Judy Larmour is a research historian,
heritage consultant, and writer. She has a BA in history and a
Higher Diploma in Education from Trinity College, Dublin, and an
MA in Canadian History from the University of Alberta.
She has been involved with research and
interpretive planning for many heritage and museum projects in
Alberta, including the Provincial Historic Site at Dunvegan, the
Reynolds-Alberta Museum, the restored NWMP Detachment Building
in Canmore, and the Heritage Prairie Grain Elevator Project at
the Provincial Museum of Alberta.
Judy’s publications include Making Hay
While the Sun Shone: Haying in Alberta before
and How to do Oral History, and she is co-author of
Stop the Car! Discovering Central Alberta featured on CBC’s
She is a regular contributor to Legacy
By Bob Baker,
on the occasion of the presentation of the Honorary Membership
in 2005 to
Mr. President, honoured guests and fellow
It is a great pleasure to stand before this
assembly this afternoon. Actually, as I have indicated many
times before, it is a great pleasure at my status in life to
stand anywhere on any afternoon. But, this afternoon is a
special celebration—the provincial centennial—and I'd say it's
an extra special year.
In the late 1990s, the Historical and
Biographical Committee was charged with the mandate of producing
a book which would capture a history of surveying in Alberta.
Early in the Committee's deliberations, an index and the content
of the proposed chapters was struck followed by a title for the
publication, The History of Surveying in Alberta, this was later
modified to Laying Down the Lines.
In order to produce a book of this calibre,
it demanded a fair good bunch of special attention. It was
recognized at the early stage that we would need some special
help, namely in the area of conducting interviews, researching
and gathering archival information in order to publish a book
that would be worthy of the Association's name. After much
searching, the Committee found that special help in the name of
one person, Judy Lamour, who filled the role of project
coordinator, consultant, researcher and finally, as author.
This was a major undertaking by Judy as it
involved familiarizing the Committee with interviewing
techniques, researching historical records and organizing and
coordinating the storage of historical artifacts. Judy's
research ability was exercised to the fullest, sometimes going
over and beyond what was expected of her. The guidance and
direction provided to the Committee during the compilation, the
writing and printing of the book is immeasurable. Without a
doubt, Judy Larmour has more first hand information and
knowledge of the Association's beginnings and its members from
grass roots to the present.
On behalf of the Association, I say thank
you for your dedication and support in making Laying Down the
Lines a book of reality which we are proud of.
Ms. Larmour addressed the luncheon as
Thank you very much, Bob. Needless to say,
I am completely taken aback and very surprised. I would just
like to say how much I have enjoyed working for your
Association. It has truly been a wonderful experience. I am
deeply honoured by this presentation and simply delighted. Thank
you all very much.