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SFU Researcher Seeking Relatives of Institution Residents

Are you the relative of someone who lived in Woodlands or Riverview before 1970? Was your relative buried at the Woodlands (PHI) cemetery? Do you have a connection to the Woodlands Memorial Garden?

This is a message from SFU researcher (and friend of BCACL) Pat Feindel:

If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, I would like to talk to you, even if you know very little about your family history. I am a Phd student in anthropology, doing research on family stories and memories about relatives who were institutionalized at Essondale (Riverview) and Woodlands (PHI), particularly those who were buried at the Woodlands cemetery. This area of BC social history has been explored very little, and your story could be an important part of it.

*note:(Woodlands was known as the Public Hospital for the Insane before 1950, and Riverview was earlier known as Essondale)

Research activities will include interviews and visits to the Woodlands Memorial Garden.

If you would like to find out more about this research, or are interested in participating, please contact me:

Pat Feindel
Doctoral Candidate
Department of Sociology & Anthropology
Simon Fraser University
Email: pfeindel@sfu.ca Phone: 604-254-6264