1441 Drummond Street Montreal, Quebec.




In this year in which the new College building seems to be ap- proaching completion, and the College administration approaches its opening, it is perhaps seemly that the usual Review of the Principal should be made up primarily of those of its senior administrative officers.

In a College, which is so much the product of team work, the con- duct of the five Schools associated with the College is important in the total picture, so it is thought to be not inappropriate that their reports be given a prominent place in this composite. If this report loses something of its unity, the cause will be understood.

The total impact of the College and Schools on the community of Montreal can be appreciated only if one understands the total institution = College and Schools, day and evening divisions, guidance department, athletic department and library, in addition to academic courses and classes.

The academic year 1954-55, saw the College and Schools crammed to capacity. The facilities of the institution continued to be used to the fullest extent, particularly in the evening division. Additional space, giving a total of two classrooms and nine offices, was provided on the third floor of the Stanley Street wing of the Y.M.C.A. building.

This partially compensated for the loss of the annex, formerly occupying the site of the new building. In addition to space in the Central 'Y' building, the College now conducts classes in rented quarters in six buildings outside. These include the property of the Engineering Institute, the Salvation Army and O'Sullivan Business College. In all, the College has occupied ten buildings in downtown Montreal during the academic year 1954-55. Staff and students alike eagerly await the com- pletion of the new College building.


Total enrollment in the College and Schools, day and evening divisions, amounted to 6678, compared with 6827 last year.

This re-

gistration was distributed throughout the College and Schools, day and evening divisions, in accordance with the following tables

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as a war-time measure in 1940.


Gross Registration, Winter Term 1954—55 (Totals for 1953-54 given in parenthesis)


College (Faculties of

Arts, Science & Commerce) 740 (732) High School ~ ~

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Business School 240 (222) School of Art 53 (61) School of Retail 18 (21) TOTAL (COLLEGE & SCHOOLS) 1051 (1036)


3106 (3112)

1466 (1448) 119 re 782 839) 154 (192) 5627 (5791)


3846 (3844)

14,66 (1448) 119 (200)

1022 (1061) 207 (253) 18 (21)

6678 (6827)

Registration in the summer session 1955, .saw an additional enrollment of some 2182 students, the largest in the summer session since its inauguration

the College and Schools as follows:


Gross Registration, Summer Term 1955 (Totals for 1953-54 given in parenthesis)

DAY College (Faculty of Arts, Science & Commerce) - High School = Business School 66 (40)


Growth of the College and Schools

An indication of how the College and Schools have increased in enrollment throughout the years is given on Table III and Table IV re- spectively:


1321 (1177) 508 (470) 287 (240)

2116 (1877)

This enrollment was distributed throughout

TOTAL _ 1321 20 (1277) © 508 (470) 353 1280) 2182 (1869)


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The Student Body

This enrollment of students included 70.3% men, and 29.7% womene A total of 54.2% of the students had been enrolled in Sir George Williams College previously, and 84.1% were enrolled in the evening division. Throughout the College and Schools, 48.7% were Protestant in religion, 29.7% Roman Catholic, 15.1% Jewish, other 3.7%, and 2.8% unspecified.

An important aspect of the College's life is its relationship with the cultural, industrial and commercial life of the community. A number of Montreal firms have more than one hundred employees attending evening classes in the College, and some have more than two hundred. The first ten on this list for 1954-55 are as follows:

Bell Telephone Company of Canada = 230 Northern Electric Company - 226 Canadian National Railways =- 209 Protestant School Board of Greater Montreal = 200 Canadian Pacific Railways - 94 Canadian Government =- 91 Canadair Limited - 62 Sun Life Assurance Company - 59 Canadian Industries Limited = 55 Canadian Pratt & Whitney - 46

An increasing number of firms assist their employees in attending evening classes, in such ways as by paying part of the tuition fee and by giving time off for registration and examinations. Teachers in the public schools continue to form an important group of evening students by enrolling for courses which will give them advanced qualifications.

In religion the majority of these students were Protestant, with fairly large minorities being Roman Catholic and Jewish in some of the units. The distribution of the students according to religion was as follows:

TABLE Vv Religion of Students, 1954-55

Prot. RC. Jewish Other Day College 471% 222% 22 oh 7.6% Evening College 48.3 2201. 16.2 6.4 High School A9o1 30.5 1304 7.0 Elementary School 38.5 3805 Tok 15.6 Day Business School 4906 2903 17.0 hol Evening Business School 39.5 4305 11.4 506 Day School of Art 48ol 2907 12.9 903 Evening School of Art 3904 31.6 ve Tut Day School of Retail 50.0 16.7 278 505


Dean H. F. Hall, Vice-Principal of the College, reports as follows on the faculties of Arts, Science and Commerce:

In both day and evening divisions the year has been a very active and satisfactory one. It is believed that the College is making steady progress, not only in growth, but in the equally important matters of strengthening of various departments and of public relationships. We are also trying to make progress toward the achievement of our fundamental objectives in terms of the growth and development of those whom we serve.


The total number of students registered was approximately the same as last year’s. In the evening division this is determined by the capacity of our plant. It-will be seen from the following figures that the number of undergraduates has increased greatly thus leaving less room for partials. This is due to the policy of pricrity registration by means of which senior students and undergraduates generally have the opportunity of registering first and thereby securing the courses which they need to complete particular requirements:—

1954-55 1953-54 Day Eve. Total Day Eve. Total Undergraduates 703 1817 2520 687 1501 2188 Partials Mid 1289 1326 i 1611 1656 Totals 7h0 3106 3846 732 3112 3844

Summer Term

The evening division summer term, which was started as an emergency measure during the war, has become an important part of the total program. During the summer of 1954 the total registration was 1932 compared with 1960 in 1953. In many classes registration was at capacity and applicants were turned away.


The academic year culminated in the convocation ceremony which, this year, was held on the evening of June 3rd at St. James United Church. The speaker was H. L. Keenleyside, Ph.D., LL.D., F.R. Hist.S., FoRoGoSo, Head of the United Nations Technical Assistance Administration. The chairman of the Board of Governors, B. W. Roberts, 0.B.E., D.C.L., presided

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and the following degrees and diplomas were awarded:

Associate in Commerce - 14 Associate in Science - 3 Associate in Arts - 10 Bachelor of Commerce = 112 Bachelor of Science - 8&6 Bachelor of Arts =~ 137 Diploma in Association Science -~ 1

The total of 335 bachelors degrees is 44 greater than ever granted before in one year. It is of special interest to note that this twentieth convocation ceremony was held on the same day as the laying of the corner stone of the new building.


During the academic year under review 32 full-time and 122 part-time faculty members were on the staff. Messrs. John O'Brien, Lecturer in Economics, and D. W. Cole, Lecturer in English, were appointed to the full-time staff at the beginning of the year, although Mr. Cole resigned at the end of the year to go to Macdonald College. Jacques M, Portier, Assistant Professor of French also resigned at the end of the year to return to his native France. He has been replaced by Mr. J. H. Whitelaw.

The important role which part-time faculty members continue to play in our College is seen in the fact that 37.6% of day classes and 67.5% of evening classes were taught by part-time instructors.

The maintenance of good communications within such a large, diverse and necessarily fluctuating staff is a problem of which the administrative staff is well aware. Such annual events as the Shawbridge Conference (for full-time faculty members), divisional meetings, the annual faculty luncheon and the Christmas tea, are probably important in maintaining esprit de corps as well as in communicating ideas and ideals. However, this matter requires constant attention and effort.

Community Relationships

It is believed that, in this important matter, progress continues to be made. It is of interest to note that each year an increasing number of firms give tangible support to employees who attend in the evening division. These arrangements are often unofficial and are so varied that it is impossible to secure accurate figures.

An important public service of the College is in providing higher education for teachers of the public schools. During the past year 183 teachers under the Protestant School Board of Greater Montreal were registered in the evening division of the College. In addition there were several teachers under other school boards and from private schools. At least twenty Montreal teachers obtained provincial high school teacher's diplomas this year by completing requirements at the College.

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The relationship between the College and other educational institutions is important and continues to develop. This is illustrated by increasing acceptance of the College's graduates by graduate faculties and professional schools of the universities of the world. Membership in the Association of Universities of the British Commonwealth and, of course, in the National Conference of Canadian Universities, is of the utmost importance in this respect.

In the training of YMCA secretaries the College continues to have wide relationships. During the past year 26 fellowship students of the Montreal YMCA have been in full-time attendance at the College. The demand for this "fellowship" status in the Association has now reached the limit of capacity and ways of further development of this plan are being sought. The importance of this aspect of our work is seen in the number of Canadian YMCA secretaries who are graduates of the College. With the addition of the Birks-Beaton Scholarship and Bursary to the John W. Ross Memorial Scholarship we now have three very helpful scholar- ships for this important group of students.

