Fonds F12 - Don Cunnings fonds

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Don Cunnings fonds

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CA CCOQ F12

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  • [196?-] - [199?] (Creation)
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    Cunnings, Don

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(1931-)

Biographical history

Cunnings was inducted into the Coquitlam Sports Hall of Fame on June 22nd, 2012, recognizing his contributions as a gymnastics coach, his achievements as a gymnast, and for his work as Coquitlam's very first Parks and Recreation Director, a position he held from 1966 to 1991. Cunnings began his career as a physical education teacher at Our Lady of Lourdes Elementary and Secondary School from 1950-1953. He became the Division Head of Essondale's Crease Clinic Recreation Therapy Department in 1953 before taking on the position of Recreation Director for the District of Coquitlam's Recreation Commission in 1955, then Recreation Director in 1958, then Inter-Municipal Recreation Director from 1962-1965, until his appointment as the Director of the Leisure and Parks Service in 1966. The City of Coquitlam, Douglas College, and School District #43 jointly named "Cunnings Field" in Coquitlam in his honour in 1999. He was President of the Board of Directors for the Douglas College Centre for Sport, Recreation, and Wellness Society from 2005 to 2007 and has been a member of the Coquitlam Heritage Society Board since 2009. Cunnings was awarded the Freedom of the City on May 5th, 2014.

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The fonds consists of photographs, newspaper clippings, newsletters, two scrapbooks, and assorted records relating to Don Cunnings' involvement in sport and recreation in Coquitlam. One scrapbook, prepared by Mr. Cunnings, contains newspaper clippings and photographs related to the dual British Columbian and Canadian centennial celebrations in 1966 and 1967.

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The fonds has been arranged into 5 series, according to the professional positions held by Mr. Cunnings. Within this structure, the files are arranged by subject.

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