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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 26, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta 36 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Fobruary 19V3 Ag-Expo offering additional courses for homemakers I Outreach grant A new atmosphere reigns in YWCA residences This year the Ag-Expo, held March 5 through 8, will offer additional programs of interest to women, says Marilyn Tatem, district home economist. Community calendar The Ladies Auxiliary of the Original Pensioners and Senior Citizens Society will meet at 2 p.m. Friday in the civic centre. Following the meeting, bingo will be played and lunch served. A good attendance is requested. The monthly meeting of Southland Nursing Home Aux- iliary will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday. New members welcome. A good attendance is requested. The regular monthly meeting of the Lethbridge and District Parents of Twins and Triplets Association will be held at p.m. Thursday in the Gas Company Auditorium. Guest speaker will be Mrs. Darryl Sturrock who will dis- cuss numerology. The draw for the blender and popcorn popper will be made. If anyone requires transpor- tation, call Karen Holm at 327-3734. The regular meeting of Dominion Rebekah Lodge will be held at 8 p.m. Thursday in the Oddfellows Hall. Visiting Rebekahs welcome. Ms. Tatem says Lethbridge and area home economists have worked together to create three short courses for homemakers which will be offered during the four day event. The three short courses, offered for the first time in many years, are as follows: Wednesday: "Cereal general infor- mation about the nutrition content of grains, how to com- bine grains for complete pro- tein and demonstrations with cereal products by Alberta Agriculture home economists; Thursday: "Nutrition of Marilyn Hemsing of Edmonton clothing specialist with Alberta Agriculture will discuss ways of dressing in relation to body size and weight and what clothing does for you; Friday: "Kitchen home economists from Calgary Power's consumer; services section will-'present innovative ideas on how to 'create space' in kitchens, outlining simple and inexpen- sive things for do it yourselfers. All short courses will be held from 2 to p.m. They are free, and open to all interested members of the public. Home economists will also give kitchen demonstrations daily during Ag-Expo, says Ms. Tatem, with shows at 4 and 8 p.m. on different aspects of Alberta products and cereal grains. By LYNNE VAN Herald Family iiditor The old place just isn't the same. That's what they're saying around the YWCA residences these days. There's been a dramatic change in the at- mosphere and it has nothing to do with a switch in decor. As YWCA Executive Director Jeanna Baty and YW Counsellor Reg Dumont tell it, the change is in the emotional surroundings of the old white and green gabled building on Sixth Avenue. If they were more pretentious people, they'd say the 'ambience' of the YW has become warm and welcoming. The women living in the YW residences (nine single, 10 double rooms) are talking to and interacting with each other these days; they're involved in residen- tial-.recreation programs and concerned about each other's well being. A year ago, everyone came and went inr dividually. Few residents got to know each other. Some women checked out without having made the acquaintance of even their next-room neighbor. Then, last June, Counsellor Reg Dumont was hired for an initial three year period, under a department of manpower and immigration Outreach grant. Mr. Dumont's job not only to provide counselling services for those women living in the YW residences, but to work closely with community agencies, referring women to appropriate services, and accepting referrals for women who were at loose ends and needed a temporary residence and some assistance in coining to grip with their problems. The idea, says Mr. Dumont, is to help handicapped or mal ad- justed women prepare for a return to society and in many cases, worthwhile jobs so'that they will eventually be able to leave the security of the YW residence and strike out on their own. In addition, the counselling service is available to all women in the community, not just YW residents. "With many says Mr. Dumont, "the regular manpower counselling services are just not enough. Before the person is ready for employment, they need to solve personal problems, many of which may originate far in the past. And'working through situations like that takes more time than regular counsellors have to spend." In the comfortable setting of the YW, Mr. Dumont can take the time necessary to help women face their problems, working with clients at whatever rate seems best for them. "We can take referrals, from anywhere in Southern says Mr. Dumont, who works closely with Canada Manpower, the department of health and social development, local hospitals and Alberta Mental Health Services. YW clients may include women with marital problems, women recovering from emotional stresses or mentally handicapped women. Ms. Baty emphasizes