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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 30, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 14 - THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD - Saturday, January 30, 1971 Retires after 31 years Nursing fnot like it used to be' By BEVERLY-ANN CARLSON Herald Staff Writer "I would be a nurse again, and would train at the time I did. I don't ever regret making the choice I did." Such are the sentiments of Miss Elvina Clements, who retired Dec. 31 from the nursing staff of St. Michael's General SET FOR THE WEATHER BUT NOT IN LETHBRIDGE - Mrs. Henry Ford II, wife of the automobile tycoon, is prepared for the summer weather Down Under upon her arrival at Sydney, Australia. She wore a combined midi sleeveless . coat with matching mini skirt. S1ie accompanied her husband on a business trip to Australia as part of a swing through the South Pacific and- Far East. Hospital after 40 years of nursing, of which 31 were spent at St. Michael's. A gathering honoring Elvina Clements for her 31 years service, and Simon Berger, for. 36 years service, was held this week. In the address given by Sister Nora, she said, "One of God's greatest gifts to a hospital is a devoted, loyal and dedicated staff. It is not the modern equipment, the shining steel, the efficiency of its organization that make for the true greatness of a hospital, but the constant loyalty and devotion of such members as our two retiring employees." Miss Clements began her nursing career in the old 16 bed Van Haarlem Hospital, in 1929. This hospital was located one block east of the present Red Cross Building. "The Sisters of St. Martha came out from the east that spring, and took over the hospital. I stayed on staff and moved with them in September, 1931 when the new St. Michael's was opened," she said. Her employment was interrupted by a two - year job with a local clinic, and a span of seven years in which she cared for her ailing mother. "I came back to the Sisters in 1960 and have been here ever since," she says. All in all, Miss Clements served the hospital for a total of 31 years, wherein she operated in a number of different positions. These ranged from operating room supervisor to operating room relief work. She then moved to obstetrics and nursery after which she served in the recovery room when it first came into being. "Things were a lot different then," she said. After her return to the hospital in 1960, Miss Clements nursed on the surgical floor, later moving to the emergency department. Her last duties were performed in central supply division from 1965 until her retirement. Miss Clements reminisced of her days in training. "We had to do all sorts of things, and were on 24-hour call," she said. "Some of the duties were scrubbing floors, cleaning linen, mixing compounds, and even cleaning bedpans. We took them all and put them in a big vat of disinfectant." When Miss Clements began her training, the wages were $80 per month. As the depression progressed, the wages regressed until she received $50 per month (if there was money in the treasury). Some nurses at the time were making wages as low as $30 per month. This contrasts sharply with nursing training today, says Miss Clements. "Today they get regular pay, have regular holidays (with pay), they have regular days off, and work a 40-hour week." There is even a shortage of positions open to nurses today, according to Sister Clarissa, St. Michael's Hospital administrator. But still, after all has been considered, Miss Clements says, "I don't think I could train today. There is too much learning and bookwork to be done. There are too many things to learn now," hastily adding, "but I don't regret it one bit." For The Record By MARILYN ANDERSON Herald Family Editor THE BETTER HALF By Bob Barnes "Why don't you move the TV into the kitchen and sit next to the refrigerator with the door open. " ANNOUNCEMENT PHYLLIS HORNET is now managing The Marquis Beauty Salon 5ho is well qualified having (pent three years in hairstyling in Red Deer. She Specialties in PERMS, TINTS, AND HAIRCUTS PERM SPECIAL! Reg. 12.00 NOW ...... MARQUIS HOTEL BLDG. PHONE 328-2276 1/2 Price NO GLARE! POLARIZED LENSES completely eliminate annoying glare from water . . . highways . . . and beaches. And now you can have them in your own prescription! Drive more safely. See more clearly. Framed in our zingy new platters, squares, ovals or octagons Specializing in the fitting of Eye Doctor's Prescriptions Prescription Sunglasses  Children's Frames Magnifiers  Repairs  Reasonable Prices mm 'JTHE Municipal Planning Commission was probably right in refusing to allow a group home to be situated in one section of the city this week. A group home is simply where a small group of young teens