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Age and Opportunity Inc. fonds
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From 1992 to 1995 the Stradbrook Senior Centre in Winnipeg offered a course for seniors on how to write their life story. This course was offered under the auspices of Age and Opportunity, a non-profit organization established in Manitoba in 1957, which aids seniors in a variety of ways beneficial to their daily life. These courses were taught by Tanya Lester. In 2002 the "Writing your Life Story" class continued to be offered on a thrice yearly basis, but was no longer taught by Tanya Lester.
In 1994, the fonds was donated to University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections by Tanya Lester, the "Writing Your Life Story" class instructor, at the Age and Opportunity, Stradbrook Senior Centre. Before March 2002 this fonds was titled "Stradbrook Senior Centre - Age and Opportunity." The name was altered to better reflect the provenance of the fonds.
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The fonds consists of 10 life stories of varying length written in Tanya Lester's "Writing Your life Story" class at the Stradbrook Senior Centre. The life stories chronicle a variety of topics including left-wing political life in the 1930s, the difficulties of buying a house during the depression and the grief caused by the loss of a spouse. All narratives concern Manitoba and range chronologically from 1920-1994. The fonds also includes two of Tanya Lester's syllabi outlining the structure of the course.
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