Related to this, as well, is the College's supervision and accreditation of the Geneva Park Summer School for junior secretaries of the YMCA's under the auspices of the National Council,


The College has always been interested in the over-all guidance and placement of students, and in the individual services rendered to them, not only of the faculty and administrative officers, but of the officers especially appointed for this purpose, The Student Counsellor, Mr. D. D. Smith, reports, in part, as follows, on this service:

The Student Counsellor's Office

A review of the statistics of the Student Personnel Service Department will show some slight over-all drop in testing and counselling appointments in comparison with the previous year. This is misleading, however, since this year's totals are for an eleven month period only, whereas last year's were for a full twelve months. The date of the report this year has been moved back to 28 May to conform to the revised dates of the College year.

We were fortunate this year in having a very well qualified group of part-time counsellors to help with the evening counselling program. They included Dr. L. Hamilton, Principal of Lorne School, Dr. H. Dorken, jro, chief psychologist at Verdun Protestant Hospital, Mr. D. Adamson of the Personnel Department of Shawinigan Water and Power Corp., Mr. E. V. Shiner, psychiatric social worker with the John Howard Society, and Mr. M. Wisebord, an M.A. in psychology from the University of Montreal, who is presently a medical student. These individuals, with their ex- cellent training and diversified backgrounds, play a very important role in our counselling service.


Among the special projects with which they assisted were an experimental testing program in the Evening High School designed to help us evaluate a new battery of tests measuring abilities of importance in employment counselling, and a testing program in the Evening Elementary School de- signed to supply data on a new clinical test being developed at the Verdun Protestant Hospital. They also carried about 35%ile of the total number of individual appointments during the winter term.

Another seventy individuals took Effective Reading Courses this year. Considering the shortage of adequate accommodation available for this course, this was quite an achievement. The response to the voluntary eye clinic was rather disappointing this year, however, particularly in the Evening Eye Clinic, where only thirteen students referred themselves for examination.

The Psychiatric Group Therapy sessions which were inaugurated last fall proved themselves very valuable. There were two groups held for one hour periods each week during the Winter Term, one for Day students, the other for Evening students. Introduced as a means of increasing the availability of psychiatric counselling at minimum expense, they allowed the equivalent of an additional 140 hours of counselling time to be devoted to those students in need of this type of help.

The chronic shortage of space under which we are all labouring has had its repercussions with the Student ’CounSellor's programs also. Every year considerable pressure is put on us by employers to make quarters available to them for "on-campus" interviewing of graduating classes from the College. We have always held this to be a minimum, but this year we could afford to make arrangements for five of these employers. These were CIL (1954) Ltd., Shawinigan Water and Power, Shell Oil, United Shoe Machinery, and the Federal Civil Service. They were accommodated by turning the Placement Office and Mr. Smith's Office over to them for periods of up to a full day.

The marked increase in the number of appointments for Mature Ma-- triculants deserves some comment. The increase from 215 to 217 such testing appointments indicates that more and more applicants for under-— graduate studies are taking advantage of this arrangement. Last fall, during the registration period, it was not uncommon for us to be testing as many as fifteen to twenty such applicants at -once,.

In review, the year has been very busy. At peak periods we were unable to accommodate the demands that were being made on our services, and delays of up to two weeks for appointments were not uncommon, es= pecially for evening students. The location of adequate testing facilities when needed has at times become a desperate problem. It has been necessary for Miss Harder to take students to entirely separate parts of the building for testing ~ on occasion, with the result that the reception office was understaffed. Our quarters in the new building will allow a great improvement in this area.

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Although the counselling service has never been open to the general public, hardly a day goes by during the winter that we do not receive a request for educational or vocational guidance from some individual who is not a YMCA member. Where these individuals have been referred by other reputable agencies (Family Welfare, Occupational Therapy Center, Department of Veterans Affairs, Jewish Vocational Service, for example) and where the need is genuine, we make some attempt to accommodate them. Otherwise our only recourse is to refer them to some of the private sources of such psychological assistance. At the present time the minimum fee for services such as we are providing, when provided by adequately trained psychologists, is $100.00. And at that the few individuals or firms handling this type of counselling have more business than they can accommodate.

