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ABC Investment Club

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The ABC Investment Club was formed on January 26, 1965 in Edmonton, Alberta with seven founding members; Helen Diemert, Bea Grinnell, Alice Dowhaniuk, Pat George, Joyce Lampard, Betty Berry, Mary MacEachern and Glenys Lashmar. The purposes of the club were to educate members in the fundamental principles and techniques of sound investment practice, and to enable members to invest regularly and mutually to take advantage of compound income. The club was organized with a president, vice-president, managing director and secretary and allowed only fifteen active members.

Abasand Oils

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In 1930, Max W. Ball and associates Basil O. Jones and James McClave established Canadian Northern Oil-Sand Products Limited to produce oil and refined products from the oil sands of the Athabasca region near Fort McMurray, Alberta. A charter was issued to Canadian Northern Oil-Sand Products by the Federal Government on September 2, 1930; the head office of the company was located in Edmonton, Alberta. The company developed a process for the extraction of oil from the oil sands. The Canadian Northern Oil-Sand Products was renamed Abasand Oils Limited in 1935. The company built a plant on land leased from the Federal Government on the banks of the Horse River, near Fort McMurray, Alberta; the plant opened in 1936. In 1943, the Federal Government took over operations at the Abasand Oils' plant under the <em>War Measures Act</em>. The plant was damaged by fire in 1945. The federal government abandoned the site in May 1946, and the rights and properties were returned to the Abasand Oils. The plant did not resume operations. In 1953, Abasand Oils subleased most of its oil sands holdings, but it was not until 1967 that it began to receive royalties. Abasand Oils became a subsidiary of Canadian Industrial Gas and Oil Limited, which dissolved in 1975.

Aberhart Memorial Sanatorium

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The Aberhart Memorial Sanatorium opened in 1952 in Edmonton, Alberta. The sanatorium treated tuberculosis patients until 1970 when management of the hospital transferred to the University of Alberta Hospital. The sanatorium offered 295 beds, and a large nurse's residence. Dr. H.H. Stephen was Medical Superintendent of the Sanatorium from 1952 to 1969.

Airdrie Chinook Winds Ball Park Association

  • paa-PR3802
  • Corporate body
  • 1994-2006

The Airdrie Chinook Winds Ball Park Association (ACWBPA) was a not-for-profit association that raised money to build a baseball park in Airdrie, Alberta.

The ACWBPA was formed in 1994 and became incorporated on 15 June 1995 under the Alberta Societies Act. The objective of the association was to construct four class “A” tournament ball diamonds on a portion of the land acquired for recreation facility development by the Airdrie & District Agricultural Society in 1994.

The ACWBPA was a volunteer-run group, with a president, treasurer and eight board members at their incorporation in 1995. Later years saw the association’s board diminish to three to four active members. The association’s first president was Paul Bailey, who stepped down from the role in February 1997 to be replaced by Dennis Driscoll, a local real estate agent.

The initial vision for the ball park was to be a site for adult ball players in the community. At the time of the ACWBPA’s formation, Airdrie had one dedicated ball park, Fletcher’s Field. Association members felt that adults in the community deserved a designated space to play ball, and that youth in the community would benefit from having exclusive access to the existing fields in Airdrie.

The construction of the ball diamonds was approved by the City of Airdrie in 1996 after the City received an infrastructure grant from both the federal and provincial governments to develop recreational facilities on a 1/3 cost sharing basis (1/3 federal monies, 1/3 provincial money and 1/3 municipal money). This municipal 1/3 (approximately $158 000) was to be provided by a user group, the ACWBPA. The ACWBPA agreed to participate, and received a loan from the City of Airdrie for the municipal government portion of the grant. The ACWBPA committed to a five-year repayment plan to the City.

Money to repay the loan would come from four primary sources: grants from the Alberta Community Lottery Board, received between 1998 and 2002, income from the Association’s charitable gaming license, team membership registration fees, and general fundraising through dances and community advertising rentals on the fields.

The Chinook Winds Ball Park playing fields were opened in May 1999. The concession and washroom facilities for the park were completed in 2002. The ACWBPA closed their accounts with the Royal Bank in 2006, donating the remaining funds to nonprofits in the Airdrie community.

