WOMEN! Train today for a challenging job TOMORROW

Occasionally Caryn Douglas passes along CCS-related articles and tidbits that she’s unearthed in her research into the history of deaconesses in the United Church.  Here’s one from the United Church Observer in 1958, announcing the recipients of the Kaufman Scholarship.  The United Church Training School is one of the forerunners of CCS, and the Kaufman Scholarship is still awarded by CCS.  (Most recently to HyeRan Kim-Cragg.)

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“For the first time two Kaufman Scholarships will be awarded at the graduation exercises of the United Church Training School in Danforth Ave. United Church, Toronto, on May 13th. The recipients, graduates of the school, are Miss Dency McCalla and Miss Bernice Moore.

Miss McCalla received her Arts degree from the University of Alberta and taught school before entering the United Church Training School. She has been Associate Secretary of Christian Education in Manitoba, Girls’ Work Secretary for the Board of Christian Education of The United Church of Canada, and is presently Young People’s Secretary of that board. She plans to leave for England in late July and to study in one of the British theological colleges 1958-1959.

Miss Moore was also graduated from the University of Alberta with a B.Sc. degree and attended the United Church Training School following a year with Morningside Community Centre in New York. Since graduation in 1952 she has been Director of Christian Education in Canadian Memorial Church, Vancouver. This year she is studying at the School of Theology, Boston University. She plans to attend the Ecumenical Institute in Switzerland and Selly Oak in Birmingham, England.

The Kaufman Scholarship, awarded approximately every two years, is the gift of Miss Emma Kaufman and is administered by the United Church Training School.”

On the same page of the Observer is this ad for the school:

Women! Train TODAY for a challenging job TOMORROW.  Your Church Needs You.  For information write to United Church Training School, in affiliation with Emmanuel College, Miss K. Harriet Christie, Principal
Women! Train TODAY for a challenging job TOMORROW. Your Church Needs You. For information write to United Church Training School, in affiliation with Emmanuel College, Miss K. Harriet Christie, Principal

One Reply to “WOMEN! Train today for a challenging job TOMORROW”

  1. The ’50s were a great time to be part of the diaconal (deaconess) community and Dency and Bernice were ideal choices for the Kaufman scholarship and knew how to make good use of the support the scholarship provided.
    Speaking of the ’50s, I just unearthed the front page of the United Church Observer June 1952 with a picture of the ‘Largest graduating class in the history of the United Church Training School’. The count is 26!!! To those of us who graduated the next year they were our ‘seniors’ – great women – nurses, educators, new church development workers, overseas and home missionaries, and one, Mary Haggart, heading for ordination. Them were the good old days indeed how-some-ever, reading this edition of Common Threads, THESE days are enough to make my head spin and stir my soul…what incredible insights, visions and challenges you’ve reported here…Thanks always!

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