Kenneth Hugh Annett

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Kenneth Hugh Annett

Born August 18, 1914 at L’Anse aux Cousins, Kenneth Hugh Annett attended New Carlisle High School, followed by post-graduate education studies at MacDonald College and Bishop's University. Following teaching stints in the Gaspé and active service with the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II, Mr. Annett went on to spend 17 years in the Eastern Townships as an educator, guidance counsellor and school supervisor. In addition to being active in regional and provincial associations of teachers, Mr. Annett served as chief instructor of army cadets while pursuing graduate studies in education at Colombia, Harvard and Bishop’s Universities.

In 1962, Mr. Annett took the position of Associate Director of the Guidance Bureau and was a founding member of the Canadian Guidance and Counseling Association. In 1966, he was appointed Assistant Director General of the Elementary and Secondary Education Branch of the Ministry, and as such helped lay the foundations of the present school system.

Long before his retirement in 1979, Mr. Annett's interest in history led him to membership in the Huguenot Society of Canada, the Literary and Historical Society of Quebec and the Quebec Family History Society.

Between 1977 and 1995, Mr. Annett devoted countless hours of research to produce more than 400 articles on aspects of Gaspesian Heritage, entitled "Gaspé of Yesterday". The series reflects the historic time-frame of five centuries of Anglophone Gaspesian history, taking into account the influence of vast and varied physical space on the human experience. The SPEC newspaper has published some 190 of them to date. Bound volumes were donated to the Gaspesian British Heritage Centre, the Gaspé Community Library, the Literary and Historical Society of Québec, the Bishop’s University Library, the Archives of the Anglican Diocese of Quebec and the Archives nationales du Québec.

Author of "The Annett Family of Gaspé" Saga I and Saga II and "The Huguenot Influence in Quebec," which includes 40 studies on that theme, Mr. Annett also contributed to Huguenot Trails, the publication of the Huguenot Society and Connections, the journal of the Quebec Family History Society.

Kenneth Hugh Annett was 1995 recipient of the Prix Mérite culturel from the Société d’histoire de la Gaspésie, and is an honourary member of the Gaspé Jersey-Guernsey Association. He was presented with an honourary doctorate of law by Bishop’s University in 1990.