Isidor and Hannah Director
Isidor and Hannah Director arrived in Prince Rupert in 1908. Beginning as squatters, they went on to become community leaders. Isidor opened a clothing and watch repair store with Maurice Cohen and because of Hannah’s musical talent, the Director’s home became the social and cultural centre of the city.
During WW I, they temporarily left Prince Rupert to homestead in the Prince George area, as Isidor experienced difficulties finding work due to his German background. Hannah was elected chair of the Prince George School Board, becoming the first woman to hold the position and the first Jewish woman to be elected to public office in Canada. All told, the family spent 14 years in the north country. They moved to Vancouver in 1922. Amongst other things, Hannah and Isidor were the official hosts of the Kitsilano Showboat for over 30 years.