Fonds F3679 - Audrey McKim fonds

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Audrey McKim fonds

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CA ON00340 F3679

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  • 1934-1992 (Creation)
    McKim, Audrey, 1926-1999

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85 cm of textual records

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Audrey M. McKim (1926-1999) was born in Toronto. She attended Eastern High School of Commerce and the Ontario Ladies College. She received her B.A. from Victoria University in 1953, and earned a diploma in Christian Education from Covenant College in 1954. At the United Church of Canada, she was an editor of “Discovery” and “World Friends” with the Board of Sunday School Publications, and was also the Director of Christian Education at two Toronto churches. McKim was one of the first United Church of Canada missionaries in Kenya, where she served for ten years. She initially went to Kenya as a Deaconess of the United Church, and part of the Canadian contingent to Operation Crossroads Africa in 1962. In 1963 she returned as a Christian Education Worker with the National Christian Council, and the Christian Churches Educational Association where she worked until 1967. From 1968-1972, she served as Administrative Secretary for the same organizations. In 1972, as part of the World Council of Churches’ Relief and Rehabilitation Team, she undertook a special assignment in Southern Sudan, launching a secretarial school for the government to train some of the first female governmental employees in Sudan. After returning home in 1973, McKim served as Mission Secretary of the Hamilton Conference from 1973-1974, Personnel Secretary of the Division of World Outreach, 1974-1977, Executive Secretary with Registrarial duties at Emmanuel College, 1979-1981 and Administrator at St. Matthew’s Bracondale House from 1981-1982. McKim was also a prolific writer and authored numerous articles and books, mostly for children. She was a founding member of CANSCAIP, the Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers.

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Fonds consists of the following series; Series 1: Correspondence (1934-1989), Series 2: Manuscripts (1958-1992).

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