Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 16, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
Friday, J'jna 16, 1972 IHE 16TH8BIDC-E HERALD Rehab centre helps people of all ages adjust to handicaps By JOE MA Herald Staff Writer Steve Kallie is a nice kid, friendly, will- ing to learn, willing to work, lie is about Jive feet tall, likes music, especially the guitar, talks affectionately of his family, and asks questions you would expect from a typical child. But Steve is not a child. He is 27 years old and men- ially retarded. In the past, Steve and others like him, as well as the physically handicapped, would have, more often than not, been stuck away in some institution with little chance for leading a useful, produc- tive life. But now there's hope, thanks to such groups as the Lelhbridge Rehabilitation So- ciety. Tiie society operates a re- habilitation workshop that outlines its functions and pur- poses tliusly: "To provide any handicap- ped person, 16 to 65 years of age with a building and equipment where crafts and projects are taught by a cap- able instructor. "To provide free transpor- tation to and from their homes within the city, by a specially equipped bus to this centre. "To train in certain skills and lo aim at placing train- ees or 'clients' as they are called in remunerative jobs in the community. To enable the clients to earn while learning at the centre. "There is no charge lo the clients." The society was organized in 1957 by a number ot or- ganization and citizens who shared a common concern for the handicapped. Among those who have done most for the society are J. Allen Jarvie ard Rowland Snowden. Mr. Jarvie, for example, who handicapped himself, donated the specially equip- ped ljus, costing The workshop receives token support from the pro- vincial government a dol- lar a day. It pays the city government a dollar a day in taxes. Although its projects are largely self-supporting, it accepts donations for im- provement ot services. The building, near the Col- lege Mall, also was donated. The number of clients has increased from four in 1957 to 20 today. Each year, the work- shop is able to help two or three clients find employment in the community. France? Gardner, supervi- sor of tlie workshop for Oe last 10 years, has been on the society's board of directors of 19 volunteers for 16 years. She is liked and respected by her clients, who appreciate her help, sympathy and un- derstanding. "There are many handicap- ped people who should be at- tending our Mrs. Gardner said. "But to take care of these people we need more money and equipment." The society is negotiating with the government lo get grants for expansion. "Hope- fully, in- six months we can expand and accommodate 40 to 50 she said. As supervisor, Mrs. Gard- ner serves as the instructor and business manager, look- ing for projects for her cli- ents. Except for a part-time bus driver, the workshop is largely a one-woman opera- lion. It operates five days a week, from 9 a.m. to p.m. Each client brings his or her own lunch. Most of the clienls are on disability and other pensions and earn nominal wages from the workshop. Their earnings fluctuate with the availability of projects. That's one of Mrs. Gardner's foremost concerns: lo secure more projects. There are- various money- making projects, includ- ing ribbon stamping, making rubber stamps, duplicating services, typing, making simple parts for Automatic Elcctiic Co., crafts, sewing, weaving, leatherware any- thing which Mrs. Gardner can find and which the clients are able to do. "The handicapped are the forgotten she said. "They appreciate each other's company. For me, the work has been a wonderful experi- ence, totally gratifying." Cliristmas parties and pic- nics are held every year, and birthdays observed. The society is involved with city hospitals in referral programs. Graduating nurses from the Gait School of Nurs- ing also come to observe and lesj-n how to take care of the handicapped. Steve, from Coaldale, has been with the workshop for live years ever since he was too old for the school for retarded children. He is like- ly to remain with the work- shop for quite some time. "He is a handyman, he does Mrs. Gardner said. "He Ukes the workship and makes many friends." Sharon Schile, 26, is an at- U of L should stay small., diverse The University of Lcthbridge should strive to retain its small size and should have a maxi- mum enrolment goal of lo students, suggests the Worth Commission Report on Educational Planning. "It is important to preserve the small size of the Univer- sity of says the 331-page report. "This action will guarantee the alternative of an intimate university atmosphere within Alberta." However, the report adds that the institution should grow Jarge enough to offer a reason- ably diverse program and still be economically viable. The U of L should continue to concentrate on undergradu- ate studies in arts, education and science rather than try to compete with the Universities of Alberta and Calgary on a grad- uate studies evel. "A major challenge will be lo blend the integration and ca- reer functions in a way that will ensure both individual growth, and community benefit. "An example might be a management arts program in- tended to enhance the capacity of Albertans to work within the framework of humanist values. "Additionally, this institution might offer certain pre-profes- sioual