Aside from direct contact with students, the staff of the Student Counsellor'’s Office have continued to carry forward our research programso Without the research that we have been able to undertake during the last four years there is no doubt that our counselling program would be a great deal less adequate. In spite of the fact that facilities and time for this research are completely inadequate, every effort is made to keep abreast of recent developments in the field.

The Placement Office

The Executive and Professional Division of the National Employment Service continued its very satisfactory service to our college students by providing two full-time Placement Officers on duty twelve months of the year. Mr. O. F. McGregor, who is in charge of the office, and Mr. W. Campbell continued their excellent relationship with our students and the other members of the Student Personality Services staff.

An examination of the statistical tables of the department will show that the relatively weak employment situation experienced in the Montreal area during the winter months was reflected in our Placement Office activities, Although there were 23% more interviews with students, placements fell by 22% in comparison with the previous year. Almost all of this decline in placements occurred in the area of part-time jobs. The largest single factor here was that, in contrast with previcus years, no college students were eligible for part-time employment with the Post Office this year during the pre-Christmas season. In previous years this employment has accounted for as many as 150 part-time jobs for our students. The only other soft employment area is summer jobs. This is undoubtedly a consequence of the generally softer employment situation.

It is encouraging to note in contrast that permanent employment for Evening College Undergraduates, and Graduates, shows substantial gains over last year. The increase of 51% in graduate placements is especially worthy of note.

If attention is directed to the over-all ratio of placements to registrations for the two years the ratio for 1954 was .56, that for 1955 was 2.55. That is to say that approximately one placement was made

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for every two students registered with the office. The ratio is remarkably constant for the years, and speaks well for the efforts of the Placement Officers on behalf of our students.

The Placement Office at the College, being a unit of the National Employment Service, enjoys the full resources of this agency. However, attention should drawn to the fact that by far the largest proportion of the orders which are received by our office are the result of direct contacts that Mr. McGregor and Mr. Campbell have made with local employers. Employer relations constitutes a vital phase of their work, and is one to which they give constant attention.

THE LIBRARY A statistical report, submitted by Miss M. Broadhurst, Head Librarian,

shows a total of 88,653 people using the library during the year in one way or another, including the following:

Number of books borrowed for home use - 30,120 Number of maps used by faculty = 23 Number of slides used by faculty - 167

Number of music records loaned for lectures, etc. = 1,200 Number of people who used the library 88,653

There was a total of 159 periodicals purchased regularly during the College year, and a total of 142 of them were bound at the end of the term.

The F, 0. Stredder library of recorded music consists of 1736 (78!) records and 315 (LP') discs. There are 98 maps in the library, and 1800 slides. Books in the library totalled 26,281. In addition, the library had a goodly number of phamplets and vertical file material.


Mr. M, Flynn, Athletic Director and Administrative Assistant, reports as follows;

Operating under the direction of five major student committees, the extra curricular program encompassed nineteen different interest clubs which, in turn, had their own Executives. Eight of these clubs were under the joint sponsorship of the Day and Evening Divisions, They met once a week during the Fall and Winter terms and each had an average membership of twenty~five.

Highlights of the student year were the American Student Exchange, Freshman Week Activities, Winter Carnival and the annual World Service Campaign. The two latter events involved the Schools as well as the College. There were five other major social functions held with a combined attendance of 2350 and twenty-four minor social events with a rough com— bined attendancy of 3000,

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It is felt that our student program is providing the students with a rare opportunity for self-expression and leadership development ~ this is evidenced by the fact that there are no less than forty-one different Executive groups and Committees meeting regularly to conduct and supervise Student Programs.

Athletic Program

Last year the College Athletic Board governed an Athletic Program involving twenty-seven teams in seventeen different sports at all levels of competition from inter-faculty to inter-collegiate. These teams engaged in more than two hundred games or meets and there were one hundred and thirty-eight crests and awards given out at the Annual Awards Evening.

The College Athletic Evenings attracted more than 1000 students and the Winter Carnival Athletic activities proved equally as popular. Faculty-student competition was held in Basketball, Woodsmen and Rifle.

Odd Facts

(a) Approximately 1100 students used the Central YMCA Physical facilities.

(b) The permanent equipment inventory is now in the area of $3,500.00.

(c) Eleven members of the full-time staff were involved in the Athletic program and three made trips with student teams.

(d) The College used about 24 hours per week of gymn time in Central ‘'¥Y’ and rented one outside gymn for two hours per week.