will live under the supervision of house parents. The home has been requested by the department of social development as part of its continuing program to deinstitutionalize care of children and in making the community responsible for its own. It's the second time Lethbridge citizens have protested against the home in their immediate area for a number of reasons. Whether or not the department takes the issue to an appeal board remains to be seen. They can, of course. It's not likely this would be done. In the first place, forcing the issue would be self-defeating. Many of these young people have already been made unwelcome in their own homes and in other people's homes. Some of them have had to cope with problems not experienced in many upper middle class environments. These children are not destructive nor are they unmanageable. A spokesman for the department said many are withdrawn - from society and life. The home isn't a hostel, nor is it a place for transients, nor will it be unsupervised. It's a place to put a child like the 14-year-old who ran away from home. Her mother called the department to let it know she'd gone. "Don't bring her back. I don't want her back. I'm just letting you know she's gone." The department of social development has the idea that a community will be interested in its young, and will want to help straighten them out. Maybe a community does, but it would seem neighborhoods don't want the kids looking them in the face. This neighborhood according to the petition included businessmen, teachers, university professors, a physician, policemen, truck drivers, civil servants - a good cross-section of society. ? * ? The MPC could go ahead and say what the Development Appeal Board in Calgary said to a delegation protesting a youth hostel. "If you have any trouble call the police." But they didn't. The residents don't want the group home and they have that legal right to keep out undesirable influences on their children. They're afraid of what might come out of the home, and how it might change their neighborhood. That's understandable. A neighborhood changes every time a new family moves in. A neighborhood changes as soon as kids start attending school where they meet all kinds of undesirable influences and have to learn whether they will follow the undesirable or what they have been taught at home. * ? * The department thought the East Lakeview and Scenic Drive areas would be a desirable influence on these young people. Obviously if they are not wanted, then it won't be. Probably the department could have given the residents a little more time and information regarding the group home. No one likes to be taken by surprise. Fear and protection of the young are both instinctive reactions. Now the problem remains. A group home for Lethbridge. Isn't there a neighborhood anywhere in the city willing to take a chance on itself and some kids? Nobody's promising a bed of roses, but as one parent said "how can you refuse them without even giving them a chance?" YEARS OF SERVICE ENDED - Elvina Clements, who 31 years of service, removes bandages and surgical tow-recently retired from St. Michael's General Hospital after elling from one of the sterilization wits in the hospital. Change in family life style forecast NEW YORK (AP) - On the nights his wife goes to her women's liberation meeting, Arthur Powell takes care of 12-year-old Benjamin and watches pro football. While Louis Cutrona's wife raps with a Columbia University women's lib group in New York, he meets with a men's lib group he has formed in Boston. Dr. Gerald Gardner works right alongside his wife printing pamphlets a b-o u t women's rights in their basement in Pittsburgh. And while Kate Millet tours the country promoting her book, Sexual Politics, husband Fumio Yosh-imura keeps busy carving bicycles from wood at home. For these men and countless others, living with women's liberation means changing life styles, rethinking many preconceived notions, and working hard at understanding their wives' new involvement. There are no statistics on how many women in the movement are married. But those who are usually have succeeded in winning their husbands over. As one husband put it: "I guess you learn to live with it or you don't stay married." The men interviewed range from a 62-year-old minister in Boston who promotes the movement on radio talk shows to an ing kite sculptures, shaped like a giant horseshoe crab. He chain-smoked and watched the clock so he'd have time to buy ingredients for turkey sukiyaki for Thanksgiving. His wife was away at Byrn Mawr giving her weekly lecture on a historical and social survey of the role of women. "I think I understand women's liberation, and I agree to everything they want. For me, there is no diifference between the sexes. Talent