Fonds PR4204 - Don Sparrow fonds

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Don Sparrow fonds

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    • 1989-1992 (Creation)

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    0.91 m of textual records

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    Donald Hugh Sparrow was born in Conjuring Creek, Alberta in 1935. He attended the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, and the University of Alberta. He initially worked as an electrician and municipal and farm land assessor. He operated Sparrow Industries, an oil and gas investment firm. He married Lucille Halwa (1936-2009) in 1958, and together they had six children: Pamela, Bradley, Suzanne, Patrick, Carmen, and David.

    He was elected as a Progressive Conservative MLA in 1982 for the Wetaskiwin-Leduc electoral district. He served as Associate Minister of Public Lands and Wildlife (1982-1985), Minister of Forestry (1985-1986), Minister of Forestry, Lands and Wildlife (1986-1987), Minister of Tourism (1987-1992), Minister of Tourism, Parks and Recreation (1992), and Minister of Economic Development and Tourism (1992-1993). He retired at the dissolution of the Legislative Assembly in 1993.

    Shortly after leaving office, he died in a car accident in 1993.

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    The fonds consists of records related to recreation programs created and received by Don Sparrow during his term as Minister of Tourism, Parks and Recreation, including records of his predecessor Steve West as Minister of Recreation and Parks that Sparrow received upon taking office. The files include correspondence regarding grants, maintenance of sports facilities, and summer and winter games held in Alberta.

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    The records were acquired by donation.


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        Includes accession PR1993.0422.

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