History

The following is an excerpt from History 1953-1973 - The Prince Edward Island Federation of Home and School Associations, compiled by the late Hesta MacDonald, President 1965-1967. This publication was made possible through a grant from the Prince Edward Island 1973 Centennial Commission.

On January 29, 1953, twenty-three local Home and School Associations in Prince Edward Island formed a Provincial Federation and became affiliated with the Canadian Home and School and Parent-Teacher Federation.

An organizational meeting was held at Prince of Wales College auditorium with 102 delegates representing 23 Home and School Associations in attendance at which time Mrs. M. J. Doyle (North Rustico) moved and Rev. Mr. Paterson (Georgetown) seconded a motion that this meeting form a P.E.I. Home and School Federation. This was adopted unanimously. Thus was born the P.E.I. Federation of Home and School Associations with Mrs. J. Gordon (Helen) MacDonald (Charlottetown) as its able first president.

Mrs. MacDonald wrote, “We were privileged to have the guidance of many of the National leaders who contributed to our growth. Such an inspired leader was Dr. L. A. DeWolfe, from Truro, Nova Scotia, a pioneer in Canadian Home and School and one of its first National presidents who wrote: “The Home and School’s task is to learn the scope of education - especially out of school - and to study ways of interesting all young people in self-education. Particularly should we discover how children learn, what they need to learn, how they can be helped by the community, and how they can help the community by helping each other.”

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