that a mix of women both with and without problems is always maintained, to prevent the residence from becoming an institution. J'The people manag- ing on their own learn a great deal from those who need she adds. "And residents help each other." "Most of the problems don't crop up between and says the counsellor, "so I try and work my hours of duty accordingly. I usually try to meet the individuals on their terms. As soon as a new face appears in residence, I have a chance to meet the woman we, can talk over meals. Often, a woman is not ready to talk, so I just let her know I'm here to help. Some residents really don't need counselling they're in control of their lives." In addition to counselling ser- vices, Mr. Dumont's work in- volves extending YW residence services, to help residents func- tion in recreational or social situations. To that end, recreational and socializing programs such as volleyball, yoga, crafts have been set up. One of the innovations Jeanna Baty is most pleased with is the assignment of duties to three responsible residents who help organize recreational programs, are in touch with women with problems and super- vise the residence activities on weekends. "It's working very says Ms. Baty. "The dons are very responsive to the other residents, and they often serve as initiators to get everyone involved in an ac- tivity." She says that "B.C." (before the lack of com- munity within the YW residences became most apparent when departing women filled in evaluative questionnaires. "They were 'the rooms are nice', and 'it's a quiet place to she recalls. "But. they weren't saying anything about the friends they'd made or the other people they'd met." The YWCA first began taking a close look at its residences in 1973 when it became apparent the centrally located facility was attracting a variety of women, some of whom were having dif- ficulty coping with normal living situations. At the same time, the Lethbridge Canada Manpower Centre and Rosalia House. Society, which works to rehabilitate women with drug or alcohol problems, called a meeting to discuss means of providing interim residences for women returning to society and requiring counselling to adjust. The YW board decided to emphasize residence services to women with special needs, in ad- dition to provision of regular lodging; other community agen- cies agreed to co operate and the Outreach funds were made available. Emily Gilmore, special programs consultant for the department of manpower and im- migration, says the Outreach programs four of which operate in southern Alberta: two in Calgary, one in Lethbridge and one in Medicine Hat were begun two years ago as an experiment, to provide more specialized ser- vices to segments of a communi- ty whose needs are not being met by regular Canada Manpower services. "We're very pleased with the work being done in THE BETTER HALF USED BOOKS WANTED FOR Y BOOK BUY Also games, puzzles, sheet music and records. Call 327-2284 or 327-6019 For Pick Up Service or Deliver lo YMCA Residence Sill to IM tald Mirtk 20.21.22 it Ml RMUinci All Proceed! to on Going YWCA Program! By Barnes_ Traditional wedding ceremony supplemented Couple draws up marriage contract OTTAWA Like busi- nessmen drawing up a partnership, many Ontario couples are drawing up a marriage contract to supple- ment the traditional wedding ceremony. The agreement, which may cover finances, property own- ership, household responsi- bilities and terms of separa- tion in case of divorce, is drawn up by a lawyer in contract form after the prospective bride and groom have decided on its terms. While marriage contracts are not new in Quebec, where "Cagey, isn't it, the way they place aspirin com- mercials in these nerve-shattering Sears Save Carefree, caplesswigs Now these lighthearted, lightheaded wigs have a comfortable, capless 'skin top1 that you can part any- where. And you'll love the natural colour and lustre. So stylish, too. a-Bob-cut wig: The versatile wig that's always ready to wear. Wear it off your face, with bangs, parted or tousled. You can even style it with your fingers. 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Rosemary Billings and John Baglow are one Ottawa couple who set up such a contract. "The laws in Ontario dis- criminate against women and I feel the agreement set many things she said. "We are trying to document the social and legal aspects of marriage and not the private and personal side of love." The couple's 11-page contract is on file at the Ot- tawa Women's Centre. Although property and sepa- ration agreements are generally believed to have legal validity, clauses in the contract dealing with delega- tion of household duties, up- bringing of children and political independence are considered unlikely to stand lip in court. The Ontario Law Reform Commission is basing a model contract for property settle- ment on the code in Quebec. Ms. Billings said pre-mar- riage counselling courses should include the drawing up of a contract agreement. LOYAL ORDER OF MOOSE 1234-3rd Ave. North REGULAR WED. NIGHT BINGO 8 P.M. 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