(e) Only one student who registered for CIAU competition failed to complete his year. Tiosininictatiiats 65 registered. )


All three Armed Services are at present represented in the officer training arrangements available at Sir George Williams College, in common with most universities and colleges in Canada.

The Board may be interested in the fact that each of these three services is represented by a different form of organization in the College. The only one of the three to be established completely within the College is the Army with an especially organized College Unit of the Canadian Officers Training Corps. The cadets from Sir George Williams College in the Navy participate in the McGill University Division of the University Naval Training Detachment at H.M.C.A. Donnacona. A somewhat similar arrangement is made for the Georgian cadets in the R.C.A.F. Reserve who participate in the University Reserve Training Plan of the R.C.A.F. at the McGill Armoury, with the exception of the fact that a member of the College staff acts as Liaison Officer in the College itself.

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Sir George Williams College Contingent of the Canadian Officers Training Corps is established within the College with the Unit bearing

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the name of the College itself. The Army has rented a house at 1180 Bishop Street, which serves as a C.0.T.C. headquarters and Unit Mess, with recreation rooms and lounge for the cadets.

The present strength of the Unit is 40 and 4 officers, The quota strength of the Unit is 45. The officers of the Unit are as follows:

Hon. Colonel Lt. Col. S. C. Holland (a member of the Board of

Governors) 6.0. ~ Maj. E. J. Fee (a graduate of the College, who succeeds Maj. J. Macdonald this year). 2 1.C. ~ Capt. A. G Tyner Adj. = 2nd Lieut. J. L. Hall (a graduate of the College) R.S.0. - Maj. J. J. Caryi (who this month succeeds Mr. R.

Haran who has been posted to Val Cartier Camp).

Major Caryi who comes directly from the Canadian Army Staff College at Kingston, will spend half time as Resident Staff Officer of the Loyola College contingent and half time with the Georgian Unit of the C.0.T.C.

The Officer cadets of this Unit train on Wednesday evening at the Corps headquarters and spend the summers at the various Army training camps throughout Canada.

University Naval Training Detachment Navy

Sir George Williams College cadets have a quota of 15 in the McGill Detachment at H.M.C.S. Donnacona. At the present time, the actual strength is 14. The arrangements at H.M.C.S. Donnacona is that the McGill Detach- ment accommodates the cadets from Sir George Williams College, Loyola and any other English-speaking colleges in the area, while the University of Montreal Detachment accommodates cadets from the French-speaking classical colleges.

University Reserve Training Plan - R.C.A.F.

During the academic year 1953-54, there were 12 students of Sir George Williams College who were members of the Sir George Williams College Flight of the McGill University Reserve Squadron of the R.C.A.F.

Sir George Williams College Cadets do their training on Tuesday night at the McGill Armouries and have the use of the use of the facilities of the mess connected with it. In the summer holidays, they are posted full time for training to the various R.C.A.F. stations throughout Canada. The Liaison Officer officially appointed in the College by the R.C.A.F. is the Assistant Registrar, F/L R. A. Fraser.

In all three services, the training which the men receive during the College year is confined to one evening per week and they have the opportunity not only of qualifying for their commissions, but of obtaining remunerative employment during the summer vacation.

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The Evening High School

Looked at from the point of view of quality of students and total enrollment, Mr. A. Saunders, Headmaster of the High School, considers the Summer School of 1954 the most successful we have had. There was a record

enrollment as follows: Summer 1951 - 319

i" 1952 - 427 id 1953 = 437 . 1954 - 482

There were four classes in 8th Grade, four classes in 9th Grade, nine classes in 10th Grade and seventeen classes in llth Grade. Practi-= cally all the High School subjects were offered during the summer in Grades Ten and Eleven.

Fall registration followed much the same pattern as last year with a great rush on the first three days of open registration. While we have the same number of classes on Saturday - ten classes from 9:00 a.m, to 11:00 aom. and eleven classes from 11300 a.m to 1:00 poem. = there has been a considerable increase in enrollment.

In the 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. classes we had an enrollment in the first term of 360 making an average of 36 per class and in the 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 pom. we had enrolled in the first term 403 in eleven classes making a class average of 36.3. Of course, some of these have dropped out during the year.

On Saturday morning we have one class in 8th Grade, two classes in 9th Grade, five classes in 10th Grade and fourteen classes in llth Grade.

In the first term we had the following students in the High School:

Grade No. of Classes Enrolled Average per Class 8 23 86h 37.6 9 26 851 32.7 10 BT 1274 Bho 11 oe 1914 36.8 138 4903 3505

Average number of courses per student is 3.26.

