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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 22, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 14 THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD TiMMlty, October 22, 1174 Salary Early Childhood Services director By LYNNE VAN LUVEN Herald Family Editor The Lethbridge Early Childhood Services Society requires a full-time director and will approach the provincial government for salary funding, it was decided at the group's general meeting Monday evening. About 30 interested parents, day care and kindergarten supporters heard the ECSS govern- ing council describe the problems of co- ordinating, improving and expanding pre-school education in Lethbridge using only volunteer workers. After some discussion, society members approved ECSS Chairman Terry Bracken's re- quest to seek government assistance in hiring a full-time executive director. The council has not agreed upon the sum required, but estimates "more than may be necessary. Outlining the rough draft of the brief which the society is now preparing, ECS Council Vice- chairman Yvonne Kerber said overseeing all facets of pre-school programs, was too much for parents and volunteer resource people to handle alone. "We need a full-time worker to carry out duties assigned by the Mrs. Kerber said. "The Lethbridge Early Childhood Services Society now represents about 300 children aged three to five and one-half years and another 125 children younger." She said the society, formed in May, 1973, has fostered communication and co-operation between day care centres and operating in Lethbridge. "People childhood programs are working together for the first Mrs. Kerber said.' 'The council is putting on a drive to gain new members and expand awareness of the society's purpose within the community." The duties of the ECS executive director would include assisting parents to develop new programs; finding more day care facilities; increasing community and parent education about early childhood services; promoting co- operation between existing programs and agen- cies; preventing overlapping services and finding funds for new programs. In an interview later, Mrs. Kerber said the proposal will not be submitted to the govern- ment until sometime in January. "Before we go ahead, we must talk to all the people involved, all the agencies supporting ECS in Lethbridge. She said she does not know whether the brief will be sent to all four government departments involved in funding ESC (education, advanced education, health and social development and culture, youth and recreation) or just that department of education, which administers pre school services. "The idea behind our proposal is not to hire an executive director to look after the needs of just those 300-400 children now being added Mrs. Kerber. "There are about pre-schoo! age children in Lethbridge we want to es- tablish programs for them too. "We're asking for one person to help us find other programs and get the whole pre-school area into one service, with needs and programs co-ordinated and with parents involved every step of the way." Mr. Bracken said the government initially stated early childhood programs would not be funded without parental involvement. "We're going to ask the government to put their money where their mouth is, to put it in vulgar he said. "We want to determine whether govern- ment agencies do want parents involved in pre school programs, or are they just leading us One mother asked if it would not be simpler for the society to ask the school board to hire someone to co-ordinate the city's pre-school programs. A few members of the audience ex- pressed fear of such a step, saying once the schools were actively involved, parents would not have any say in their pre-schoolers' ac- tivities. "Eventually, the pre-school programs will be part of the school said Mrs. Kerber. "But let's not just let education take over let's make sure other areas such as health, social welfare and recreation are involved, so our children get a balanced program. And when the school board does take responsibility for ECS, let's make sure parents are involved, so we will have the programs we want." Mrs. Kerber said school boards in Lethbridge had been most co-operative in "staying out" of ECS and letting parents organize the group as they saw fit. "A lot of parents can't be counted said one member of the audience. "The attendance here tonight is proof of that." resources, parents advised Parents should take advan- tage of all the expert advice they can when working on ear- ly childhood programs. That was the message Marilyn Robin of Calgary, culture, youth recreation regional representative, brought members of the Lethbridge Early Childhood Services Society Monday A fifth government depart- ment is now at their disposal Ms. Robin said the depart- ment of agriculture has also been included as a sponsor of early childhood services "My department has a man- date to work in the area of parent involvement with she said. "And parent involvement varies with in- dividual communities. It depends on the local societies how much they take on, what is required of parents." Ms. Robin said culture, youth and recreation could offer parents the use of resource people skilled in such areas as arts, crafts, music, dance, story-telling and recreation. "You should get a variety of input from the other departments involved in she added. "If you need assistance, you should de- mand it be made available." Ms. Robin said parents should become more vocal, using their local ECS groups to tell the government of problems or inadequacies of the present approach to pre- school programs. In response to a question from a confused mother, who wondered how agriculture could have any connection with early childhood services, Ms. Robin said home economists or agronomists might be useful as nutrition specialists or rural field trip leaders respectively. Association resolutions would limit hunting Lethbridge members of the Alberta Fish and Game Association Monday approved two resolutions asking for provincial restrictions on some hunting permits issued to hunters who are successful in drawings. 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The undergraduate institute studied the possibility of offer- ing such programs about six years ago and reached the general conclusion that it would at some time offer graduate studies but did not PENNER'S PLUMBING 1209 2nd Ave S 327-4121 FOX DEPfTURE CLINIC E9t FOX, CJOM. rn lEimmK PBTTAI LAI 2MMEmCM.OEirrM.VLOa. identify when such offerings might emerge. "Maybe the time has Owen Holmes, U of L vice president, said in an interview Monday. The university began its review of the need for graduate studies in Southern Alberta earlier this fall. Included in its assessment of need, the U of L will also determine the availability of personnel to instruct graduate studies and provincial govern- ment revenue to cover the cost of program expansion. An Alberta Teachers Association survey this year of Southwestern Alberta- teachers showed that about 200 teachers are interested in taking graduate studies. The University of Calgary attempted to offer graduate courses in Lethbridge this year but was refused permis- sion to do so. Elderly may be shut out in 'social catastrophe9 Further construction of senior citizens' homes such as the Lethbridge high rise is pushing Canada toward a "social an internationally renowned psy- chologist said here Monday. Dr. Wolf Wolfensberger said in a Herald interview pre- judice towards the elderly is growing, causing greater isolation and a loss of hope for that group. One of the main factors in the isolation of the elderly is placing older persons in special homes such as high rises, lodges and nursing homes. "We are seeing a massive growth of the alienation of the elderly through more in- stitutions and a denial of less expensive support systems for Dr. Wolfensberger said. Dr. Wolfensberger, a professor at Syracuse Univer- sity, New York and a visiting scholar in Canada was in Lethbridge Sunday and Mon- day to speak on society's at- titudes towards the mentally retarded and alternatives to institutional care. He told The Herald society's attitudes towards the mental- ly retarded have been chang- ing but that many of the pre- judices and false impressions of them have been redirected toward the elderly. "A massive and expensive overkill" is being directed at the elderly, who are being Kotch seeks in suit against Herald, Rickwood A former Lethbridge alder- man, who claims he was defamed by an article in the Lethbridge Herald during the recent civic election cam- paign, has launched a lawsuit against the paper and Roger Rickwood, a University of Lethbridge professor and unsuccessful aldermanic can- didate. Steven J. Kotch, in a state- ment of claim filed at Lethbridge court house Mon- day, alleges statements in the article, carried in the Oct. 7 edition of The Herald in which Mr. Rickwood was quoted as questioning the alderman's campaign tactics, were false and malicious. Mr. Rickwood criticized .a trip to Eastern Canada by Mr. Kotch to discuss improved air services to the city with Air Canada and government of- ficials. Under the headline "Kotch Hayed for campaign Mr. Rickwood is quoted as saying that "Alderman Steve Kotch is using public money to campaign and "he should be seeing the minister or deputy minister... one lit- tle alderman flying in an air- craft and meeting a couple of junior officials isn't going to accomplish anything." Mr. Kotch says these statements "conveyed a false message to the general public" that he "was guilty of criminal conduct and was in breach of his fiduciary duty as a city alderman." He further claims that his character and business reputation have been "seriously injured" and brought into public odium and contempt. Mr. Kotch, a two-term alderman until