Fonds - Naramata Centre fonds

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Naramata Centre fonds

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  • 1947-1986, predominant 1947-1980 (Creation)
    Naramata Centre

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6 m of textual records

3 film reels

55 audio tape reels

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In 1947, the Christian Leadership Training School, later known as the Naramata Centre, was established at Naramata, B.C. to provide training for lay leadership training programs for lay people and ministers. Winter session students lived at the school for a period of several months, the curriculum consisting of short courses on subjects such as bible study and teaching methods, taught by the principal, other staff members, or visiting lecturers. In later years, the curriculum became oriented towards personal growth and development rather than leadership. There were also short summer courses to equip Sunday School teachers, musicians, and others for work in their congregations. Short courses are now offered throughout the year. The original constitution provided for a Board of Directors responsible for the general policy and management of the School; a Board of Trustees to supervise investments and finances; and a Board of Managers responsible for budgeting and fund-raising. In 1977 the Board of Managers became a committee of the Board of Directors and its name was changed to the Management Committee; two more standing committees, Program and Personnel, were added at this time. The first Principal of the school was Robert A. McLaren, also minister at the local United Church. The first students lived in a rented building and attended classes in the basement of the church, but over the years a number of buildings were built for the school. McLaren was succeeded by Frank Patterson in 1964, Ivan Everett Cumming in 1968, and John Robertson in 1981. (The title changed from Principal to Director in 1968.) Staff members have included Jack Best, Development Officer from 1976 on, Roy Stobie, and Dr. William Rose following his retirement from UBC. At various times in its existence the school has reported to the Board of Home Missions and the Division of Mission in Canada.

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The fonds consists of the following series: Constitution and bylaws of the school and the Society, 1949-1979; Minutes of the Society, the Board of Directors, the Board of Trustees, the Board of Managers, committees and staff meetings, 1947-1983; Correspondence and other records of Robert McLaren and Frank Patterson, 1946-1968; Staff circulating files, 1972-1985; Development records, 1955-1983; Programs records, 1947-1986; Church courts and organizations, 1950-1985; Financial records, 1947-1974; General administrative records, 1947-1985; Publications, 1947-1983; Audio-Visual Materials, 1955-1960; and Papers of William John Rose, 1961-1968.

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Transferred from Naramata Centre in the 1980s (accession not documented).


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BCAUL control number: UCCBC-19

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