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Although 82 She Still Helps The Young
:' Although she will celebrate her 82nd birthday in March/Mitt Bessie Champienr of Leabrook, will continue to servo/on the; Mind* Homo board of manaaement ai iti
president. Her voluntary ser vice to the home, in cludes 50 years as1 a committee member and 30 years on the house committee. Miss Champion. has been connected with Minda Home since its inception in 1898 when it functioned as a two cottage institution in Fullarton road. With members of the Kent. Town Methodist
Thurch Club she visited the home to entertain the 12 children who were then inmates. She. joined the home committee in 1904, and 17 years later was commis sioned toy the SA Govern ment to investigate-similar institutions in England and Scotland. . Her recommendation, on ler return, two years later, that a cottage system, pro viding for segregation of the children into mental age groups, was later prt into action. