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Carlos Sosa Interview

This series consists of 1 interview with Carlos Sosa, conducted by Emily McPherson in 2021.

This interview was Conducted in 2021 by Emily McPherson as part of a practicum at the OHC, undertaken in the context of the Master’s of Human Rights Program at the University of Manitoba. After indexing and processing the Manitoba League of Persons with disabilities Oral History Project as part of her practicum work, McPherson identified that a significant omission to the collection was an interview with Carlos Sosa, who due to his role as Project Coordinator, had not himself been interviewed. The interview was intended to be a compliment the original collection, and followed the original intention: “to better understand ‘the formation and development of the Manitoba League of Persons with Disabilities and its contribution to the national and international movement to secure legal and social equality for persons with disabilities.’”

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Interview with Clarence Gould

Oral History interview (2h 36mm 42ss) with Clarence Gould, conducted by Sarah Story in Winnipeg Manitoba, 2015. Interview is indexed and fully transcribed.

Sarah Story interviews Mr. Clarence Gould of Winnipeg, Manitoba about his career at Cavalier Candy. Gould begins by briefly describing his life story. Gould was hired by Cavalier’s predecessor Bond and Ronald in 1954. Gould discusses in detail the history of the company from its establishment as Bond and Ronald to its change to Cavalier Candy under Charles Fletcher. Gould also discusses in depth the process of making hard candies and jellies, along with Cavalier’s product line. Other interview topics include automation/machinery, employee/management relations, and candy retailing. Gould also provides and describes a variety of documents related to Cavalier’s history.

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Interview with Lynda Howdle

Oral History interview (1h 26mm 46ss) with Linda Howdle, conducted by Sarah Story in Winnipeg Manitoba, 2014. Interview is indexed and fully transcribed.

Sarah Story interviews Mrs. Lynda Howdle of Winnipeg, Manitoba about her time as a packer at Paulin’s from 1979 to 1991. Howdle begins by briefly telling her life story, including growing up in the West End, her marriage and work history before Paulin’s. Throughout the interview Howdle describes the layout of the Paulin’s factory, as well as the day-to-day operations of making and packing candy. Topics of discussion include Paulin’s product range, machinery/automation, employee demographics, and relations between employees and management. Howdle also discusses her personal relationship with snack foods.

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Interview with Bunn Cooze

Oral History interview (40mm 20ss) with Bunn Cooze, conducted by Janis Thiessen in St. John's Newfoundland, 2013. Interview is indexed and fully transcribed.

Dr. Janis Thiessen interviews Mrs. Bun Cooze of St. John’s Newfoundland about her work at Purity. Cooze begins with her life story. She began her work at Purity after she graduated from high school and has remained there. Cooze then describes her evolution from biscuit packer to syrup maker. Cooze also discusses the other roles she fills including shipping, bakery and candy making. Throughout the interview, Cooze describes the way the Purity factory operates, including the role of automation, number of employees, the gender ratio of employees, health and safety, and unionization in the workplace. Cooze also provides detailed descriptions of Purity’s product line including new products and discontinuations.

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Interview with William Burbine

Oral History interview (49mm 48ss) with William Burbine, conducted by Sarah Reilly in Truro Nova Scotia, 2013. Interview is indexed and fully transcribed.

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Interview with Roy Robertson

Oral History interview (58mm 06ss) with Roy Robertson, conducted by Janis Thiessen in Truro, Nova Scotia, 2013. Interview is indexed and fully transcribed.

Dr. Janis Thiessen interviews Mr. Roy Robertson of Truro, Nova Scotia about his company Robertson’s Candy. Robertson begins with a brief description of his childhood, his previous careers and taking over the company from his father in the 1970s. Over the course of the interview, Robertson discusses the products Robertson’s produces, the methods of production and briefly touches on the employees who work there. Throughout the interview, Robertson emphasizes that Robertson’s is a small scale producer and explains in depth how cost analysis is key to the company’s survival. Robertson also gives insight into the trade show and business relations side of the candy industry.

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Interview with Everill Goff

Oral History interview (1h 21mm 45ss) with Everill Goff, conducted by Janis Thiessen and Sarah Reilly in Truro Nova Scotia, 2013. Interview is indexed and fully transcribed.

Janis Thiessen and Sarah Reilly interview Everill Goff of Truro, Nova Scotia about his role as a manager for Brookfield Creamery. Goff was raised on a dairy farm, and upon graduation, was recruited by the general manager for an entry level job. Goff then worked his way up in the company to become second in command before his retirement in 1989. Goff describes the tasks associated with his role, including shipping, and receiving. Goff also provides a history of both the Brookfield Company and general trends in the dairy industry between the 1960s and 1980s. Other topics include unionization, workplace health and safety, employee/management relations and Mr. Goff’s personal relationship to snack foods.

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Interview with Sidney Hollett

Oral History interview (24mm 51ss) with Sidney Hollett, conducted by Elizabeth-Anne Johnson in Truro Nova Scotia, 2013. Interview is indexed and fully transcribed.

Elizabeth-Anne Johnson interviews Mr. Sidney Hollett of Truro, Nova Scotia about his work in marketing for the candy industry. Hollett is attached to Robertson’s Candies and his work involves ensuring that Robertson’s is producing and marketing efficiently, along with coordinating shipments to retailers. Throughout the interview, Hollett describes his personal relationship to snack foods, as well as larger trends in consumer snack food habits. He cites the shift in consumer mindfulness regarding ingredients as a significant change to the industry.

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Interview with Jeffry Dunn

Oral History interview (1h 05mm 14ss) with Jeffrey Dunn, conducted by Sarah Story in Winnipeg Manitoba, 2013. Interview is indexed and fully transcribed.

Sarah Reilly interviews Jeffrey Dunn of Winnipeg, Manitoba about his time as a manager and union steward at Scott-Bathgate. Dunn was raised in Winnipeg and joined the workforce out of high school in the 1970s. Dunn began work at Scott-Bathgate in 1986 working his way up to head of shipping and receiving before his retirement in 2012. Throughout the interview, Dunn describes the way new technology was integrated into the operations side of the business, as well as the social aspect of the company and how employees interacted with one another. Finally, Dunn explains in detail his time as union steward and the roles he played in ensuring employee health and safety, negotiations, and arbitration as well as general labour history for context.

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