Fonds UBCA-ARC-1382 - Richard Splane and Verna Huffman Splane fonds

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Richard Splane and Verna Huffman Splane fonds

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  • Source of title proper: The title is based on the contents of the fonds.
  • Parallel titles and other title information: Formerly known as the Richard B. Splane fonds

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UBCA-ARC-1382

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  • 1936-2013 (Creation)
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    Splane, Richard B.
  • 1936-2013 (Creation)
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    Splane, Verna Huffman

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7.12 m of textual records
176 photographs
2 CDs contain digital-born photographs
16 audiocassettes

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(1916-2015)

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Richard Beverly Splane was born in 1916 in Calgary, Alberta. During the Great Depression, Richard worked in construction camps with Frontier College in Alberta. He then taught in a one-room school for two years. Following this, Splane earned a BA in economics and history from McMaster University (1944) and MA (1945), MSW (1951) and DSW (1961) from the University of Toronto. He served in the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War, afterwards staying in London to complete a certificate in Social Science and Administration from the London School of Economics. He returned to Canada with his wife, Marion, to continue his education at the University of Toronto. After which he worked for the federal government in various important positions in the Department of National Health and Welfare, including Economist, Research Division; Executive Assistant to the Deputy Minister of National Welfare; Director, Unemployment Assistance; Director-General, Welfare Assistance and Services; Assistant Deputy Minister, Social Allowances and Services.
In addition to his significant contributions to the development of the social welfare system in Canada, Splane was also very interested in international welfare issues. He served as Canada's representative on the UNICEF Board. In addition, he was a member of the United Nations Expert Group on Social Welfare Policy and Planning. In 1973 he became a professor in the School of Social Work at British Columbia. He served as acting director of the School 1980/81. He retired from UBC in 1982. Before and after his retirement, he served on the boards of many organizations such as the International Council on Social Welfare, the International Association of Schools of Social Work, the World Federalists, and the Vancouver Branch of the United Nations Association of Canada. He held many honours and awards, was made an Officer of the Order of Canada, and was awarded honorary degrees from Wilfred Laurier University, McMaster University, the University of Toronto, and UBC. He died in November 2015.
Verna and Richard were married in 1971 following Richard's first wife, Marion. After their move to Vancouver, they were active members of the University Hill congregation of the United Church of Canada. They undertook a study on Chief Nursing Officer positions around the globe, resulting in the 1994 publication Chief Nursing Officers in National Ministries of Health: Focal Points for Nursing Leadership. In 1996 they were awarded UBC's first ever-joint honorary degree.

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(1914-2015)

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Verna Huffman Splane was born in 1914 in Peterborough, Ontario. She became a nurse after high school. In 1939 received a diploma in Public Health from the University of Toronto School of Nursing and worked from the Victorian Order of Nurses until she entered Columbia University, where she graduated with a Bachelor in Science in 1957 and then went on to earn a master's degree in public health from the University of Michigan. After she graduated, she worked for the World Health Organization as a nurse advisory in the health ministries of Guyana, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, and the Windward and Leeward Islands. Upon her return to Canada, she joined the federal Department of National Health and Welfare as a public health nursing consultant from 1963-1966. However, she returned to the WHO to work on a national health planning project in Libya in 1966. In 1967 she once again returned to Canada, becoming Canada's first Chief Nursing Officer, a position that she held until 1972. After her marriage to Richard Splane in 1971, the couple moved to Vancouver in 1973, where Verna joined the UBC School of Nursing from 1975 to 1984. In 1985 she joined the University of Victoria School of Nursing faculty until 1991. She was made an Officer of the Order of Canada and was granted the Queen's Silver and Golden Jubilee medals (1977 and 2002). In addition, she held several honorary degrees. She won awards such as the Jeanne Mance Award and the Lillian Carter Centre for International Nursing Award from Emory University. She died in January 2015.
Verna and Richard were married in 1971 following the death of Richard's first wife, Marion. After their move to Vancouver, they were active members of the University Hill congregation of the United Church of Canada. They undertook a study on Chief Nursing Officer positions around the globe, resulting in the 1994 publication Chief Nursing Officers in National Ministries of Health: Focal Points for Nursing Leadership. In 1996, they were awarded UBC's first ever-joint honorary degree.

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Fonds contains records pertaining to the separate careers and personal lives of both Verna Huffman Splane and Richard Splane, and their life together as a couple. Work records reflect Richard’s work in Alberta, his time in the RCAF, and his lengthy career in the federal government as well as Verna’s work for WHO, the federal government, and as a faculty member at UBC and the University of Victoria. These records include government reports, meeting minutes and agenda, correspondence, articles, course outlines and notes. Personal records reflect both Richard and Verna’s social lives and interest in social welfare outside of their careers. These records include correspondence, curriculum vitae, photographs (print and digital), notes, articles and publications, meeting minutes and agenda, and certificates.
The records reflecting Richard and Verna’s joint life has been arranged into eight series: Chief Nursing Officers Study, Home and Social Life, Personal Correspondence, University Hill Congregation, Social Welfare Work, Honours and Awards, Photographs, and Audio-visual. The fonds also includes two sous-fonds: the Richard Beverly Splane sous-fonds and the Verna Huffman Splane sous-fonds.

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Some fax documents were severely deteriorated, so were photocopied and originals were removed.

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Includes the contents of the former Richard B. Splane fonds, which consisted of correspondence between Splane and Leonard Marsh, and is now incorporated into the Richard Beverly Splane sous-fonds.

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