As the enrollment figures show we make a great deal of effort in September and October to see that we do the best for everybody, but there are always some disappointed people who fail to get into the special- ized courses like the sciences, typewriting, etc.

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Below wehave listed the reasons given by students who withdraw from


Reasons Given for Withdrawal from September to 28th February

le 2s 36 ho 5o 66 Te 8. 9o 10. 11. 12. 13.6 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 220

Sickness, doctor's orders, medical certificates = 22

Sickness at home

Night shift or working late

Moved out of town Transferred by firm Transferred to College

Transferred to Business School

Gone back to day school Entered the services

Did not enter

Too far behind

Too busy with work Other activities

Out of work

Building a house

On the road

School too far from home Taking flying lessons

On strike

Going to trade school Taking courses with firm Financial difficulties

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On October 27th last we held our Annual Graduation Ceremony and there was a record number of graduates ~ sixty-one from the Elementary School and a record number of one hundred and twenty-nine from the High School. The number of graduates is an indication of the state of health of the

School, as seen by the following figures.


1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954

High School Graduates

34 29 17 39 56 60


Elementary School Graduates

We have an active Student Council which had three successful dances (the last one on March 4th) and two issues of the Night Letter.

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In June 1955, we had one hundred students taking Quebec High School Leaving examinations, a big increase over previous years.

During the year we have introduced arithmetic in the upper grades. Arithmetic can now be taken in Grades 8 or 9 and in Grades 10 or 11, As many of our students should not be taking algebra or geometry a four year course in arithmetic should be worked out.

Another new subject put on the time—table for Saturday morning 9:00 aom. to 11:00 aom. is Canadian History for Eleventh Grade. Twenty— five students have registered for this course. North American Literature is another subject which has been available on Saturday morning for the past three years. This year there are forty students taking this subject. This can be taken for Quebec High School Leaving Certificate.

Written and Oral French can be taken on Saturday morning for the first time this year, and thirty-three students have registered for these classes.

While there is much concern about students who for various reasons withdraw from their courses there are hundreds of individual cases of courage, determination, and perseverance against tremendous odds. We have had several cases this year of students who, besides doing a regular job during the day, are carrying a heavy load here and building a house at the same time.

Through the pleasant and willing co-operation of Mr. D. A. Bates the High School office is served every day Monday through Friday from 9200 aem. to 5:00 pomo, Saturday morning from 9:00 a.m. to 12330 pom. and Monday, from 5330 pom. to 93:00 pome

The Elementary School Concerning the Elementary School, Mr. Saunders reports: Elementary School enrollment shows a decline this year as compared

with the previous three academic sessions. This may be due to the state of the labour market.

Session 1950~51 Elementary School - 96 " 1951-52 " " = 131 " 1952-53 " " vse 146 a 1953=5h . = - 152 " 195h=55 tw " ra 118

The Business School

The Business School for the 1954-1955 term has just completed a very successful year, according to Mr. R. N. Elliot, Director of Instruction. The changing of the Graduation from fall to spring, he says, has had a very stimulating effect on many students, especially in the Day Division.

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The total registration was about the same as previous years with 240 students registered in the Day Division, and 782 in the Evening Division.

At our Graduation on June 27, 1955, we issued 80 certificates for the completion of advanced subjects in the Evening Division and 65 Diplomas to students, who completed courses in the Day Division.

The Day and Evening Divisions carried on as usual during the summer of 1954 with an average enrollment.

The demands for our graduates are becoming keener each year. It is very gratifying to know that our graduates are giving better than average service to the employer.

The School of Art

The School of Art has had a very satisfactory attendance in both the Day and Evening Schools, as reported by Mr. Jo McCorkindale, Director of Instruction, who reports, in part, as follows:

The teachers and students visited many local art exhibitions, and made a number of out-door sketching trips.

The students completed 25 posters for the Social Agencies. These were greatly appreciated.

The Annual School Exhibition was held in May. This proved instructive and enjoyable to visitors, students and instructors.

The staff of the Day and Evening classes have worked diligently and are looking forward to the accommodation in the new building.

