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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 3, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta 22 THI LETHBRIDGE HERALD Thurjday, December 3, 1970 in altitude of public, social workers Social assistance recipients call for more, better public education By MARILYN ANDERSON Herald Family Editor A panel discussion of social assistance recipients told par- ticipants to a conference on Human Resources Wednesday of a battle of survival to ob- tain benefits for themselves and their families. Recipients said pride kept them from contacting so- cial agencies until circum- stances were extreme, only to be met by a of under- standing of those circum- stances by both social workers and the general public. One man said he finally marched his family into the welfare office to receive help. He said he had been "too proud" to go for assistance un- til his family was living on po- tatoes, bread and carrots. When he was told to come back the next day, he brought his entire family into the office. A married woman, a mother of four children, said she en- countered refusals of help over bousing, and assistance, since die had and one had to be without any funds in order to get assistance. She said she was grateful to social development for help she received, but was thankful at the time that her children were small. She said she was treated as though "I wasn't a good mother, a good provider, any good at all. 1 thought as time goes by they'll see that I am something. "Fortunately we got a social worker who 'didn't treat people as though they were nothing. She is the one who encouraged me to start high school in the small town where we lived. "Then she left or was moved and the next social worker tried to have my children taken away. She said I was an unfit mother to leave them while I attended school. "She told me how ignorant I was, how stupid I was, to leave my children at home to go to school. I asked her if she would take the children so I could go to school to get a job good enough to support me and my children. She backed down of course. 'Then I got another social worker and she advised me to go to school and apply to Lelh- bridge to go to university. 1 think it's very unfortunate that there are social workers who think that people are nothing." Another mother of five chil- dren who was without financial support said she believes in so- cial assistance, b u t not as a way of life. She said it should be to help people to sort out their lives. "I believe that I am as good a human being as the highest government official. Society must look at itself to solve its problems." It blames the gov- ernment but society, she said, is the government. ,An unmarried mother said that when she first decided to keep her baby, society did not accept the unmarried mother as it did now. She said when she decided to keep her son, her initial introduction to the department was a "negative Her social worker suggested she give up the child and she went through a period of de- pression in facing the social stigma. When she decided to go back Community shows willingness to take more responsibility Participants to the Human Resources conference held W e d n e s day in Lethbridge voiced overwhelming support for decentralization of social services to regional control, and the need for a co-ordinat- ing council to maintain control. Over 100 representatives of service organizations and con- cerned citizens discussed needs within the community and hou these needs could best be met at a local level. One re-occurring answer was in better utilization of volun- teers within the community by using a volunteer coordinator. Christmas gifts needed for mental health patients Cash donations or new gifts are required by the Lethbridge .branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association for the pro- ject of Christmas gifts for for- gotten people. Gifts are sent to the Alberta Hospital in Raymond, Green Acres and Golden Acres Lodges, Devon Nursing Home and Alberta Hospital in Clares- holm. The object of the project is to ensure that all' persons con- fined, are remembered with at least one gift, in order to bring a little brightness into the lives of those, all to often the least remembered. Arrangements have also been made to tale 55 patients from Claresholm to Lethbridge dur- ing December for a tour of the city to view the season's lights. There will also be a hot meal provided for the visitors. During the year there are two winter programs per week for patients of the psychiatric unit of the Lethbridge Munici- pal Hospital at a cost of per month. Gifts or donations may be mailed to Box 33, Lethbridge or gifts may be placed under tile decorated Christmas tree in the College Mall. Those con- tributing are asked to identify contents of wrapped gifts so they will not have to be opened. A I J catenae ar o. Loca i ha. ippeiuna The Lethbridge Old Time Dance Club is holding its dance as scheduled on Saturday at the Assumption School (24th St. and 14th Ave. S.) with the live music of the Westerners. Every- one welcome. CHRISTMAS PERM SPECIAL Regular up PRICE AGNES WALSH has Joined our staff every Friday and Saturday Coby's Beauty Salon 322 13th St. N. Phone 327-5687 JACKPOT BINGO This Thursday Evening, December 3rd STARTS P.M. SHARP PARISH HAIL CORNER 