"Leonard John Getgood was a teacher, actor, musician and filmmaker. He was born in England, served with the British Army in the Second World War, and took teacher training at Didsbury Training College in Manchester (1947-49). In 1957, after teaching in England for some years, he immigrated to Canada and obtained a BC Teaching Certificate at the University of British Columbia. Settling in Nanaimo, he taught at Nanaimo Junior High School and Woodlands School, specializing in music and theatre. He was also active in music and theatre outside his teaching role, performing with the Yellow Point Theatre Group and at the Oregon Shakespearian Festival in Ashland, Oregon (1963-64). Having studied film production in England in the 1930s, Getgood was also active as an amateur and commercial filmmaker in the period 1957-1977, and received a Canadian Film Award for his childrens’ film 'The Boy Next Door'. He retired from teaching in 1979 and moved to Victoria, where he continued his involvement with music, working with the Victoria Conservatory of Music, the Victoria Opera Society, and the Juan de Fuca Orchestra" British Columbia Archives.
"Getgood, Leonard John, 1916-2000." Leonard John Getgood fonds, British Columbia Archives.