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W. C. Woodward

 

    In the fall of 1939, 54 year old W. C. Woodward, was appointed to the War Supply Board in Ottawa as a “dollar-a-year” man. He was asked, and he insisted, that he would lend his business and administrative talent to the Canadian Government without pay.  On December 14th, 1939, 500 members of Woodward’s staff crowded into the Canadian National Railway station to see him off along with others that were going away to serve their country. They sang “The Gang’s All Here”, “For They Are Jolly Good Fellows” and “Auld Lang Syne 

    Soon after his arrival in Ottawa, W.C. was appointed to the Department of Munitions and Supply as Hon. C.D. Howe’s Executive Assistant. In April, 1941, Lieutenant Colonel W.C. Woodward terminated his duties in Ottawa and returned to Vancouver. In August of 1941 he was appointed as the sixteenth Lieutenant-Governor, Trustee and Keeper of the Great Seal of British Columbia. This was the boy who had once sold papers to the gold miners roaring off to the Yukon! This was the young man who in 1907 had sat perched on an office stool, keeping the books of a small corner-store on Main Street!