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Time Traveller: Valerie Jerome does amazing things on and off the track

Valerie Jerome and her brother Harry both competed as teenagers in the Rome Olympics in 1960

Nov. 20-26 is Canada History Week. This year’s theme is the History of Black Achievement.

Here is a photo of 16-year-old Valerie Jerome from the 1960 North Van High yearbook, the same year she competed alongside her brother Harry at the Olympic Games in Rome. After retiring from racing in 1966, Valerie became a teacher, a track coach, and an advocate for youth sport and the environment.

In 2007 she helped found the Jerome Outreach Society which aids sports programs at low-income schools. In 2010, she was chosen to serve as a torchbearer for the Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.

Visit the MONOVA website for more information about the history of the North Shore and to plan your visit to MONOVA: Museum of North Vancouver, now open at 115 West Esplanade in The Shipyards.

Currently, MONOVA: Archives of North Vancouver, at 3203 Institute Road in Lynn Valley, is open for drop-ins on Monday and by appointment Tuesday-Friday, 12:30-4 p.m. Contact:

Navigate culture on the North Shore by using the North Shore Culture Compass.

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