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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 16, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta The Lettibtidge Herald Fourth Section Lethbridge, Alberta, Saturday, November 16, 1974 Pages 33-40 Hitschmanova by starving world Canadians must assume responsibility for food shortages By LVNNE VAN LUVEN Herald Family Editor Lotta Hitschmanova is a haunted woman. Haunted by the world's destitute. She tells you so herself and when she speaks, you believe her. The diminutive, fading redhead, for 29 and one half years the ex- ecutive director of the Unitarian Service Committee of Canada, inspires confidence in even the most cynical do gooder doubter. Perhaps it is the concern mirrored in her eyes not the cheap, self satisfying pity in- dulged in at the end of a melodrama, but genuine human empathy that is so convincing. Or is it that compact body which leans forward urgently as she speaks of the hunger and depriva- tion she has seen in this, her 22nd round the world survey of catastrophe areas, in three decades of working tirelessly to bring food, clothing and drugs to poverty ridden thousands. In Lethbridge Friday to promote USC's 1974-75 fund raising campaign, Dr. Hitschmanova spoke with simple sincerity of the hunger and need in the world and Canadians' responsibility to react to that need. Bringing powdered milk supplies to 15 areas of the globe including tragic Bangladesh, working at the grass roots level to promote self help programs as well as supplying emergency relief, the USC is one of Canada's most respected volunteer agen- cies. And, Dr. Hitschmanova sadly admits that inflation, no respecter of charities, has not spared USC. "Last year, one dollar bought 35 cups of milk. This year, it's 25 she said in an interview. She hopes to raise meeting the USC's objective by Christmas, even though the fund raising campaign is below the quota by at this date. And Bangladesh is USCs special concern this year, with its 75 million people crammed into a war scarred and flood wracked area smaller than the Maritimes. "I am constantly she says. "Haunted mostly by memories of Bangladesh. Those spindly children if you could see them Those poor children with the big black eyes." And she is haunted by fears that she is not doing enough to meet USC's objectives, by anxie- ty that the objective will not be reached. "I saw them, I talked to the people, I distributed the milk. I am responsible, because I of Canadians saw Bangladesh first hand. I am determined not to rest until we have done all we can." She burrows in a pile of cor- respondence and papers on the bed (she uses it as a desk on which to spread paperwork) in her hotel room and produces a picture of an emaciated woman and child. "If these people were less appealing, less brave, you could dismiss them more she muses. "But they are so resilient, that's the word, resilient. They say, help us just a little longer, until we recover from the floods and get our first crops. Then we will be able to help ourselves." Dr. Hitschmanova describes herself as an "eternal "If I were not, I could not con- tinue with this And perhaps her optimism will not be disappointed. In travelling across the country this year, she's observed that Canadians seem more aware, more respon- sive, more concerned than ever before with the starving peoples of the world, with the acuity of the combined food shortage and population growth. Reports in the media on events such as the Bucharest population conference and the Rome food talks have achieved what she terms the "first step" making people more aware of food shor- tages, to impress them with the importance of establishing a world food bank. The next step, for affluent countries like Canada which are "doing a great deal, but perhaps not is for every in- dividual to cease thoughtlessly wasting food, thus freeing more supplies for overseas dis- tribution. "USC senses the difficult times many Canadians are she says. "The gifts we receive are smaller, so we need more contributions to maintain our work." Dr. Hitschmanova admits that one of the most crucial problems in fighting world hunger is ade- quate transportation and dis- tribution of food, to ensure those who most need help actually receive it. "Our loss of milk shipped overseas is almost non she says of USC, "because our aid is researched and selective, not mass produced." The role of volunteer relief agencies is to provide "grass roots, selective" aid, meeting a crisis, she says. "Mass relief is the job of government agencies." Christmas could be much more meaningful to 21 million Canadians, says the USC direc- tor, if their seasonal spending was curbed, and the money donated to combat starvation. "If we had an austerity week or ate a cheaper cut of meat a few days a month, not to mention cutting back billions spent on diet and pet foods, luxuries really." speculates Dr. Hitschmanova. She squares her shoulders. "But the friendship, the warmth to USC is so generous And you know her optimistic, energetic spirit is hoping, pray- ing for the donations USC and the starving so desperately need. Lynne Van Luven Glass has class -The Herald- Family Social planning programs prevent community problems Remote areas in B.C. need medical help PORT RENFREW, B.C. (CP) Patients at this southern Vancouver Island community appreciated Drs. Dale and Joan Stogryn so much they tried to keep them here with a petition. The husband-and-wife team spent a season with commercial fishermen off Vancouver Island after a plea from the United Fishermen and Allied Workers' Union to provincial Health min- ister Dennis Cocke. Joan said the season ran a bit late this year and they had to leave Port Renfrew before it ended. The Stogryns will be making a report on their experiences to the Emergency Health Services