Trinity Western University

Oral History Collection

Since 1983, the TWU Archives has gathered together oral history resources documenting the history of the University.

The Recordings

The recordings described below have been selected from the Archives’ Audio Visual Collection because of their historical significance. They belong to the following four categories:

Section I

In the mid-1960s, Trinity Junior College administrator Perry Havens presented slide shows to interested audiences as part of his public relations work. The first transcript provides the text of a script originally written in approximately 1967, after Trinity Junior College had been operating for 5 years. The second dates to ca. 1965. Towards the end of the second presentation, Mr. Havens asks Calvin Hanson, TJC’s first president, to share a few words.

Section II

In 1996, the British Columbia College of Teachers denied an application from Trinity Western University to offer the required certification year for student teachers in its own right. The University challenged the BCCT's denial before the Supreme Court of B.C. in May of 1997; the provincial Supreme Court ordered the BCCT to approve TWU's program the following September. In response, the BCCT appealed the ruling to the B.C. Court of Appeal. His court also ruled in favour of TWU, and so in January of 1999, the BCCT announced its intention to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada. On May 17, 2001, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in favour of TWU, ordering the BCCT to approve the University's program. The Legal Challenge Broadcast transcripts provide notes and verbatim transcipts of media coverage and interviews from May of 2001.

Sections III and IV

1983, Lynn Wilkinson, acting archivist, conducted eleven oral history interviews. For the most part, she chose individuals who had played a part in the founding of Trinity Junior College, or who were employed by the college in its earliest years. This tradition was continued in 2001 when Sylvia Stopforth, Archivist and Librarian, had her Public History students conduct oral history interviews.  Section III includes transcripts of interviews conducted with administrators, faculty, founders, and others.  Section IV includes transcripts of interviews with alumni.


The Transcripts

In the spring of 2001, Public History students were asked to prepare transcripts of twelve existing audio recordings, which had not been catalogued or described in any way. Practicum student Joel Kropf completed the initial editing of these transcripts, based on notes provided by Ms. Stopforth. In the summer of 2002, Ms. Stopforth completed the final editing process.

Beginning in the fall semester of 2001, Public History students have conducted their own oral history interviews, and then compiled transcripts based on the resulting audio recordings.

The TWU Archives wishes to thank all those who have agreed to be interviewed, as well as the students, for their important contribution to the Archives. The preparation and editing of transcripts is challenging work, particularly when the quality of the recordings has deteriorated over time.

Transcription formatting is based on the Transcribing Style Guide available from the Institute for Oral History at Baylor University.  Please note that most transcripts include an abstract, or brief summary of the interview, as well as an index, to aid our researchers in navigating these lengthy documents.


Section I – Slide Show Transcripts

  • Perry and Verna Havens ca. 1965

  • Former President Calvin Hanson ca. 1985

Presentors:

Transcribed by Darren Friesen

To access the digitized sound files, see the database record. For the transcripts, click here.


Section II - Legal Challenge Broadcast Materials - Notes and Transcripts

Executive Vice President Guy Saffold ca. 1992

Executive Vice President Guy Saffold served as the primary spokesperson for TWU during the course of the Legal Challenge.

See also the oral history interviews (Section III) conducted with Dr. Saffold, Mr. Sawatsky, and Dr. Van Brummelen.

Transcribed by Darren Friesen

To access the transcripts, click here.


Section III - Oral History Interviews - Transcripts

TWU's Ensigns Armorial, presented to the University in 1986

To date, Interviews have been conducted with the following individuals:


Section IV - Oral History Interviews with Alumni - Transcripts

In 1963, the Trinity Junior College Choir, pictured above, featured fifteen of the seventeen students enrolled at the College

In the spring of 2004, interviews were conducted with five of the original seventeen students who enrolled at Trinity Junior College in September, 1962.

These interviews were conducted and transcribed by nine History 310 students.  Their names are listed within the text of the transcripts.

Click on the links below to access the sound files (via database records) and transcripts of these interviews.


Asa, Leland [1983 interview]

Leland Asa ca. 1970

Leland Asa was the founding Dean of Students at Trinity Junior College (1962-1975). He also served as Assistant Professor of Psychology during that time. At the time of this interview, he was serving as a member of the Board of Governors, which he had joined in June of 1975.

Transcribed by Joel Kropf

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Enarson, David [1983 interview]

David Enarson ca. 1992

David Enarson was a pastor who served as District Superintendent for the EFCC from 1957. He was succeeded by Carl Fosmark in the Pacific District. In 1958, Enarson was appointed Chair of the School for Canada Committee. One of the founders of Trinity Junior College, he also served on its first official Board of Governors, which was elected at the 1962 EFCA Conference held in Green Lake, Wisconsin.

Transcribed by Dave Tjoelker

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Fosmark, Carl [1983 interview]

Carl Fosmark ca. 1983
Photograph by Bill Glasgow

Carl Fosmark was a pastor at Enchant, Alberta from 1928 to 1933; this was the first Evangelical Free church founded in Canada. He served as the EFCC District Superintendent, Canadian Prairie District, and Pacific District from 1952 to 1957, and continued to serve the Prairie District until 1967. It was Carl Fosmark who brought a proposal regarding a school for Canada to the EFCA Conference in the late 1950s. Fosmark served with Enarson as a member of the School for Canada Committee.

