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John Rafferty fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1995 - 2019

John Rafferty (1953-2019) was an educator, broadcaster, and politician who served as NDP MP for Thunder Bay-Rainy River from 2008 to 2015.

The records reflect election campaigns between 1997 and 2018, and his time in the House of Commons including speeches, clippings, and correspondence with constituents.


Textual documents dealing with the people involved with LUF and one digital video of the ordination of Julie Stoneberg in 2005. Information on employees, volunteers, and membership. The services were mostly run by lay chaplains, though they also welcomed visiting and consulting ministers. Information dealing with the interim ministry program, hiring processes and employment contracts, membership lists, and board membership lists are found here.

Growth Initiatives

The LUF has changed mission statements a few times since its creation as the members change and the times develop. But regardless of the changes in detail, mission statements have always implied the need to grow as a community. The LUF has been committed to projects and programs that strengthen their congregation and their role in the Thunder Bay community. This series reflects how the LUF have consistently looked for and discussed ways to grow and develop.

Employees and Organization

Includes personnel committee reports pertaining to new hires; list of ministers through LUF history; file on the interim board of 1998*; position descriptions and correspondence pertaining to job positions; correspondence between members; list of board members 2000-01.

History Project

In order to move forward as a congregation, the LUF believed they had to understand their past. A prominent member of the fellowship took on the role of the historian and archivist and organized much of the historical material into alphabetical archives for the purposes of creating a comprehensive overview of the LUF history. These are the materials that were found with the formal "LUF History 1958 - 2015" report, as well as older newspaper clippings and photographs. The findings from the history project can be found on the LUF website.



Thunder Bay Source. 4 July 2019.
Chronicle-Journal. 2 July 2019.
Chronicle-Journal. 6 July 2019.

Artistic Work

Includes visual art, photography, audio recordings of musical performance, and related materials.

Karen Keiller fonds

  • Fonds
  • 2013 - 2019

Consists of five zipped files arranged by Google Suite app.

Keiller-UL-calendar contains ICS exports of various calendars maintained by Keiller as University Librarian
Keiller-UL-drive contains an export of all Google Drive folders and files, covering a wide range of Library matters.
Keiller-UL-groups contains MBOX exports of local Google Groups, including Librarian and Library Staff communications
Keiller-UL-mail contains MBOX exports of Keiller’s email, particularly communications with Provosts and with OCUL lists
Keiller-UL-sites contains an export of Google Classic Sites, including the Lakehead University Library Intranet and Library Annual Reports.

Age Friendly Giants fonds

  • Fonds
  • 2017-2019

Fonds consists of the records of the Age Friendly Giants project, initially conducted in 2017 through Age Friendly Thunder Bay and StoryCentre Canada. This project provided a digital storytelling workshop to 10 older adults, with a focus on neighbourhoods, communities, and aging at home. Results of the projects included 10 videos produced by the participants, posters and tip sheets, and several public events.

Phase II of Age Friendly Giants took place in 2019. Phase II included the development of an education kit to accompany the Phase I videos, Tea Talks held throughout the summer to develop community, the concluding Giants Castle event in October to share information about aging at home, and various media including cable television programs.

Phase I records include videos and handouts, as well as project documentation. Phase II records include project documentation, videos, and material produced for participants.

General Growth Approaches

The LUF programs and workshops were meant to strengthen the congregation, to make sure they did not get 'stuck in the past' and to appeal to younger generations. They worked together to be an open and welcoming space for all people, and sought advice from other congregations on how to be welcoming and how to recruit members. In order to grow, they would need funding, which they sought through campaigns and events such as service auctions. They worked to keep their building updated and tried to renovate it when possible, and when opportunities to move arose they normally discussed it. Materials here demonstrate how the LUF sought to be welcoming and accessible for all people, and they supported their growth projects while still serving the community.

Long Range Planning Committee

The committee that devoted specific focus to how the LUF could grow and in what direction they should move as they developed. The LRP committee planned events, conferences, and determined the needs of the congregation. They ensured the vision and mission statements were implemented.


Detailed near-daily entries spanning nearly 50 years, about everyday life, including weather, errands and major life events. Changes in perspective and style can be perceived across Liman's life.

Lakehead University Alumni Association collection

  • Collection
  • 1957 - 2018

The Alumni Association of Lakehead University Collection consists of records, photographs, ephemera and objects donated by alumni over the years, demonstrating the history of Lakehead University and its students and alumni.

The administrative files contain Alumni Association minutes and reports, membership lists, budgeting information and events files. The news clippings and releases contain newspaper clippings and news/press releases from Lakehead University and the Alumni Association. Publications include items such as the Agora paper that was released by Lakehead University and other publications that were used and acquired by students, staff or alumni of Lakehead University. The photographs and negatives also include contact sheets and slides from Lakehead University. The photographs and negatives series include a number of different items from the campus, student and faculty, events, and sports. The Artifacts and Ephemera include presentation poster board materials and information as well as promotional materials that were distributed by Lakehead University.

Bora Laskin Faculty of Law fonds

  • Fonds
  • 2013 - 2018

The records include Faculty of Law newsletters and promotional material, and a set of building plans for renovations of the former PACI building.

The Bora Laskin Faculty of Law was established at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay in 2013.

Programming and Services

In addition to weekly Sunday Services, the LUF hosts special services such as memorials and weddings, and runs programs and events for members and the community to attend. The Religious Education committee frequently ran educational workshops for both adults and children, which often focused on spirituality and identity. The LUF took part in community events such as “Bicycle 4 Humanity” and cleaning up the highways, and offered services to the community such as the Empty Bowls/Caring Hearts program. Materials here include event planning records, promotional posters, correspondence, and planning for such events and programs.

News Clippings

This series consists of news clippings that have been collected from the 1960s through to 2018. The articles relate to all aspects of Lakehead University, including but not limited: to sports, students, faculty, Lakehead University events, and other topics that relate to Lakehead University or the Alumni Association of Lakehead University. The news clippings come from Lakehead University publications such as the Agora, the Argus, or the Lakehead Review, and from Thunder Bay papers such as The Chronicle-Journal.

Library Planning

Library Plan, 2004-2008
Annual review of the library plan, 2004-2008 (2005)
Library Information Technology Plan, April 2005
Planning notes (2007)
Lakehead University Library Strategic Plan, 2008-2012
Lakehead University Library: External Review
Lakehead University Library Operational Plan, 2013-2018
University Library’s Submission to the Strategic Plan (undated)
Lakehead University Draft Strategic Plan, 2013-2018
Library Strategic Plan, 2018-2023

Newspaper Articles

Chronicle Journal article by Gord McLaughlin on Acidic Precipitation study at Hawkeye Lake, 1984.

Article in Finnish and translated into English by Reino Viitala on the 1980s acidic precipitation studies, 2018.

Special Services and Programs

Textual documents pertaining to programs and services and 1 audio tape from the Ken Morrison lectures.

In addition to Sunday Programs like religious education, the LUF operated programs that provided opportunities for people to learn and grow as individuals and as a collective. These programs were normally educational and included workshops, and promoted community involvement, such as workshops where they visited other religious denominations, and volunteered as a collective at Shelter House. They also provided services typical of religious denominations such as weddings and celebrations of life. They took part in local Thunder Bay programs such as “adopt a highway” and “bicycle for humanity.” Materials here reflect the originally received file arrangement.

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