Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 16, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
16 - THE LETHBRIDGI HRAID - lafwrday, January 1�, 1971 'We regret it very much* Young Dutch, couple heads home with unfulfilled dream By MARILYN ANDERSON Herald Family Editor With 176 pounds of luggage in tow, a young Dutch couple and their two children will leave Lethbridge in February to return to their homeland after being unable to realize their dream in Canada. Peter de Betue says he does not consider the experience a fallure. "We're going back to Holland as a couple of good ambassadors for Canada. We still feel the same, but more realistically than when we came," he added. When Mr. de Betue left Holland in 1967 he had a dream of freedom and opportunity for himself, his wife, Joan, and young daughter, Marlene, who was then three. "I told my family that life was better in this big country, that it was better for my daughter to grow up here. I said I would be willing to do any kind of work, even be a laborer if I had to." Those words were later to haunt him as he tried to keep happy on his last job in construction. "I know now that there is more to work than money. A man has to like his work or he brings his unhap-piness home with him. That's what I was doing." Mr. de Betue was laid off this Job on Dec. 18 along with other men, but he says the prospect of going back to this type of work was not encouraging. Mr. de Betue is not complain ing but his dissatisfaction is understandable when his background is considered. When Mr. dc Betue left Holland it was with the understanding that he would be able to do similar work to that at the Dutch nuclear centre as a nuclear technician handling irradiated materials. "I was also in the Dutch navy for six years as a radar operator. I thought, perhaps, that I could work as an air traffic controller, but the airports are under the jurisdiction of the Department of Transport which only hires Canadian citizens. "This is all right, except that it takes five years to obtain citizenship, and' I'd need training after that. I was told they prefer 24-year-olds." Having given up any hope of working in his own field of ex- perience Mr. de Betue proceeded to take work where it was available. "In Holland a woman had suggested that there was ready work in Nelson, B.C. I went to The Hague and talked to officials at the Canadian embassy who said Nelson sounded fine. They really didn't seem to even know where Nelson was or what the Canadian employment situation was." His work at the mill in Nelson lasted until the men went on strike. "We liked Nelson. It's ROBBIE BURNS TEA and PROGRAM Wed.r Jan. 20th 2-4 p.m. FIRST UNITED CHURCH Admission 50c beautiful and coming from such flat country we enjoyed the mountains. But we hadn't come to Canada to sit out on strike." Thus he became a station operator with the CPR in Natal, B.C. "I was ready to stay and become a dispatcher, even though I know now it is not that simple. Then word got around that layoffs would be coming and I was1 advised to start looking for another job." "I made trips to Calgary and Lethbridge Canada Manpower where officials were helpful but | unable to hold out much hope since the unemployment situation was the same everywhere. "They asked what I wanted I to do, I couldn't tell them. I would do anything. I told one company that I would mow the lawn if they would just consider me when they had an opening inside. "I wrote letters to every business and company I could think of. The reaction was "don't call us, we'll . . ." mum THE DE BETUE FAMILY - Peter, Marlene, 6, Brenda, 2 and Joan de Betue pose for what may be their last family portarit in Canada. 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During the summer Mr. de Betue was approached by an insurance and investment company and decided the opportunity was better. He says now, that this was just one of the mistakes he made. "Enthusiasm does not bring bread into the house and I guess I was just not a salesman." He began the construction job on the university site on Nov. 1. "I think they got a day's work out of me. A friend told me that you only work eight hours a day, and if you don't like it, at least you are making good money. That's true but it's not enough." The nuclear centre in Holland had twice contacted Mr. de Betue, inviting him to come back to his former job. Both times he felt he had not given Canada enough time, even though once had been while they were in Natal looking for work. The third offer came at the time he was laid off in December. "We spent a long time trying to reach a decision about it, sometimes talking until 3:30 in the morning. I talked it over with the counsellor at Canada Manpower and finally my wife and I agreed that it was the best thing to do. Overtrained for this area says Manpower official Peter de Betue's circumstances were described by a Canada Manpower counsellor as a "peculiar case." 'Mr. de Betue is over-trained for this area.- Possibly if he wished to remain in Canada longer and were willing to relocate, he could find something more in his line," said the counsellor. "In his background as a nuclear technician there is nothing for him in this area, in our type of industry." In Mr. de Betue's contact with the Dutch Immigration Service, he was advised to go to Australia rather than Canada, with his qualifications. Mr. de Betue's decision was made partly due to the historic ties between Canada and Holland. He admits that going to Nelson was an error but felt at the time that one area would be the same as another. The counsellor explained that the peculiar circumstances of finding employment for Mr. de Betue were that he was looking for work only until something better came along. He said that it's likely that experienced personnel in nuclear work can be utilized in Canada, but the employment situation v as complicated due to a "combination of the total picture." A number of people try to find their own jobs, even after they have made contact with Canada Manpower, said the CMC official, as did Mr. de Betue. "Self - help is a good thing. "Mr. de Betue is employable, and desirably so, yet we can do nothing for him." "We both regret leaving Canada. We like life here very much. We like the people, and the standard of living is higher. For instance, I would not be able to afford the car we have if we were in Holland. Only executives can afford cars." The housing situation is poor in Holland, and the de Bteues are lucky to have housing provided by the nuclear ' centre. Otherwise, they would have to find lodging before they could go back. Joan de* Betue has been a strong support in her husband's wanderings and search for a future. "She has put up with so much, and at least in this move, she will be with her family and friends again. She really knows what to do with a dollar," says her husband. For the children, Holland promises aunts, uncles, and grandparents. For Mr. Peter and Joan de Betue there is at least security and a good deal of regret. Perhaps many Canadians who see the de Betue family as good citizens whom Canada should be able to use, will feel just a little regret as well. Installation of officers for Faith Rebekah Lodge The 1971 officers of Faith Rebekah Lodge No. 93 have been elected as follows: Mrs. Michael Seaman, Noble Grand; Mrs. B. A. Giacomazzi, right supporter N G; Mrs, D. W. 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