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George Andrew Morrison

Reeve of Burnaby: 1945-1949
Councillor: 1944
Awarded Status of Freeman: January 25, 1971 (Presentation Made March 12, 1971)

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George Andrew Morrison did not come to Burnaby until later in life, but the impact he made during his time in the Municipality has left a long-lasting legacy.

George was born on May 20, 1889 in Wapella, Saskatchewan. During World War One, George enlisted with the 16th Light Horse and upon returning to Canada took up employment with the Canadian National Railway. He achieved a great deal of success with the company and in 1932 moved to British Columbia. Two years later he entered into the newspaper business and became the publisher-owner of the Burnaby Advertiser. He remained as owner of the publication until 1960, but gave up his position as editor when he decided to run and was elected as Councillor for Burnaby in 1944.

George spent one year as Councillor before deciding to offer his candidacy for the position of Reeve – a post he held until 1949. After serving the city as Reeve, George also spent a year as the head of the Burnaby Provincial Progressive Conservative Association.

Alongside his public service, George also maintained an active presence in the community as a Charter Member of the North Burnaby Lions Club, a former President of the North Burnaby Board of Trade, and a Member of the Zenith Masonic Lodge No. 104, among other groups and organizations to which he belonged.

In 1971, George was bestowed the honour of being named Freeman of the Municipality in recognition of his dedication and service to Burnaby, both as a public figure and as a private citizen.

George Morrison died on October 12, 1972.

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