File F-638-15 - Student Society Material

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Student Society Material

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  • April 1984 - March 1991 (Creation)
    Douglas College Student Society

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1 folder

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The Douglas College Student Society (DCSS) was incorporated in 1972 under the Society Act with a mandate to represent and protect the rights and interests of students. The makeup of the Society's executive membership has changed over time, but typically included a President, Vice President(s), Secretary, Treasurer, and campus- or program-specific representatives. At different times in the history of the DCSS, the records of the Executive were collected by a staff person who was also responsible for the management of Society business/administration.

When the DCSS was formed it represented students from three campuses: New Westminster, Surrey, and Richmond. For this reason, the earliest governing body of the DCSS - the Student Council - was also sometimes called the Tri-Council. By 1979, five additional campuses were also being represented by the DCSS: Coquitlam, Langley, Maple Ridge, Agnes Street, and Newton Centre. Consequently, the DCSS's governing body became the Multi Campus Council. In the early 1980s, following the College's split into two separate institutions, the DCSS updated its Constitution and its governing body was reorganized as the Senate. Rather than a campus-specific focus like its predecessor, the Senate used a model of representation based on areas of study.

In 1992, DCSS membership voted to leave the Canadian Federation of Students, only to re-join the national organization six years later. In 1999, the DCSS underwent a restructuring in which it was renamed the Douglas Students' Union (Canadian Federation of Students, Local 18).

Custodial history

Materials were transferred to the Archives from the DCSS offices in two accessions, one in 1984 and one in 1985. The bulk of the records in these accessions were created between 1977 and 1985, a period that closely maps onto the years in which Merrilyn Houlihan worked as the Society's business manager.

A note on the file folder states that these materials were found together on a shelf in the Archives in August 2005.

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File consists of materials pertaining to the DCSS Executive and the society more broadly. These include pamphlets and posters encouraging students to vote in society elections, a pamphlet related to Nuclear Awareness Week, and a memorandum pertaining to Local 18 - Canadian Federation of Students.

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Office of the Douglas College Student Society


According to Jean Cockburn's finding aid (1986), this file was part of an accession in which files were originally arranged in a single continuous alphabetic sequence by topic. Cockburn integrated this accession with another and rearranged files under functional sub-groups. "The contents of files were rearranged where obvious misfilings had occurred." For more information about Cockburn's arrangement, please view the Archives' original finding aid.

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Original 1986 finding aid available, prepared by Jean Cockburn.

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  • Box: 638