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(OTTAWA, February 19, 2007) - Ian E. Wilson, Librarian and Archivist of Canada is pleased to announce that Stanley G. Grizzle, a leading figure within the Black Canadian community and the Canadian labour movement, will donate his personal papers to Library and Archives Canada.
"Mr. Stanley Grizzle's donation fits well with Library and Archives Canada's goal to develop a truly national collection that represents the rich and diverse heritage of our country," said Mr. Wilson. "Not only is this an important record of a prominent Canadian, but also it reflects the Black community's contribution to Canadian life."
Born in Toronto to Jamaican parents, Stanley Grizzle served overseas during the Second World War. From 1946 to 1962, he was an officer of the Toronto CPR Division of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. During this period, Mr. Grizzle served as both a delegate to the Toronto Labour Council as well as a member of the Toronto Labour Committee for Human Rights.
In the early 1960s, Mr. Grizzle became an officer with the Ontario Labour Relations Board, a position that he held until 1978. Also in that year, he was the first member of a trade union to be appointed as a Judge in the Canadian Court of Citizenship. In 1994, Mr. Grizzle was inducted into the Labour Hall of Fame and received the Order of Canada in 1995 for his work in the labour movement. His book My Name's Not George: The Story of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters in Canada was published in 1998.
"By donating my papers to Library and Archives Canada, I hope to encourage other members of Black communities across Canada to make similar donations of their papers," said Mr. Grizzle. "It is important to ensure that the experiences and stories of Blacks in Canada can be shared with all Canadians."
Mr. Grizzle will be donating 30 boxes of material this month with an additional donation of 30 to 40 boxes at a later date.
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Pauline M. Portelance
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Library and Archives Canada
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