Fonds - G.E. Duff Wilson fonds

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G.E. Duff Wilson fonds

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  • 1946-1969 (Creation)

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3.6 cm of textual records

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G.E. Duff Wilson, MD (b. 1904, d. 1993) was the Medical Officer of Health for the Kitchener Department of Health, 1948-1968, and for the Waterloo County Health Unit, 1968-1971. He was born in Acton, Ontario and graduated in medicine from the University of Toronto in 1929. Wilson began practicing medicine in Ayr, Ontario in 1930 and in 1942 he joined the Royal Canadian Medical Corps and served overseas.

In 1946, he acquired a diploma in Public Health from the University of Toronto and took the post of Medical Officer of Health for the Kitchener Department of Health in 1948, reporting to the Kitchener Board of Health. He continued this role until 1968 when the Kitchener Department of Health amalgamated with the Waterloo County Health Unit. Wilson then served as the Medical Officer of Health for the Waterloo County Health Unit until he retired in March 1971.

Honours awarded to G.E. Duff Wilson included Ayr Citizen of the Year 1979, the Centennial award, Ontario Volunteer award and Celebration 88 certificate.

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The fonds consist of hand-written and typed records created by G.E. Duff Wilson, Medical Officer of Health for the Kitchener Department of Health. They include information regarding community health issues with a focus on prevention and education, the Stanley Leavine Building construction and opening, financial statements, and annual reports written by the Medical Officer of Health to the Kitchener Board of Health.

The annual reports are primarily those of the Kitchener Department of Health, however, there are some typed and hand-written annual reports (1961-1966) by Allan S. Taylor MD, Medical Officer of Health for the Waterloo County Health Unit. In 1968, Allan S. Taylor MD passed away prior to the amalgamation of the Kitchener Department of Health and Waterloo County Health Unit. It is probable that Wilson acquired Taylor’s reports following the amalgamation when he accepted the position of Medical Officer of Health, Waterloo County Health Unit that same year. The 1968 and 1969 annual reports for the Waterloo County Health Unit were written by G.E. Duff Wilson. The reports offer historical information on the continuity, change, and transition of health services in Kitchener and the County of Waterloo.

Fonds is comprised of the following series: Public Health diploma records Medical Officer of Health, Kitchener Department of Health records Annual reports Financial records Stanley Leavine Building records

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A hand-written note by Anne Schlorff (Public Health) dated February 13, 1992 is the only evidence that indicates when these records were sent or received by the Archives.


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Access to these records is subject to the provisions of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

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Researchers are responsible for observing the terms of the Canadian Copyright Act. Permission of the Region of Waterloo Archives is required for any form of publication or exhibition.

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