12th STREET B AND 7th AVENUE NORTH 256 PER CARD OR S FOR ALSO FREE CARDS, FREE GAMES AND A DOOR PRIZE Persons under 16 years not allowed Sponsored by ladies' Aid of St. Peter St. Paul's Church The conference also support- ed more family living courses at the high school level and per- haps even Grade 1. A better public relations de- partment for Social develop- ment department was recom- mended. Social action groups to han- dle complaints, guaranteed an- nual Incomes, more and better training for social workers were other suggestions. One group stated they would be wilhiig to bear any tax bur- den to implement preventive programs and the training of volunteers. Assistance to native said another group, should take the form of more and better education for Indians, more leadership courses, and better communication between the re- serve and those in town. Al t h o u g h decentralization was considered more benefi- cial than central control of services, individuals warned against a "paternalistic atti- tude which places a program ahead of persons. "Nothing is more important than the individual; you can't speak to the person if you have a program in mind." Tiie day-long conference got under way with addresses from Doug Walker, editorial writer for The Herald, and Charles McMillian of the business fa- culty of the University of Al- berta. Group discussion and a panel dicussion were followed by a meeting with Ray Speaker, minister of social development. Ralph Thrall, Jr. was chair- man of the conference. Three other community con- ferences are slated for the near future to be held in Grande Prairie, Edmonton and Cal- gary. Local music talent The Conestogas LDS Youth Choir will be featured in a music fest of popular, Christ- mas and religious'music being sponsored by the Golden Mile Drop In Centre, Sunday at 3 p.m. in Southminster Church hall. The general public is invited and there will be a light lunch served. A good turn-out is requested. to university, she was cut off from social assistance. She bor- rowed money to attend classes but could not maintain the fi- nancial burden so she dropped her classes. She later found out that the department would give her as- sistance to go back to univer- sity. She said1 she has also faced a negative reaction from the public as an unmarried mother. A native Indian father of three went to Indian Affairs department for assistance after lung operations which made it impossible for Mm to gain em- ployment. He carried a paper signed by three surgeons attesting to this imcr V Health., welfare merger to facilitate services By MARILYN ANDEBSON Herald Family Editor A planned move to combine the departments of health anc social development was ex plained by Ray Speaker, min ister of social development speaking to a Human Re- sources conference held Lethbridge Wednesday. In recognizing some of the concerns which had been raised by the conference, Mr Speaker said the two depart ments, which deal with socia service areas, have taken the initiative in merging forces tc deal with them. Co-ordination, setting of pri orities, delineating between central responsibility and loca responsibility and delegate' that responsibility at a loca level are some of these con ams. "With that to mind ine ar merging the departments anc feel it is our responsibility t facilitate this merger to greater extent. "A planning and programm ing development body, an im portant component of the struc ture, will set priorities, estab lish whether programs meeting needs, meet loca bodies to determine local pro grams, and build a better com munications systems betweei central level of governmen and the municipality." In answer to a question from L. C. Hahnrast, former minis ter of social welfare In th Manning cabinet, as to th weight of responsibility in com bining the health and social de- velopment portfolios, Mr Speaker said it would be largely a legislative weight. Certain facilities are being relegated to other bodies, ex Hearing handicapped parents to meet An organizational meeting will be held to form a parents group for the hearing handi capped children of southern Al berta, Wednesday at 8 p.m. a 211 20th St. N. The main objective of the group will be to get a pre- school program started an< then enlarge the program to help students throughou schools. John Cotton, a member of the Calgary Society for Hear ing Handicapped will be in at tendance to help with organiza tion and answer any other questions. Any parents of children who have hearing losses of any de gree or any other interestet persons are invited to attend Those attending are requestet to notify Mrs. R. A. Maslen at 211 20 St. N. or 328-3239. FRIENDSHIP IODGE NO. 729 I.A. TO THE UNITED TRANSPORTATION UNION (FORMERIY L.A. TO THE BROTHERHOOD OF RAILROAD TRAINMEN) ANNUAL TEA BAZAAR ST. AUGUSTINE'S HALL SATURDAY, DEC. 5th 2 to 4.30 p.m. BAKE TABLE APRON AND FANCYWORK TABLE WHITE ELEPHANT TABLE Admission 306 BEFORE YOU BUY CHECK OUR EVERYDAY LOW PRICES A special invitation is extended to everyone in Sparwood and Fernie FOR FREE ESTIMATES CAU Hamilton's Floor Coverings LTD. 909 3rd AVE. S. PHONE 327-5454 plained Mr. Speaker, to take them from the health and so- cial department administra- tion. The Health Services Commis- sion will take responsibility for hospitals, nursing homes, aux- iliary hospitals and senior citi- zens' homes. A department of environmen- tal improvement is to be set up to take a portion of pollution concerns from the department of health. The Health Care Commission has already been taken out of the department. "We also see in our planning to move more areas of responsibility into the local regions. "A planning and programm- ing unit under a deputy minis- ter will be responsible for planning and coordination and footwork that we don't have facility for, either in the de- partment of health or in social development." Legislation of both depart- ments will be carried on by the minister of health. Each com- mission, if they have legisla- tive changes are to be under the minister of health and so- cial development. Legislation for the two de- partments doesn't come into ef- fect until the end of this fiscal year. Briefs submitted to either minister in the meantime would "get the same treat- ment" said Mr. Speaker. Counselling service for Indian people The services of the Leth bridge and district native coin- worker, Albert Lapatac hav been amalgamated into the Na tive Counselling Services, under the Indian Association of Al berta in Edmonton. Mr. Lapatac was hired May by the Lethbridge Branc of the John Howard Society, t serve as native court worke during a three-month pilot pro ject During the initial months, the need for the service was shown as Mr. Lapadac counselled an average of two people in the local jails per day. Furthe funds were arranged throug the attorney general's offto on a month-to-month b a s i until other arrangements coulc be made. The Indian Association of Al berta has been initiating a na tive alcoholic counselling ser vice and decided this week te combine it with the court work er services and native counsel ling throughout the province. Mr. Lapatac said he will con tinue to work in Lethbridge and area. During a typica day's work he said, "I mee with the prisoners and discuss their problems and if it is i drinking problem, try and fine out what started them anc such." Whenever possible he discusses their cases with the judge to decide upon the bes possible course of action and many have been sent to rehabil- itation centres. Of four girls sent for rehabili- tation during recent months, ALBERT LAPATAC second Time easier BANFF, Alta. (CP) Jacob and Agnes Venvoerd of Long Jeach, Calif., say it's always easier to climb a mountain like Mount Eisenhower on he British Columbia-Alberta border the second time around. 'It's nothing going said Verwoerd. "Coming down is the hardest. It's the after-effects hat bother you." When the Ver- nalives of Vancouver, scaled Mount Eisenhower n 1957, they left a time capsule ontaining microfilmed histori- documents at its summit. 'hey mado the return trip in ate August two have "made "Even if others leave, the seed of rehab- ilitation is still said Mr. Lapotac. fact. He received a scale pay- ment, no social workers being available on the reserve at that time. His payment was, he said, cut off three times. Each time I had to go to the hospital or hitchhike to Cal- gary to get another piece of per so I could get assistance to provide food for my three kids. Now we have social workers on the reserve, it is a much better system. A lot of people have a negative attitude to- ward welfare, but I don't think it's a crime to be sick." He said he still tries to get work and gets, fired when he can't do the work because of his disability. He tries to do this he says because he wants to show his children they have a father who can work. He has this much pride left as a man. Two adoptive parents were told by a social assistance re- cipient they had little difficulty in meeting with social workers because what they were doing, in adopting a child, was more acceptable to society. One recipient said that peo- ple may cheat social services to get an extra because of the unkind attitude of neigh- bors who look down on them and want to put something over on the neighbors. She said it isn't worth it be- cause your own self-evaluation suffers. There was a difference of opinion about use of vouchers between recipients. One man favors them Because of the people who do misuse them and drink up the money they re- ceive. Another recipient however said she would prefer cash even though she recognized possible misuse by some. Vouchers, she said, are "dis- graceful, degrading and de- inralizing." One supermar- ket's clerks are rude when they see the voucher. she said is just the opposite. There's no dis c ri m ina t i o n there. Welfare recipients are not treated as second class citi- zens. You need to be able to tell social workers that you have values, that you are not just out for money." WE NOW HAVE FREE PARKING Launderette 1263 3rd Avenue South The Ideal Christmas Gift! NURSES PANTSUITS In the Latest Styles and Knits JEN'S UNIFORM CENTRE "FOR All YOUR UNIFORM NEEDS" 5th Street S. Phone 328-3631 (upstairs) ,_. WHERE SMART WOMEN SHOP Hi __ _ DREAM A LITTLE DREAM...... AND MAKE IT COME TRUE..... WITH ANY ONE OF THESE DELICATE DELIGHTS BABY DOLL 6'" LONG GOWN 9'" 2 PCK TUNIC PYJAMAS Also gown 7.99 and 2 pee. peignoir set 14.99 Tunic pyjamas in pMc only all others In pink and aqua. Sizes S-M-L, OVER 240 STORES COAST TO COAST TO SERVE YOU BETTER 506 4th AVENUE SOUTH TEL: 328-2653 COLLEGE MALL SQIh Ave. ond Mayor Mogralh TEL: 328-7011 (C.O.D. ORDERS ACCEPTED) ;