Ken Kingsbury is doing research on Alfred Ramcharan, who was a teacher at Malcolm Campbell High School
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I’ve recently been helping out Ken Kingsbury of Ottawa, who is doing research on Alfred Ramcharan, who was a teacher at Malcolm Campbell High School. I’ve helped out by way of sharing the 1961-62 to 1973-74 MCHS yearbooks with Ken.
Ken Kingsbury has also give me permission to share our recent messages, back and forth, regarding his research
On Nov. 6, 2017 , Ken Kingsbury of Ottawa writes:
I have been doing some research on a gentleman, Mr. Alfred Ramcharan,
who was a teacher at Malcolm Campbell HS in Montreal.
In a nutshell: I’m researching Canada’s External Aid Office [EAO],
responsible for administering our foreign aid in the early 1960s – EOA became CIDA in ’68 I think. The EAO held teacher briefing conferences each summer for teachers going abroad to work in developing countries. Mr. Ramcharan used to work at these conferences at Macdonald College while he was an Education student. He struck up a friendship with some EAO staff, as recorded in his handwritten letters in the EAO files in the National Library & Archives. I’m just following up his life after he graduated from McGill and started teaching.
In combing the internet for Ramcharan ‘hits’ I came across your post on the Malcolm Campbell HS Grads facebook page, saying there are PDFs of the ’61-62 thru ’73-74 yearbooks. If I could impose on you, I am interested in knowing what year Mr. Ramcharan started teaching at MCHS. He graduated in the spring of ’63 so he couldn’t have started before fall ’63. If it’s too much trouble for your to check the yearbook staff pages, perhaps I could buy a copy of the DVD?
On Nov. 7, 2017, Jaan Pill of Toronto writes:
Good to read your message. I will check the yearbooks, and let you know the details that you seek. It will take a day or two.
Is it okay if I talk about your research, at my website, in the context of the history of MCHS?
Ken Kingsbury, Nov. 7, 2017:
Here’s my draft Ramcharan notes, in PDF format. Much more to do before it’s a finished product…
Again, guaranteed to cure insomnia!
The draft research report notes that Alfred Joseph (Kalkapersad) Ramcharan was born on September 7, 1923, in Victoria, Trinidad and Tobago and passed away on March 110, 1988 in Montreal.
Comment from Ken Kingsbury regarding Marty Butler and The Bells
Ken Kingsbury has shared an additional comment on Nov. 7, 2017 regarding Marty Butler at a post entitled:
Malcolm Campbell HS is everywhere I turn these days, Jaan! I’ve been researching Alfred Ramcharan, who turns out to have taught at MCHS… now I’ve been just digitising my old “The Bells” LP (Fly, Little White Dove, Fly) and checking out the songwriter credits – Marty Butler is credited with three of the songs on side one. The three tunes are “Fly, Little White Dove, Fly” (classic!), “Yesterday Will Never Come Again”, and “I’m Gonna Get Out”.
I found a newspaper article on Marty Butler, in the Brandon Sun, 15 Jan 1973:
Comment from Jaan Pill (Nov. 8, 2017) at above-noted blog post about Marty Butler and The Bells
Wonderful to read your comment, Ken!
Today I will post our email discussion, and your draft PDF file, concerning Alfred Ramcharan.
I am really pleased that the stories about MCHS (and other topics) are of value to so many people, who seek information about individuals and events of yesterday.
I’m reminded of an article I wrote for Cinema Canada, a Canadian film magazine, in the late 1970s. A researcher that I’ve been in touch with extensively in recent years, with regard to local history in South Etobicoke (which is extensively featured at my website) contacted me some time back. He was seeking information about a Toronto photographer of many years ago.
He found it a great coincidence that, in searching for such details, he learned of my Cinema Canada article (it’s available online), he realized I had written about the photographer, and for that reason got in touch with me – about a topic that had no relation to the local history topics that we had discussed earlier. I was able to point him toward some likely contacts, that could help him in his research.
The bottom line is that, with the work of many people, the Preserved Stories website has come to serve as a communications hub for many people, including those of us who have a connection, in one form or another, to Malcolm Campbell High School.
I’m really please how things have evolved, thanks to the contributions of many site visitors, since we first launched this site around 2012, after spending a lot of time working on the site’s page layout and navigation structure with the assistance of Walden Design in Toronto. The final launch was made with the assistance of Maestra Web Design in Mimico.
So many people (including site visitors) have worked together to develop this website in recent years. We owe thanks to every person who has helped to turn the site into a valuable community resource.