and brains have nothing to do with sex " Fumio is pleased by Kate's success and her activities in the movement. "It must be a drag to be married to somebody who doesn't have their own interest." Pittsburgh is the home of two of the most active women in the movement. Their husbands are equally vigorous campaigners for women's rights. Dr. Gerald Gardner, a senior scientist at Gulf Research and Development, helps run the copying machine in his basement to print up anywhere from 20,000 to 150,000 sheets of feminist reprints a month. His wife, Jo-Ann, is active in the National Organization for Women, is the president of the Association for Women hi Psychology, is a founder of the Professional Women's Caucus tant for women to achieve economic independence, even when they're married." He admits that women's lib has made his marriage much easier. "Jo-Ann has become so much more rational, more open, and living with her is so much more simple. After 21 years, there's a new honesty in our relationship. "Oh yes, I'm sure Jo-Ann thinks I am still a male chauvinist," he said with a laugh. "But now I think Jo-Ann is a female chauvinist." Eugene Heide's wife, Wilma Scott, is the national chairman of the board of NOW, and the mother of his two daughters. She is on leave from her job as a behavioral scientist to devote more time to women's rights. She has given speeches at employment conferences, national church assemblies and teach-ins and has written several articles about women. Heide himself was recently elected to Pittsburgh NOW and has done some radio and TV spots about women's liberation. "I see women's liberation as part of a worldwide revolution toward human rights," he said, "a stage of a real social revolution. I think my wife was in the movement before there really was one. Now she has achieved national prominence and it is an honor for me and the children. "We relate to each other as individual human beings, each person strong on his own identity," said Heide. "I have experienced role reversal many times when I've stayed home and done the housework while Wilma worked. This bothers a lot of men, but it's never been an ego problem for me." unemployed "coUege""gr"aduaTe JT1 Plans to run for local elec" who joined a men's liberation tl0J?s ^�n\ . .... , group AU admit that women's � Wh�, liberation" has changed their >nth a ""J d *n. }nsh hvo^' married lives and themselves. * a 8e?tie' mai\ They share the housework and nevertheless has picketed take care of the children. They demonstrated and spoken out try to explain to other men. �.n ^half of women s hbera-POSTED SIGNS Uo"- , ^. , . , . On Aug. 28, the day of the He became a(*ively invo1^ Women's Strike for Equality, ^vo years ago when he saw the Louis Cutrona baby-sat for chil- ,imited Job opportunities for dren of marching wives at a day care centre. Gerald Gardner sold pamphlets to a crowd in Pittsburgh, Jim Vinsted hung signs he had made exhorting the women of Washington to demonstrate against, among other things, mala chauvinism. In their four-room apartment Fumio Yoshimura, 44, sat underneath one of his ceil- Learn Hairdressingj MARVEL BEAUTY SCHOOL REDUCED RATES - TERMS j WRITE FOR FREE INFORMATION OVER METROPOLITAN STORE 1 326A 8th Ave. W., Calgary Awards night Feb. 4 for foster parents The Foster Parents Association will meet Thursday at Allan Watson School Auditorium at 8 p.m. Highlight of the evening is to be the presentation of awards to couples who have been foster parents in the city and district for five, 10, 15 and 20 years. Di. D. F. McPherson is to be the featured speaker. All foster parents have been requested to attend. Archeological meet The Archaeological Society will meet Saturday, (tonight) at 8 p.m. in the lecture theatre, Kate Andrews Building, Lethbridge Community College. Larry Lahren will hold an Illustrated lecture on "Archaeology in South West Montana - A Status Report." THE UNIVERSITY OE CALGARY 1971 SUMMER SESSION PROGRAMME The University of Calgary In addition to regular courses on the Calgary campus the following special programmes are being offered: -Canadian Summer School of Linguistics (Calgary) -Ecology in Outdoor Education -Mexico Summer Session Programme (Merida, Yucatan) -Summer Archaeology Field Study (Waterton Lakes) -United Kingdom Summer Session Programme (Oxford, England) DEADLINES: Application for Admission (new students) -March 31, 1971 Last day for Registration -April 30, 1971 Calendars and information on special programmes are now available upon request. Contact: Summer Session Programme Division of Continuing Education The University of Calgary Calgary 44, Alberta (Phone 284-5431 or 284-5436) women advertised in newspapers. "Why shouldn't women be engineers and computer analysts? 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