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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 reports from the years 1972 to 1979 detailing academic requirements for attending the Institute, reading materials available at the library pertaining to the subject of the Institute, and lists of booklets and tapes borrowed by other institutions for the purposes of teaching students. The series includes entries on assignments to be completed by students during the program, as well as schedules for the first day of attendance (called orientation). The series also includes information on the history of the institute, in addition to the physical facilities present at Mount Saint Vincent University, where the Institute was to be held. The series also contains a report on the content of the Family Life Institute program held at St. Francis Xavier University. The series details the courses that were taken, as well as a section with questions that students could answer to rate their experience of the program once it was completed. The reports include lists of faculty members who were responsible for teaching the students. The reports also include correspondence between the Institute and those with the credentials to teach the courses offered during the program. The series includes an article on marriage, an article on sex education, a monthly letter from the Royal Bank of Canada concerning retirement, and an essay titled Theosa ’77: An Inquiry into Canadian Theological Studies of Aging by Sister S. Michael Guinan, Ph.D. The series also included narrative descriptions of the activities performed at the Institute, in addition to the number of students and teachers present. The series contains job postings for potential professors, outlining their responsibilities for teaching and making materials available to students.
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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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