Fonds F55 - Raymond Gareau fonds

Photographs D.S. Denman and Charles Stewart touring Fraser Mills John Stewart and Albert Gravell D.S. Denman Jr, Bob [Fraumberg] and E. Lillos touring Fraser Millls Charles Michaud and Harold Piper at Fraser Mills Fraser Mills workers receiving a safety award Guy Lessard, Ed Johnston, Wally Atkins, and Lawrence Coombs receiving a safety award Phil Orser moving a log boom John Pekrul on a log boom Workers testing first life balloon Workers receiving a safety award Workers receiving a safety award Men touring Fraser Mills Men touring Fraser Mills Wooden structures Unloading lumber from rail Workers stripping sections of plywood from walls of the flood control project Truck loaded with lumber Giscombe Portage Group of workers celebrate 1000 accident free days Workers sit on plywood benches Workers on log booms Group of workers wearing safety award jackets Group of workers wearing safety award jackets Albert Gravell and Henry J. Mackin touring Fraser Mills Smokestack being dismantled Jean Lambert, a freeman of the City of Coquitlam, who was dressed to MC the Festival du Bois cele... Rene Gamache looking at historic photographs of Fraser Mills Workers looking at historic photographs of Fraser Mills Geese on a pier
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Raymond Gareau fonds

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  • [19--] - 2009 (Creation)
    Gareau, Raymond

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8.5 cm of textual records and other material

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Raymond (Ray) Gareau (1942--) was a mill worker who worked at Fraser Mills for over 35 years.

Raymond Gareau was born in Winnipeg in 1942. In 1945 the Gareau family moved to Maillardville in after Raymond’s father was discharged from the Canadian Air Force. The Gareau family was incentivized to move to Maillardville by the promise of employment at Fraser Mills as well as government incentives for the purchase of a house. A further incentive was the Maillardville area, which had a well-established French Catholic community.

Gareau was educated at several local schools, including private parochial schools, Millside School, Austin Heights School, Como Lake Senior Secondary, as well as Notre Dame High School in Vancouver. He later obtained a Certificate in Business Administration from Eric Hamber Secondary, the tuition for which was provided in part by his employer.

Gareau began working at Fraser Mills as a teenager, on weekends and during the summer. During his employment at Fraser Mills he held a number of different roles, including several supervisory and management positions. After retiring, he started a small consulting company related to forest products.

Gareau was an active member of his community, serving on the board of directors for the Village Credit Union, as well as the Place Maillardville Community Centre. He also served as president of Club Bel Âge.

Gareau married his high school sweetheart, Margaret, who trained as a nurse at St. Paul’s Hospital, and became one of the first nurses to work at Eagle Ridge Hospital when it opened in 1984. The couple have two children, Richard and Robert.

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The fonds consists of materials related to the history of Fraser Mills and Maillardville as well as the career and life of Raymond Gareau.

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