Commission. They say there is a need for more doctors and first-aid-trained people or para- medics in remote areas of the British Columbia coast. The Stogryns started the season at Goose Bay, 50 miles north of Port Hardy on northwest Vancouver Island. Their only access was by air or water. "The company estimated there were to fishermen in the said Dale. The two young doctors were chosen because they had just finished interning at Royal Columbian Hospital in New West- minster They gained experience in dealing with severe ac- cidents and general practice cases during their work with numerous traffic victims and outpatients in the hospital's emergency department. Jean said they treated about 75 fishermen at Goose Bay. Dale said they had to fly out one person with an injured back and two others were referred to hospital. Mostly they handled small skin poisonings from handling fish and stings from red jelly fish. But at port Renfrew, a fisherman was whipped into the sea by a rope snaked around his leg as it was pulled tight by a power skiff. His ankle was so severely broken it protruded through the skin. "He lost a lot of blood and also got dunked in the water for five to 10 minutes or so, which doesn't help because of the said joan His transfer to a hospital in Victoria was completed within two hours. "However it gave me time to stabilize the patient and the whole thing went smoothly." said Joan. Dale said many patients stayed away because a trip to the doctor would mean a two hour boat ride or more. One problem with being doctors to fishing fleets is the same as being a doctor in remote areas, the Stogryns isola- tion of the patients. Joan said an ideal situation would be to have more doctors at -.Jralegic points in remote areas and more paramedics who be on the spot at an emergency. There are first-aid- rained men working for fishing and logging companies on the now. but not enough, she said. By LYNNE VAN LUVEN Herald Family Editor Lethbridge citizens may be confused about the nature and variety of programs offered under the auspices of city Preventive Social Services, admits the new superinten- dent of social planning. But Tom Hudson thinks increased use of Information Lethbridge, itself a PSS pro- ject, would enable citizens to better understand the com- munity services available to them. "In Information Lethbridge, we have developed an inven- tory of what's offered in the says Mr. Hudson. "Our next step is to develop it a stage further, updating our data, getting more informa- tion from each organization or service, so we can offer a more complete picture and a cross-index for services available." However, Hudson wonders if "all too often, the people in the know" are the ones who ask the questions, while those really requiring help have no idea where to turn. Mr. Hudson is honest enough to admit that the average citizen may find the organization of Lethbridge community services somewhat of a complicated maze. Under the direction of R. M. Bartlett, Lethbridge community services consist of three divisions serving different needs: parks and facilities, culture and recrea- tion and, under Mr. Hudson's supervision, social planning. A wide-ranging division of community services, social planning includes responsibili- ty for such projects as Meals on Wheels, the Birth Control and Information Centre. Golden Mile Centre and city social assistance. Each of the social planning projects falls under five main areas of interest and direction: social work, pre-school services. Centre for Personal and Com- munity Development. Infor- mation Lethbridge and a self- explanatory area designated "new projects." "The majority of projects are set up as societies and duly explains Mr. Hudson. "Once they receive funding, they operate fairly independently." Guidance usually comes through a co- ordinator and board of direc- tors for each program. The Preventive Social Ser- vices concept of community- initiated projects jointly spon- sored by local funding and provincial support applies to most of the social planning department's programs, ex- plains Mr. Hudson. Preventive social services are concerned with first-line defence, with meeting citizen's needs before they blossom and become problems. Mr. Hudson says PSS operate in areas of "primary protection." "Most of our programs deal with well-adjusted members of society. Our concern is to pre- vent the well-adjusted from becoming mal-adjusted." Preventive programs are concerned with giving people the services and information needed to solve their own problems. "With the proper information and contacts, peo- ple will avoid frustrations, crises and serious says Mr. Hudson. "They will know where in the community to turn for a recreation or social program, for help for a situation and thus a problem will not develop." More recently, he says, preventive social service programs have been expanded to integrate social and physical planning. Such an approach is encouraged by the province as a "positive thing." Only 10 per cent of Alberta's population is not covered by PSS agreements between a municipality and the provin- cial government whereby the town or city pays 20 per cent of the cost for any PSS project initiated and the province picks up the remaining 80 per cent. The city of Lethfaridge has had preventive social services programs for the past eight years. The key to the PSS concept, explains Mr. Hudson, is community needs identified by citizens involved. Thus programs implemented are in accordance with local problems. The growing focus in Lethbridge social services is for more community in- volvement, he adds. "We want to make people aware that the facilities are available to them, to use as they wish. We want our community services workers to serve as catalysts, to get citizens involved in planning their own facilities. If