Susan Goyer fonds
Call Number: Mss 266, Pc 222, Mc 24, Tc 133 (A.08-13)

Title: Susan Goyer fonds.

Dates: 1980-2004.

Extent: 0.9 m of textual records and other material.

Biographical sketch: 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. 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 to have a chance to discuss and plan the municipality's future development.

Custodial history: The fonds was donated to University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections by Susan Goyer in 2008.

Scope and content: The fonds is divided into seven series: Susan Goyer’s correspondence, notes and reports; reports and minutes of the North Ritchot Restoration Committtee and North Ritchot Action Committee, community organization projects, and assistance and relief efforts in the R.M.of Ritchot; government publications; reports by the International Joint Commission; newspaper clippings and magazine articles; other research materials and notes transferred from binders; maps; photograph collection; and tape collection.  The photograph collection consists of 9 photographs and 1 videocassette.  The map collection consists of 15 maps.  The tape collection consists of one compact disc.

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

Accruals: Further accruals are not expected.

Finding aid: An online finding aid is available at the link below:

MSS 266, PC 222, MC 24, TC 133 (A.08-13).