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Alberta Systems, Teachers' Agency Departme

Alberta Systems, Teachers' Agency Department supplied teachers with suitable positions and assisted trustees to obtain competent teachers for their schools. The company's headquarters were in Strathcona, Alberta, where C.B. McKee was the manager; a branch office operated in Calgary, Alberta and was managed by G.A. McKee. The company posted advertisements in newspapers such as the <em>Toronto Globe</em> for teachers for western schools, primarily for Alberta, but also for Saskatchewan and British Columbia. The registration fee for their services was $1.00, and then a commission of 3% of first year's salary. They operated in accordance with the Canadian Teachers' Agency in Regina, Saskatchewan, which also provided schools with competent teachers and assisted teachers to obtain school placements. Alberta Systems' services were discontinued late in 1908, and interested parties were referred to the Canadian Teachers' Agency in Regina (this likely coincides with G.A. McKee's move to Strathcona to become principal of the Strathcona Collegiate Institute). It is unclear, but unlikely, that Alberta Systems was continued.

Alberta Union of Provincial Employees, Local 52

Alberta Union of Provincial Employees represents a large number of government and board employees throughout the province. For administrative purposes, AUPE designates each department or unit a local number. The Alberta Union of Provincial Employees, Local 52 is the sole bargaining agent for The University of Calgary support staff and was formed by an enactment of the Alberta legislature on June 14, 1976. Previously, The University of Calgary's support staff were served by the Civil Service Association of Alberta. Local 52 is autonomous within the structure of AUPE and bargains independently within AUPE's constitution. The Local consists of over 2000 salaried and casual members and is administered by four chapters which each elect an executive to look after the chapter's interest. Local 52's chapters are Operational/Administrative, General, Specialist/Advisor, and Trades/Technical. These chapters reflect the job families staff are classified under. Representatives to Local 52 Council are elected by the chapters, and the Local executive is elected from among the members of the Council.

Alberta Vital Statistics

A vital statistics branch was established by the Alberta government in 1905 to keep official records of the births, marriages, and deaths in the province. Originally part of the Department of Agriculture, it later came under the Provincial Health Officer, 1907-1914, the Registrar General, 1915-1917, Municipal Affairs, 1918-1919, and the Department of Public Health, 1919-1971. In 1971 it became a division of the Department of Health and Social Development. Vital statistics were recorded in local registration districts including those of Bellevue, Passburg and Coleman in the Crowsnest Pass.

Alberta Wheat Pool

The Alberta Wheat Pool was chartered under the Alberta Cooperatives Act on August 17, 1923 under the name, Alberta Cooperative Wheat Producers Limited. The company was set up as a voluntary cooperative, owned and controlled by its members, in an effort to stabilize wheat prices. The first annual meeting was held in November of 1923 and the first elected chairman of the Board of Directors was Henry Wise Wood, who remained in that position until 1936. In 1924, the Alberta Wheat Pool set up a central selling agency in partnership with the Manitoba and Saskatchewan Wheat Pools that was called the Canadian Cooperative Wheat Producers Limited which was also known as the Canadian Wheat Pool. The first Alberta Wheat Pool grain elevators were built in 1925 and in 1926 Alberta Pool Elevators was incorporated as a wholly owned and operated subsidiary of the Alberta Cooperative Wheat Producers Limited. In 1929 the Alberta Wheat Pool Act was passed and the name was officially changed to Alberta Wheat Pool. In 1929 a drought devastated the wheat market and the Alberta Wheat Pool incurred a $5.6 million deficit. The Alberta government covered the Alberta Wheat Pool losses with a loan which Alberta Wheat Pool repaid by 1947. In 1957 a seed division was established and in 1965 Alberta Wheat Pool started distributing fertilizer. Alberta Pool Elevators was liquidated in 1977 and all liabilities and assets were taken over by the Alberta Wheat Pool. The Alberta Wheat Pool became one of the largest grain operating cooperatives in Canada, handling about two-thirds of Alberta's grain exports, and it also enabled farmers to bargain collectively with grain buyers and ensured them a voice in the formation of national grain-marketing policies. In 1998 the Alberta Wheat Pool merged with Manitoba Pool Elevators to create Agricore.

Alberta Wilderness Association

The Alberta Wilderness Association was established in 1968 to lobby for the preservation and conservation of wilderness areas in the province. The association has developed an aggressive program of public education as well as a campaign of lobbying elected representatives. It is a member of the Calgary Area Outdoor Council.

Alberta Winter Games Society

St. Albert, Alberta was the host city for the 1994 Alberta Winter Games. There were also associated cultural events and contests. Claudette Kirdiekis was the games manager, and the records were created over a period starting December 1993 and ending March 1994.

Alberta Women's Institute, South Peace Constituency

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  • Instelling
  • [ca.1912]-present

The Alberta Women’s Institute is aligned with the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada, which is in turn a member of the Associated Country Women of the World. The Alberta W.I. is divided into five districts. District 1 is the Peace River District, which is made up of three Constituencies: South Peace, North Peace and High Prairie. Member clubs in the South Peace Constituency were Beaverlodge, Cherry Point, Crooked Creek, East Peoria, Elmworth, Grande Prairie, Kleskun Hill, Lymburn, Millarston, Rio Grande, Sexsmith, Spirit Valley and Valhalla.
The Women’s Institute is strictly non-partisan, non-sectarian, and non-racial in every aspect of its work. It is an educational organization which seeks to provide women with the opportunity to participate in national and international interests. Individual clubs support the ideals of the W.I. by working to improve services for women and children in their own communities. As such, the W.I. was often the organization behind maternity hospitals, waiting rooms, health clinics, libraries, school programs, girls’ clubs, and other social programs.
Constituency conferences were held yearly to provide a unifying social and educational forum for their members. Representatives from individual clubs reported on the activities they had been involved in over the past year. As well, there were reports from standing committees on social and educational issues. These committees changed over the years, but during the 1930s and 1940s, they included Public Health and Welfare, Legislation and League of Nations, Home Economics, Education and Better Schools, Canadianization and Colonization, and Care Industries.
Women’s Institute organizations are still active in Alberta, although many of the smaller clubs have folded.

Alberta Women's Liberal Association

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  • Instelling
  • 1937-1970

The Alberta Women's Liberal Association was formed in 1937. It was designed to attract the women of the province into an active role in Canadian politics and elections. It acted as the parent organization of numerous local Women's Liberal Clubs. Though clubs in Calgary and Edmonton had been formed some years before, many were organized after the provincial association's formation. The AWLA operated as a subsidiary organization of the Alberta Liberal Association, with delegate rights at all conventions. It was also attached to the National Women's Liberal Association and the Liberal Federation of Canada. The association was disbanded in 1970, in favour of individual involvement in the federal and provincial Liberal organizations.

Nowlan, Alden, 1933-1983.

Canadian poet, author, playwright and journalist. Born January 25, 1933 in Windsor, Nova Scotia. Died June 27, 1983 in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Biographical information available in The Oxford companion to Canadian literature, 2nd ed., p. 877; The Oxford companion to Canadian theatre, p. 394; If I could turn and meet myself : the life of Alden Nowlan / by Patrick Toner (Frederiction, N.B. : Goose Lane Editions, 2000); and in One heart, one way : Alden Nowlan, a writer's life / by Greg Cook (East Lawrencetown, N.S. : Pottersfield Press, 2003).

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