Fonds PR3640 - Mary Leah de Zwart fonds

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Mary Leah de Zwart fonds

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    • 1957-1967 (Creation)

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    0.30 m of textual records. – 9 photographs.

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    Mary Leah de Zwart (nee Milligan) was born September 11, 1947 in Edmonton, Alberta, to John Robert (Jack) Milligan and Hilda Mabel Milligan (nee White). She grew up in Bon Accord, Alberta. Between 1960 and 1965, she took part in two Bon Accord 4-H clubs, the Garden Club and the Clothing Club. The 4-H clubs in Alberta were designed as groups for young adults and adults to learn project and life skills, while working together and in leadership roles. The 4-H clubs are not-for-profit, non-governmental, and rely on adult volunteers to oversee projects and members.

    Each club had projects and goals to complete each year, regarding home economics, gardening, raising livestock, etc. In her final year (1965) with 4-H, she won the Premier’s Award for 4-H Leadership and was presented the trophy by Premier Ernest Manning.

    Following graduation from high school in 1965, Mary Leah de Zwart continued her involvement with 4-H by joining the 4-H Alumni Club at the University of Alberta.

    Mary Leah de Zwart worked for the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Foods as a Home Economist from 1968-1973, before returning to school to receive a teaching certificate. She went on to work as a public school teacher in British Columbia from 1974-2009 before becoming the University of British Columbia Home Economics education coordinator for the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy from 2009-2012. She retired to Vernon, B.C. with her husband in June of 2012.

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    The fonds consists of two personal record books for the 4-H Garden Club and the 4-H Clothing Club which detail the history of the clubs, her personal goals, and the steps taken to complete the goals; two 4-H banquet programs; nine photographs depicting club members and award recognition; a Alberta Wheat Pool scholarship certificate; and two miscellaneous 4-H newspaper clippings.

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    The records were in the possession of Mary Leah de Zwart before she donated them to the Provincial Archives of Alberta.


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        The material is in English.

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        A sewing kit, award plaques, and a 4-H crest were transferred to the Royal Alberta Museum in 2012.

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        Further accruals are not expected.

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        Information for the biographical sketch is from the records, information provided by the donor, and information retrieved from the 4-H Alberta website\_history.html.

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        Includes accession PR2012.0508.

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