Fonds red-2637 - Doreen Befus fonds

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Doreen Befus fonds

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Doreen "Ella" Befus fonds

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RED red-2637

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2 m of textual records and other material

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Doreen "Ella" Befus, 1926-2001, was born in Medicine Hat. Abandoned by her parents, she was made a ward of the Provincial Government and in 1933, was sent to the Provincial Training School for the Mentally Handicapped (currently known as Michener Centre). She received schooling up to the Grade III level and then was declared "uneducable." In 1976, she was able to move permanently into the community to live independently. Doreen Befus became an activist for the rights of the disabled . She travelled extensively across Canada during the International Year of the Disabled in 1981. A movie was made of Doreen's life in 1983. In 1988, she was awarded the national Heart of Gold Award by Air Canada

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The fonds consists of personal correspondence (1976-1998), diaries (1959-1989), legal papers (1958-1989), genealogical files (1920-1999), copies of media coverage (1980-1998), personal scrap books (1976-1998), and ca. 600 photographs. Also included are minutes, correspondence and reports for Central Alberta Community Residence Society (1985-1989), Pastoral Care Advisory Committee (1980-1989), Michener Advisory Committee (1990-1991), Alberta Committee of Disabled Citizens (1987-1989), Northern Alberta Brain Injury Society (1980-1987), North Central Association for the Mentally Handicapped (1980-1988) and Canadian Association of the Mentally Retarded (1980-1985). Fonds is composed of the following series:;A. Personal papers;B. Michener Centre;C. Film and media articles;D. Advocacy records;E. Miscellaneous information;F. Travel;G. Posters

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Includes 2 m of textual records, ca. 600 photographs, 1 film, 5 VHS video cassettes and 1 audio cassette

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Gifts of Doreen Befus, 1986-2000


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  • English

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Fonds is not fully arranged and described<br><br>Record No. MG 368<br><br>

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