Seniors’ Stories

For the past year, we have been working hard at collecting life stories of seniors who remember the 1940s, 1950 and 1960s, so enjoy our most recent additions:



Recent Stories

Lorelei Hawkins on Her Youth and Struggles in the Downtown Eastside

Lorelei Hawkins on Her Youth and Struggles in the Downtown Eastside

Lorelei Hawkins (b.1951) was forced to start a new life in the DTES at only 17 years-old after her adoptive mother abandoned her. Here, she shares her story of survival and of negotiating her Aboriginal identity. - interview by Erin Grant When I was about 17 years old, I actually got ditched in the DTES, which is going to sound strange toREAD MORE
Community Resources

Community Resources

Check our community resources where you can find all kinds of information about East Vancouver then and now:   Britannia Community Services Adult 55+ Centre - supporting partner and event host for the Seniors' Stories project City of Vancouver Archives The Grandview Heritage Group Vancouver Historical Society Vancouver: Then READ MORE
Pat Davis on Working in Vancouver Through the Depression

Pat Davis on Working in Vancouver Through the Depression

Pat Davis came to Vancouver as a teenager. She worked for the Woodward's Department Store and also for the family of Vancouver Mayor Philip Owen. I was born in Parkside in northern Saskatchewan. We came to Vancouver when I was 15, with my dad, sister and my brother. My dad was a wheat farmer, and finally he left because he couldn't make moREAD MORE
Midge Ayukawa About the Day She Was Sent  to Internment

Midge Ayukawa About the Day She Was Sent to Internment

Midge Ayukawa (1930-2014) grew up on the 700 block of East Georgia St., in the centre of Strathcona. Midge and her family were interned in Lemon Creek, Slocan Valley. She was the first woman in Canada to obtain a Masters Degree in Science. Read Midge's obituary HERE. My father was taken first, then my oldest brother, my younger brother, myREAD MORE
Ivan Sayers: "History Is My Thing; Fashion Is Just the Medium"

Ivan Sayers: "History Is My Thing; Fashion Is Just the Medium"

Ivan Sayers (b. 1946) is a well-known fashion historian and owns one of the largest historical clothing collections in Canada. His latest production, From Rationing to Ravishing: The Transformation of Women’s Clothing in the 1940s and 1950s, was a tremendous success and a perfect fit for our story project. Ana-Maria Gheorghiu: You arrived READ MORE