Alberta Foundation for Nursing Research

  • PR3826
  • Corporate body
  • 1980-1997

The Alberta Foundation for Nursing Research, (AFNR), was created by the government of Peter Lougheed after the establishment of the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research, (AHFNR). Nurses lobbied for the inclusion of nursing research in the AHFNR, and in 1982 the AFNR was created with the help of the Alberta Heritage Fund through oil revenues and a 3 million dollar gift from the provincial government. The AFNR initially operated as a committee of the Department of Advanced Research and was financed for $1-million over a period of five years, with the funding renewed in 1987. Dr. Shirley M. Stinson, the first nurse in Alberta to earn a Doctoral degree, was the inaugural chair of the foundation from 1982-1988.

The AFNR consisted of a Board of three members representing the general public; two representatives of the University of Alberta; two representatives of the University of Lethbridge; two representatives of the Alberta Association of Registered Nurses; one representative of the Alberta Public Health Association and one representative of the Alberta Health Care Association. Additionally, there were three advisory committees to the Board: The Scientific Review Committee, which reviewed applications for grants and awards and made recommendations; the Public Relations Committee, which identified, coordinated, and provided public relations requirements of the AFNR including news releases and annual reports; the Ad Hoc Evaluation Committee, which maintained a data base by documenting projects and the impact of those projects on the Province of Alberta and reporting annually to the Board.

    The mandate of the AFNR was to: enhance the expertise and competence of nurses in the design and conduct of research projects; to increase the number of nursing research projects related to nursing practice; to increase the opportunities for nurses and nursing students to develop their potential in research; to increase the awareness of nurses in Alberta about the importance of nursing research in developing and extending nursing knowledge; to communicate to the public the importance of nursing research in improving patient care; to encourage development of projects which incorporate innovations in the organization and delivery of nursing care.

The AFNR was meant to finance research projects developed by nurses in Alberta that had already met the standards of peer review, and was the only research funding organization exclusively for nursing in the entire country. The establishment of the AFNR led to the creation of a doctoral education program in the province due to the development of faculty expertise. Due to the success of the Foundation, the government recommended that the Foundation become a separate legal entity supported by provincial funding by April 1, 1990.

In 1994 the provincial government announced that, due to cutbacks initiated by Premier Ralph Klein, funding for the AFNR would be withdrawn, forcing the members of the Board of Directors to decide the future of the Foundation. Minimal funding was provided by the government in 1994 and so the AFNR commissioned an evaluation of the Foundation, after which the Board of Directors eventually came to the decision to terminate its operations.

Alberta Indian Arts and Crafts Society

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  • 1975-1991

The Alberta Indian Arts and Crafts Society organized in 1975. The society offered individual membership to Alberta residents 16 years of age and older, and those who held Indian status according to the Indian Act of 1962. A board of directors consisting of one representative from each of the Kainai/Piikani District, the Siksika/Nakoda/ Tsuu T’ina District, Edmonton/Maskwacis District, the Saddle Lake/Athabasca District, the Lesser Slave Lake District, and the Fort Vermillion District governed the society. The society also maintained an executive committee consisting of a president, vice president, and secretary-treasurer. The society sought to encourage, distribute, promote, authenticate, and develop Indigenous peoples arts and crafts programs in Alberta. The President of the society represented the society in the National Indian Arts and Crafts Corporation based in Ottawa. In pursuit of their objectives, the society offered trade shows, exhibitions, programs, trainings, and employment opportunities for members and community members from each district. The society dissolved in 1991.

Alberta Provincial Parks Alumni Association

  • PR3623
  • Corporate body
  • 1993-

The Alberta Provincial Parks Alumni Association (APPAA) was initiated at the 60th anniversary Alumni Reunion and Campout in July of 1992 and incorporated as an association on November 12th 1993. The purpose of the association is to provide ex-employees of Alberta Provincial Parks an opportunity to keep in touch with each other and with the Parks System. One of the major activities of the association is to raise money for Provincial Park initiatives and projects e.g. the development of areas and facilities at Miquelon Lake Provincial Park. Additionally, the Association acts as a special interest group petitioning the government regarding issues like the possible deregulation and privatization of park campgrounds and recreation areas. The association’s membership is made up of alumni of the Alberta Parks service and their spouses.

