oral history mapping project
mapping project

Why collect Oral Histories?

At Lifetime Learning we believe that one of our duties is to preserve Mission’s unique history. Traditional methods of history will place the records of Mission and its most prominent citizens into the history books. But does that tell the whole story? We collect stories from Missionites who remember raised sidewalks on Main Street, the original “swimming pool,” summer jobs at the King Beach factory, the businesses, the families, the community events and clubs. Oral Histories preserve the sights, the smells, the sounds of yesterday, and tell the story of creating the Mission we know today. We carefully transcribe the interviews and house them at the Mission Community Archives to be preserved for future generations and today’s researchers and our community.

Lifetime Learning’s Oral History Program owes its continued successes to the financial support of the District of Mission, and various funders including New Horizons for Seniors, Mission Foundation, VanCity and the volunteers who graciously donate their time and talents.

Lifetime Learning Centre Society's
Oral History Catalogue


Interviews and Recorded Programs 1996-2007
all items © Lifetime Learning Centre Society

April 26, 2008 Showcasing Mission Writers: Joan Fishleigh, Ken Herar, John Herl, Cathie Marcelllus, Ann Mohs, Gordon Mohs, Doris Paterson, David Pullen, Marion Quednau, Betty Robertson, Gerhard von Rosen, Daphne Sleigh, Shirley Walker, Suzanne Vermeer (MC)
May 28, 2008

60th Anniversary of the 1948 Flood

Nov 4, 2008 WWII – Canadians on the Home Front
Nov 26, 2008 Whispered Voices – the Chinese Community of Early Mission
Dec 08,2008 Christmas Memories

20th Century Mission ~ History of Missions River Industry

Feb 21, 2007

Oral History Program at LLC
various participants
Sharon Syrette
Mildred Vollick


VanCity Environmental Series

Sept. 28, 2006

Fraser River Safari Tour

History of Lifetime Learning's Wellness Program

May 2006

Doris Paterson

20th Century Mission ~ Mission Community Mapping with Mission District Historical Society

Oct. 10, 2006

Charlie McPherson
Mildred Vollick
Sharon Syrette
Audrey McPherson
Lynn Duncan
Clara McKenzie
Maureen McKenzie
Mark McKenzie
Cathie Marcellus
John Johannessen
Betty Robertson
Co Kuppusamy
Jim Muir
Evan Watkins
Mary Vogel
Heather Stewart


War Brides Remembrance Day Program at LLC

Nov. 2005 Doris Patterson
Terry McKay
Alma Svatos
Lillian Dudfield
Molly Bedford
Mary Rockwell
Joan England
Margaret Findlay
Alma Svatos

20th Century Mission

Oct. 27, 2005 Dr. J. Marcellus

20th Century Mission

Sept.7, 2004 AnnaMarie Ellerbeck

20th Century Mission

Feb.19, 2002 Vern Walburn - Coastal Logging

History of Missions Clubs

May & June 2003 Rotary Club & Rotary-Annes
Mission Elks Club
University Women's Club
Kinsmen & Kinnettes
Mission Foundation
Board of Trades

Open House Speaker

Sept. 17, 2003 Robert Ross

20th Century Mission

Jul. 9, 2002 Thomas Wesley James
Nov. 13, 2002 Mission's Political History

Christmas Program ~What were Christmas traditions when you were a child?

Dec. 2002 Manium Kuppusamy - Malaysia
Lillian Borrows - England
James Atebe - Kenya
Imakiri Tomi - Japan
Irene Harris - Switzerland

Queen's Jubilee Program

Oct. 8, 2002 Claire Clemo

Islamic Traditions program

Oct. 2002 Peter Jones
Adanan Habib
Robert Pamplin

Mission Political History

Nov., 2002 Doug Adair
Charlie McPherson
Lorna Adair
Perry Cleven
Neville Cox

Senior's Issues Forum

Dec. 13, 2002 Various speakers
Satwinder Baines
Suzanne Vermeer
Oct. 30, 2002 Ian Waters
George Janzen
Wanda Janzen
Abe Pancratz
Henry Neufeld
John and M.A. Taves
Angelica Dawson

Open House Lecture

Sept. 18, 2002 Dr. Yosef Wosk

20th Century Mission

Sept. 24, 2001 Dr. J. Marcellus
Oct. 21, 2001 Dr. J. Marcellus
Oct. 16, 2001 Markie Hutcheon
Apr. 2001 Charles E. Boothby
Sept. 13, 2001 Stuart Hood
Sept. 13, 2001 Jim Pearce
Oct. 4, 2001 Jim Pearce
Oct. 1, 2001 Ernie Lathrup
Jul. 9, 2001 Betty Dandy
Oct. 1, 2001 Catherine Marcellus
Oct. 4, 2001 Adrienne Lagace

History of Transportation

October, 2001


Feb. 23 &
Mar. 2, 2001
Various participants

Remembrance Day Program

Nov 8, 2001 Chris Leach, UCFV History

Mission's Horticultural Past ~ History of Trees

Apr 2001 Jim Marcellus
Elsie Jack (video & audiotaped tour)

Mission Clubs

November 20, 2001 Swim Club

Paths and Pathfinders

November 25, 2001 Catherine Marcellus
D. Mercer

Christmas Party

Dec. 5, 2001

History of Mission Education

Sept. 19, 2001 Cathie Marcellus

20th Century Mission

Aug. 8, 2000 Rhona Jacobsen
Nov. 2000 Charlie McPherson
May 2, 2000 Mildred Vollick
May 2000 Marion Sharpe
May 20, 2000 Evelyn Neid
Feb. 24, 2000 Gladys Plumridge

War Stories

Nov. 23, 2000 Genevieve Richards

Divali Celebration of Light

Oct. 25, 2000 Hardeep Dhaliwal
Kaldip Gill
Satwinder Bains

Electricity Interviews by Ruth Sandwell

Oct. 23, 2000 various participants

History of Mission Education

June 15, 2000 Adult Ed
June 22, 2000 Bill Harris

Remembrance Day Program

Nov. 1999 Remembrance Day Program

Music Festivals

Sept 13, 1999 Muriel Windebank
Oct. 8, 1999 Roger Harris
Oct. 8, 1999 Betty Dandy

LLC Oral History Group

Feb. 16, 1999 committee members

History of Mission Education

Feb. 23, 1999 Adult Ed

History of Theatre

Catherine Marcellus

History of Mission Education

Oct. 27, 1998 Adult Ed
Oct. 6, 1998 General
Nov. 17, 1998 Elementary

Women of Yesterday and Today

Bonnie Huskins
Perry Cleven
Wendy Mattus
Sherry Conroy
Darlene Manzer
Mac Evans
Muriel Windebank
Catherine Marcellus

War Brides Program at LLC

Nov. 13, 1996 Mary Rockwell
Joan England
Lillian Dudfield
Margery Skerry
Lou Lathrup

Mission's Horticultural History ~ History of Trees

May 12, 1995 Elsie Jack

Reclaiming the Past ~ Women's History

Oct.-Dec. 1995 Catherine Marcellus
Mary Vogel
Rozina Buker
Betty Robertson
Elsie Jack
Ellen Pearce
Flora "Mac" Evans
Rhona Jacobson