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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 25, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 1 THE LETHBRIDCE HERALD Wednesday, July 25, 1973. Wardair chief once Lethbridge builder Max Ward in the cockpit Outdoor therapy said best for mentally ill persons EDMONTON (CP) An outdoor setting to provide ther- apy for mentally ill persons eliminates the stigma of the ar- tificial environment in which traditional therapy takes place such as a desk between pa- tient and the therapist, says an American clinical psychologist Gene Cummings of Seattle, formerly staff development program director for mental health programs in Washington State, was commenting on the camp now being held for 25 tscreation directors and ther- apists from across. Alberta at Entrance Provincial Park 170 miles west of Edmonton, Mr. Cummings is laaiBng the workshop organized by the Therapeutic Recreation Asso- ciation of Alberta. He said the concept was "stumbled on" when youngsters came out of a youth leadership course "goal- oriented, with more persever- ance and drive; their grades went up." The idea of such programs is to teach people how to discover alternatives, how to cope with problems by looking at them hi a different light seeking al- ternative answers instead of giving up and how to handle failure. He said mixed groups are preferred, about 40 per cent of them weH-adjusted people.and 60 per cent of people with pro- blems. This allows troubled indivi- duals to compare their perfor- mance with "successful peo- ple" of the type they will have to five with later in the normal community, he said. (CUSTOM KUl LTD. Will be acceping bids for Installation of a complete water pressure system including filters, chlorlnators, and e pressure system capable of constant 80 Ibs. pressure and able to facilitate approx. gallons per day. Bidi dose August 7th, 1973. Submit bids to: (CLEMEN'S (CUSTOM KILL LTD. P.O. lex 135 Taber, Alberta EDMONTON (CP) Ask Max Ward how he turned a one-aircraft northers bash op- eration into an intenntional charter airline and be undies. "I guess the best descrip- tion is that you get a tiger by the tail and can't let says the president and gen- eral manager of Wardair Can- ada Ltd. He has come a long way in 20 years. .His offices on the 26th floor of Edmonton's 27- storey CN Tower are luxu- rious but gaudy.' Mr. Ward, 52, looks like a successful businessman, hand- some, well-groomed, taste- fully dressed, polished but not flashy. He is friendly, helpful acd smiles a lot. His answers are matter-of-fact. Wardair started in 1952 when Max received a licence to operate a commercial air service out of Yellowknife, N.W.T., with a de Havffland Otter. It since has grown to 10 air- Twin Otters and a Bristol freighter operating in the North, two Boeing 707s and a recently acquired 452- seat Boeing 747. Growth Mr. Ward says the growth of Wardair has been a little "frightening" but a person "must keep going ahead." "You buUd up so many obli- gations that you can't go back." Only once did he make "the mistake of stepping out when things got tough." Shortly after completing a stint in the armed forces'hi 1946, Mr. Ward formed Po- laris Charter Co. in Yellow- knife with one de Havilland Fox Moth. He took a partner but the partnership didn't work out and in 1949 Max left the aviation business and moved into construction in Lethbridge. "I was very young in those days. I got into personality problems. I lived to regret it. I missed aviation very badly." Making the best of what he considered a bad situation, Mr. Ward used construction to earn enough money to re- turn to aviation. The experience left him with a firm belief that a per- son "should never quit." Licence delayed It took Mr. Ward 10 months to obtain a licence to a commercial air service out of Yellowknif delay he at- tributes to a lack of political connections. Ten years later, when he obtained a licence to operate an international air service, it was again "after a long fight with the government." "I got my licences in spite of the government, not be- cause of it. I got them by pushing." Wardair's history includes a number of firsts. "When the airline turned to international charter in 1962, "no inter- national charters were ducted out of Western Can- ada." But "pioneers don't always fare too Mr. Ward said. "Had there not been a Canadian carrier that Cana- dian politicians had to permit to operate, there would not have been a charter (service) in Canada. "The government would have squashed it a long time ago." Mr. Ward does not pine for the bush-pilot days, although he looks pleased when ques- tioned about Wardair's north- ern operation. North changed He likes the North. But things change. "When I first went up there, there were no maps. It was really pioneering. When the North developed more, it became kind of routine." Mr. Ward does not long to be back in the cockpit. "At one time flying an air- plane was a simple but ex- citing operation. Now you have to be a tremendous tech- nician. "Before, you were making it go. Now you're just guard- mty fltfmust mBifurHjiipn i Mr. Ward was once forced down in the Artie for five days. He was 'carrying two passengers and, the tempera- ture was 45 degrees below zero. A whiteout, when the ground and sky appear the same color, and strong head- winds forced the plane down at Bathurst Inlet and the un- dercarriage was damaged. "Only one airplane in the western Northwest Territories could come and get Mr. Ward said. "There weren't many planes up there in those days." But there were -emergency take care of yourself." Mr. Ward said he "felt very bad about busting the under- carriage of the airplane. that was my major concern." Lethbridge cadets at camp These Lethbridge cadets are getting map using experience during their two-week junior cadet leader course at Vernon Army Cadet Camp this summer. They are (left to right) Don Buttazzoni, Tim Hurrell, Barcley Potts, and Brad Steenstsn. 'More than cadets will receive training this summer at the B.C. camp. Lt.-Col. C. V. lilley is camp commander. ________________________________ Musk-oxen unpopular EDMONTON (CP) Cana- dian musk-oxen are not popular with European zookeepers, says tiie Canadian supplier of the hairy, smelly animals. They cause too much havoc. Al Oeming, head of the Al- berta Game Farm near Edmon- ton, says a recent trip to Eu- rope convinced him that most zoos to which he has supplied musk-oxen now want to get rid of them. "The males are destructive and dangerous. They built a beautiful enclosure for the musk-oxen in West Berlin and they coiBpletely'demolished it." One old bull in Copenhagen became so destructive it had to be destroyed. Most musk-oxen in captivity at zoos throughout the world were born at the game farm or are descendants of game farm animals. They cause less trouble there because they have tots of space. Mr. Oeming said the farm re- ceives about three or four let- ters a day from people inter- ested in ranching musk-oxen as a sideline. Their wool is fine and can be woven .into beautiful sweaters but the cost of raising them or capturing them is considered by many to be too high to be fea- sible. The musk-ox is a member of the buffalo family. A fully- grown adult weighs from 500 to 900 pounds. FRAME STYLES FROM AROUND-THE- WORLD CAREERS JOURNEYMAN PLUMBER We require a Journeyman Plumber with commercial experience. Applicant will be expected to do some take-off work and generally assist in building a me- chanical contracting shop in Lethbridge. Applicant should state age and complete resume of experience. This position offers a rewarding future to the successful applicant. All replies wilt be kept strict- ly confidential. Apply to Bex 74, Herald OPPORTUNITY FOR YOUNG PERSON Minimum age 25 DRIVER SALES REQUIREMENTS: 3rd class operators license, clean and neat appearance. Par personal interview phone: 327-5721 Canadian Propane Gas Oil Ltd. SHOP FOREMAN FOR LOCAL FARM EQUIPMENT and MACHINERY MANUFACTURER Must be experienced in this field and able to work well with other people and work without supervision. Salary negotiable to experience: only experienced parties need apply. -Apply In person VICTORY EQUIPMENT LTD. 920 2nd AVf. 'A' NORTH, IfTHBRIOGE PHONE 327-4389 ON ALL PONTIAC BUICK G.M.C. DOWNTOWN on FOUPTH AVENUF SOUTH PHONE ;