Witnessing Almost a Century of History Witnessing Almost a Century of History <div class="ExternalClassA592791DE4104CBA8F19E2DE4A92138B"> <p>When Mr. Norman recently returned to Metro Vancouver's head office as a special guest at the <a target="_blank" href="/about/Pages/default.aspx">Greater Vancouver Sewerage & Drainage District's</a> (GVS&DD) 100<sup>th</sup> anniversary celebration, he said joining utility in 1944 "was the best thing I ever did". He retired in 1977 as a construction supervisor overseeing some of the utility's largest projects.</p> <p>Growing up in Burnaby and working for over three decades on construction of early utility infrastructure, Mr. Norman has a unique perspective of the region's development.</p> <p>In addition to the hands-on work, he ensured that perspective was captured. Mr. Norman was an avid photographer during his career at Metro Vancouver and took photos of job sites and surrounding nature that provide a wonderful archive of our region’s sewerage infrastructure. Many of his photos are in Metro Vancouver's archives.</p> <p>In a Metro Vancouver <a target="_blank" href="/media-room/video-gallery/Pages/default.aspx">video</a> to honour and document Mr. Norman’s contribution, he cited the GVS&DD Columbia Street pump station in Vancouver and the Greater Vancouver Water District’s Vancouver Heights Reservoir project in Burnaby as two that stood out for him.</p> <p>“Each pipe was 40 feet long and 10 tonnes each,” he says of the water main construction at Vancouver Heights. “I put the last valve in there and then I retired.”</p> <p>Mr. Norman celebrated his 97<sup>th</sup> birthday this year and says today he hardly recognizes the streets in Burnaby and Vancouver where he laid feet and feet of pipe. His photos and the video capture his memories for generations to come.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/100Years.jpg2014-09-01T07:00:00ZGP0|#a034b42c-1781-40ae-b748-435ae38ef7b4;L0|#0a034b42c-1781-40ae-b748-435ae38ef7b4|Issue 1;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClassBA7F75A62D0743E89843D208D6F1BE07"> <p>A century of municipal collaboration to deliver regional services in Metro Vancouver began with a plan for a regional sewer system. In March 1914, the BC Legislature authorized the incorporation of the Vancouver and Districts Joint Sewerage & Drainage Board, and in 1956 the Greater Vancouver Sewerage & Drainage District was formed. Today, 17 municipalities and one electoral area are members of the Greater Vancouver Sewerage & Drainage District (GVS&DD) Board, one of the four legal entities commonly known as Metro Vancouver.</p> <p>Albert Norman was born in 1917 in North Burnaby, three years after the Board was created, and 27 years later he joined the Board and earned $1.25 per hour in his first job as an excavator operator.</p></div>