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Department of Dietetics sous-fonds

The sous- fonds contains the records of the Dietetic department relating primarily to the history of the department and the creation and administration of the internship program. Records are primarily from 1967-2004, records arranged by year and subject. The records of the fonds were appraised and arranged by Shirley Layne as Director of the Dietetic Internship program at the closure of the program in 2004, before donation to the archives.
Sous-Fonds includes DVDs on the history of the department, HR materials,departmental newsletters, awards, staff scheduling books and policy manuals documenting the operation of the department and include information and photographs of anniversaries, graduations and hospital events.

Department of Dietetics

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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Diet Manuals

Series documents the three editions of diet manuals produced by the Department of Dietetics of the Winnipeg General Hospital. The three editions produced by the department were 1960, 1966, and 1970 respectively. The manual was used by all arms of the dietetics department and was revised only by the department administration. The therapeutic dieticians of the Department of Dietetics created diet manuals intended to be used by the attending physicians, medical students, dietetic interns, nurses and nursing students for patient meals. The manuals are based in Canada’s food guide for proper nutrition and provide the menu plan for three meals a day. The manual covers standard hospital meals as well as the modifications made for specific patient diets such as a low sodium or diabetic meals. The diet manual provides a hospital wide standard for the meals and methodology of implementing the specific dietary requirements of the patients.

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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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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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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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Food Service Management

Series consists of notes and a published handbook for health care facilities. The records were written by R. Alva Gross and provide information on organization, personnel and financial management, distribution, sanitation, safety, security, education. The handbook was used by Health Care Food Services across Canada.

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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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Collective Agreements

Collective Agreements for the Winnipeg General Hospital and the Health Sciences Centre after its creation in 1973 were used as reference by the Dietetics Department. The series encompasses the booklets produced by The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) for the collective agreements reached with the Winnipeg General Hospital (WGH) and subsequently the Health Sciences Centre (HSC). The original agreements were made between the Winnipeg General Hospital and the Winnipeg General Hospital Employees Union, Local 56 as a division of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). The union changed organization with the creation of the Health Sciences Centre in 1973. All Dietetics employees were now under The Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local No. 1550. The Union is still present in the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, Health Sciences Centre Site and represents more than 2900 employees. Series is an artificial creation consolidated by the archivist.

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