Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 5, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
Betty-Lou counsels convicts in isolated penitentiary AGASSI, B.C. ty-Lou Edwards went to col- lege while the guys went wrong, some of I hem decades before she was bom. Now Betty-Lou is 23 and, if present plans are followed, she is on a career course of counselling convicts. On first catching eight of her in Mountain prison, you wonder what a nice girl like this is doing ta a federal insti- tution which now, in large part, is home for burned-out cases in the criminal element. Betty-Lou is an assistant counsellor in the classification department of Mountain prison, hidden away in this F r a s e r Valley community about 70 miles east of Vancou- ver. "I came to the penitentiary service on a student pro- she says. "I had a three-month assignment dur- ing the summer with the idea I would be going back to school. CHANGED GOAL "But during the summer, because of my experience in the service, I changed my oc- rupatiohal goal. When I wasn't able to apply for grad- uate school in that area, I de- cided to stay on at the peni- tentiary and they granted me a six-month posting. Now I've applied to stay on perma- nently." Betty-Lou grew up in the Vancouver suburb of Surrey and obtained her BA in psy- chology from the University of British Columbia. She says she has a "great variety" of duties at Mountain prison. "I interview inmates for pa- role purposes, I write up pa- role reports I interview Inmates in regard to requests for temporary absences." Her counselling office is in the prison control centre and it is there that prisoners go with their problems. "At first, I was a novelty, I think. Everyone was inter- ested to see me and find out what I was like. I have al- ways been treated in a very gentleman-like way. "But I think it's a disadvan- tage being a woman in a peni- tentiary because there are certain ways in which you ha- ven't the freedom that men have. MUST USE CAUTION "Whenever I come down into the compound for lunch I have to be escorted and I can't just run here and there. There are certain precautions that I have to take." Her day is a full and de- manding one. "Because of the nature of Mountain prison there are many elderly men who need help in correspondence, in un- derstanding their different pa- pers, so you have to take tirae to do this kind of thing. "Sometimes you have rather major problems, some- thing to work out between two men who aren't getting along. "Because of my educational background, I get called on to do things connected with cor- respondence courses and I show an interest in their hobby work and things." Betty-Lou says Mountain prison is a lonely place, even by penitentiary standards, be- cause of its isolation and be- cause many prisoners are older men with no family ties anywhere. "There are many who have been here an extremely long time. There are various activ- ities which we have here for them, but when a man is quite elderly he's not looking for excitement or outside sports." love is... letting him ivin when you go bowl- ing. BINGO MOOSE HALL 1234 3rd AVENUE NORTH WEDNESDAY ot PJM. Jackpot in 59 11 Gamw In 7 Number 4th llh Gamn Doubled In 7 Numbm 5 Cardi 2 FREE GAMES FREE CARDS DOOR PRIII NO CHILDREN UNDER 16 SPONSORED BY THE LOYAL ORDER OF MOOSE Ann Landers -Wirfrmd.y. January 5, If72 THE IfTHBIIDGI HWitO DEAR ANN LANDERS: Please tell me why normally In- telligent people seem to taJte leave of their senses at Christ- mas. L refer to those individuals who compose interminable chronicles of the year's activities, have them mimeographeed (usually a poor' job) and proceed to send the drivel to every- one whose last name they can spell. Isn't this the height of arrogance? What makes these peo- ple think anyone (save a special few) are interested in wad- ing thruugh all that stuff? For several years we have been receiving family newslet- ters and I've bad it up to here. I guess what really galls me is the way everyone tries to paint such a glowing pic- ture of affluence and success. I have before me a fistful of chatty little Christmas letters from all over the country. I'm going to lift a few sentences from each to illustrate the point. (The names of persons and organizations have been changed for obvious "Dear Friends: What a wonderful year we've had! Jim was named vice president of the bank so we celebrated by buying a Mercedes and taking a trip to the Orient. In addi- tion to his Boy Scout work, Jim served as chairman of the United Fund drive. He is still on the hospital hoard and pres- ident of ffiwanis. Just for laughs he played the lead in a little theater production last June and everyone said he was bet- ter than the star who did it on Broadway. His first love, however, is still conservation and he continues to work bard as chairman of the Committee to Fight Dutch Elm Disease. "After completing my term as Junior League president 1 swore I would take life easy but it seems I am more involved than ever. I accepted the vice presidency of the garden club and am still active on the D.A.R. Our church organist became ill and they asked me to substitute so I ac- cepted. I ran the rummage sale for the Eastern Star again this year and managed to squeeze in a course on flower ar- ranging which was offered by a Japanese exchange student. "Jim Jr. won his letters in football and basketball. He is on the all-star debate team and placed third in the na- tional oratory contest. We were surprised when we read in the paper that he had won ?100 in an essay contest spon- sored by the American Legion. He has already been accepted by Harvard. Debbie was elected president of her class at Dana Hall. She is almost as tall as her mother! Our wee Betsy is quite a little horsewoman won a blue ribbon in the show at Grosse Point." And so it goes until you could up-chuck. Next year, Ann Landers, I'm going to send a newsletter to all the people who have been sending ME newsletters. It will read something like this and I hope they get the hint: DEAR We had a perfectly rotten year. Hal was passed over for promotion again so he got mad and quit. He hasn't lined up a new job yet but he is listed with two agencies and looks in the papers every day. Hal Jr. was defeated for homeroom monitor. He flunked French and will have to go to summer school. Billy has not had a haircut since August and had io hock his guitar to pay for repairing his Honda which he wrecked. My mother-in- law's annual two-week visit in May turned into two months, and my migraines got so bad I had to go back into therapy. As I write this, the whole family is down with the flu and I don't feel so good myself. We hope next year Is better. It couldn't be worse. 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Virginia Lindabury, editor of Canadian Nurse which is p listed by the Canadian Nursing Association, says she has no- ticed a trend towards a surplus of nurses. She says she's glad unemployment insurance for hospital nurses now is available. Classified ads for nursing help have fallen from 25 in nine pages in Canadian Nurse during the last 18 months. The Cana- dian Nursing Association is con- ducting research into the job situation. But for nurses willing to move to smaller centres or to improve their skills, the market still is good. Comcare, a new firm which looks after nurses, homemakers and nurse's aides, confirms the higher rate of unemployment among registered nurses, a pro- fession once renowned for Its easy Job mobility. The Victorian Order of Nurses had more ap- plications in the summer of 1971 than ever before. Usually it is easier to get jobs in the sum- mer when married nurses take family holidays. 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