Fonds PR3735 - Agathe Gaulin fonds

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Agathe Gaulin fonds

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    • 1970-2008 (Creation)

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    1.27 m of textual records. – 332 photographs

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    Agathe Gaulin was born in Bonnyville, Alberta. She grew up with five siblings on a farm in La Corey, to the West of Cold Lake. She studied at the University of Alberta in Edmonton where she received a B.A. in Sociology and a M.A. in Education. For more than 40 years she volunteered and worked for a large number of nonprofit and cultural Francophone associations in Canada, as president, executive director, outreach or communications officer, coordinator, and event planner.

    She worked in Edmonton for Francophonie Jeunesse de l'Alberta as its first provincial president in 1979; in the early1980s, she became president of the Association canadienne-française de l'Alberta (ACFA), Edmonton branch, and later worked as outreach officer for this organization, before holding for three years the position of communications officer in the provincial office of the ACFA. In 1993 she became the Bonnyville New Democratic Party candidate for the provincial elections in Alberta. In the late 1990s she worked at the Faculté Saint-Jean, University of Alberta, with adults as director of the Centre de l'éducation continue de l'Alberta, and later she developed a Francophone employment office in Edmonton which became Accès Emploi. In addition, she served on various committees and boards of directors for the Théâtre du Coyote, the Unithéâtre and the Cité Francophone in Edmonton.

    She has a special interest in social justice and women's organizations: in 2004-2005 she became president of the Fédération nationale des femmes canadiennes-françaises and the following year, president of the Alliance des femmes de la francophonie canadienne. In 2009 she became director for the Fédération provinciale des Fransaskoises in Saskatchewan. She was a member of the Alberta Status of Women Action Committee where she represented Francophone women. She received several awards, including a national award of excellence in 2000 from the Fédération nationale des femmes canadiennes-françaises for her volunteer work to improve women's conditions at the regional, provincial and national levels.

    During her career, Agathe Gaulin developed a Francophone housing cooperative, opportunities for continuing education in French for adults, an employment office in Edmonton for Franco-Albertans, the Centre de Développement musical, as well as organizations supporting women's needs, such as the Comité femmes of the Association canadienne-française de l'Alberta, and Coalition des femmes de l'Alberta.

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    The fonds consists of material relating to the history of the Francophone community and women’s rights in Alberta, either collected or created by Agathe Gaulin. It includes administrative records from associations where Agathe Gaulin volunteered or worked, such as the Association canadienne-française de l’Alberta, Cité Francophone, Fédération des aînés franco-albertains, Fédération des communautés francophones et acadienne, Alliance des femmes de la francophonie canadienne, Fédération nationale des femmes canadiennes-françaises, Centre éducatif communautaire de l'Alberta, Salon d'histoire de la francophonie albertaine, Héritage franco-albertain, Fédération Jeunesse de l'Alberta. Also included are identified photographs of preeminent members or friends of the Francophone community in Alberta.

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    The records created by Agathe Gaulin were held in her house in Edmonton and later in Comox, British Columbia prior to donations in 2014 and 2016.


    This fonds is partly organized according to a previously existing order imposed by the donor.

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        The material is in French and English.

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        Access Conditions: None

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        Use Conditions: Permission for use required. Subject to the Copyright Act.

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        Includes accessions PR2014.1754, PR2016.0391.

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