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Lethbridge Herald {Newspaper} - 1974-01-24,Lethbridge, Alberta Breaks isolation of single parenthoodContemporary program new world By JIM GRANT Herald Staff V/rlter Month after month she sat in front of the television set eating and «radually gaining a s«nse of safety within the four walls of an apartment block. The idleness finally led to a state of depression and a fear of the outside world that caused her to believe she was inferior to other people. She also felt inferior because she couldn’t make her marriage work and had to support her two children with social assistance cheques. Then a social worker convinced her to enrol in the Program for Contemporary Women at the Lethbridge Community College and her whole world suddenly change as she smashed the shell she had built around herself. “I realized I was just as good as the next person,” said Susan Forsyth, now a smiling 22-year-old mother of two. Ms. Forsyth has now tossed away the tranquilizers, become active as a volunteer in a local hospital and begun to search for full-time employment. She is only one of 340 single parents on social as'istance in Lethbridge that the local branch of the provincial department of social development is attempting to reach .0^ ..... ^lg3|g£9iS@ through the Program for Contemporary Women at the college. There were 12 women enrolled in the program when it was first introduced to the college last fall. Eighteen women are enrolled in the second session which began M(Hiday.    , Cam Bracken, regional supervisor for the department, says the program is extremely important in Lethbridge because one-parent families are on the increase. The separated, the divorced and the unmarried mother usually become isolated and it is “extremely difficult for one-parent families to function alone,” Mr. Bracken explained.    . Carol Blom, a social worker with the department, says women attempting to raise children on their own forget they have needs as women. The single parents, she says, are also prone to feeling they’re inadequate when they compare themselves with other people. The program, she adds, is designed to help the single parents gain a feeling of selfconfidence so they can win their dignity back. The women, says Jim Common, a supervisor with the department, need to get out and mix with other people to learn what is normal in family life. If they remain isolated they begin to think their family problems are a reflection of their inadequacies rather than just normal living situations that are common to most families, he suggested. Mr. Bracken points out that the goal of the contemporary women program is not to intimidate people into searching for employment. "We just want to give them some alternatives so they can make a choice” for their future- Some may want to seek employment, others may want to work as volunteers and still others may want to stay at home and raise their family and participate in com-munify activities, he suggests. “All the program does is ignite the potential within them.” Everybody is full of potential, he says. The eight-week program certainly ignited the potential in Ms. Forsyth. “I found myself doing a lot of things I had never done before and it certainly started me thinking about a goal in Ufe, ’ she said. Ms. Blom says she has only Interviewed six of the 12 women who took the program in the first semester, but she says those she talked to were all doing something In the community now. Dale Heyland, LCC continuing education director, says the Program for Contemporary Women includes sessions gn child care, budgeting, pointers on buying and shopping, how to cope with landlord-tenant problems, legal aide and how to choose a mate. There are also sessions on human rights, services available to people in the community and how to keep physically fit. The women are also placed in a vrork situation for two days so they get the feel of what it is like to be part of the work force, Mr. Heyland said. The government social workers have arranged for a baby sitting service for the women attending the program. Mr. Blom says the program has not only cbaiiged the attitude of the mother Jaut it has created a state of enthusiasm in the whole family unit. "The children were really proud of mother" not only for attending LCC but also for getting out into the community more, she explained. The women who took the first session have continued their friendship after completing the program, says Ms. Forsyth. "We have something in common to talk about and its exciting to get together again.” She also finds the prc^ram to be a conversation