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- Mount Saint Vincent University. Family Life Institute
- Mount Saint Vincent University (Halifax, N.S.)
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Plans for the creation of the Family Life Institute were set in motion after a meeting by the Nova Scotia Advisory Committee regarding family life education in 1970. On July 2nd, 1971, program registration for the first Family Life Institute began at Xavier College (as permitted and facilitated by St. Francis Xavier University) and ended on August 14th, 1971. This program was then followed by that of Mount Saint Vincent University from July 4th to August 12th, 1972, and the Institute would continue to operate between early July and late August until 1979, when the last Institute was held. During this time, courses on marriage, sex education, personal development, social life, finance, nutrition, birth, aging, death, and the relationship between an individual and their immediate family were provided. These courses were delivered to students of various ages, ranging from grades 1 and 2 to higher grades (i.e., grade 11), as evidenced by the sophistication of written work produced.
Deposited with Mount Saint Vincent University Archives in 1985. Previously, they were in the custody of Sister Mary Olga McKenna, Director of the Family Life Institute.
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Series consists of records with lists of costs associated with various services, including advertising, instructional supplies, mailing, and phone services. Series also includes titles of books to be purchased by the Institute as instructional material for students. The costs of these materials (in dollars) is listed on some documents. The series also includes the costs of various school supplies to be provided by the institute outside of reading materials. Series includes costs for magazine subscriptions, as well as costs for secretarial services, the use of the library Xerox and SAC (Seton Academic Centre) Xerox machines, and the cost of postage/mailing. The series contains cheques from the Vanier Institute of the Family, demonstrating that the Vanier Institute sent money to the Family Life Institute to pay for the membership fee in the year 1972. Series also contains vouchers for the Department of National Health and Welfare, itemized financial statements (expenses and tuition), and letters confirming that financial reports were received by the appropriate institutions. This series also includes purchase orders for supplies for the bookstore, long-distance call tickets, and statements of account for Mount Saint Vincent University. Accounts payable statements, purchase orders for copies of the Chronicle Herald, and budget statements related to services offered by the Family Life Institute are also present. There are also inter-office memoranda regarding the advertisement of the Family Life Institute to the general public and the approval of budgets for the 1975-1976 financial year. Staff lists at the library of Mount Saint Vincent University are present, with the total hours worked by each person (presumably to help with the calculation of wages). Finally, there is a letter from the Université du Québec à Montréal (University of Quebec at Montreal) with questions regarding the nature of the program at the Family Life Institute (in French).
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Sister Mary Olga McKenna, Director of Family Life Institute
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Accession number: 1985-91
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K Ringer 2023-05-02
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