Gozzola – MPA Colour Album

MPA – Colour Album, 1970s-1980s

woman and man in costume
Patty Servant and Phil Pelzmar dressed up as Cleopatra and a Prince at MPA’s third anniversary party, October, 1974.
man and woman talking at a party
Lanny Beckman and Jane Blackstock at MPA’s third anniversary party, October, 1974.



2 men standing next to each other at a party
Basil and Phil Pelzman at MPA’s third anniversary party, October, 1974.
2 men sitting next to each other - the one on the left is sticking out his tongue and smoking a cigarettee
Dennis Blue and Joe (Mandy?) at MPA’s third anniversary party, October, 1974.



middle aged woman at a typewriter
One of MPA’s longest waged members, Jane Mullens was secretary from 1973 until 1981. Jane was known for her kindness: some members visited her daily.
2 women and a young boy in bathing suits playing
Unknown woman, Barb Bussigel, Doug Servant at play. A strong feminist in the group, Bussigel worked at various positions from 1972-174.



head and shoulders of young woman with mass of long dark hair
Eve-Lynn Rubin was active in MPA in the early 1970s and a strong feminist voice in the group.
head and shoulders of young woman with mass of long dark hair
Eve-Lynn Rubin was active in MPA in the early 1970s and a strong feminist voice in the group.



head and shoulders shot of man with thick curly dark hair and facial hair
A Lethbridge friend of Patty’s Arthur Girovinazzo brought expertise working with government to his MPA office coordinator job in the late 1970s and 1980s. He was active in Vancouver’s early gay rights movement.
man and dog sitting on door step
Dog Chicken Heart and MPA bookkeeper Jerry Walker, outside the 6th and Yew Drop-In. Working at MPA from 1971 to 1977, Walkers skills were key to MPA’s establishment. He died in 1981, aged 55.



man with shovel digging pile of dirt
Phil Pelzman working on accessible suite for Geoff McMurchy at MPA Drop-In, late 1970s.
dark haired man and women seated in living room.
Phil Pelzman and Tess. Pelzman was MPA Drop-In Coordinator in the early 1970s.



woman with glasses and dark hair sitting on couch
Cathy Batten was an important member of the early MPA community, working as an organizer, researcher and writer from 1971 into the 1980s.
blond haired young man holding camera
Olaf Wirsching: an MPA photographer in the mid-1970s.



two men with dark hair sitting on a wall in a park
Gary Barclay and Ron. Barclay was involved in the MPA in the early 1970s.
man on roof or balcony looking at pillow
Dick Woodsworth was active in MPA in the early 1970s, as coordinator of the West-End residence and in MPA’s 1973 “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” production.



man with dark hair on moter bike
Kevin Topalian was involved in MPA in the mid-1970s.
man with mustache and mutton chops reading newspaper
J.C. Filion was Drop-In Coordinator at MPA in 1978 and 1983.



dark haired man and dark hair women sitting in house, fridge behind
Will and Jamie (Dee Dee) Smith. Dee Dee was West 11th Residence coordinator in 1973.
head and shoulders shot of man with thick curly dark hair and facial hair
An early gay activist, Arthur Girovinazzo brought expertise working with government to his MPA office coordinator job in the late 1970s and 1980s.



smiling woman wearing nightie sitting on couch
Fran Phillips was a former public health nurse who worked at MPA from 1972 to 1979, primarily as coordinator at East 21st and East 33rd Residences.
two women in night dresses sitting on a couch
Nancy Smith, resident and coordinator for West 3rd residence in the mid-1970s, and Nancy Marsden, Drop-In coordinator and in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest cast.



3 women wearing nightware standing with their arms around each other.
Karen Khan, Nancy Marsden and Patty.
group of women all dressed in nightclothes and having a good time
From top left: Mo Elwood, Fran Phillips, Nancy Smith, Charlene Gardner, Karen Khan, Nancy Marsden. Gardner worked on the Phoenix Apartment project of the early 1980s. Elwood was East 33rd Residence coordinator in the late 1970s.



2 women standing outside department display window
Patty and Mo Elwood outside Army and Navy Department Store, Vancouver.
2 people at dinner function - man and women dressed up
Barry Coull and Patty at a wedding in the 1980s. An active ally, Coull began volunteering at MPA in 1971 and worked at various admin jobs until the late 1970s.



man with blond curly hair seated at dinner table
Tim Isaac was involved with MPA in the 1980s, serving on the MPA Apartment building committee.