Doreen Orman fonds
1931-2005, predominant 1960-2005
2.7 m of textual records
Doreen Cummings, 1925- , was born in Cayley, Alberta, the daughter of Ted and Eva Eaglesham Cummings. She attended school there, followed by college in Calgary. In 1946 she married Jack Orman, 1925-2006, and they had two children, Richard "Rick" and Maureen. Doreen had a long career as a volunteer for over 40 years, primarily in an administrative capacity on committees and boards. She was extensively involved with the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) at the local and national levels, particularly with the Cooperation for Development Committee. She attended several YWCA World Councils as a Canadian representative. Her interest in international development led to her involvement with the Alberta Council for International Cooperation. She was active in the Women's Inter-Church Council of Canada, and helped to organize the annual World Day of Prayer. She was the Program Director for the Canadian Christian Festival held in Calgary in 1986. Other groups she volunteered for included Calgary Seniors' Resource Society, Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association, Knox Church (which ran the Knox Centre for adult education), Calgary Inter-Faith Community Action Committee (which produced a television series on social issues), Alberta Children's Hospital (where she created the Community Advisory Committee), and the Calgary Drug Advisory Society (which ran the Drug Information Cetnre). She was the first Calgarian to receive the Governor-General's Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case in 1992.
Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of records related to her volunteer activities with a wide variety of organizations, including minutes, circulars, correspondence and reports. The fonds includes these series: Calgary Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA), Cooperation for Development Committee, YWCA of Canada, YWCA World Council, Alberta Council for International Cooperation (originally called Alberta Committee of International Agencies), Women's Inter-Church Council of Canada, Calgary Seniors' Resource Society, Canadian Christian Festival '86, Hillhurst-Sunnyside Community Association, Knox United Church / Knox Centre, Calgary Inter-Faith Community Action Committee, Alberta Children's Hospital Community Advisory Committee, the Calgary Drug Advisory Society, and other organizations. Also includes her notebooks, speeches and memorabilia.
Source of Acquisition:
Gift of Doreen Orman, 2004-2015.
The material is in English.
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View finding aid / scanned documents:
There is an interview with Doreen Orman in the Junior League Women's Oral History Project at Glenbow (RCT-625).
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)