Fonds 95 - Joan Witney fonds

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Joan Witney fonds

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95

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  • [ca. 194-?] (Creation)
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    Joan D. Witney

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1 cm of textual records

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([19-?])

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Dr. Joan D. Witney (also known as Dr. Joan Witney-Moore) was one of the three founding doctors of the first Community Health Clinic opened under the Saskatchewan Medical Care Insurance Act (1962). Witney had originally trained as a nurse, graduating in the first year that nurses were granted a Bachelor of Nursing degree. After the Second World War, she worked at Norway House and Moosonee. Witney-Moore trained as a doctor and interned at the Charles Camsell Hospital in Edmonton during the 1950s.
In early July 1962, Drs. Joan Witney, Margaret Mahood, and Sam Wolfe helped the Community Health Services Association open Saskatchewan’s first Community Health Clinic. Witney provided medical care during the twenty-three-day strike by most of the province’s doctors, but left the clinic at the end of the strike later in July.

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Records were donated to UBC MOA by Charles Moore, tentatively identified as Dr. Joan Witney’s son.

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Fonds consists of one notebook attributed to Witney. The notebook contains notes regarding the Cree language and alphabet, and may have been created while Moore was in Norway House.

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Records were donated along with 13 objects now held in UBC MOA collections and listed in the MOA catalogue as 2930/1 – 2930/13. Objects are predominantly of Inuit origin, and may have been given to Dr. Whitney by the Inuit patients she treated at Edmonton’s Camsell Hospital, between ca. 1946-1970.

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Created December 1, 2015 by Katie Ferrante

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