Oxfam St John’s 1964-2014: A Virtual Archive

As the office of Oxfam St John’s was scheduled to close in the Spring of 2014, I visited them in early August 2013, with my daughter Elsa, who took the pictures, to help document its history. The first thing we did was to take pictures of the house itself, which had been host to 40 years of Oxfam history and to a large and varied number of community activities.  Tragically, a few days afterwards, the house burnt.  I have tried to post here first the documents that might have been unique.

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A virtual visit of the house of Oxfam St John’s in August 2013

I interviewed many veterans whose pictures appear here.  I will give their interviews to the provincial archives and use them for my work. WRITE TO ME IF YOU KNOW PEOPLE I SHOULD INTERVIEW OF IF YOU WISHED TO SHARE MEMORIES WITH ME IN AN INTERVIEW

The walls of the house were covered with posters. Posters on the walls of Oxfam St John’s house and in their collection

There were also pictures on the walls Pictures on the walls of Oxfam St John’s house

We also took pictures of Bill’s albums and envelopes of  old pictures and scrapbooks. Bill Hynd photo album – 1

Bill Hynd photo collection – 2

Bill Hynd scrapbooks – 1 “Oxfam St John’s Committee 90-91”

 

From the Web

February 2012“the Peace & Justice Committee of Gonzaga High School in St. John’s NL hosted a multicultural fair in their school gymnasium and raised $5,100! The Gonzaga Peace & Justice 2012 event included a variety of food, music and dance. Oxfam was represented by Bill Hynd and local regional chair Jill Allison. The proceeds raised, $5,100, were donated to Oxfam to assist in our humanitarian efforts in Somalia”  Fundraising for Oxfam Canada in 2012

On February 25 the Peace & Justice Committee of Gonzaga High School in St. John’s NL hosted a multicultural fair in their school gymnasium and raised $5,100! The Gonzaga Peace & Justice 2012 event included a variety of food, music and dance. Oxfam was represented by Bill Hynd and local regional chair Jill Allison. The proceeds raised, $5,100, were donated to Oxfam to assist in our humanitarian efforts in Somalia

“On March 9, MUN Oxfam hosted its 2nd Annual Fundraising Gala which combined food, music and a silent auction and raised over $1,400! The money was raised in support of Oxfam’s GROW campaign.” Fundraising for Oxfam Canada in 2012

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December 2013 When Nelson Mandela passed away, local Oxfam workers and volunteers remembered the South African leader’s stop in St John’s, 1990, with welcoming group of Oxfam friends

Winnie and Nelson Mandela raise their arms to salute a crowd that gathered at
St. John’s International Airport on June 18, 1990. The Mandelas’ plane stopped for refuelling that day as the anti-apartheid icon and his then-wife were making their first visit to North America since Nelson’s release from prison in South Africa.
— Photo courtesy of Nancy Creighton, in The Telegram, 6 December 2013

Nelson Mandela agreed to an impromptu meeting with anti-apartheid activists during a stopover in St. John's in June 1990.

“Nelson Mandela agreed to an impromptu meeting with anti-apartheid activists during a stopover in St. John’s in June 1990. (Ted Blades/CBC)”, CBC News, 6 December 2013

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