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Kitchen Plans

Series consists of architectural drawings and proposals for new space at Women’s pavilion, café bar, the report from the dietetics department on the operations and functionality of the Kitchens and cafeteria. The department of Dietetics provided and consultant and supervisory capacity when planning the expansion or creation of new kitchen spaces. The plans have been inscribed by the department with the proposed changes from Dietetics are written in to illustrate the department’s notes on space allocation, foundations and equipment needed for an expansion and modification of the space. Series also contains the original WGH cafeteria plans from 1961.

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Photographs

Series consists of photos, as well as negatives, postcards, newspaper clippings, event programs, place cards and objects that were kept alongside the photos in the original photo albums and folders. The series documents events and activities of the department, its staff and interns, such as retirement teas, award ceremonies, weddings, Christmas parties, picnics, dietetic displays, catering functions, and milestones.

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Objects

Series consists of pins and a foam apple given to the Dietetics Department by HSC in recognition and appreciation of their work, as well as a Manitoba Quality Awards plaque in recognition of quality and improvement, and a Golden Spoon Award made by the parent of a patient in appreciation for the food services their child received.

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Awards

The series documents the application for and reception of the 1995 Manitoba Quality Awards by the Department of Dietetics and Cafeterias. The award, given by The Manitoba Quality Network and Reimer Express World Corp., recognized the commitment of organizations towards quality and improvement. The winners received a plaque and a feedback report which highlighted the strengths of the organization and proposed opportunities for further improvements. The series consists of an achievement report submitted by the Dietetics Department, correspondence, event programs, a feedback report, and a newspaper clipping.

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Centennial

The series documents many of the functions such as the Centenarian tea celebrating the WGH centenary of 1972 and the role the Department of Dietetics played in those celebrations. The department was also able to compile a history of the department and the internship program in anticipation of the anniversary. The appointed committee produced an official history which was used in a centennial presentation and tea within the department. The project group articulated the methodology as well as the questionnaire that would define the scope of the project. They were also in charge of the coordination of the alumni responses used in the history presentation.
Projects include the centennial project committee and the correspondence relating to the history project which was compiled by Miss Bessie McCuaig as well as the original presentation note cards. Files contain several artifacts form the centenary such as buttons, stickers and souvenir menus from the events.

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Chinese Cooks

The series records the history of the Chinese cooks at the WGH as part of the history project undertaken by the Dietetics Department for the centennial anniversary of the hospital. The records were arranged by subject matter and were compiled for a narrative presentation on a unique aspect of the department’s history. The project files contain recorded personal memories, compiled lists of first employees and correspondence with the descendants of Joe Mar.

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Newsletters

Series is an artificial creation consolidated by the archivist. Series documents the Department of Dietetics internal newsletters organized by year. The newsletters began as WGH Department of Dietetics Newsletter which acknowledged new and evolving facilities, operations of the department and news of the alumni. It was used to communicate staff changes, the progress of the interns but the primary function was intended to be communication with alumni.
As of 1973 and the creation of the Health Science Centre the Department of Dietetics Newsletter name was changed to the Health Sciences Centre Department of Dietetics Newsletter. In 1975 the department began going to a quarterly newsletter called the Feeders Digest to provide some relief for the editors. The Department of Dietetics Newsletter in all forms was discontinued in 1978 due to lack of interest from the alumni.
In 1999, the department published a new newsletter. Initially titled “What’s My Name??”, the newsletter was given an official title in its second issue, “Nutrition & Food Services – Tidbits”, a title which was picked from staff suggestions. The newsletter included a message from the Divisional Director, Colleen Koch McDonald and provided information on department activities, personnel changes, marriages and births among staff members, procedures, intern news, recipes.

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Pan Am Games

Series documents the correspondence of the Alva Gross, Director of Dietetics and her role as Vice-Chairman of the Athletes Feeding Committee. Project included menu planning and completed nutritional guides for the athletes of the Pan Am Games held in Winnipeg in 1967. All records were produced in the year of the Pan Am games 1967. Several articles by the media detail the work of the director as vice-chairman were kept in the file.

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Dietetic Internship

The records of the Department of Dietetics that have been compiled for anniversaries, graduation and the administration of the internship program. The records are organized around significant events and filed by year from the foundation of the internship program in 1967 to the closure of the program in 2004.

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Diabetes Education Centre

Series consists of the materials relating to the foundation of the Diabetes Education Centre and Diabetic Daycare Centre which was opened on March 1966 in the Winnipeg General Hospital. Body created to educate diabetic patients on how to better manage their condition. The patients were accepted by physician referral only and were given medical and dietary instruction by the attending medical director and dietician. A guidebook prepared in the centre was available for patients and family members that provided instructional information using food charts and other information to adjust to every day living. The centre also served as a teaching unit for the dietetic interns, student nurses and public health nurses. The importance of Diabetes education was a primary role for the dietetics department who also participated in diabetic day camps for children patients. The hospital sponsored camps were an attempt to provide education as well as a more traditional childhood activity for Diabetic patients. Series contains the policy manuals and educational materials from the Diabetes Education Centre created and kept by the department of Dietetics. The Diabetes Education Centre is now the Diabetes ER a seperate entity still residing on the grounds of the Health Science Centre. Records in this series relate only to the period when the Dietetics Department was involved with the Education Centre.

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