

Fraser Valley Record fonds / Mission Community Archives

STAVE FALLS SCOTTISH DANCERS - Cheryle Macdonald (nee Ruddick), the eldest of 5 children, developed her keen interest in highland and scottish country dancing at an early age inspired by her neighboring grandparents in Stave Falls. Cheryle studied dance at UBC and St. Andrews University in Scotland. She became a certified teacher in 1965 - the same year she married John Macdonald. Four years later she formally established her own dance school - the Stave Falls Scottish Dancers - with "a non-competitive" policy while "continuing striving fro a high degree of proficiency and authenticity." (SOURCE: Cheryle MacDonald 2001 Interview, Mission Community Archives).

The posted image shows Cheryl Macdonald (far right) performing at a 1958 Robbie Burns celebration in Mission along with (left to right) Dixie Ried, Jane Ried, Bill Haggerty (Piper) and her sister Karin Ruddick.

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