his rejection at the polls last Wednesday, alleges the statements were a "substantial" cause to "his being unsuccessful in an attempt at a re-election to Lethbridge city council and has seriously damaged his hopes and plans of carrying on a political career." The statement of claims asks general damages of "such other relief" as the court "sees and costs. Date for the action in the Supreme Court of Alberta has not been set moved into special homes instead of being helped to live in normal communities, he said. This problem is growing and where projections show that 30 per cent of Canada's pop- ulation will be over 60-years- of-age in the next decade it can be also said 10 per cent of the population will be in in- stitutions. Dr. Wolfensberger explain- ed an alternative to in- stitutional living would be to help the elderly live hi their own homes by helping them defeat the problems which arise. Simple problems such as the availability of public transpor- tation, the wrong kind of stove or inadequate washroom fcilities are forcing people to move into special homes. And these problems could be easily overcome, he said. "People use the excuse that the elderly are confused so must be put in a home, but they are only confused because of social isolation and a loss of hope for the future, not because of he added. It is a "very sad condition" when people have to sell their home and belongings and move into a small room when all they need is some tran- sportation, he said. Dr. Wolfensberger said he knows of few citizens' groups that have come forward and criticized the treatment of the elderly even though the construction of homes is ex- tremely expensive. "There is a tremendous amount of money being made at the expense of the. elderly in terms of real estate, construction contracts, and staff salaries "The elderly are left in the homes and forgotten... I call it the death he said. Dr. Wolfensberger, who developed the concept of "nor- malization" that is now powering the Com-serv pro- ject in Lethbridge, said there should be more interaction between the elderly and other segments of society. Just as this type of interac- tion has helped other "devalued" groups such as the retarded it would help the elderly. City Scene Fire causes damage A fire at a residence in North Lethbridge about a.m. to- day caused an estimated damage. A Lethbridge fire department official says a cigarette caused a fire in a chesterfield at the Jack Sleightbolm residence, 1514 7th Ave. N., about midnight A burning cushion was doused in water and put out on the back porch. Apparently the cushion wasn't all the way oat and ignited a fire on the back porch causing about damage. Clover Bar source of outage A power outage which affected half of Lethbridge Monday was due to a failure in an Edmonton plant, a Calgary Power spokesman said today. The Clover Bar generating plant in Edmonton dropped off at p.m., resulting in a loss of 150 megawatts in generating capacity. George Garner said in a telephone interview, UK burden reduced the current frequency to 39.1 cycles per second, and the tiebreaker at the Lethbridge plant opened. Hie system stabilized and power was restored at p.m., he said. Soap box derby set Oct. 31 The second annual Hafkrween Handicap soap box derby will be held Oct. 31 at the tanversity of Lethbridge. Jim Camming, last year's race chairman, said Monday the slope used win be the service road leading to the fourth level of the Academic Residence Building. Starting time is set for noon. Chautauqua film set Thursday An evening of films has been promised by the Lethbridge Public Library and National Film Board Thursday at p.m. Cine Chautauqua is the name of the program offered free to all comers. It is a cinematic revival of one of the biggest events of the year to visit prairie towns in the 1920s and 1930s, the Chautauqua. The high class travelling shows were housed under can- vas, generally for five day runs in various centres. Shakespearean plays, puppet shows, comedy skits, famous arctic explorers such as Vilh- jalmur Stefansson and scien- tific demonstrations were all part of the fare. The library's version includes a preview of the real thing at p.m. Wednesday. The program features the films: Happiness Is, about people who have children and those who don't, Bate's Car: Sweet as a Nut, an encounter with a man who finds a solu- tion to the gasoline shortage in a barnyard; and The Family That Dwelt Apart, a salty Yankee tale about a family who didn't have anything to worry about until the world worried about them. Cine Chaatauqua pro- grams are planned at the library for each month this winter Interested groups have been also invited to in- quire about special showings if they cannot attend the scheduled performances. CartMad Damal Mechanic CLIFF BLACK, BUCK DENTAL LAB DENTAL UK. Laval PHONE BERGMAN'S Floor Coverings By DON BERGMAN OpanTtaradqr CvMtag Mi t pjn. 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