transfer courses where the need has been demonstrated and career opportunities exist." The report also said that olher universities might do well lo adapt two teaching strate- gies that the University of Leth- bridge has used "with some success" independent study and colloquim studies, both of which involve independent course design and learning. "To offset one of the disad- vantages of a small university its limited course offerings students at Lethbridge are encouraged to embark on inde- pendent says the re- port. "There seems to be no tech- nical reason why such programs could not be offered at a larger university or in colleges and in- stitutues." It may be easier lo do creat- ive planning at the U of L, states the report, but it would be worth the effort for other in- stitutions to give the programs a try. The far-reaching report also recommends establishment of regional learning centres in several small locations includ- ing Vulcan and Cardslon. The centres would be design- ed to bring greater equality in education to rural Albertans. The report says unless such centres are established, people living in remote or sparsely- settled areas of tlie province will become poor country cous- ins to the educationally rich city folk. The centres would serve a va- riety of purposes: early educa- tion centres, learning disability diagnosis arid treatment, furth- er education, counselling, pro- grams for exceptional children and youth and tutoring for those enroled in the Alberta Acade- my. "To extend the influence of the centres even further, man- ned mobile classroom or re- source units might circu late through outlying areas." tractive and intelligent girl. Buf her left hand and leg have been paralyzed since a brain operation in 1959, when she was a Grade 9 student. Sharon has been with tho workshop for two years, main- ly doing weaving. "I enjoy being she said. "I think it is a good, idea to have mure people come to the workshop." Sharon likes writing let- ters listening to music, read- ing and playing cards. Sho accepts her mishap with re- solve, not with resignation. "In time, I will think of mar- she said. Sharon is a native of Lcth- bridge but grew up in Fore- most before moving back to Lethbridge to join the work- shop. "I wish I had known about the workshop she said. "Before coming to the workshop, 1 was silting at home doing nothing." John Voytko, 59, of Leth- bridge, is a new client. His neck and left hand have been paralyzed since an under- ground wiring accident in 1964 while a City of Lethbridge employee. Mr. VoyUro is married and has a 28-year- old son. "It occupies my he said. "Being here is much betler than silting at home. I should have known about the workshop long ago." Unlike Steve Kallie, how- ever, Sharon Schile and John Voytko h o p 'e to leave the workshop one day and Mrs. Gardner will try her best to help them leave. Rehabilita- tion "so they can stand on their ovyn feet" is the goal of the society. Mrs. Gardner said the so- ciety welcomes support in all or equipment, volunteer workers, client and project referrals. A women's auxiliary to the society w a s organized 16 years ago by Mrs. Gardner. The auxiliary acquired furni- ture for the lounge and equip- ped the sewing department. It raises money by holding handicraft sales and buys all the supplies to keep the weav- ing department in operation. LCC strengths provide its future The Worth Commission Re- port on Education Planning says the future slrenglh of the Lethbridge Community College depends to a large extent on the opportunities It now provides. Because of this, the college should place increasing empha- sis on technology transfer cour- ses which may be completed al one of Alberta's technical in- stitutes and on basic agricul- ture courses which are trans- ferable to the more sophisti- cated programs at Olds Col- lege. Training programs for learn- ing assistants could also become a specialty at LCC if anticipat- ed developments in early edu- cation becomes a reality. The report also tabbed the college as a possible leader in future regional educational de- velopments. "Once developed, this role would move beyond integrating the college's efforts in further education with those of nearby schools and the University of Lethbridge. "The college could help focus the combined resources of ev- ery educational organization in the region on problems requir- ing integrated educational, so- cial and economic planning." The nursing program at LCC Worth leaves commission Dr. Walter Worth, after VA years spent studying Alberta's social and economic futures and outlining an education sys- tem to cope with them, says he is "too locked in" to his re- port to be effective in imple- menting its proposals. Current government plans call for a widespread advertis- ing campaign to encourage Mr. Mrs. and Ms. Average Alber- tan to purchase the ?5 report, study it and write letters about it. The report is available from the Queen's Printer in Edmon- ton. A cabinet committee on ed- ucation will read, assess and digest all submissions, with an eye to preparing legislation for discussion this fall or next spring in the legislature. The committee includes Lou Multiple sclerosis picnic set Tlie Multiple Sclerosis So- ciety's annual picnic will be held Sunday at the Milk River residence of Mrs. Paul Madge, the MS president. However, the Society still has problems of finding adequate transportation