Saanich Archives’ ongoing project “Saanich Remembers World War One” has two purposes: to honour Saanich residents who served in the First World War and to learn more about the impact of the war on the community.
- Conducted WWI research and prepared profiles of Saanich residents who served
- Used the correspondence between the Municipality of Saanich and a Soldiers’ Home recipient to tell the WWI and post-war story of “A Vargas Island Rancher In Saanich: The Freeman Hopkins Story”
- Transcribed Gordon Head Athletic Club’s 1916-1920 minutes and annotated text with primary source documents. Prepared resource materials on club members and and community themes and contemporary context.
- Researched and prepared resource materials on “Saanich and the Spanish Flu” (Influenza epidemic 1918-1919).
- Transcribed the minutes of the Saanich Branch, Victorian Order of Nurses 1917-1910 and annotated text with contemporary news reporting. Focus is on the development of the V.O.N. and their response to the Influenza epidemic 1918-1919.
- Researched and prepared resource materials on the history of schools in the municipality of Saanich based on Annual Reports of the Department of Education and contemporary news reports, with a particular focus on health and schools and their response to the Influenza epidemic 1918-1919.