Susan Goyer

An Inventory of her Papers & Diaries at the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections

Inventory prepared by Daniel Elves
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
331 Elizabeth Dafoe LibraryWinnipeg, Manitoba R3T 2N2
(July 2008)

Finding aid encoded by Daniel Elves (July 2008)
Finding aid written in English.



Collection Summary

Repository:
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
331 Elizabeth Dafoe LibraryWinnipeg, ManitobaR3T 2N2

Creator:
Susan Goyer

Title:
Susan Goyer fonds

Dates:
1980-2004

Quantity:
0.9 m of textual records -- 1 VHS cassette -- 9 photos -- 1 audio CD -- 15 maps

Identification:
A.08-13, Mss 266, Pc 222, Mc24, Tc 133

English

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Biography of Susan Goyer

Residing in the Rural Municipality of Ritchot, located immediately south of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Susan Goyer was a volunteer, grassroots organizer and victim’s advocate during the 1997 Red River flood, often referred to as the “Flood of the Century”. Active as a volunteer during the flood, Goyer continued to contribute to flood relief after the waters had receded, serving as the executive coordinator of the North Ritchot Restoration Committee. As the municipal, federal and provincial governments were largely unprepared for a disaster of the magnitude that struck the Red River Valley, Goyer was quickly required to fill a number of positions, though she too had been rendered homeless by the flood. In her role as executive coordinator Goyer organized fundraising and relief efforts, while also acting as an intermediary between the people of her municipality and various governmental and non-governmental agencies. She also worked as a re-entry coordinator, assisting families with moving back to their flood damaged properties and seeking financial compensation.Goyer and the N.R.C.C. were instrumental in obtaining an independent review of Manitoba’s flood preparedness and the government’s response to the 1997 flood. As well, they were succeessful in organizing and holding a series of community conversations for residents in the R.M.of Ritchot to voice their concerns about flood preparedness, the government’s handling of the flood and have a chance to discuss and plan the municipality's future development.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The fonds is divided into seven series: 1) Susan Goyer’s correspondence, notes and reports 2) Reports and minutes of the North Ritchot Restoration Committtee & North Ritchot Action Committee, community organization projects, and assistance and relief efforts in the R.M. of Ritchot 3) Government publications 4) Reports by the International Joint Commission 5) Newspaper clippings and magazine articles 6) Other research materials & notes transferred from binders 7) Video cassettes, photos, audio CDs

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Restrictions on Access

Box 2, folder 8 contains personal information and is therefore restricted.

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Restrictions on Use

Box 2 Folder 8 contains personal information and is therefore resticted.

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Custodial History

The fonds was donated to the University of Manitoba in 2008.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Susan Goyer’s correspondence, notes and reports [ 1997-2004 ]

BoxFolder
11 Reports & presentations 1997-2004
2 Correspondence 1997-2002
3 Notes 1997-1999
4 Notes 1997-1998

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Reports and minutes of the North Ritchot Restoration Committtee & North Ritchot Action Committee, community organization projects, and assistance and relief efforts in the R.M. of Ritchot 1996-1998
BoxFolder
21 North Ritchot Restoration/Action Committee correspondence, minutes & notes 1997-1998
2 North Ritchot Restoration/Action Committee correspondence, minutes & notes 1996-1998
3 North Ritchot Restoration/Action Committee newsletters & reports 1997-1998
4 R.M. of Ritchot Community Conversations 1998
5 Relief & assistance forms 1997-1998
6 Relief & assistance programs 1997-1998
7 North Ritchot Restoration Committee Flood Report 1997
8 Resident lists 1997-1998

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Government publications 1997-2004
BoxFolder
31 Government publications 1997-2004
2 Government publications 1997-1998
3 Government publications 1996-1998
4 1997 Red River Flood Post-Emergency Report 1997
5 Independent Review of Actions Taken during the 1997 Red River Flood 1998
6 Independent Review of Actions Taken during the 1997 Red River Flood Interim Report 1998
7 Presentation to Manitoba Water Commission at St. Adolphe 1997

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Reports by the International Joint Commission 1997-2000
BoxFolder
41 Reports by the International Red River Basin Task Force 1997-2000
2 Reports by the International Joint Commission 1997-2000
3 Red River Water Resources Council - A River Runs North 1998

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Newspaper clippings & magazine articles 1996-2004
BoxFolder
44 Newspaper clippings & magazine articles 1997-2004
5 Newspaper clippings & magazine articles 1996-1999

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Other research materials & notes transferred from binders 1997-2001
BoxFolder
51 Other research materials 1997-2000
2 Other research materials 1998-2001
3 Other material transferred from binder 1997-1998
4 Red River '97 The Flood Of The Century 1997
5 Other material - Diking Plans 1997
6 Other material - binder "Forms" 1997-1998
BoxFolder
61 Notes transferred from binder 1997
2 Notes transferred from binder "Jan to June" 1998
3 Notes transferred from binder "Jan to June" 1998
4 Notes transferred from binder "July 98" 1998
BoxFolder
71 Notes transferrred from binder "Nov-Dec-Jan 99" 1998-1999
2 Notes transferred from binder "For Your Information" 1997
3 Notes transferred from binder "MB Branch CEPA" 1997-1998
BoxFolder
81 Notes transferred from binder "Community Conversations" 1998-1999

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Map Collection Mc24 1980-1997

Map Cabinet #5

BoxFolder
11 Maps 1980-1997
2 Red River Valley Flood 1997

Map Cabinet 2, Drawer 5

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Picture Collection Pc222 1997-1998
BoxFolder
11 Camp Ritchot / Taras Shevchenko photos 1998
2 Salvation Army "Operation We Care" Manitoba Flood 1997

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Tape Collection Tc133 1997
BoxFolder
11 CBC Interview with Susan Goyer, Bob Starr, Linda Haddad & Premier Gary Filmon 1997

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