Item PR2335 - Photograph of John Decore

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Photograph of John Decore

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    Laurence George Decore was born in Vegreville, Alberta on June 28, 1940 to John N. and Myrosia (neé Kupchenko) Decore. He had two brothers, John Victor and Lionel Leighton Devore. Decore attended the University of Alberta and graduated with a B.A. in 1961, and an L.L.B. in 1964. While attending university, Decore also joined the Naval Officer Training Program and reached the rank of Lieutenant. In 1963, he served as a Junior Officer, in the Judge Advocate General's Department. Decore was admitted to the Bar in 1965 and achieved Queen's Council (QC) in March 1986. He first practiced law with his father and older brother Victor. In 1977, Decore was elected to represent Ward 2 on Edmonton's City Council and later elected Mayor of the City of Edmonton in 1983 and 1986. In October 1988, Decore was elected Leader of the Alberta Liberal Party and he held this position until 1994. From 1989 to 1997, Decore served as MLA for Edmonton-Glengarry. Decore also chaired the Canadian Multicultural Council (CMC) and the Alberta Heritage Council (AHC). In 1982 he received the Alberta Achievement Award for outstanding community service on the AHC. In addition, Decore received the Order of Canada in April 1984 for his contributions to the development of multiculturalism in Canada such as his work developing the 1982 Charter of Rights and Freedoms. On October 22, 1999 Decore received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Alberta. Decore married Anne Marie Fedoruk on May 16, 1964. They had a daughter, Andrea, on January 7, 1970 and a son, Michael, on October 18, 1973. In 1999, Laurence Decore died of cancer. The University of Alberta holds a Professorship Chair in Pharmacy and an open scholarship named in honour of Laurence Decore.

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        The item consists of a photograph from a Alberta Liberal Party Convention dating from 1952 featuring John Decore, father of Laurence Decore.

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