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Topic: The Women of Aspenland
Article: Jacqueline (Lakeland) Jevne
Date Posted: October 2/2012
Main District: Vang
Decades: 1920's to 1980's
Jacqueline (Jacquie) Jevne was born June 30, 1926 in Medicine Hat, Alberta and spent her entire life in the province. She spent her early years in Calgary, graduating from Western Canada High school.
Upon graduation from the Calgary normal School (Teachers College), Mrs. Jevne taught in the Wetaskiwin school system for ten years before resigning to manage the family farm during her husband's absences on frequent business trips related to his commitment to the cooperative movement. She too was deeply involved in the cooperative philosophy, which took her and her husband across Canada and the United States many times and twice to Europe. In 1969, she was Canada's representative to the Triennial Conference of Women Co-operators of the World held in Hamburg, Germany.
After resigning from teaching, she engaged in volunteer work in the community. Indicative of her dedication to worthy causes was her effort in saving the Vang Lutheran Church, which at eighty-five years, was the oldest Lutheran Church west of Winnipeg. The church was in danger of closing until Mrs. Jevne conducted a survey, followed by personal interviews, and then printed a summary of her findings which was no doubt of considerable influence in saving the church.
Between 1968 and 1971, she returned to part-time university study to specialize in social sciences. Her major study areas were in courses relevant to the understanding of the group process and leadership dynamics.
During 1972 and 1973, Mrs. Jevne launched a new career as a private consultant for program design and project management. Her work in this area included many major assignments associated agencies such as the Alberta Civil Servants Association, the National Man and Resources Program, the Rural Education and Development Association, the Canada Farm Management Committee, Canada Agriculture, Women of Unifarm, and the Goldeye Foundation.
In 1980, the Jevne family was presented with a Farm Family Award from the local agricultural service board and the Chamber of Commerce.
Jacqueline Jevne earned the respect of many Albertans for her dedication to teaching rural families how to improve the quality of their lives and for her efforts towards improving the image of farm women. She has also earned the honour of being admitted to the Alberta Agriculture Hall of Fame.
Information compiled in 1996.
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