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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 31, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta OFY men An 11-man Opportunities for Youth project called Youth for Ecllcr Menial Hcallh was the recipient of a grant from the federal government. The group will deal with three aspects of menial health: working with older chronic patients in the Alherl.ii Hospital at Raymond, staffing a camp for mental palienls, and working wilh children in the preventive mental health area. The 11 participants arc: Michelle Millar, Ilich Gossiai, Ellen Snailh, Grace Schmidt, Audrey Campbell, Cameron Kirk, Sharon Millar, Carolyn Passey, Janet Haworlh, Daphne Ecclcs and Murray Millar. The group had applied for from the government, and received salaries, but were cul back to one-l'nird of their operating expenses. "There is a great nerd in the community winch at healtl is not hc'ing said Michelle. "OfY is giving us the opportunity to work at something we feel is very 1m-porlnnL and worthwhile." The members have been serving as volunteers in the mental health field for the last two years, and fee] that there is a great need (or youth involvement in this area. The project will terminate Aug. 1C It begins June 14 with seminars on Working with Young Children with Joan 1'uckctl of the Lethbridge Family Service. A wcrk.shop on Camping with the Mental Patient, wilh Hazel Ross, is their next step in Iho program. The group plan lo slaff a week-long camp at Crowsnest Lake for 2G mental 11 women from the Raymond hospital, live out-patients, and 10 men from Ihe Claresholm hospilal. Mosl of the project i haw had experience at camping wilh mental palicnls, having worked on a volunleer basis the mental health camp last summer. "Wo arc looking forward lo seeing some of the patients we met last said Michelle "Right now we're just planning activities." The second phase of the program deals with seven to nine-year-olds on a preventive mental health basis. The group is also working in conjunction with the Lethbridge Family Service. "They refer children to us and will help us wilh any problems we encounter." The group will meet several times a week with two groups of 12 to 15 children for crafts, swimming, safely, visits to farms, the Japanese Gardens, the Exhibition and picnics at Park Lake. The children will be help t camping skills such as fire-building, outdoor cooking and nature study. Instruction will end with ii Ihrcc-day camping trip to the mountains. "We hope to expose them to a wide variety of new experiences which will result in a better self-image and a handic of self confidence1. Each child will be given a lot of tilLunticjn on a one-to-one basis. The group v.'ill also work with Alberta Hospilal mental patients. The hospital is an in-treatmenl ccnlre for older, chronically-ill patients. The members plan v.-cilily programs including a recreation day with croquet, lawn howling, volleyball and other ouldoor group games. One day will be spent on crafts, rhythm band inslru-menls and cake-icing, T h c musical program will consist of a rhthym band, songs, folk dancing and singing flames. Visits have also been planned lo the Lclhbridgc Exhibition and Die Japanese Gardens, as well as a shopping trip and a picnic at Henderson Lake. Because of the cutback on operating expenses, the group will have difficulty in carrying out programs without community said Mitlujliu. Any donations, such as food or craft supplies or the loan of camping equipment, would be greatly appreciated. For further information, people may contact the Millar home at rejects allocation f iilSUl cllICG A city manager request liist an additional SI 1. 000 he ailo calcd lo complete a general insurance appraisal of city facilities has been turned down by city council. General Appraisal of Canada Limited, Vancouver, was hired by Ihc city earlier this 5'car for lo conduct an appraisal, for fire insurance coverage of the city's buildings, ccn-lenls and machinery. In a lellcr to council, City Manager Tom Nutting said Ihe company had informed him "several added days of speciality appraising K'orlc may be required with respect lo the uily's power huuse, water treatment plant, sports complex and the various ice facilities." Genera! Appraisal submitted the estimate, Mr, Nut-ling said, based on a previous appraisal report. "It is Jl J! bio Koine of the buildings and facilities were omitted from that he said. He added it is possible Iho appraisal not be completed if the over- expenditure is not granted. Alderman Vauphan Hem-broff said council "guJped" when the estimate was first brought up. The figure was thought (o be Iho absolute maximum, he said. "It beats me .T company which is supposed to be appraising for us can'i even appraise its own fees." Aid. Cam Barnes said, "It disturbs me lhat we come in uiiii d cAptiiiuuuii; ajiu tiicn the company says they are running out of time" and need more money. The company should be asked to stay within the figure it quoted, he Kiiid. A majority of council agreed. exchai A land exchange Irelween the city and the Country Club is being negotiated by the administration and (he club executive. It is understood the city lias offered the golf club 20 acres of land north of the country club course, for the development of an additional nine holes, for 250 acres east of the course. City Manager Tom in wind indicated Monday the deal may involve possibly "len Limes as much city money" as the capital improvement expenditure for the Henderson Lake Golf Course. The city is seeking the country club land for future expansion of the Mounlainvicw Cemetery. The matter must go through the land sales committee and then to city council before any agreement is You choose... If s up to You! 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