Historian looking for two former locals

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Mansell (Ken) Kennedy and Charles Edward Sutton were both sanitary inspectors who worked in Moose Jaw, and their legacy is trying to be preserved by their former employee. 


The Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI) are asking the public is they have any information on the two men. 

"These men made quite a contribution to the community and to public health, and were recognized by being made Life Members. Only one person per year is recognized in that way," said Tim Roark, historian for CIPHI.

Over the years, the CIPHI have lost some of their records, and they're trying to bring their records up to completion. They would like to have photos, a biography, and a little write up for every Life Membe.

"We just don't want to forget them, and that's what is happening now. All we have is a name, like Charles Sutton. We know nothing about him other than he was made a Life Member for his contribution to the community and public health. And so he just gets lost."  

Both men had received their qualifications as sanitary inspectors from the Canadian Public Health Association in 1937. Kennedy was promoted to the senior office of the Moose Jaw Health Region until he retired in 1958. He was also past president of the Horticulture Society and an instructor with the St. John Ambulance Society. 

As for Sutton, the CIPHI has been unsuccessful in locating any similar information. Sutton received his Life Membership in 1954, and Kennedy received his in 1960. 

To be awarded a Life Membership one must be a positive contribution to their community.

"It's a recognition we provide for people who have worked for many years and have done something outstanding in their work to protect the health of the public," said Roark. 

Past Life Members have moved on to be the director of public health, mayors, and even a member of the Order of Canada. 

If anyone has information about Kennedy or Sutton, they can email Roark at tdroark@shaw.ca or mail him information to 3301 - 164 A St., Surrey, BC, V3S 0G5. 

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