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A.A. Comes to the BC-Yukon Territory
British Columbia and Yukon Territory, Canada
is the infamous "Bottle Book". It was written
in 1983 and includes a history of Alcoholics Anonymous
in British Columbia and the Yukon Territory. Some
of the stories in this book were scanned and posted
for your enjoyemnt click on the linked words to view
them. Some of these files however need Adobe
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Charlie W. known as the Candy
man in Vancouver, because his wife had been
a top-notch candy maker, and died of alcoholism. Although
not an alcoholic himself, he was instrumental in bringing
AA to BC through his brother-in-law Roland McK. from Sacramento.
was placed in Vancouver Province Friday Nov. 16, 1944. Four
people responded, and prayed on their knees. By June 21st
of that same year, 21 members were meeting regularly at
Bottle was passed on by the honor system
to a member who was an active and felt he could carry it
for a year without opening it. The bottle circulated for
33 years with the West
End of Vancouver and The Kamloops area. It
now is housing at the BC Yukon Archives office.
The rumblings of the first Ladies AA Group began with
a letter to the secretary of the area to please annouce
a general discussion meeting will be taking place at the
Granville Social Club July 25th, 1948
was placed in the Local Whitehorse Paper.
Dal D. founded AA in the Yukon
on March 1st 1949. Other members Jack
P. Boyd J. and Marvin W. wrote letters to Granger
in Vancouver from the Kingsway Group asking for help and
advise on their AA.
Bill W. came to Vancouver to attend the voting Assembly
and to elect a New York Delegate.
N. was the first person to hold an AA meeting
in Prince George in someones home.
There were 37 members present at a GSR & DCM meeting
on Sunday March 19th, 1968. It was reported that a delegates
report would be given by Al at the Gai Paree on May 14th.
Our beloved co-founder Bill
W. died in the Miami Heart Institue in Januray
24, 1971 from pneumonia. News
of the event, and heart felt condolances spread rapidly
around the world. He was 75 years old.
The Skidgate Queen Charlotte Group was founded in 1975 and
has approximately 20 members, not including another 40 members
in outlying areas.
library in Kamloops was set up by assistant
Library Chairperson Aime D. She carried books and literature
in a specially made bookcase in the trunk of her car, and
sold literature on the road. Read in her own words an except.
The first Grassroots
rolled off the photocopier with Jack F. as the Delegate.
A single 8 1/2 x 14 sheet of paper folded in half and made
into 4 pages was filled with a wide variety of local GSR
and DCM contributions. The exact date is not recorded, nor
is the editor's name.
The Rebels Group in Ashcroft is alive and thriving because
2 members refused to close down and join other groups.
The Kalana Club in Kelowna hosted the first Saturday Morning
Open Discussion Group on blustery November day with 11 members
edition of the Grassroots the cost was 75 cents
Convention hosted a whopping 1800 people to
its annual gala ball at the Vancouver Hyatt Regency.
Tickets were $15.00
A motion was made at the Duncan Voting Assembly to have
Yukon Web Site launched. Area #79 e-mail correspondence
was in full swing.
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