The Association is controlled and managed by a governing Board of Directors. The bylaws of the association state that the board should consist of between six and ten directors each of whom should be members in good standing. Term limits of the executive vary, two members hold three year terms and two hold two year terms according to the association’s bylaws. The remaining director positions are held for one year, but board members can be re-elected to their position at the end of their term. The association’s executive meets in the autumn and spring of every year accompanied by an alumni luncheon. The annual general meeting and alumni campout is held every July in a Provincial Park. The Associations newsletter, “Parks Alumni Review” is published biannually with one edition in the spring and one in the winter.

Alberta Women's Archives Association

  • PR3803
  • Corporate body
  • 1989-2012

The Alberta Women’s Archives Association (AWAA) was a volunteer-run organization based out of Edmonton, Alberta that worked to preserve and promote the records of women’s history in the province. The AWAA helped individuals and organizations with archival material created by and about Albertan women to collect and preserve those materials, and donate them to an accredited archives.

In addition to encouraging the donation of records created by and about women, the AWAA also worked to increase public awareness of the value of these records. Outreach for these purposes included lectures, educational seminars, and an AWAA newsletter.

The Association was originally known as the Northern Alberta Women’s Archives Project (NAWAP). Formed in 1989, NAWAP sought to address concerns that the records of the women’s movement in Edmonton were being thrown away. The project was sponsored by the Women’s Program and Resource Centre (University of Alberta Faculty of Extension) together with the Women’s Research Centre (Athabasca University and University of Alberta).

In the first year of the project, the team focused on contacting individuals active in Edmonton’s women’s communities between 1960 and 1980 for oral history interviews and records donations. By the second year of the project (1990), focus expanded to include women who were 65 years of age or older whose stories could represent the settlement of northern communities in the late 19th and early 20th century. Women involved in these early years of the project were encouraged to donate their personal papers to the Provincial Archives of Alberta.

In 1993, the project team formally registered as an association, changing the name from the Northern Alberta Women’s Archives Project to the Northern Alberta Women’s Archives Association (NAWAA), and incorporating under the Alberta Societies Act. In 1997, the Association registered as a charity with Revenue Canada. Membership to AWAA was open to any interested party for an annual fee.

On February 25, 2000, the Association applied for permission from the Alberta Societies division to change their name to the Alberta Women’s Archives Association. The new name was thought to effectively reflect the Association’s outreach and contact with all Alberta women, and embodied the Association’s move away from regionally-focused services.

The AWAA published two educational manuals on preserving women’s history in archives, the first in 1993, titled What's cooking in women's history: an introductory guide to preserving archival records about women. The second manual, Preserving women's history: an introductory guide to preserving the records of women's lives, was published in 2002.

In 2012, the AWAA officially terminated their status as a Registered Charity and dissolved the association. In August 2012, their remaining assets were gifted to the Friends of the Provincial Archives of Alberta, who used the funds to describe, process and make available to the public three women’s collections (the Alberta Women’s Institute, Catholic Women’s League, and Women’s Canadian Club of Edmonton collections) at the Provincial Archives of Alberta.

