Series 3

National Symposium on Family Violence [textual record]. -- 1986 - 1988. -- 13 cm of textual records

Administrative history: The first major project undertaken by the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Foundation was the organization of "Challenge for Change", a national symposium on family violence, which was held in Saint John, New Brunswick June 3-5, 1987. The symposium addressed the question of how health workers and the general public could respond more effectively to the problem of family violence. Resource persons from across Canada were invited to speak on legal, counseling, treatment, educational policy, religious, and social responsibility issues. It was hoped the symposium would bring heightened awareness throughout Canada of the seriousness and pervasiveness of the problem of family violence.

The symposium was deemed a success, attracting over 200 delegates from all parts of the country. It also won the support of New Brunswick's political leaders, with Premier Richard Hatfield addressing conference participants at the closing banquet. As a follow-up to the symposium, The Muriel McQueen Fergusson Foundation undertook to organize lobby groups throughout New Brunswick with the purpose of obtaining adequate funding to maintain and expand programmes for the victims of family violence.

Scope and content: This series contains materials relating to the organizing, financing, and promoting of the 1987 National Symposium on Family Violence. It includes correspondence, working notes, requests for funding, financial statements, lists of registrants, conference programmes, press releases, and completed evaluations. It also includes biographical sketches of invited speakers, a conference kit, and a transcript of the proceedings.


Title: Based on contents of the series.

Arrangement: File arrangement is alphabetical.


1. National symposium on family violence - "Challenge for Change", binder
Note: Binder contains the report of Joanne Cowan-McGuigan, chairperson administrative committee, on the outcome of the symposium, final financial statement, listing of committee members, minutes of committee members, mailing list used for symposium, copy of the information letter and brochure developed for the mailing list, copies of menus used at various functions together with cost information, sample of luncheon and dinner (banquet tickets)

2. Administrator coordinator, 1986-1987

3. Application for funds, 1987

4. Banquet, 1987

5. Budget, 1987

6. Correspondence, 1986-1988

7. Correspondence, 1987
Note: Concerns conference report or transcription of proceedings.

8. Evaluations, 1987

9. Financial statements, 1987

10. Guests, 1987

11. Housekeeping, 1988
Note: Contains orders and requests for copies of national symposium transcript of proceedings.

12. Lecturers, 1987
Note: Photograph of June Callwood which accompanied her kit from Contemporary Communications Ltd. has been moved to series 5, photographs and artifacts

13. Press releases, 1987

14. Press coverage, 1987

15. Registrants, 1987

16. Resource people, 1987

17. Symposium programme, 1987
Note: Includes profiles of speakers.

18. Symposium kit for "Challenge for Change", 1987

19. Symposium, translation of proceedings, 1987

20. Symposium transcript of proceedings, distribution of, 1988

21. Symposium, transcript of proceedings of a national symposium held in Saint John, N.B. on June 3, 4, and 5, l987, [1987?]. -- typescript of proceedings

22. Women's Agenda, 1987

23. Working Notes, [1986?]-[1987?]

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