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Doris Savoie Collection

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Hornby Island Community Archives


Acc.No.: 2017-12-29/50; 2019-11-28/98

Finding aid created by Regan Fahey

Last Updated: November 2019

Title: Doris Savoie Collection

Level of description: collection

General material designation: textual records

Extent: 58 cm

Creator(s): Doris Savoie, Leo Savoie, Remi Savoie, Mary Savoie, Elaine Savoie, Paul Savoie

Dates of creation: 1951-2012

Biographical sketch: Doris Joy Upright was born in Aurora, Illinois in 1926 but spent most of her years growing up in Edmonton, Alberta. She later moved to Vancouver and after seeing an ad for Seabreeze Lodgeon Hornby Island she came on her own for a visit. She met Leo Savoie on the ferry and they were married the following Valentines Day, Doris moved to Hornby Island in 1956. She and Leo resided with “Granny” Savoie (Virginie) and cared for her in her later years. Doris and Leo had four children – Mary, Elaine, Remi and Paul. Doris was very active in the community, she was instrumental is establishing and administering the Hornby Medical Clinic, she served as the Chair of the Clinic Committee for 25 years, retiring in 1997, and in her honour the building that housed the Clinic was named the Doris Savoie Center. Doris was also very active in the Hornby Island Resident and Ratepayers Association (HIRRA), as well as in establishing the Hornby and Denman Community Health Care Society. For many years Doris served as the Witch at the annual kids Halloween party, she was well known for the tatting she sold at Christmas craft faires and she was instrumental in maintaining the little Catholic Church on Hornby Island. On June 25, 2017 Doris Savoie passed away at St.Joeseph’s Hospital in Comox, after a few years of poor health.

Scope and content: The collection contains extensive documents that reflect Doris’ meticulous record keeping of the household expenses for decades, as well as her involment in local governance and community volunteerism.

Source of supplied title: Title is based on the creator of the collection

Immediate source of acquitsion: Doris Savoie’s daughters Mary and Elaine donated the records following her death in 2017.

Arrangement: The original filing scheme of the records was reconstructed during archival arrangement on the basis of file markings on the documents in order to reatian as much of the original order as possible.

Language of materials: English

Record no.: R.G. 25

Repository: Hornby Island Community Archives

Finding aids: Finding aid available with file level control

Related Group of Records: Doris Savoie is the creator of the majority of the documents in the Clinic Collection (R.G. 27) as well she created and/ or collected and housed the documents for an accural to the HIRRA Collection (R.G 2) and the Hornby & Denman Community Health Care Society Collection (R.G. 5)

Accruals: 2019-11-28/98. Further accruals are not expected.

File Inventory

Box 1

1-1 Cheque stubs

1-1 Apr.26, 1958-Nov.2, 1959

1-2 Nov.11, 1959-Apr.7, 1960

1-3 Apr.8, 1960-June 5, 1961

1-4 June 5, 1961-Mar.21, 1962

1-5 Mar.21, 1962-Jan.28, 1963

1-6 Jan.30, 1963-Feb.6, 1963

1-7 Jan.10, 1964-Sept.10, 1964

1-8 July 3, 1964-May10, 1965

1-9 May 28, 1965-Jan.26, 1966

1-10 Feb.9, 1966-Nov.9, 1966

1-11 Nov.9, 1966-June 22, 1967

1-12 June 6, 1967-Feb 2, 1968

1-13 Feb 2, 1965-Oct.9, 1968

1-14 Oct.16, 1968-Apr.14, 1969

1-15 Dec.11, 1969-July 8, 1970

1-16 12 chequing books, loose papers – 1951, 1952, 1970, 1972

Box 2

2-1 Book of household earnings and expenses, 1958-1973

2-2 Book of household earnings and expenses, Jan.-Dec.1973

2-3 Book of household earnings and expenses, Jan-Dec. 1974

2-4 Book of household earnings and expenses, 1975-1978

2-5 Book of household earnings and expenses, 1979-1984

2-6 Book of household earnings and expenses, 1985

2-7 Book of household earnings and expenses, 1986-1990

2-8 Book of household earnings and expenses, 1988-1990

2-9 Book of household earnings and expenses, 1991-2005

Box 3

3-1 Remi Savoie’s Book Fish and Fisherman’s Handbook on Unemployment Insurance First Edition. 1955, n.d

A record book detailing number, size, kind and area of fish caught by Remi Savoie between June 21, 1955 -August 31, 1955

3-2 Savoie Family financial documents, 1958-59, 1961, 1965-1966

Credit Union documents including account books, school savings pass books, auditors verification notice, and life insurance application.