Alberta. Department of Advanced Education

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Dates of founding and/or dissolution: The Department of Advanced Education was first founded in September 1971 through the passage of Order in Council 1614/71 under the Public Service Administrative Transfers Act, 1971, which transferred administration of the Colleges Act and the Universities Act to the Minister of Advanced Education. Formal creation of the department occurred on June 2, 1972 with the passage and proclamation of the Department of Advanced Education Act. The department Department of Advanced Education Amendment was dissolved in 1975 through the passage of the Act. In 1983, the Department of Advanced Education was recreated through the enactment and proclamation of the Department of Advanced Education Act, 1983. The department was dissolved again in December 1992, when its responsibilities were transferred through Order in Council 749/92 to the new Department of Advanced Education and Career Development. Functional responsibility: The principal functional responsibilities of the department were the planning, administration, and operation of the entire post-secondary education system in Alberta, including programs delivered through universities, colleges, and technical, agricultural and vocational institutions. The department was responsible for the administration of the Department of Advanced Education Act, Colleges Act, Universities Act, Banff Centre Act, Technical Institutes Act, Education of Service Men's Children's Act, Trade Schools Regulation Act, Private Vocational Schools Act, Students Loan Guarantee Act, Students Finance Act, Alberta Heritage Scholarship Act, and the Universities Foundations Act and all regulations that fall under these acts. Predecessor and successor bodies: Before the creation of the Department of Advanced Education, responsibility for delivery of adult agricultural and vocational education was held by the Department of Agriculture, by way of the Agricultural and Vocational Colleges Act, 1967. Responsibility for adult education delivered through universities, colleges, and technical institutes was held by the Department of Education, through the Department of Education Act. In 1975, responsibility for planning, administration and operation of the post-secondary education system was transferred to the new Department of Advanced Education and Manpower, through administrative transfers formalized through Orders in Council 0140/83 and 0285/83. In 1983, post-secondary education and manpower functions were split into two departments again, through the recreation of the Department of Advanced Education and the creation of the Department of Manpower. In December 1992, responsibility for the post-secondary education system in Alberta was transferred to the new Department of Advanced Education and Career Development through administrative transfers formalized through Order in Council 749/92. Administrative relationships: The Department of Advanced Education reported to the Legislative Assembly through the Minister of Advanced Education. The Minister also passed to the Legislative Assembly the annual reports of semi-independent agencies that reported to him:;Universities Commission (1972-1973),;Colleges Commission (1972-1973),;Students' Finance Board (1972-1975, 1986-1992),;Private Vocational Schools Advisory Council (1983-1992),;Private Colleges Accreditation Board (1984-1992),;University of Calgary Foundation (1991-1992),;University of Alberta 1991 Foundation (1991-1992),;University of Lethbridge Foundation (1991-1992), and;Athabasca University Foundation (1991-1992). The structure of the department was hierarchical. The principal components of the department were various divisions, each in turn made up of a number of branches. Three semi-independent agencies, the Students' Finance Board, the Universities Commission and the Colleges Commission, reported directly to the Minister of Advanced Education. The Communications and Personnel offices reported directly to the Deputy Minister. Provincially Administered Institutions functioned as divisions of the Department. Their presidents reported directly to the Deputy Minister, who acted in the role of Board of Directors for these institutions. Provincially Administered Institutions included the Alberta Vocational Centres (former agricultural colleges) and, until April 1982, Alberta's three Technical Institutes. In 1982, the three Technical Institutes became Board-governed institutions akin to public colleges and universities. Significant reorganizations of the Department took place in 1973, 1985, 1986, and 1988. In the first two years of the department, the different divisions were Continuing Education, Regional Colleges (agricultural colleges), Vocational Education, and Other Services. These divisions had been transferred from predecessor agencies when the department was created, and were all eliminated with the first departmental reorganization in 1973. With reorganization, the department's divisions reflected general departmental functions, such as administration, planning, program delivery, and policy development. The principal functions of the department were performed by the following units:;administration and support functions: performed by the Other Services Division (1972-1975), Administrative Services Division (1973-1975 and 1983-1988), and Department Services Division (1988-1992);system planning: Special Services Division (1973-1975) and Planning, Research and Organizational Analysis Division (1985-1986);program planning, development, coordination and delivery, and development of campus facilities: Program Services Division (1973-1975 and1983-1988), Field Services Division (1983-1988), and Operations Division (1988-1992);administration of Provincially Administered Institutions: Division of Vocational Education (1972-73), Regional Colleges Division (1972-1973), Provincially Administered Institutions Services Branch (1973-1975), Financial Planning Branch (1973-1975, 1983-1986), Operations and Planning Branch (1986-1988), Operating and Endowment Support Branch (1988-1992);policy development and evaluation of programs to ensure that they conform to provincial and departmental policies: Policy and Planning Division (1988-1992);student support: Special Services Division (1973-1975);For information on the Students' Finance Board, Universities Commission, and Colleges Commission, refer to the sous-fonds descriptions of these agencies. Names of chief officers: Ministers of Advanced Education; James L. Foster 1972-1975; Dick Johnston 1983-1986; David J. Russell 1986-1989; John Gogo 1989-1992; Jack W. Ady 1992