starter when she is with people she doesn’t know very weft. Ms. Forsyth was surprised to discover that some people think the program is a liberated woman thing. Ms, Forsyth was willing to allow her experiences with the Program for Contemporary Women to be made public because she wants to convince other single parents to stop feeling sorry for themselves and begin to become part of the community again. She says women will find it very difficult to take the first big step that is needed to get out of the bouse and Into the classroom at the college but she urges them to do so. “I didn't really want to go.. . but 1 did want to go ... you know what I mean,” she said of her struggle to leave the safe confines of her home. The college will offer another session of the Contemporary Women Program in March and Mr. Bracken is hoping that enough women win be interested so more than one class can be offered. -Tlic Herald- Family Institute initiates lib movement in Canada REGULAR WOMEN’S COURSES TO BEGIN JANUARY 31«t (18 years and over) Register Now For Mar* tnternwHwi ConiMt ORR KARATE STUDIOS isa-iaihst N. Ph«i«3ai-1241 NOTICE! NORTH lEINBRIDGE "YOUR PRO STORE FOR HARD-TO-FIND HARDWARE” Phone 328-4441 324 - 13th St. N. IS . NOW CLOSED FOR STOCK TAKING and MOVING WATCH FOR THE GRAND OPENING! OF OUR NEW STORE IN THE WESTMINSTER PLAZA Finds new interests Feelings of inferiority and depression were.dls* palled once Susan Forsyth, 22, found a new beginning through a Program for Contemporary Women offered by the Lethbridge Community College. The program assists one-parent families to function alone without giving up their needs as individuals. By ANDY ROY OTTAWA (CP) - The women’s liberation movement isn’t really new, says Mrs. John McLean, president of the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada (FWIC). The Institutes achieved federation in 1919, but women started doing things that had to be done long before that, she said in an interview. It all began when Adelaide aunter Hoodless of Hamilton lost her 18-month-old sod because she didn’t know sbe should boil raw milk. The anguished mother, determined to do all she could ta help others and bring within reach of all women the education necessary to prevent similar tragedies, began a campaign for household science classes in schools. From that evolved the idea for a women’s institute, established in Stoney Creek. Ont., in February, 1897. The organization was committed to “improving physical, intellectual and cultural conditions in the home and raising the standard of homemaking,” early minutes of their meetings record. These were rural women and with the help of farm organizations In a predominantly rural Canada the idea spread across the coun- ^DERATION FORMED In 1919 delegates from the provinces met in Winnipeg and the result was the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada, with the blessing of the federal agriculture department. Since then women’s institutes have reached a national membership of 70,000 and a world-wide fellowship of eight million countrywomen. Now, with a growing number leaving the farms for urban life, the FWIC membership has levelled off at 57,000. Mrs. McLean is a 47-year-old mother of three from Eureka, N.S., a Sunday-school teacher, church treasurer, 4-H leader and active in other or- tanizations in Plctou Coun^. he said the institute encourages members to take active part in everything. ‘‘We’re criticized by many as being an older women’s organization,” she said, with some women’s liberation groups regarding the institutes as outdated. “We emphasize the importance of the family in our society. I think the women's institute has been women’s lib for a long time, but it doesn’t mean we went out and burned our bras and did all these other ridiculous things that they do. We’ve been fighting for equal rights.... It’s old bat to us. "If there’s a job to fill, whether it be on a school board, a municipal council or as a member of the legislature, we train our women to be ready to take on any of these positions. “If there is a need, we fill it.” M-YEAR MEMBER Mrs. McLean, a soft-spoken, blue-eyed blonde who was elected president at the institutes’ triennial convention in Banff last June, has been a member of the organization for more than 20 years. For the next three years she will divide her time between the family dairy farm, the FWIC’s national office here and visits to provincial organizations. Among the recent achievements of provincial institutes that Mrs. McLean takes pride in are: —The Alexandria Solarium and Crippled Children’s Hospital in Vancouver. -Alberta’s free radium treatment under the Canadian Cancer Society. ^ —A New Brunswick home for the aged. -Mobile facilities of Prince Edward Island’s health program, which ensure adequate health protection in outlying areas.    .. -The Ontario branch’s work in Cevlon, Korea and Greece in public health projects.    _ —Saskatchewan’s liorae-makers’ clubs, which work at improving the standard of living of Indian women. Unique art work brought home OTTAWA (CP) - A collection of North American Indian artifacts, some dating back more U»an 300 years, has come home to Canada. The Speyer collection, assembled in Eun^ over the last 50 years by West German Arthur Speyer, was purchased by the National Museum of l^n for an undisclosed sum and unveiled to the media, this week by Secretary of State Hiwh Faulkner. 'The pieces range from highly decorative beadwork and ceremonial robes to war clubs and barbed bone-and-steel-tlpped arrows. Several of the pieces in the Golden Mile (3pen MMiday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m„ Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. Next week: Monday: Keep fit 10 a.m. Leathercraft 2 p.m. Tuesday: Singing 10 a.m. Dancir^ 2 p.m. Thursday: There will be a whist drive at 1:30 p.m. for this occasion only. Friday: Creative decorations 2 p.m. Noteworthy Members are asked to leave their nam«s for volunteer help at the daffodil tea. Tickets are available at the centre for the trip to DisneyUnd to take place April 22. Membership cards for 1974 are now available at the centre office. collection are unique, including a deerskin mat made by the Naskapi Indians of northeastern Quebec and Newfoundland more than three centuries ago. The only other similar piece is a fragment in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. Most of the material in the collection originated in the Great Lakes Region and the forest and plains of eastern and central Canada. Many of the artifacts were taken to Europe in the 18th and 19th centuries and remained in the collections of dukes and other nobles until purchased by Mr. Speyer. The collection now is stored in a temperature-and-humidity controlled warehouse just outside Ottawa. SEND ON TOUR Some of it will be displayed in the Victoria Memorial Museum in Ottawa —now undergoing 'renovation — while other pieces will be sent on a national tour in 1975. Part of the collection is to be displayed this summer in Edinburgh as part of a joint effort by the National Museum of Man and the Royal Scottish Museum. In unveiling the collection, Mr. Faulkner reiterated his promise to introduce legislation in Pariiament to prevent the export of national art treasures and said he will ask the Commons to provide funds for the purchase of similar collections valuable to (Canadian heritage. The purchase of the Speyer collection was negotiated over the last three years by a team from the national museum. BINGO SCANDINAVIAN HALL - 229121h St. X’ N. FRIDAY, January 25 — 8 p.m. DOORS OPEN AT 7 P.M. NEW GAME S1B5 IN 52 NUMBERS 10th GAME — WIN ON EMPTY CARD 41h, «Ih. I2lh QAMES IN 7 NUMBERS OR LESS SIT 5 CARDS FOR $1.00 POT OF OOLD »$ Singl* WIniMr First 12 a«m« - i4d)ghbora Rk«Iv< 50* SOLD CARDS PAT OOtlBLE EACH 11.00 - DOOR PfllZES 3S FRit CARDS - S OHAWS FOU NEXT WEEK Sorry— NooneundCTlS years of age allowed after you see your doctor Calendars The Golden Mile Dancers will entertain at the Golden Acres Lodge, 1615 13th St. N., at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. All dancers are asked to meet at the centre at 2 p.m. for transportation. The Hi Neighbour Club will hold a regular dance tonight from 8:45 to 10:45 at Westminster School, 5th Avenue and 18th Street N. Everyone welcome. * • • Canvassers are needed for the annual heart fund campaign and interested persons are asked to contact Susie Hironaka at 327-4128 or Ruth Kemp at 327-3322. A kiln workshop will be held •from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Bowman Art Centre. James Clachrie of Calgary will give details on building and operation of a gas-fueled kiln. Workshops will be held in the potters' studio, lower floor. Everyone welcome. • • * The First United Church will hold a Bums tea from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday. There will be a Scottish program and refreshments. Everyone welcome. * • • The Lethbridge Old Time Dance Club will hold a dance at K:30 p.m. Saturday at Assumption School. The (:o«n-ty Couples Orcheslra will be in attendance. Everyone welcome. JACKPOT BINGO This Thursday Evening January 24 SfHUnlkyLKtit'MMn. hHrtrin.PMUPMre« STARTS t-M P.M. 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