3-3 Correspondence and ephemera, 1960, 1969, 1972

Re: Provincial voters list, scrutiner slip with the results of Hornby Island voting in 1969, voter registration cards for Doris and Leo

3-4 Correspondence and ephemera, 1967, 1969, 1970-1972, 1974, 1977-1978

Re: Tuberculin test cards, preventative dental progamme, “Hornby Island Horoscope” from the Fowlers at Seabreeze, notice of a survey regarding postal delivery days and the subsequent changes to Monday, Wednesday and Friday, request for community input on whether or not to suport expansion of ferry service or keep it restricted to limit tourism and miscellaneous

3-5 Correspondence and ephemera, 1950-1971

Re: reciepts and correspondence related to personal, financial and household matters.

3-6 Paul Savoie : 2 school workbooks, 1968-1970

3-7 Mary Savoie : 4 school workbooks, 1970-1972

3-8 Elaine Savoie : 2 school workbooks, 1971-1972

3-9 Islands Trust : newletters and questionnaire, 1977-1979

Re: general updates, call for ballots to elect Hornby’s Advisory Planning Committee, and miscellaneous

3-10 Tribune Bay Provincial Park : notes and ephemera, 1978-1979

Re: Parks meeting, the development project, public comment form from the Open House, Tribune Bay Park Draft Development Project

3-11 Mary’s Wedding : financial documents, notes and ephemera, 1980

3-12 Correspondence, notes and ephemera, 1980-1985

Re: Fire Department referendum, comments on census procedures for Hornby Island, notice of street address system, Old Timers Reunion and Room to Grow project and miscellaneous

3-13 Correspondence and ephemera, 1989-1990

Re : mental health initiatives, Ford Family Cairn, application for home support service

3-14 Christmas Hamper : Correspondence and notes, 1975, 1978-1979, 1982-1984, 1987-1990

3-15 Hornby Island school ephemera, 1971, 1982, 1983

3-16 Official Community Plan, May 1992

– with additional pages of handwritten notes

3-17 Islands Trust : notes, agendas, reports and notices, 1991, 1993-1994

Re : agendas for meetings (with handwritten notes), amendments to definitions in land use bylaw, proposed down-zoning of Ford’s Cove Marina, changes to proposed land use bylaw No.86, notes from meetings, Bylaw No.86

3-18 Correspondence, notes and ephemera, 1995, 1997-1999

Re : Recreation Commission, H.I. Athletic Association “Good Sport of the Year Award”, Denman/Hornby Stakeholder’s Meeting, home support service cuts, victim impact statement

Box 4

4-1 H.I.R.R.A : agendas and notes, 1979-1981, 1989-1991. 1998

4-2 Co-op : Correspondence, notes and financial documents, 1990, 1994, 2003

Re: dividends, extraordinary meeting, community information meeting, annual report and A.G.M

4-3 Correspondence, notes and ephemera, 2011

Re : “the littlest angel”, death and dying, Islands Trust history video, ribbon cutting at the grand opening of the new Credit Union.

4-4 Invitations, 1977, 1985, 1987, 1996. n.d

4-5 Memorials and Correspondence, 1966, 1983-1987, 1990-1998

4-6 Memorials and Correspondence, 2000-2002, 2004, 2008, 2011

4-7 Correspondence, 1957, 1986-1987, 1990, 1992-1993, 1996, 2005, 2006, 2012

4-9 Savoie Family ephemera n.d

Re: Savioe family tree, marriage announcement

4-10 Ephemera, n.d

Re : proposed signs for Hornby Island, birthday card painting by Elaine for Leo, notes planning Margaret’s 80th birthday

Accrual 2019-11-28/98

4-11 Ephemera, correspondence, and financial documents, n.d, 1962, 19691970-1972, 1974, 1979, 1992, 2002, 2005-2006

Re: personal correspondance, household and family reciepts, newspaper clippings, household expense ledgers and miscellaneous

4-12 Photographs, 1989, 1992, 1994, n.d (84 photographs)

12-1 Bishop Remi DeRoo visit, 1989 (11 photographs)

12-2 Doris Savoie, 1989, n.d (3 photographs)

12-3 Hornby church and Father Bernard de Aquiar, n.d (3 photographs)

12-4 Halloween and Doris as the Witch, c.1992 (9 photgraphs)

12-5 Albert-Margaret Savoie last parade, c.1992 (3 photographs)

12-6 Polar Bear Swim, 1994 (2 photographs)

12-7 Robbie Burns Night at New Horizons, n.d (17 photgraphs)

12-8 Childrens theatre production at Room to Grow, n.d (4 photographs)

12-9 Thatch Boat Race (aka Bail & Sail), n.d (10 photographs)

12-10 Sand castle contest at Big Tribune, n.d (16 photographs)

12-11 Vehicle that went off abutment at Phipps Pt, n.d (4 photographs)

12-12 Doris Savoie, n.d (2 photographs)