Fonds F9 - Russell Hellard fonds

Centennial Mascot "Town Logger" Town Logger with Miss Centennial Centennial Parade with Les Keen, Nancy Konsmo, and Bernie Moffat Centennial Parade Car with Committee Members Les Keen, Nancy Konsmo, and Bernie Moffat Centennial Committee Portrait Centennial Mascot at Heritage Days Centennial Mascot with Miss Coquitlam and Miss Centennial at concert Russell Hellard is the flag bearer in Remembrance Day procession Russell Hellard leads Remembrance Day procession Russell Hellard and other veterans at Centennial High School Russell Hellard and his wife at Diamond Jubilee Medal Presentation Russell Hellard and other veterans at Veteran Mayday Parade in Port Coquitlam Veterans at Cam Dunsmore Recognition Ceremony Russell Hellard on carousel Russell Hellard with a tray of poppies Russell Hellard speaking to a class Veterans and cadets at Remembrance Day assembly Russell Hellard with wreath at Remembrance Day parade Russell Hellard saluting at Remembrance Day parade Russell Hellard with family standing in front of the legion

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Russell Hellard fonds

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  • 1943-2017 (Creation)
    Hellard, Russell

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8 CD-Rs (digital textual and photographic records ; 2.32 GB)
3 DVD-Rs (digital photographic and moving image records ; 1.3 GB)
661 photographs : col. negatives ; 35 mm
187 photographs : col. ; multiple dimensions
90 photographs : b&w negatives ; 35 mm
64 photographs : b&w ; multiple dimensions
30 photographs : col. slides
7 contact sheets : b&w ; multiple dimensions
10 photographs : b&w negatives ; 120 film
1 postcard : col.

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Russell Hellard was born in 1924 in Toronto, Ontario. He worked briefly as a laboratory assistant at the Ontario Research Foundation before enlisting with the Canadian Army in 1943. He trained at Camp Ipperwash in Ontario, then was sent for a Special Wireless Course at Vimy Barracks (the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals and Canadian Signal Training Centre), before being sent to Vancouver and then on to Victoria, British Columbia to await deployment to Australia. He served with the No.1 Special Wireless Group in Darwin monitoring Japanese wireless signals until the conclusion of the war in 1945. Once the war was over, it took six months to travel back to Canada with all of the equipment that had been shipped to Australia during the war. Mr. Hellard's unit returned to Canada in February, 1946.

Russell Hellard, his wife Kay and daughter Susan lived in Toronto before his company, Calgon, relocated him briefly to Edmonton for two years. The family then moved to Coquitlam in 1959. Hellard worked for 30 years in industrial water treatment and retired in 1981. During his retirement he became very active across British Columbia as a professional dog show photographer. He was very active in the area of crime prevention within the Coquitlam community between 1984 and 1997, serving as chairman of the Crime Prevention Committee from 1989-1991 and the Community Policing Committee from 1992-1996. He was also actively involved with the Crime Watch Patrol, Block Watch, Court Watch, and Vandal Watch programs. He volunteered his photographic skills for several large community events in Coquitlam, including the BC Summer Games and Centennial celebrations, both in 1991. Hellard has also been an active volunteer and activity group leader at Dogwood Pavilion with the Lifewriters Group, which began in 1999, the Veterans Group, and the Volunteer Improvement Program. He has also photographed many Dogwood Pavilion events over the years. Russell died on February 25 2023.

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The fonds consists of records relating to Russell Hellard's volunteering initiatives in Coquitlam, including his participation in the Crime Prevention Committee, the Community Policing Committee, the Mundy Park Sub Committee, the Crime Prevention Society, the BC Summer Games, the Centennial Committee, Block Watch, Vandal Watch, Court Watch, among others. The fonds also includes personal and family records, including a collection of photographs from his service in Canada and Australia during the Second World War.

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The fonds has been arranged into five series according to the content and organization of the records. The series are as follows:
Series 1- Crime Prevention and Community Policing Committees
Series 2- Crime Prevention Society
Series 3- Assorted committees
Series 4- BC Summer Games
Series 5- Centennial Committee
Series 6- Dogwood Pavilion Committee
Series 7- Second World War records
Series 8- Personal and Family records

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