The 50's



The Extension Service is able to report that its second year of provision of facilities to the public was one of marked activity. Work begun in the first year was developed further and significant new contacts were made with communities outside St. John's.

Evening Classes

During the winter twenty-two evening classes (not for credit towards a degree) were held in St. John's, with five hundred and forty-six students enrolled (almost double the number for the previous year). In fifteen of the twenty-two classes at least two-thirds of the students attended at least two-thirds of the possible meetings. This record of enrolment and attendance was most encouraging. These classes met for an average of more than twenty weeks, one evening each week for two hours. Eleven of the nineteen evening tutors employed in St. John's were members of the Faculty. An important development was the provision of two classes in Accounting, in cooperation with the Society of Industrial and Cost Accountants, which were for credit towards the R.I.A. qualifications.

It is most gratifying that a good beginning was made in the provision of similar facilities in Western Newfoundland. Five evening classes were conducted in Corner Brook (with one hundred and fifty-six students enrolled) and one in Stephenville (fifteen students). The help of an Advisory Committee in Corner Brook was much appreciated.


The St. John's Extension Choir and the Conception Bay Glee Club continued to meet for weekly practice, and in each case improvement in quality was noticeable. They each gave successful charity and other concerts, including recitals in the five Conception Bay communities from which the membership of the Glee Club is drawn. The possibility was explored of forming an orchestra in St. John's, and Glee Clubs in some other centres. Strenuous but unsuccessful efforts were made to find a suitable person to develop a similar programme of work in Western Newfoundland.


The drama groups in Gander, Grand Falls, Corner Brook and Harbour Grace were visited and received lectures on the technical aspects of play production. The Drama Specialist instructed the group in Bishop's Falls and directed one of their productions. In St. John's he worked with the drama groups (bringing members of all of them together in "Macbeth") and directed the University Dramatic Society's production of Ionesco's "Rhinoceros". At the Newfoundland Drama Festival in Corner Brook the contestants were helped to set up their sets and were given advice on production. During the summer a lending library of plays and a travelling set of lights were assembled, for the use of groups throughout the Province. It fell mainly to the Drama Specialist to look after the technical facilities of the fully-equipped new theatre.


A successful start was made with the Art section of the St. John's evening class programme, which accounted for three of the above-mentioned classes, with an encouraging enrolment of seventy-six students. In addition, a two-week art school was conducted in Corner Brook, a summer school for a similar period in St. John's and a three-week class in Design for Jubilee Guilds fieldworkers. Instruction was given in Calvert, in cooperation with the Jubilee Guilds. The first Newfoundland Artists Exhibition was arranged and was seen in St. John's, Grand Falls and Corner Brook. The Extension Service was glad to participate in the celebrations marking the opening of the bridge across the Gut with an exhibition of historical photographs on the fishery at Placentia.

Television and Radio

An important contribution to the University's contact with and aid to outlying communities was made by increasing greatly the number of educational programmes on television and radio. Over stations CJON-CJOX-CJCN (St. John's, Argentia and Grand Falls) television courses were presented in French (25 programmes); Home Economics (20 programmes); and Fisheries Problems and Techniques (9 programmes). The latter, "Decks Awash", was an original series, financed from the Federal Department of Fisheries' grant and designed specifically for Newfoundland fishermen. It was a major organizational effort involving cooperation with the Federal and Provincial Departments of Fisheries, the Newfoundland Federation of Fishermen, representatives of the Fish Trades, and the Television Station. Contact with fishermen was helped by the formation of 75 viewing groups organized on the east and north-east coasts by fieldmen of the Newfoundland Government's Cooperative Extension Division. Mr. A. B. Butt was engaged from January to March 1962 as part-time moderator of the series. CJON-CJOX-CJCN also carried two glee club concerts. Over CBYT (Corner Brook) television courses were presented in Public Affairs (10 programmes), Shakespeare (4 programmes), Government (10 programmes) and, in cooperation with the Newfoundland Division of the Canadian Medical Association, five programmes on medical services. These made a total of eighty-three half-hour television programmes for the period under review.

Twenty half-hour programmes on "Newfoundland Yesterday and Today" were given over CBC radio. Stations VOCM and CGCB each broadcast twenty quarter-hour programmes on Home Economics. The St. John's Extension Choir gave three half-hour radio programmes for the CBC Newfoundland stations and three for the CBC national network. During the summer of 1962 a survey was conducted, in representative communities, of reactions to the various Extension television and radio series. At the end of the summer Mr. Ottenheimer left for further studies in Paris. His place as Producer-Director for Educational Television and Radio was taken by Mr. G. D. Colford.

Community Development

It is a sad duty to record during this year the death of Dr. Julia Morgan, whose community development work in Bonavista had begun with such promise. Her kindliness, sincerity and ability are missed by people in many parts of the Province. Miss Vera Moore felt unable to carry on in rural Newfoundland without her friend and colleague, and took a post in Toronto at the end of the summer. For these reasons, the Bonavista community development project had to be suspended. In Western Newfoundland, however, good progress was made. In addition to the inception of evening classes in Corner Brook and Stephenville, the groundwork was laid for similar developments in Deer Lake and Port aux Basques. Eight areas were selected and studied as possible places for community development work. Three of these, rural areas, were to receive particular attention during the following year. In May, 1962, the first West Coast Economic Conference, in Corner Brook, successfully discussed some of the problems of employment and economic development in Western Newfoundland.

Participation in Other Activities

As an integral part of the University, the Extension Service was proud to arrange some special events to help celebrate the formal opening of the new buildings. A National Gallery Exhibition, "150 Years of Canadian Painting" was arranged to open the Art Gallery. A production of "Macbeth" filled the new Theatre for four evenings. The decorations were arranged for the halls used for the convocation and other ceremonies. The St. John's Extension Choir, augmented to 85 voices, sang a selection of Newfoundland folk-songs at the Banquet given by the Newfoundland Government, and was heard on C.B.C. television and radio throughout Canada.

The Director served as Chairman of the University Arts Committee set up in place of the former Art and Music Committee, and entrusted with the additional duties of administering the Theatre and Art Gallery. The Specialists in Music and Painting also served on this Committee, the latter being particularly concerned with the Art Gallery.

Cooperation with governmental and other bodies was extensive. The Director made detailed proposals for a training programme in Municipal Government, after discussions with the Department of Municipal Affairs and the Newfoundland Federation of Municipalities. Discussions were held with the labour movement on the development of extension courses for trade unionists, and two special courses were arranged. At the 1961 Conference of the Newfoundland Cooperative Union the Director led discussions on Cooperation among fishermen. He represented the Newfoundland interest at the National Productivity Council, and the University at several mainland conferences. In the paper prepared for the Newfoundland section of the Canadian Conference on Education the desirability of introducing evening courses for credit was stressed. Considerable time was spent in investigating in detail a proposal, which the University did not find it possible to accept, that 4-H Clubs and the educational work of the Jubilee Guilds should be brought within the Extension Service. Advice and services were provided for many bodies (e.g. the judging of all homecrafts entries at the Newfoundland Fair), and all members of the staff made journeys to various parts of the Province. Advice was gratefully received from many people, including particularly the members of the Working Committees.

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