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YWCA 

of NIAGARA FALLS 


6135 CULP STREET • NIAGARA FALLS, ONTARIO L2G 2B6 416-357-YWCA (357-9922) 


July 14, 1989 


Elizabeth Barron 
30 Nova Crescent, #403, 

Welland, Ontario. 

L3C 6P8 

Dear Bess: 

As always it is a pleasure to hear from you and to 
know that you are basking in luxurious surroundings. I am 
terribly sorry our letter did not reach your correct 
address, but rest assured this will be corrected. 

Bess, many thanks for your hundred dollar donation. 
Your right, it did brighten my day and will be put to good 
use. Our financial situation has stabilized, but as you 
are aware this situation is tentative. We will be back 
to the same old fight as of January as we are predicting a 
$22,000.00 deficit in 1990. 

Your poem titled YWCA Women Volunteers is so 
applicable. I thought I would share it with my staff at 
our next monthly meeting. I’m sure they will be able to 
relate to its meaning and I know it will bring some joy to 
their day. 

I am sorry to hear that your health prevents you from 
getting around the way you used to. Although it is 
"cramping your style" somewhat, I’m sure that you continue 
to be very active and extremely busy. 

Bess, now that I have your new phone number. I’ll 
call you to arrange a luncheon date. Until then, take 
care . 

YnurQ ’hri 1 1 \/ 



Denise Arkell 
Executive Director 


DA/ta 



You are cordially invited to attend 


THE 76TH ANNUAL MEETING 



of 

NIAGARA FALLS YWCA 

Thursday, March 22, 1990 

at 


Brights Wines Ltd., Winewood Room 


5:30 p.m. Wine & Cheese RSVP by March 8, 1990 

6:15 p.m. Meeting YWCA Office 

Cost: $10.00 per person 357-9922 


Celebrating over 75 years of community service 









416-357-YWCA (357-9922) 


March l r 1990 


MS- Elizabeth oito. Bai i u * 1 
#403-38 Nova Crescent 
We 1 1 a nd , 0 n t a r i o 
L3C 6P8 


Dear Elizabeth: 


At. the February Board meeting of the YWCA of Niagara 
Palis you name was brought forward as a candidate to 
receive an Honorary Membership to the YWCA or Niagara 

rails- 

At this time it is my pleasure to ini or m you that you 
have been selected. Honorary Memberships are awarded to 
those individuals who have given many years of service to 
the association and are committed to the development- of 
women in the Niagara falls community. 

Honorary Memberships will be presented at our Manual 
Meeting on Thursday, March 22, 1990 - 6:15 p.m. at Brignts 

Wines Ltd., Winewood Room. We hope that you will oe 
present to receive your award at this time. 

Please contact the YWCA as soon as possible to oont iiiii 
your attendance. 

We look forward to hearing from you. 


Thank you. 


Yours truly. 


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M a r i 1 y n Minar d 
President 






UNITED WAY MEMBER AGENCY • SERVING THE NIAGARA FALLS COMMUNITY SINCE 1920 




NIAGARA FALLS YWCA 

6135 CULP STREET 
NIAGARA FALLS, ONTARIO L2G 2B6 

416-357-9922 

United Way Member Agency 



WHO? 

any woman living on low income with or 
without children 

informal caregivers who meet the above 
criteria 



WHAT? 


Fit for Life is a... 

■ comprehensive progiam including 
transportation, child care, fitness and life 
skills designed to eliminate the barriers 
that inhibit low income women 

H the program aims to create opportunities 
for growth, awareness, personal achieve- 
ment and building self esteem 

■ women in the program become a support 
group providing encouragement and social 

interaction 

■ the atmosphere is friendly, relaxed and 
comfortable 


WHERE? 

■ Niagara Falls YWCA 

6135 Culp Street, Niagara Falls, Ontario 

■ Bus transportation is provided to and from 
the YWCA 


WHEN? 


■ Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 
afternoons from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. 




THE PROGRAM 

“ 

FITNESS 

■ 45 minute aerobics class 

■ improves overall fitness level 

■ establishes healthy life styles 

■ participants work at their own levels 

LIFE SKILLS 

■ one hour discussions, films, guest speakers 
and outings 

■ provides valuable information and aids 
women in the process of personal 
development 

■ some of the issues that will be dealt with 
include: budgeting, nutrition, stress 
management and community awareness 

CHILDREN’S PROGRAM 

■ a fun, stimulating, social environment for 
children 

■ games, activities, crafts and music 

■ time to explore the children’s playground, 
gym and playroom 

■ opportunities for mothers/caregivers to 
network, develop knowledge on child care 
techniques, and discover how to evaluate 
the quality of child care services 



HOW? 


■ those interested in further information 
about the Fit for Life program should con- 
tact the Niagara Falls YWCA at 357-9922. 
Ask for the Fit for Life Co-ordinator. 






