Calgary Herald

1953-04-15 Page 8


Calgary Home Economist Heads Alberta Association

At the annual meeting of the Alberta Home Economics Association held at the weekend at the Provincial School of Agriculture in Olds, Miss Geraldine Mann of Calgary was elected president. She succeeds Miss Bessie McAvoy, who presided at the meetings. A teachers' workshop was held Friday.
Others on the slate for 1953 are: Vice-president, Miss Margaret Fraser, Edmonton; assistant secretary, Miss Margaret Lang,treasurer, Miss Dorothy Suffesick, Calgary, reporter, Miss Irene Lapp of Medicine Hat.
Teachers' Workshop officers elected were: president, Miss Marie Dogterum, Drumheller; vice-president, Miss Anne Derrick, Banff; secretary, Miss J. Ostrum, Magrath.
THE LIASON officer for the convention in 1953-54 is Miss Joan Venini of Calgary.
The opening address was given by Miss Margaret Fraser of the women's extension service, department of agriculture, who described the trip taken annually by members of 4-H clubs to the Toronto Royal Winter Fair, at which the teams from all over Canada compete in foods, clothing and garden club activities for the Dominion trophy.
Mrs. Mary Mitchell of the Safeway Stores in Calgary explained the duties of a hostess in their stores. She is one of three home economists newly appointed to this position, the others being stationed in Vancouver and Denver. The purpose of such a position is to supply some of the personal touch of the old type of grocery store, where the customer consulted the grocer or butcher about supply, quality and prices and menus.
MISS HILDA McEWEN spoke of the problems met daily as a dietician in the Associate Clinic in Calgary, illustrating her points with many humorous anecdotes concerning dieters and diet. She has found that many people do not want a sensible diet, preferring one which is quick, or one which is peculiar enough to make interesting conversation. To many, the word "diet" for any condition, means starvation, or at least doing without any of the foods which they like.
To be of permanent value, Miss McEwen felt that a diet must re-educate a patient, and it must be both sane and safe. In a new trend in the diets for ulcer patients, some raw foods are being introduced at the maintenance stage. In the two years during which this had been tried in their clinic they had observed no ill-effects, althrough they felt that the important consideration still seemed to be the frequency of feedings. Miss McEwen showed a new pamphlet for diabetics which she felt was the best obtainable: "Meal Planning, with Exchange Diets."
MR. J. C. HALL of the Sunbeam Corporation spoke on new appliances. A deep fat frying kettle "door prize" was won by Miss Joyce Coulson of Edmonton.
Members of the Home Economic Women in Business group gave an outline of the work done by the women in their field with discussion led by Miss Geraldine Mann of Burns and Co., whose work consists of testing products, designing labels for cans, writing material for a company magazine and for utility companies, and giving talks and demonstrations to groups. Miss Norma Fledderjohn and Miss Joan Venini of the Canadian Western Natural Gas Co. Ltd. Calgary, described the range of activities covered in their home service department.
MISS ALBERTA MOREAU of the Northwestern Utilities, Edmonton, described the work of a home economist in home service work.
Mrs. Norma Trussler of International Harvester described her work in  demonstrating deep-freeze in Calgary and the towns in that district. Miss Joyce Coulson of Canadian Utilities, Edmonton, told of her work with Lyons in London, where she worked in their laboratory.
Miss Marjorie Buchanan, a dietitian at the Lamont hospital, and originally from Edinburgh, compared courses for dietitians in the British Isles and Canada and concluded that the training courses in Great Britain were stronger in practical courses and the Canadian stronger in science. She described the work of a dietitian in the General hospital at Johannesburg, South Africa, where she was employed for three years.
MR. DOUGLAS WALKINGTON of Canadian Industries Ltd., Montreal, spoke on "Chemistry and You." He brought an array of articles in which man-made fibres formed all or nearly all the material in the product. These ranged from gauze-like nylons to strong, heavy opaque nylon stockings, children's toys, tumblers that could bounce off the floor, nylon swimming trunks which could be folded into their own hip pocket, men's socks made with a spiral thread so that they would fit any one wearing size 9 or 12, or could be used by a boy whose feet were growing "rapidly."
He envisioned the new car body which would be made of plastic material, based on glass fibres bonded with plastic. The secret of many of the processes was combining the chemical with other materials in  the manufacturing processes. In this way fabrics may be made waterproof when the yarn is made, since superimposing waterproofing on made fabrics means that the protection is lost during cleaning.

Extracted by J. Kynman 2014-10-12