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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 12, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 2O THE UTHBRIDGC HERALD Soturdoy, May 12, 1973 family life fay MAUREEN JAMIESON It's time to realize the potential of the retarded TjSTHAT nefarious practices "are going on behind closed doors at the Yates? Wednesday, my misband and I decided to attend a concert advertised by the Overture series. Although a stack of tickets was clearly visible at the box office, we were refused ad- mission unless we signed a form committing us to "the en- tire series for the coming Can 'it be that the city is lending its facilities, and therefore its tacit consent, to the dubious practice of 'exerting pressure' (there is another, not altogether pleas- and word for it) on the theatre-going public? I consider this type of friendly persuasion ques- tionable, to say the least, and would have had no scruples whatsoever about signing that darned form merely to get into the concert, then ig- noring it. But my Willyum is made or sterner stuff and refuses to give even lip service to this kind of intimidation, so we walked out and went to a movie. This is not only high-pres- sure selling at its stupidest; discouraging, as it could, some neophyte from sam- pling the delights of classical music; it is also highly dis- criminatory. It discriminates against music lovers on a restricted budget who would find some difficulty in paying for all four concerts at one time. It discriminates against po- licemen, firemen, the nursing profession and all other shift workers. It discriminates against anyone whose commitments do not allow him to forecast the demands upon his time six months in advance. To add insult to injury, the orchestra in question receives financial grants from a num- ber of sources, including the Canada Council. This means that all of us who were denied the privilege of paying for empty seats Wed- nesday night are, in fact, sub- sidizing season ticket holders. Really, I do think we should be able to claim them as de- pendents on our income tax, don't you? Financially, the arrange- ment is almost unbelievable. It makes about as much sense as Mr. Shackleford refusing to sell tickets to Sounder, un- less you buy seats to the three successive oat operas as well. Vacant seats abound at al- most every performance while many of us who would be more than happy to pay for them must turn to some other form of amusement. Why? While I would be the last to deny the ad v an t ages to both buyers and sellers of season tickets, I am amazed that any organization, even supposing it were non-profit, would prefer to leave a the- atre half empty rather than sell rush seats to apprecia- tive theatre-goers. By MAUREEN JAMIESON Family Editor With a shy but friendly grin, Joanne "Dunlop looked up from her busy hands and told me she was 17 years old. Joanne works two morn- ings each week at a long table in the stock room at Zeller's department store, sticking price tags onto mer- chandise. She takes great pride in her job and in her savings account at the bank. At the moment she is happily planning to buy a wedding present for her cousin. Seventeen year old Vir- ginia Fawcett, as good-na- tured as Joanne, also has a part time job. Five after- noons a week she keeps the boxes moving along a con- veyer at Chinook Beverages. Both girls are students at the Dorothy Gooder School for mentally retarded. Bernadette De Cecco, Jo- ane's supervisor, said the work Joanne is doing was formerly done in the various departments "on the floor." Freed of this chore, sales clerks can now spend more time with their customers. Joanne is pleasant, compe- tent at her job and "works as fast as the in the stock room, said Mrs. De Cec- co. Virginia "is doing quite well, but she's a bit bashful till you get to know her, then she kind of loosens according to Ralph Maier, her supervisor at Chinook Beverages. "She seems to love to come to he said, "and comes even on the days she doesn't go to school. "When she's given a cer- tain job she does it quite well as long as it's not too com- he said, and point- ed out that she performs repetitive work "competent- ly." maxed Wednesday with a door to door blitz, when volunteers canvassers visit homes through the city, leav- ing packages of giant mari- gold seeds and soliciting do- nations. The association hopes to raise to further pre- grams and to help develop