Membership Makes a Difference 


As part of an international association, 
the Niagara Falls ywca is a progressive, 
community-based, voluntary organization, 
dedicated to responding to the needs of 
women, we shall provide a leadership role 
by offering quality programs and services 
to encourage individual development and 
self reliance, support those in need and im- 
prove the status of women. 


PROGRAM MEMBERSHIPS 

GENERAL ADULT 
women 18 and over 
and their preschool children 

YOUTH 

girls aged 6 to 17 
FAMILY 

one adult woman and children 

ASSOCIATE (NON-VOTING) 
men and boys 


SUPPORT MEMBERSHIPS 

Sustaining and Life memberships support 
the operation of programs and services 
offered by the ywca of Niagara Fails. 




The Niagara Falls ywca has a long 
history of community service, we 
are pleased and proud to offer: 



NIAGARA 

FALLS 

YWCA 

UNITED WAY MEMBER AGENCY 


membership opportunities 


a variety of quality programs 
and social services 

reasonable prices 

convenient location 

qualified, personable staff 

volunteer opportunities 


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357-YWCA or 357-9922 


6135 CULP STREET - NIAGARA FALLS - ONTARIO 

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■ 6135 CULP STREET 

■ NIAGARA FALLS • ONTARIO L2G 2B6 

■ (416) 357-9922 




NIAGARA FALLS YWCA 


▲ Resource Center • A community center for 
parents, caregivers and their children • Provides 
support, interaction, referral, child development, and 
access to information. 


▲ Play & Learn Nursery School • A licensed 
preschool program providing a positive, fun learning 
environment which includes: social interaction, 
development of fine and gross motor skills, cognitive 
development and school-readiness training. 


Other Preschool programs • Aquatics (basics to 6 years) • sports • Development and interest programs • Summer camp. 

Other Adult Programs • Personal Development and General interest programs. • Sports (co-ed and ladies volleyball and slo-pitch leagues.) 



NIAGARA FALLS YWCA 


6135 CULP STREET 
NIAGARA FALLS, ONTARIO L2G 2B6 

416-357-9922 

United Way Member Agency 


accommodation 

AV AILABLE 

PERMANENT HOUSING - short or long 
term accommodation for women 

EMERGENCY HOUSING - temporary 
housing for women with children 



SERVICES 

■ 24 hour staff for security and 
assistance 

■ crisis intervention and supportive 
counselling 

■ life skills and personal growth 
opportunities 

■ referrals to community services 

■ prepared dinner Monday through 
Friday 


BENEFITS 

■ safe, secure environment 

■ affordable housing 

■ convenient, central location close to 
shopping areas and schools 

■ located on city bus route 

■ friendly, warm atmosphere 

• opportunities for social interaction 





FACILITIES 


single and double furnished rooms 
kitchen and dining facilities 
coin operated laundry 
central lounge with television 


WHO IS ELIGIBLE 


females age 16 and over, exceptions 
made for those referred by Family and 
Childrens’ Services 

those with an established income or 
those eligible for public assistance 

those attending school, working, seek- 
ing employment or involved in a com- 
munity program 

mental health clients by medical refer- 
ral only 




PROCEDURE 


contact the YWCA Residence at 
357-9922 

prospective clients will meet with 
residence staff to verify eligibility and 
outline residents’ responsibilities 


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Pitt - Byl Conversation 

B: in Oshawa in 1951 

P: I said I left Oshawa, I opened Oshawa 

B: oh, you opened Oshawa. When did that begin? Do you remember. 

P: 'Athe end of the war, in 1944 

B: OK, so you opened in 

P: and I left in '61 

B: jab you were the physical education director. 

P: They had a mistake. They have somebody else there for opening 

it. There was someone who came out and did the planning and 
doing an evaluation of the place. But I was the first 
director. 


P: ands^. McLaughin was there and he gave the entire building. 

But he hated swimming pools, £e wouldn't put in a swimming 
pools until after he died and then they put in a swimming 
pool^-^^hey also have some arrangements for moderate housing, 
like the building next door to us here, and its changed a 
little. They said one they would never have it running because 
it was too expensive. They walked out and left all their 
Persian rugs and pictures in my office and everything was 
panelled, library, everything, even the cupboards. They said 
that it would cost over two thousand dollars, just for the 
heating. That's a lot in those days. And it made it very 
hard, and the YM had a difficult time trying to get 
established and finally sunk under the waves. They had to , 
people were distrustful, you know the organization, and you 
had to prove that you were doing something for the community. 
You had to prove that your lives don't go under the waves. 
And if you provide a needful program for the community, that 
they really needed, then it was a breeze. Do you know what I 
mean? 