Transcribed by Ian Walker

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Friesen, Marge and Benno [2003 interview]

Marge and Benno Friesen (at left) with the Men's Quartet,
posing in front of the Chapel ca. 1963

Benno Friesen was the first Instructor in English and History at Trinity Junior College. He later served as Dean of Students. Marge and Benno were active in various music ministires at Trinity, establishing the first college choir and an Extention Ministries program that saw them spending their summers travelling with a quartet comprised of Trinity students. Marge also produced several recordings featuring some of Trinity's music ensembles. In 1974, they left Trinity and Benno focussed on his political career.

Transcription and Interview by Aimee Ridley

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Johnson, William [1983 interview]


Board members and spouses on the steps of the Arts and Sciences Building ca. 1965

Bill Johnson was a pastor and church planter who served on Trinity's first official Board of Governors; members of this Board were elected at the 1962 EFCA Conference held in Green Lake, Wisconsin.

Transcribed by Jennifer Wyness

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McDill, Thomas [1983 interview]

Dr. McDill with TWU President Dr. Neil Snider, 1983

Thomas McDill served as the President of the Evangelical Free Church of America from 1976 to ca. 1990, following in the footsteps of Arnold T. Olson, who served in that capacity from 1951 to 1976.

Transcribed by Darren Friesen

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Odland, Minnie [1983 interview]

The congregation of the Evangelical Free Church of Enchant, Alberta, 1952

Minnie Aneena Odland (1896-1994) was the wife of Sam Odland, a pastor who founded the Evangelical Free church in Enchant, Alberta. Mrs. Odland (nee Steen) was a friend to Carl Fosmark. Her daughter, Josephine, married Bill Johnson, one of the members of the first official Board of Governors for Trinity.

Transcribed by Janell Willie

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Saffold, Guy [2001 interview]

Executive Vice President Guy Saffold ca. 1992

Guy Saffold has served in various positions at Trinity Western University since 1978. In 1997, he was appointed to the position of Executive Vice President. In this capacity, one of his many responsibilities was to serve as official spokesperson during the Legal Challenge. This interview focusses on that matter.

For more information, see the Legal Challenge Collection, TWU Archives.

Transcription and interview by Stephen Koehn and Matthew Van Muyen

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Sawatsky, Kevin [2001 interview]

Dean Kevin Sawatsky ca. 1993

Kevin Sawatsky joined the TWU faculty in 1993; in 1996, he was appointed to the legal team which represented the University during the Legal Challenge. In June of 2001, he became the Dean of the new School of Business at TWU.

For more information, see the Legal Challenge Collection, TWU Archives.

Transcription and interview by Lorinda Geddert and Jennifer Cairns

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Sutherland, John [1983 interview]

John Sutherland ca. 1995

John Sutherland joined the Business Faculty at TWU in 1978. He was Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics from 1978 to 1984, and again from 1987 to 1999. Since 1999, he has served as an Adjunct Professor of Business for TWU, while also serving as Director of Public Relations for the Christian Labour Association of Canada (Surrey, BC), School Trustee for the Abbotsford School District, and Consultant in Strategic Management and Marketing Research.

Transcribed by Amy Hutchins

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Thiessen, Ada [1983 interview]

Barn belonging to the Seal Kap farm, which was the property purchased for the “School for Canada.”

Ada Thiessen was born Ada Towle in Langley, British Columbia. In 1921 she married Harry Smith. The Smith family owned the Langley Farm, part of which became the TWU campus, from 1916 to the early 1930s. Harry Smith passed away in 1961; Ada later married John Thiessen.

Transcribed by Brian Vose

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Thompson, Robert N. [1983 interview]

Robert N. Thompson standing in front of the Robert N. Thompson Centre, on the TWU campus ca. 1993

From 1968 to 1973, Robert Thompson served as Chairman of the Board of Governors at Trinity. He also held several administrative positions, and taught Political Science.
This interview focusses on his earlier years, to the end of World War II, and provides information pertaining to his family, his education, his interest in the Social Credit movement (later he served as federal leader of the party) and his wartime service, which took him to Ethiopia.

Transcription notes provided by Chris Charlton

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Van Brummelen, Harro [2001 interview]

Dr. Harro Van Brummelen, 1996

Harro Van Brummelen has served in various capacities within the Faculty of Social Sciences and Education since joining Trinity in 1986. At the time of this interview, which focusses on the Legal Challenge, he was the Dean of the School of Education, and Professor.

For more information, see the Legal Challenge Collection, TWU Archives.

Transcription and interview by Brad Beebe

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Walters, Richard [1983 interview]

Richard Walters ca. 1990

Richard Walters was a founding member of the faculty at Trinity, serving as Professor of Biology and Geology from 1962 until his retirement.

Transcribed by Leanne Neufeldt

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Woodland, John [1983 interview]

John Woodland ca. 1980

John Woodland came to Trinity in 1965, and served as a Professor of Mathematics until his retirement more than twenty years later. He was known for his love of chess, and for his creative poetry.

Transcribed by Jennifer Hamel

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