we are considering a new facility for a given neighborhood, we want feed- back from the people who will be using the structure. We don't want to plunge in at the administrative level and give citizens something they don't want and won't use." "We're reversing a procedure, we want more con- sultation from the grass-roots. Lay people can influence the professionals and certainly the latter shouldn't be able to ram a concept down citizens' throats." Given the fact that citizen involvement in community planning is something new to many people, response to such an approach is encouraging says Mr. Hudson. "Day care facilities are still sadly lacking in Lethbridge and that has to be one of our big said the social planning superintendent. "We would also like to investigate the possibility of developing new youth projects, to serve people aged 13 through 18. "There are a great mass of programs available in athletics and sports, but what's available to youth out- side that area is not really known." Vengeance may belong to the Lord, but if He doesn't mind, I'd like to savor just a moment of that emotion myself. Through the marvels of modern research I've learned of a heart-warming discovery which makes up for a lifetime of suf- fering and rejection. Dr. Manfred DeMartino of Syracuse. N Y says four eyes are beautiful. To put it more succinctly, the clinical psychologist says men should be making passes at girls who wears glasses So there, Dorothy Parker! And he doesn't even suffix that odious little one-liner, "but it all depends on their frames." "Men should be making passes at girls who wear glasses." he advises. "If anything, women of high intelligence are not only as sexy as those of average intelligence, but they are somewhat more so." Of course. Dr. DeMartino apparently considers intelligent all women who wear glasses. But then, who am I. brilliant, sexy wearer of glasses though I may be, to question a man who has conducted an exhaustive 10-year study of the sexuality of highly- intelligent women? I have only one criticism, Dr. DeMartino: where were you. 10 or 15 years ago when 1 needed you most? You see. doc, "way back then glass had no class, especially if it was encased in tor- tured plastic perched upon one's proboscis. Unblighted, unspectacled classmates called us "four-eyed freaks" in those days. If only I'd had your warm words of com- fort and hope to hug to myself on lonely Saturday nights, when everyone else in high school was at the drive-in while 1 sat home, staring myopically at Louisa May Alcott If only we four-eyes could have known that one day our han- dicapped state would be vindicated, if not cannomzed, for thousands of eyes to see. it would have made it all much easier to bear. Making a triumphant, late and rosy entry into the hockey arena on a frosty winter's eve. only to make a spectacle of yourself by tripping over the caretaker because your lenses had fogged up from sudden contact with fans' fetid, fervent breath Achieving at last that touching, poignant goodnight on the back step (when the porch light was out and you were relatively certain mother wasn't hovering, arms akimbo, just inside the only to have the mood rent by an agonizing ''click" as you and your date suffered an eye-on clash of frames Attaining fantastic rapport with a dinner partner, only to have that fascinating soul lean towards you over candle-lit linen and murmur urgently, "There's a mayonnaise smudge on your glasses Being disfigured in candid snapshots by two whiteish-pink blurs for eyes, because of the nasty way glasses reflect the flare of flashbulbs Never being chosen to play the role of fairy queen or hand- some prince in grade school pageants because royalty is never disfigured by eyeglasses (though, oddly enough, no such stigma is attached to tree toads, ugly witches, wicked step-mother and trolls) Never having a movie star to identify with, because all hid their myopia behind tinted contact lenses Sigh. Of course, now that shades are popular fashionable accessories, it's hard to tell genuine intelligent people from the fakes. The only way to differentiate is to seize their specs. If the party squints instantly, you've got a genuine item. Sears "Where portrait photography has become an art Excellent quality... Outstanding price 'Legal female privilege' of draft-dodging unfair _ jubject plus 50c handling per portrait PROBLEM HAIR? We specialize in LADIES' AND MEN'S HAIR MARIE WMMF Appointment 327-0150 HIS HERS INTERNATIONAL HAIRSTY11NG Anns. Heron from Sin JKOTMUM STYLIST li'l 8 p BONN. West Germany Ester Vilar. author of two books decrying the "manipulation" of men by women, said this week that women should be drafted into combat forces as a means of preventing wars. The woman physician told a news conference she had peti- tioned West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt to put an end to the "legal iemale privilege" of draft- dodging. Compelling women to bear arms. Dr. Vilar argued, would cause them to become 'more engaged politically, since war would berorr.p a more concrete danger than before. and they would contribute more toward the prevention of wars." Although many countries have volunteer women's arm- ed services, only Israel drafts women into its regular army The Argentine-born doctor w 31; VITTI v ivl o "T-O- pose truly universal military conscription when she heard Defence Minister Georg Leber's proposal to give men eligible for draft the choice between military or alternate civilian service. "Young women are just as capable of performing substi- tute service in hospitals and old-age homes as young and at Jess personal cost since mosl young women have no families lo support and. since, women generally outlive men. the loss of time from studies is no1 as critical, shr maintained. 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