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Back Alley Named In Honour Of Public Health Inspector

June 1, 2024

The Lethbridge Historical Society recent recognized one of the city’s first sanitation and health inspectors, John T.J. Vallance by naming an alley after him.

John T.J. Vallance moved to Lethbridge in 1909 after accepting the role of City Sanitary Inspector for the 7,000 residents in the community. He remained a driving force in public health for the next 43 years, making him one of the longest serving civil servants in the City of Lethbridge at the time. During his career he helped implement new technologies of the era to help prevent the spread of disease and championed for the city to invest in water treatment including a filtration plant and chlorination, successfully bringing this important health measure to the city in 1916. Vallance retired in 1953 and passed away in 1968.

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