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Kitchener-Waterloo Council of Friendship fonds.
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English-speaking Classes

File records the activities of the Kitchener-Waterloo Council of Friendship regarding their program for English-Speaking classes, dating between 1967 to 1970. Includes blank forms on employee's tax deductions, employment contract forms, as well as citizenship employment with the Ontario provincial government for applications as an ESL (English as a Second Language) teaching position. There are also order forms for language textbooks and news clippings about registration for English classes with the YWCA in Kitchener. Correspondence in the file pertain to exchanges between Minnie Maines and the Ontario government's citizenship branch regarding the establishment of English classes for new immigrants to Canada.

History File

File contains a manuscript dated March 16, 1967 regarding the history and establishment of the Kitchener-Waterloo Council of Friendship written by Minnie O'Hara Maines. Also included are news clipping from 1967 regarding 16 K-W dancers performing a German dance for Princess Alexandra.

Kitchener-Waterloo Council of Friendship fonds.

  • SCA104-GA76
  • Fonds
  • 1948-1971, predominately 1960-1969

Fonds contains a notebook and records collected by Minnie O'Hara Maines from 1948 to 1971 in her capacity as a member of the Executive of the Kitchener-Waterloo Council of Friendship. There are blank forms regarding tax deductions and employment contracts for English-speaking classes, along with newspaper clippings that cover registration for and advertisements of these classes in Kitchener. The fonds also includes other promotional pamphlets and cards for the classes and for the Council in general, along with lists of winners for the Council's scholarship funds and names of contributors.

Kitchener-Waterloo Council of Friendship

News clippings

File contains newspaper clippings from the mid-1900s regarding the activities of the Kitchener-Waterloo Council of Friendship including articles about winners of the Council's scholarship fund. Also included are clippings also focused on immigration, new-comers to Canada, and the integration of new Canadians.


File consists of a notebook kept by Minnie O'Hara Maines with minutes from meetings with the Executive Committee, the Education Committee, the Committee for English-speaking classes at the YWCA, and the Canadian Affairs Group. Also included are two reports from 1957 and 1958 summarizing the activities of the Council's Service, Education, and Social committees; brochures from 1966 and 1967 outlining the general responsibilities and scope of the council; as well as a 1960 letter from Victoria Ullman to Maines, in which Ullman is thanking Maines for the bursary she received, are also included in the file.

Scholarship Fund

File consists of records documenting activities related to the scholarship fund administered by the Kitchener-Waterloo Council of Friendship between 1958 to 1971 focused on providing financial aid to new, young Canadians for higher education purposes. Included are the names of scholarship winners; the name of contributors to the scholarship fund; as well as correspondence from the Council to contributors explaining how the funds were distributed among the winners. File also contains records regarding the rules and eligibility for the scholarship and some completed applications.

Kitchener-Waterloo Council of Friendship