B: Yes ; 

P: Nobody believes that but me, but I always did. I always 

trusted my people and if you trust in people and work with 
the v not on your own mind you. You can't do a job alone. You 
have to have a good board and they said that men wouldn't go 
on the board. They did, and if you gave them help when they 
needed it, they'd go the rest of the way. I never had any 
trouble at all. The only trouble that I had was when a 
woodpecker came down the chimney in the library and threw soot 
all over the place. That was a problem. We had no place to 
have gym, so I used the outdoor terrace as a stage because it 
was built up from the grass level and you could put about a 
hundred seats up there. And it made a nice outdoor theatre. 
And we would have programs outside, and as I say if you work 
with other groups, that helps you too, like the boys club, 
they have a place, there was a religious problem for a while 
because the Catholic priest in that area had not said that he 
would assist in any way. Well I happened to have a . .\ that 
came by quite freely and I was sorry for him because he was 


B: OK 



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an old guard who brought troops home from the war. So I didn't 
want to fire him, but I did have trouble because he drank and 
so I thought here's a chance or an opportunity, so I called 
his priest and he walked in the door and I said-’ , hello Pat" 
and he looked at me as a stranger from somewhere , and I said 
"You have a brother Mike haven't you?" and he said "Yes". "Oh 
and you lived in Collingwood didn't you?" and he said yes. You 
went to CCI, and he said yes. Oh you knew my brother Bert 
Pitt. And he said yes. I said, I'm from Collingwood too, did 
you know his sister? No, He said, she was younger. That's me 
I said, I said, You're the one who is not going to cooperate 
with me. Oh, he said, I really admired your dad. He was a 
fine man. But your brother Mike was always getting into 
trouble at school wasn't he? Yes, he was. Anyway, X got him 
to get my camp folders out, then um, what's ne^t to a priest 

above him in rank? 

al bishop? , ^ m . , , , . 

no not that high. Any way, I had almost. They had almost 

excommunicated a girl for being on the board, you see. I 

said, you know I wouldn' cause any difficulty in your religion 

or anything like that. I said, I know the church in 

Collingwood, and I taught in three convents, I can't do you 

any harm. Besides, I'm blessed five times by your holy 

Father. (laughing). I have full cooperation. He eventually 

died. I went back to the 35th reunion and up on the stage was 

the priest who had almost excommunicated my woman on the 

board, so I went up to him and said "Father, it did my heart 

qood to see you sitting up there" and he said "Yes, they have 

done a good job." and I said "yes they sure have." He gave 

then indication, you know, whatever.. He's now on the advisory 

board. I said, "I think you've all done a great 30 b He 

thought so too. So that was 9 what I call a dividend. A 

dividend is when years later, and you'll find the same young 

man. It is when years later something astonishing will happ , 

these things will come back to you. I was over in • 

Catherines before I took sick, and a woman came up to 

asked "didn't you work in Eatons?" and I said Y©s, You we 

at the club weren't you?*;; She said, you know I 

forget a dress you wore one night. It was my dream res , 

stairs were old and long and there were three f ligh s o 

and to do the two at a time is really something. But 1 

going dancing one night and I had black hair, its 1 e 

black horse-tail whatever 

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P^/and she said you were running down those stairs and I 
scared that you would trip. But it was a black dress wi P 
sleeves, and blue sequins. And she said well I ve a Y 
remembered that dress. And she said you taught your ^oung c 
it. I said 'I did?*Isn't that awful?^And she said no. It was 3 
beautiful. And I had a big class, 110 at that time.. An 
a beautiful pianist it she played beautifully. You never P a Y e ^ 
attention to the music because she just played. She used op y 


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with the Toronto Symphony at the time. She can really play. Here 
was this past-middle aged woman who remembered what I wore in the 
gym class. And it gave her pleasure during those years. And she 
said she never forgot. She remembered this dress. And I never wore 
it when I didn't have a good time in it. To me, people to gym for 
A a special reason, they don't get any enjoyment out of it. they 
don't enjoy it the way that they should because it's to get slim, 
it's to get your muscles strong, not to refresh you and have a good 
time.^ See what I mean That trend is recently , slimnastics, or 
whatever. I think they should do it to have some fun, to make 
friends. That is at the Y here. Do you know Brad Clement? 

B: No 

P: You should meet him, he is quite a character. I said all you 

do is go in and sit on a machine. You don't make friends all 
your life like Pauline Sellers, still coming out here. You 
take, these and all those other people who come from Hawaii 
who come to see me. They met in the gym class and they have 
been friends all their lives. 

B: I once had lunch with seven women that went to Camp Tanamacoon 

in 1925 to 1930 and they meet for lunch the first Monday of 

every month p 

P; the .. people are the same. They met their husbands there,- ft. 
met her husband ther. Her husband was the head of the Hawaiian 
YMCA. They miss alot. I said you haven't got a comfortable chair 
in the whole Y. Oh dear, I open my mouth too much. 

B: Do you need to make arrangements for lunch at all? 

P: ho, not much. We're going down now. 


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