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Canada Games Complex Administrative Files

The Canada Games Complex, located at 420 Winnipeg Avenue, Thunder Bay, Ontario, was constructed as a venue for aquatic events for the 1981 Canada Summer Games. Construction began in 1979 and the Complex officially opened on July 2, 1981. The Canada Summer Games took place there August 9-22, 1981. The Complex was built to host swimming, diving, and water polo at the Summer Games, but ancillary facilities were also included in the interests of the long-term viability of the Complex as a total fitness and recreation centre facility within the community. Among its amenities are a waterslide, exercise equipment, a running track, weight room, facilities for racquet sports, a restaurant, and a pro shop. In addition, the Complex offers a wide range of fitness and recreation programs and courses.

Originally created as a separate department, the Canada Games Complex was eventually put under the purview of the Parks and Recreation Department. In 2006, the Canada Games Complex was under the auspices of the Recreation & Culture Division of the Community Services Department of the City of Thunder Bay.

This series contains records relating to the operation of the Canada Games Complex, including policies, procedures, planning, correspondence, marketing, program development, and involvement in community fitness initiatives

Community Recreation Special Events Files

This series contains records relating to the Thunder Bay/Duluth Friendship Games, including advisory committee minutes, correspondence, arrangement details, event schedules, media releases, newspaper clippings, photographs. Series also includes records relating to the Summer in the Parks event.

Creighton Mine Athletic Association Constitution

Item is a typed (top page of carbon copy), annotated, two page, seventh revision of the constitution of the Creighton Mine Athletic Association (C.M.A.A.). The constitution is broken into six sections outlining the governing rules of the C.M.A.A.: Name, Object, Membership, Organization & Officers, Election of Officers and Awards. The first constitution was dated on November 1, 1949 and was revised on February 17, 1952; January 31, 1954; February 13, 1956; February 5, 1961; February 4, 1962; February 21, 1965 and March 5, 1966.

Creighton Mine Athletic Association Minutes Book

Item consists of one minute book kept by the Creighton Mine Athletic Association (C.M.A.A.). Between 1953 and 1956 the meetings were held monthly at the Employees Club at the International Nickel Company (Inco) in Creighton Mine. After that period the meetings became irregular and were held every few months as needed. Each of the meeting minutes begins with a list of the members present at the meeting and a reading of the previous meeting's minutes. After the previous meeting's minutes were read, approved and passed, the group moved on to discussing carried over and new business. Business varied for the C.M.A.A. throughout the year depending on the season and which sports were in play at the time. Baseball, softball, soccer and tennis were discussed in the spring and summer, basketball and badminton in the fall and hockey in the winter. The minutes also mention how the C.M.A.A. funded a playground for Creighton Mine, planned a field day each year between 1951 and at least 1955, provided money for the upkeep on the Creighton Mine Rink and held an annual Christmas party. Fundraising events, such as bingo nights, dances, raffles, and parties to raise money to fund the activities they supported were also recorded in the minutes.

Ontario Games for the Physically Disabled

This series contains records related to the organization and planning of the 1993 Ontario Games for the Physically Disabled. The City of Thunder Bay hosted the event along with the work of ten committees. The committees were made up of city staff from the Parks and Recreation Department and enthusiastic volunteers from the community.
Some of the records in the series involve correspondence, meeting minutes, agendas, committee reports, and budgeting. Some of the correspondence includes letters from the Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Recreation regarding funding. Other correspondence involves sponsors, such as the event’s Corporate Sponsor, Bell Canada. There are meeting minutes and agendas from several of the different committees that were involved in the event. Particularly, there is a large number of meeting minutes from the two most significant committees: the Games Organizing Committee, and the Executive Committee. There are reports from several different committees such as, the Fund Raising Committee, Media Relations/Promotions Committee, Hospitality Committee, Transportation Committee, and several other committees involved in the organization of the event.
Other records included are related to budgeting and the scheduling of the events. The finalized version of the budget and the official schedule are present, along with the official magazine that was published for the event.

Thunder Bay Summer Camps

The series contains a number of manuals - camp counsellors' and directors', the Director's Annual Final Reports, photographs and scrapbooks from the Day Camps, Winter Carnival files and a number of related and miscellaneous Parks and Recreation slides.