Alberta. Department of Culture and Multiculturalism

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<em>Dates of founding and/or dissolution:</em> The Department of Culture and Multiculturalism was founded as the Cultural Affairs Department in 1975 by means of Order in Council 518/75 under the authority of the <em>Public Service Administrative Transfers Act.</em> The Department was dissolved in 1992;<em>Functional responsibility:</em> The Department of Culture and Multiculturalism was responsible for the creation, administration and delivery of programs to promote the artistic and cultural development of Alberta, manage cultural and historical resources, and promote awareness of the cultural heritage of Alberta's peoples. In 1987, responsibility for delivery of multiculturalism programs was made the responsibility of the new Alberta Multiculturalism Commission. The Department provided programs in the following areas: Cultural development: Financial assistance in the form of grants or awards to persons or organizations in the visual, performing, film or literary arts; Planning and development of public library services in the province and provision of financial assistance to libraries and library organizations; Operation of the Northern and Southern Jubilee Auditoria; Film censorship and classification; Historic resources management; Operation of provincial museums and the Provincial Archives of Alberta; Preservation and operation of designated historic sites; Oversight of the Archaeological Survey of Alberta: Provision of financial assistance to local museums and non-profit societies to support preservation of heritage sites, buildings and materials: Multicultural programs; Providing financial support and consultative services to groups planning and operating cultural heritage festivals and other related activities: International assistance; Provision of grants to member agencies of the Alberta Committee of International Agencies; The Minister was responsible for the administration of the following Acts: <em>Alberta Academy Act; Alberta Art Foundation Act; Alberta Emblems Act; Alberta Foundation for the Arts Act; Alberta Heritage Day Act; Alberta Historical Resources Act; Alberta Order of Excellence Act; Alberta Women's Bureau Act; Amusements Act (Part 3); Cultural Development Act; Cultural Foundations Act; Department of Culture Act; Department of Culture and Multiculturalism Act; Foreign Cultural Property Immunity Act; Glenbow-Alberta Institute Act; Government House Act; Libraries Act Registered Music Teachers' Association Act.</em>;<em>Predecessor and successor bodies:</em> The predecessor of the Department was the Department of Culture, Youth and Recreation (Cultural Development and Heritage Resource Development divisions). The successor to the Department is the Ministry of Community Development. <em>Administrative relationships:</em> The Department reported to the Legislative Assembly through the Minister responsible for Culture (1975-80), the Minister of Culture (1980-87), and the Minister of Culture and Multiculturalism (1987-92). A number of semi-independent agencies reported either to the Minister or through him to the Legislative Assembly. These agencies included the Alberta Cultural Heritage Foundation (1978-87), the Alberta Multiculturalism Commission (1987-92), the Alberta Art Foundation (1972-91), the Alberta Foundation for the Performing Arts (1978-91), the Alberta Foundation for the Literary Arts (1984-91), Alberta Foundation for the Arts (1991-92), the Alberta Library Board (1948-92) and the Alberta Advisory Council on the Status of Women (1986-87). <em>Administrative structure:</em> The Department was made up of the following divisions: Cultural Development: Visual Arts and Crafts, Performing Arts, Film and Literary Arts, Library Services, Cultural Heritage, Cultural Facilities Development Branches, Northern and Southern Jubilee Auditoria; Historical Resources: Provincial Museum of Alberta, Provincial Archives of Alberta, Archaeological Survey, Historic Sites Services, museums; Cultural Heritage/Heritage Development/Multiculturalism (1988-92): Development of multicultural programs; Special Programs (1978-88): Citizenship programs, Field Services regional offices, Native Services Coordinator, International Cultural Agreements; Finance and Administration. <em> Names of the corporate bodies:</em> Cultural Affairs Department *1975-76; Department of Culture 1976-87; Department of Culture and Multiculturalism: 1987-92. <em>Names of chief officers:</em> Ministers responsible for Culture: ; Horst A.L.C. Schmid 1975-79; Mary J. LeMessurier 1979-80: Ministers of Culture: ; Mary J. LeMessurier 1980-86; Dennis L. Anderson 1986-87; Ministers of Culture and Multiculturalism: ; Dennis L. Anderson 1987; Greg P. Stevens 1987-89; Douglas C. Main 1989-92.

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