two more residences for the mentally retarded. One is planned for the Sunrise Ranch and the other is to be located within the city "to integrate retarded people back into the community.' The city residence will be "just that step further than the ranch in integrating these Mr. Jeffreys explain- ed. "They'll still have shelter, but work in the community. We need residences spread throughout the city to get away from the institution. Restricted facilities Residences planned More than 80 per cent of retarded people can be reha- bilitated into the community, according to Malcom Jeff- reys. Jlr. Jeffreys, executive di- rector of the Lethbridge As- sociation for the Mentally Re- tarded, announced the Flow- ers of Hope campaign will get underway Sunday. The campaign will be cli- HELP US TO HELP OTHERS! The Salvation Army Welfare Services Need Clothing, Furniture, Toys, Household Effects CALL 328-2860 FOR .SERVICE OR LEAVE AT 412 lit AVE. S. DAN'S GREENHOUSE Just East of the Stotkyardi on GOAL ROAD has everything to give Complete Variety of Potted Plants and Bedding Out Plants DAN'S GREENHOUSE OPEN EVERY DAY FROM 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. JOANNE DUNLOP WATCH FOR PRODUCE WEEK AT SAFEWAY See our 4 page colored insert in Monday's Herald for many OUTSTANDING VALUES SHOP SAVE SAFEWAY "Sunrise Ranch is a shelter type he said, for its nine men and four women residents. Unfortunately, he said, "we can only provide a restricted amount of training at the ranch, unless we have great- er residential facilities. "The training in various skills at the ranch, Mr. Jeff- reys said, "involves horticul- tural training in the green- houses. There's a workshop for carpentry and basic woodworking skills, and the girls are trained in domestic skills. "We're going to have to ex- tend this training, and we have a great need for more facilities. "A retarded person can he emphasized, "We're training them to where they're ready to leave, but we can't send them out. There's nowhere for them to go- "But we do know that when they start decentralizing the institutions we're going to have facilities for bringing these people back into the community, like developing the woodworking shop as soon as possible. "I also think we could ex- plore the possibility of train- ing these people to work in the agricultural Mr. Jeffreys suggested. "They much enjoy working with flowers and plants. Boredom no problem "From our experience at the ranch, the majority re- quire supervision; but given a job, they -'011 diligently per- form it with a great amount of satisfaction." The mentally retarded "don't tire easily or bore easily with routine he pointed out. "And they do work hard. "We tend to be overprotec- tive, and theres a lot they can do, given the opportu- nity. "It's time we realized the human value and potential of the retarded person. "With proper funding and the right he claim- ed, "this is an area which could be developed.' Apart from the obvious hu- manitarian aspects, one of the greatest benefits of help- ing the mentally retarded be- come self supporting "is the relief to the taxpayers.' Mr. Jeffreys said he has submitted a" brief to Health Minister Neil Crawford ask- ing for financial assistance to form a citizens' advocacy scheme for the mentally re- tarded in the Lethbridge area. Citizen's advocacy, which is already working success- fully in several centres across Canada, "develops a one-to-one relationship be- tween a retarded and a nor- mal Mr. Jeffreys said. "It's difficult for a retard- ed person to get close to somebody. The thing they need most is a friend. They need personal things like love, warmth, friendship and just talking and listen- ing. "With proper funding and the right he stress- ed, "this is an area which could be developed." VIRGINIA FAWCETT Life in Saigon interesting contrast By DELLA DENMAN New York Times Service SAIGON, South Vietnam A Canadian secretary misses mountains and snow. A Hun- garian misses goulash. And the female Polish interpreter misses her husband. Apart from that, the women (about 20 of them) working for the four party International Commission for Control and Supervision Canadians, Poles, Hungarians and Indonesians are steadily adapting to life in Saigon. The role of the peace-keeping commission has been some- what frustrated, but the women are finding Vietnam an interest- ing contrast to home. "My first shock was the cli- said Ewa Szczesna, a 30-year-oild. interpreter, who