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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 meeting minutes of the Family Life Institute from the years 1970 to 1978, as well as records pertaining to councils and committees held during this time. Series includes pamphlets for courses taken during the summer of 1972 and 1978, as well as correspondence from the Director of Youth Education to the members of the Nova Scotia Advisory Committee on Family Life. The series includes the meeting minutes of the Advisory Committee on Family Life Education in 1974, as well as Inter-Office Memorandum messages between members of the Family Life Institute. The series also includes lists of activities performed during the Advisory Committee. There are also meeting minutes for the years 1972, between the months of February and April. There is an item titled reflections of the family, detailing the 9th annual meeting of the Vanier Institute of the Family from September 14th to 16th 1973. The Transition magazine is present as well, highlighting events and activities performed by the Vanier Institute; the magazine is available in both French and English. There is a newspaper article detailing the events of a conference at the Nova Scotia Teachers College in Truro on the weekend prior to Monday, January 28, 1974. Incidentally, this item was paired with the report on the Nova Scotia Conference on Family Life held from January 25 to 27, 1974 at the Nova Scotia Teachers College. There is also a list of participants in the conference, arranged in alphabetical order. There is also a file with the Nova Scotia Conference on Family Life-Nucleus Committee, which discusses nature of the meetings, as well as including correspondence between members of the Committee. The file contains a schedule of events to be conducted during the Committee meeting, and it also includes an evaluation of the success of the meeting based on the responses of the participants.
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Accession number: 1985-91
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