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Jean Compton collection
Jean Compton collection [textual record, graphic material].
3 cm of textual records
7 photographs

Jean Compton was born in the early 1950s in Scotland to Isobel and Hume Compton. In 1955, the family immigrated to Canada. The family arrived in Quebec City on 21 September 1955 then travelled by train. Isobel and the children stayed on Galiano Island while Hume sought work. The family was swiftly reunited and settled in Nanaimo. Jean was the oldest of seven, with her siblings being Neil, Ian, George, Doug, Leanne and Liz. In 1966, Jean won second place in the Nanaimo Sears-Simpson fence painting contest. As an adult, Jean worked as an animator for the National Film Board, freelance news writer, picked up by publications including the Ladysmith Chronicle, the Nanaimo News Bulletin and also as an artist. In May 2006, Jean won third place for her three-part series on women and farming in the Cedar and North Oyster area from the Canadian Community Newspaper Association in the category of Best Rural Reporting. The same series won a Golden Rooster Award for excellence in agri-journalism. In June 2006, Jean joined the Ladysmith-Chemainus Chronicle staff. Jean was involved with the Cedar and Yellow Point Artisans Association, serving as tour coordinator for the annual Country Christmas Tour from 2000-2003. In 2005, Jean was recognised by the Nanaimo Alcohol and Drugs Action Committee (NADAC) and the Youth Action Project for her coverage of the Community Action Conference.

Collection consists predominantly of notes and material written and gathered by Compton for various news articles, mostly in rural areas between Nanaimo and Ladysmith. Also includes material about Watkin Mossman and the Yellow Point Drama Group.

Title based on the contents of the fonds.
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