Subfonds 013-14 - Ruth Saunders

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Ruth Saunders

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1 folder of textual materials
1 photograph

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Ruth Saunders was born in Camrose, Alberta in 1923, growing up in different parts of British Columbia. After high school she volunteered with the Canadian Women’s Army Corps, and served with Kitchener, Ontario’s CWAC Military Band No. 3.

After the war she attended the Royal Jubilee Hospital School of Nursing in Victoria, graduating in early 1950. She worked for about a year at the United Church of Canada Home Mission Hospital in Cold Lake, Alberta. She joined the Church’s Missionary Deaconess School and was assigned to the United Church of Canada’s Home Mission Hospital in Manning, Alberta. After taking a short course in the Korean language at Yale University, she went to Korea as a nurse missionary for the United Church, working as a public health nurse in the hill country in southern Korea. She was particularly involved with the care of Koreans suffering from leprosy.

She became Nursing Administrator of the United Church’s newly built Wonju United Christian Hospital from 1955 to 1989. Here she developed a school of nursing, which is now associated with Yonsei University. She retired to live in Victoria and later Chemainus, dying in 2002.

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Subfonds consists of one folder of papers related to Ruth Saunders’ life and career. These include copies of pages in English from the History of the Wonju Union Christian Hospital, the original of which was sent to the United Church of Canada Archives in Toronto. The original of a photocopied framed photograph of the CWAC Military Band No. 3 has been returned to the family. A copy of a presentation by Dr. Young Suk Park and Glennis Zilm titled “Preserving a Tiger’s Treasures: Artifacts as a Research Tool” on Ruth Saunders’ artifacts, dated Jun 10, 2011, is included.

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RBSC-ARC-1831-PH-1278 to 1280 are printed images, previously assigned photograph numbers, numbers have been retained in transfer to RBSC for consistency.

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Includes the following photograph: RBSC-ARC-1831-PH-1277.

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RBSC-ARC-1831-PH-1277 to PH-1280 -- Stored in Box 111.

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