Seeking stories about 1960s Pictou County social services

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To the editor,

Back in the mid-1960s, as a New Glasgow Jaycee, I had some dealings with the Pictou County Asylum and Pictou County Old Folks Home in connection with the Jaycee Christmas children's program.

At the time, both homes were run by a couple whose background was, I believe, mainly farming. I regret that I cannot remember their names.

I was tremendously impressed by their innovative, very caring approaches, 7/24 open door visiting policy, dedication to the comfort of patients and their community engagement. Ministers, hairdressers, and service clubs were all involved in making patient lives more pleasant and dignified.

The impression it all made is as vivid today as it was then. As a retired newspaperman, I would like to learn and get down as much as I can about what I consider one of the most civilized of social services I ever encountered.

It would be wonderful to hear from anyone who knows and remembers those times.

My contact information is: miramichier_dac@hotmail.com, PO Box 5008, Miramichi, NB, E1V 0B3, (506) 773-5583.

Thank you and Happy New Year to all.

David Cadogan

Miramichi, N.B.

Organizations: Pictou County Asylum, Pictou County Old Folks Home

Geographic location: Pictou County, Miramichi

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  • Sharon Gunn
    January 05, 2013 - 13:03

    Thank you for your very kind comments. The couple you are referring to are my parents Kenneth and Margaret MacLean. They owned a dairy farm in West Branch. My father was also a school teacher. They taught us children a great deal about commitment and caring. I continue to be amazed at how much they did for the residents and staff on a shoestring budget.