Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 6, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
32 THE lETHBRIDOt HERAID Wednesday, Otlober 6, 1971 Shortage of space lor retarded children: Oliver House ''parents' busy people By MAl'REKN .MMIESON Slnff Writer of blighter a n d childish giggling float rail to (he kitchen. Klkjar has come home and has just pop- mil into Ihe room to see how his "family" is doing. It seems to doing jusi fine. Anna Elkjar, busy slicing jhiny. red poppers and stirring something mouthwatering on the stove, explain? that Kurt isn't very talented when it comes In" hHi.in" around tin' house, but is really good with the out for a walk or to the park or for a drive. He plays with them a Kurt and Anna (short for Christiana) arc bouseparcnts at the S'TOM' res' -rce for mentally retarded children in Lethbriclge. located next lo Oliver House on 14 Ave. and in St. N.. :tV inllid (Ilivr-.- House No. because it is still wait- ing to rcroA C- it.- niii; id1 The Elkjars have two delight- ful tots i't own ''K after eight students attending the Doroihv (louder School for retarded children. Charming, dark eved Anna. who is from Trinidad, explains "the reason I do it is treatise 1 I think it is useful." The work is I very demanding a 2-1 hour a day" job, wiih only alternate weekends free. According lo Kiirl and Anna, when they first arrived at I he rrsi'lci'-.v in i February, each of Hie children there was a regular hcd-wc-t- ler, but nowadays this is quite the exception. The original Oliver House, next door, is presidtd over by Tiv and Carol Erais and a very enpacing pun. Tiv works f'ir'tlie city parks and recrca- lion in. Tiiev h ;-K a: ter six students, plus two adult rise Hanch for (lie menially re- tun in I'oaldale. "The children are so good." says Carol. "They act like it's home. The young ones seem like ordinarv kids, and you just get so attached to them yon (real then like vour Carol says she gets a great deal 01 Horn her In'snard. "He likes kids: he'? really good with he pitch s Responsibilities arc constant for both I he Eraises and the Elkjars. The children must he ii'kcii lo and Iron! and have to be helped wiih even simple pc tasks ;'S washing, dressing and the hair lectii. There are lunches to be pack- ed each day. and trips to be made to the doctor, the dentist nr the barber. House-parents are expected to accompany the j children wherever they go. However, one or two of the older children are willing and even helpful when it comes to household chores like washing dishes. The children enjoy lots of ac- tivities, says Carol. Both sets of in have purchased small buses to take Ihe chil- HCI nnirc easily and during the good weather there ,iHi picnics, wiener roasts and visits to the park. Birthdays arc imnortant oc- casions, calling for celebra- iio1'-. once a month there is a party for all Ihe older chil I di en. Each Tuesday evening Tiv Frais rounds up all the young-1 i slers and lakes them over to i the school building for an hour and a half of recreation. Visit- ing back and forth between residences is another popular I pastime that helps keep the I small fry occupied. The children are also in- volved in other activities through the Dorothv Gooder School. They go ska I ing and I'Pd i-oin-tin-..- v.sit the movies or the shows at the Exhibition Pavilion. There is a serious shortage of residence i'i rie filv for these special children, and many u! te.-., re Hr d- ed in private homes. Kurt Klk- jar's ieuk afu-r six e- tarded children, and a week- end visit to "grandma's" is ;i favorite treat for the young- sters at Oliver House. The Lethbridge Association !for Ihe Retarded hopes lo start building another i residence next year, rind plans i eventually call for six attrac- tively styled snial! buildings clustered around a landscaped i 1 When this small community is completed, it is hoped there i will be real opportunities for social interaction and (liend- ship among these children with their allied problems. Family Living THIS IS A DOG'S LIFE? Jinky, Carol Erais' pet poodle-terrier is a favored friend of Ihe children at the Oliver House residences for students attending the Dor- othy Gooder School for the mentally retarded. an a out o town Mrs Anne Campbell choral While in Calgary Mrs. Camp- director of Lethbridge has re- bell was a house guest of Mr. turned from a choral clinic held recently in Central; Calgary. The A PRECAUTION United Church, clinic held under the su- j pervision of Robert M. Cook, j Always carry an extra igni- suprrvisor of music for the cul j tion key just in case you lock tural development branch. your key in the car. NECESSARY FOOD WHY THESE CANDIANS CAN'T BUY IT. Think you have a tough lime paying food bills? Then read who) it's like for a family on welfare where there just isn't enough money to buy even basics. "Food Shouldn't Have To Be A contrasts the eating and buying habits of a family in which budgeting and good eating can be combined and one in which children have to hungry. IN YOUR LETHBRIDGE HERALD WEEKEND MAGAZINE BUY NOW AND SAVE! ANY TIME Some of the ol IS THE RIGHT TIME lder youngsters at for a good story. Oliver House No. 2 gather around housemother Anna Elkjar, right, to check over the illustrations in a new book. SAVE TIM with a DRYER do up to 8 loads at the same cost as electricity 3 heat selector Perma Press Cycle Fluff Cycle SPECIAL SAVE AN EXTRA When you cipply your VOUCHER On the purchase of your natural gas dryer. Offer expires Oct. 31, 1971. Vou- chers arc being distributed by Canadian Western Natural Gns Co. to their cuslom- eri throughout the area. 3 easy wayi 10 buy 31 STORES 1. CASH 2. 30 DAY CHSFtGr. 3 BUDGET PLAN STORES Cor. 3rd Ave, and 8lh St. b. Phone 327-8548 Pensioners lea set for Oct. 9 The fall tea and bazaar of i the Original Pensioners and Senior Citizens Auxiliary Soci- ety will be held from 2-5' p.m. in gym 1 at the Civic Sports Centre, and will be officially opened by L. C. Halmrast, president of the association. Rev. A. T. King will offer the dedication prayer, and receiv- ing at the door will be vice- president Mary L. Roberts. Esther Warren and Clarice Halmrast. Sale of door tickets will be under the direction of Marie Monson and Ada Robinson, with pouring honors handled by the Mesdames Muller, Nyhof, Cox, Howell, Ingham, Laidlow. Dup- en, Mclntosh, D. Cox and Mc- I Quitty. Margaret Rasmussen will be I in charge of cake and Elizabeth Farrington will bo responsible for the hamper. Tea cup reading by Mrs. Annie Meyer will be a featured attraction. The sewing table will he un- der the supervision of Nellie McNabb, Vchna Jensen. Mrs. Evenson and Vale Dragland. Cora Bestwick, Helen Grieve. Mrs. Angelc and Elsie Risler will be in charge of the bake table, and the white elephant table will be handled by Bea McKeaguc and Margaret Strat- um. In charge of the kitchen will be Rose Chomiak, Florence Capewcll, Laura Burton, Susan Jensen and Ilclene Dated. Table decorations will be by Susan DeVrics, Olive Hays and Alice Meek, and the plate ar- ranging by Thelma Odney, Vi Cnell and Dorothy Cox. 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