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Yukon Social Service Society fonds
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- Yukon Social Service Society
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.2 m of textual records
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Until 1961, nearly all social services in the Yukon were provided by private agencies. In 1961, the Yukon Territorial Department of Social Welfare was created, taking over child care from the Children's Aid Society. The Society was closely associated with a number of independent agencies including Yukon Halfway House, Yukon Family Services Association, Yukon Child Care Association, the Association for the Mentally Retarded and the Association for Children with Learning Disabilities. The Yukon Social Service Society was a volunteer organization with membership open to all interested persons. The society operated under an elected Board of Directors, which consisted of a president, an executive and at least nine other persons. Among the chief officers of the Society were Theresa Paquet, Art M. Pearson, Douglas B. Craig, W. I. MacPherson, John T. Hoyt. Function: The purpose of the organization was to maintain the necessary impetus and involvement from the private sector in the field of social services. The goal of the organization was to research social problems and needs and to develop services for them.
The 1970-1971 records were found in the Hillcrest basement of James Whyard in 1982, along with the Alaska Music Trail collection. (82/488).
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The fonds is made up of three separate accessions, acquired from different sources. The major portion of the records were acquired from the president of the YSSS: records include a copy of the constitution, 1970, Minutes of Board meetings, Annual Reports for 1970-1974, correspondence, bank statements, briefs and reports, membership lists and copies of the Directory of Community Services, 1972.
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John T. Hoyt fonds, Series, Yukon Social Service Society, MSS 220 (90/20); Record Office files, Series 600: Ordinances, Sub-series: Yukon Social Service Society; Report by Kip Veale of Yukon Family Services relating the history of the Association and its predecessors, in Iris Warner collection (MSS 169, acc# 81/147).
The Society had its headquarters in Whitehorse but its mandate extended throughout the territory. In 1970, a branch of the organization was formed in Mayo. The same year changes were made to the constitution. The Society produced a number of briefs and reports. It introduced an amendment to the school ordinance, and in 1972, published a Directory of Community Services in the Yukon. The Society developed some services and programmes on its own, such as Family Counselling and the first day care in Whitehorse, and Cross Roads, a rehabilitation centre for alcoholics. In 1975 the Society submitted a proposal for the "Establishment of a Social Development Board in the Yukon Territory". The YSSS played a lead role in social planning and social action in the territory.<br><br>