The Retailing School

The recent acquisition to the list of sub-collegiate schools, the School of Retailing, had a very successful year, judged by certain standards rather than numerically. Mrs. F. Wilson, Director, reports, in part, as follows on the second year of operation of the Schools

Based on the experience of the previous year in which the School was established, various changes have been made which have contributed greatly towards efficiency of operation and strengthening the course content. These changes and/or additions have been noted throughout this reporte

Many factors have contributed towards the progress of the School during the past years

A, the thoughtful consideration, by the Joint Selection Committee, of the admission or rejection of each application for admission to the Schools


Be. the concerted efforts on the part of the Retail Stores Co~ operating Committee, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Victor Birks, in providing instructors from the collaborating stores, in promoting the interest of the School; and in arranging for the placement and supervision of students for their field world;

C. the co-operation of the staff of five permanent instructors and of the Sir George Williams Counselling Department;

D. the enthusiasm and responsiveness of the members of the class of '55%:

The program of studies consisted as follows:

COURSE I - Functions of the Retailer and Store Organization (3 hours per week)

COURSE II - Product Knowledge (3 hours per week) COURSE III Salesmanship (3 hours per week)

The remainder of time allotted to the above courses was used for periods of review, discussion, testing and interviewing and field work.

Field Work

Schedules of field work were revised to allow for equal length of work experience in the four stores to which each student has been assigned for work three days each week. (With the exception of the opening week in September and the month of December, when students worked full-time).

Store I = Sept. 14 = Nov. 13 = 29 days Store II ~ Nov. 16 =- Dec. 23 —- 28 " Store III - Jan. 4 -Mar. 8 = 28 " Store IV - Mar. 10 - May 14 28 "

It was agreed that, as far as possible, each store endeavour to add to the variety of work experience which students had been given in previous stores. It was recognized that schedules cannot rigidly be set up at the start of the year for each student, but should be left to the discretion of the Employment Managers of each store.

Four ratings on each student have been received during the year. These have been forwarded to the School within one week of termination of students! work in each store.


Counselling has played an important part in the nine-month course for young people who have had the novel experience of being half student and half working person. It is especially necessary in a class of students with a broad age range and where students are at different stages of emotional maturity. Store ratings, which provide for comments as to


how students may improve in their field work, have been very helpful in personal interviews on the part of the director with each student throughout the year.

Field Trips

During the year, twenty-five weekly field trips were made to factories and concerns related to retailing in Montreal and the vicinity. Manufacturers have co-operated fully in this phase of our programme, so that it has been possible to learn the manufacturing process of a broad range of merchandise, Students have been required to submit written reports of these trips, as an important part of their study of Report Writing.

The graduates of the class of '54 met with the class of '55 on two occasions during the year. At a supper meeting in November, Mr. A. Duff, of Henry Morgan Co. Ltd., was guest speaker to both classes. Mr. Duff's talk on "Modern Trends in Merchandising" was followed by a Question and Answer period. In June, the class of '54 entertained this year's graduates at a Beach Party held in their honour.

The Graduation Ceremony was held on June 15th in Budge Mu»norial Hall, Central Y.M.C.A. The Address of the evening was given by Mr. J. We. Eaton, Assistant General Manager of the T. Eaton Co. Ltd. Miss Mary Henderson delivered the Valedictory Speech. Mr. E. F. Ke Nelson, General Manager of the Canadian Retail Federation, presented a Gold Medal on behalf of the Federation to the student outstanding in Academic and Practical work. The recipient was Aime Quintal. The presentation of this Gold Medal will be made annually to the outstanding student of the schooi, which is now affiliated with the Canadian Retail Federation.

The experience of this second year of the Sir George Williams School of Retailing has been encouraging. Many of the initial contacts made on behalf of the school during its experimental year have been maintained. Jany others have been added.

Perhaps one of the most promising factors for the future growth and success of the School lies in the interest and enthusiasm of the students themselves for distributive education, combining as it does the theoretical and the practical. A curriculum which has broad implications for the development of a well-adjusted individual who recognizes his responsibility to himself and to the community in which he lives will have an ever increasing contribution.


Through the College and the myriad curricular and extra-curricular activities related to each, the complex institution known as Sir George Williams College tries to give expression to the fundamental purposes of the Montreal Y.M.C.A. As is stated in its charter, "to give expression, through the medium of formal and informal education, and related extra- curricular activities," four-fold, all-round interest of the Y.li.C.A. in the total development of individual personality to the all-round growth of "Christian persons in a Christian society".

This all-round objective is the guiding purpose of Sir George Williams College as it is part of the Montreal Metropolitan Y.M.C.A. To this end we trust that all units of Sir George Williams contribute their share.