By Cheryl MacDonald
Adelaide Hunter Hoodless, lifelong crusader for the popularity of the household sciences (cooking, stitching, childcare and housekeeping) and an early proponent of domestic economics in Canada, used to be one in every of the novel new lady of the past due 19th and early 20th centuries. She helped flip the Canadian YWCA right into a nationwide association. She based the Women's Institute, assisted within the founding of the Victorian Order of Nurses and represented Canada on a number of foreign Councils of girls, in addition to developing the 1st tuition for the educational of family technological know-how academics in Canada and placing jointly the 1st Canadian family technology textbook, popularly referred to as the Little pink Book.< p>
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J. R. Holden was president, Mrs. Adam Brown vicepresident, Miss McKenzie, treasurer, Mrs. Woolverton, corresponding secretary, and Mrs. Reynolds, recording secretary. An executive meeting was scheduled for the following month. Although Adelaide was not one of the officers elected to the Local Council, she continued to campaign for its success. At one point, she wrote a lengthy letter to the Times, describing the organization and its goals, and concluding with reference to opposition to the group.
Delegates spoke on charity work, the need to organize women workers, child guidance (including a paper by Mrs. Frechette on' 'Difficult Children and How to Undertsand Them''), as well as art, music and literature. In the evening, Lord and Lady Aberdeen hosted a reception at Rideau Hall, which was attended by members of parliament and Ottawa society as well as the conference delegates. 49 On the afternoon of 12 April, Adelaide read her paper. Initially, she seemed cautious, then gradually warmed to her subject.
Relying on cooking skills handed down from generation to generation was not always feasible as technology improved and more and more people moved from rural to urban areas. Additionally, the basics of hygiene and nutrition were only beginning to reach the middle classes, and women who relied on old-fashioned methods of food preparation put their families in danger of food poisoning or worse. It's possible that the shock of her son, John Harold's death, if it did result from contaminated food, made Adelaide feel guilty about her own ignorance of food handling.