had left a winter in Warsaw where the temperature dipped to five degrees below zero to meet temperatures and humidity here of over 90 degrees. "But coming from a country which suffered so much in the Second World War, it is fasci- nating working for a ccmmis- sion set up to establish she said. "If peace comes we will have lived through history. "Not that the war is very real in she added. "You see soldiers and army vehicles everywhere. And there are coils of barbed wire and sandbags round every public building and street comer. But the only time the fighting registers is when you read the newspap- ers." The Hungarian women have found Saigon rather disappoint- ing. "It is far more cosmopolitan and less oriental than I expect- said Marietta Szabo, a sec- retary at the Hungarians' hotel overlooking the Saigon River. "We have a pleasant view of distant paddy fields and army barges steaming down the river. But the frequent artillery fire at night and the curfew sirens often keep me awake." The Hungarians find working conditions far from satisfactory. Their main reception room is one of the hotel's lofty double bedrooms, complete with beds with mammoth pink bed- spreads. The women work and live on the premises and, be- cause of lack of space, sleep two to a room. They use elec- tric typewriters, and the elec- tricity as well as the water and the hotel's ancient art nou- veau eleavtors often fail. All the delegations except the Indonesians have brought girls to Vietnam as secretaries, ad- ministrators or translators. The majority work at the four-story building in the commission compound on the city's out- skirts. It used to be headquar- ters of the Free World Forces (the United States, Asian and Pacific allies in the and now accommodates one dele- gation per floor. "Mind you, living in a hotel isn't that said a perky French Canadian, Lu- cille Brunet, a secretary. "Some girls have hot plates or electric kettles for soup or coffee. But most people eat out all the time. And there are not too many places for a woman to go alone in the evenings. "The French influence is stall strong said Miss Brunet, who is in her late thirties." Miss Brunei's French has proved ideal for conversing with the Vietnamese, who she considers very friendly. "They smile at you in the shops and she said, "and Asian men never eye you as they do in the west." There is little intermixing among the delegations. The Poles and Hungarians, in par- ticular, keep themselves apart and spend most of their spare time with other members of their party. Most of the free time the women have is spent shopping, prowling around town, attend- ing the occasional concert at the Alliance Francaise, and din- ing out. The one with the most active social life is Cathy Brownrigg, a 28-year-old Canadian secre- tary, who has been here for 15 months. She worked for the pre- vious control commission. "Saigon is quite a swinging place when you get to know she said. The Canadian women get hardship pay and Canadian li- quor and cigarettes are flown in for their delegation. Miss Brownrigg is allowed one par- cel a month through the dip- lomatic bag (her mother fills it with toothpaste, soap and sweets, all hard to buy All the women have difficul- ty buying clothes and cosmet- ics. Sizings are different. Gar- ments are invariably too small. Most dresses and shoes have to be made. Bargaining at the market has baffled the Hungarians. "In our country everything is fixed Miss Szabp said. "Here shopping takes twice the time." THE BETTER HALF By Barnes F.O.E. BINGO TONIGHT EAGLES HALL 6th Ave. A and 13th St. N. Every Saturday Night at 8 p.m. 5 Cardt for 1.00 or Each Three 7 Number Games JACKPOT Free Games one Free Cards DOOR PRIZE Gold cards pay double money Children under 16 not allowed "Try laavtng the key in it overnight. Maybe some poor slob will steal it." CASH BINGO TONIGHT, O'CLOCK HUNGARIAN OLD TIMERS HALL A SI00 tlackout Bingo played for till won Saturday Jackpots JACKPOTS NOW AND 5 Cards for or 25c each (Located Next to No. 1 Fireball) COMPLETELY REBUILT AUTOMATIC WASHERS DRYERS AS WELL AS SPIN WASHERS 90 DAY GUARANTEE Fairfield Appliance Services Ltd. 1244 3rd AVE. 5. PHONE 327-6884 We will also buy any RCA, Inglis or Whirlpool automatic washers or gas dryers in need of repair for rebuilding. COMING TUESDAY EATON'S BIG I-49 Watch for it! Wait for it! it's the Eaton Sale eve ryone waits for. Check the big full page in Monday's Herald. ;