for wheel-chaired patients. Mrs. J. F. Hodgson, MS sec- retary, said about 50 persons, including 12 to 14 on wheel- chairs, plan lo make the trip, but so far only two vans, each of transporting Iwo or three wheel chaired people, have been secured. "We don't know what we are going to do Sunday if we can- not lind sufficient Mrs. Hodgson said. She appealed to individuals and institutions who may help to call her at 326- 7019. Hyndman, minister of educa- tion and committee chairman; Jim Foster, minister ot ad- vanced education; and Dr. Bert Hohol, minister of man- power and labor, whose doctor- ate is in educational admini- stration. Larry Shorter, executive secretary to the committee, said he hopes "the kids write us letters, and encourage their parents to write us Singers' farewell concert set The Anne Campbell Tour Singers will hold a farewell con- cert Tuesday at 8 p.m. in the Yates Memorial Cenlre. Titled Tho People's Choice, the concert provides audience members with the opportunity to donate what they wish, with all proceeds helping to cover toctr expenses. The choir will entertain with songs Ihey will sing in Ihe youth, adult and folk song com- petitions of the International Eisteddfod Festival in Llangol- len, Wales, as well as all-Cana- dian numbers from two pro- grams in which the group will participate on request by Ihe Eisteddfod executive. The last part of Ihe concert will give the audience an oppor- lunily to choose favorite songs from the choir repertoire. The singers leave Lethbridge June 26 for a month's concert four of Britain, Wales, Ger- many and Holland. PERFECT RECORD Since its inception, in spite of fire and flood there have been both The Herald has I never missed an issue. the more thoughts we receive the happier we'll be." There is no need, he said, to send the committee a docu- mented brief (although they, too are Letters are sufficient. Submissions should be sent to the Cabinet Committee on Education, 11010 142nd St., Ed- monton T5N 2R1. Dr. Worth and Mr. Shorter said they are certain some bills based on the report and public feedback received by the committee will be present- ed in the legislature this fall. The cabinet committee will ba in charge of tion of all rcsullant legislation. And Dr. Worth? "I'll watch with great he said. In the meantime, he plans lo "go on a private golfing tour all over Alberta, and decide what job I'll undertake next." Shoplifting picks up fines Morris Giel and Theresa Knife, both of Cardslon, were fined each with the alter- native of 30 days in jail when they pleaded guilty in Leth- bridge magistrate's court to a joint charge of shoplifting. Court was told the pair was noted taking a bottle of rub- bing alcohol from a local store. In passing sentence Judge L. W. Hudson said it was a lucky Ihing they had been caughl, because rubbing al- cohol is not good to drink. Their only reason for having stolen the rubbing alcohol was that they had been drunk and someone had told them to fake it. could be in for a shot In the arm as a result of Ihe Worth commission's recommendalions. The transfer of responsibility Tor nursing training away from schools of nursing is ap- propriate, long overdue and in accord with a number of sub- missions made to tlie commis- sion, the report said. :'The remaining hospital- based schools of nursing throughout the province should be phased out at the earliest possible date and their functions undertaken by neighboring col' leges." The commission predicts the total full-time enrolment at LCC to be somewhere between to by 1990, indicat- ing the college may experience a levelling-off. period in Us growth during the next 20 years. Landlords plead guilty Mr. and Mrs. Jack Chapman. 1919 2nd Ave. N., pleaded guil- ty in magistrate's court to a charge of improperly withhold- ing part of the damage deposil of tenants who had moved to another location, and were fined The charge was laid under a section of the Alberta Landlord and Tenants Act, which re- quires a landlord to return the the entire damage deposit or a writlen statement accounting for any portion of Ihe deposil withheld, within 10 days after the tenant leaves the prem- ises. When he pleaded guilty to the charge Mr. Chapman told the court he had been away at school when the tenant had moved and they had left behind a broken furnace ther- mostat. He and his wife withheld to repair the thermostat and had returned Ihe remainder of the damage deposit. Mr. Chapman told the court the repairs had cost but he had been unable lo contact the firm lhat did the repair work because he had been sick. In selling Ihe fine Judge L. W. Hudson told Mr. Chap- man his actions had not seem- ed unreasonable. A conviction under the Land- lord and Tenant Act is a summary conviction and car- ries a maximum of a a two year jail term, or both. REHABILITATION WORKSHOP John Voyklo (standing) ond Jim Forders, Rehabilitation Workshop clients, are busy with their ribbon-stamping. Ribbon-stamping is one of the many projects the workshop provides for Ihe handicapped. world famous Come on over to Calgary Export. It's brewed from the world's finest Conquest barley malt ripened to golden perfection underthe western prairie sun. Here's beer the way beer should taste bursting with flavour, alive with deep-down satisfaction from the very first glass. Earned a man-sized thirst? Reach for Calgary Export. Come on over to Calgary Export. It's big, bold and beautiful!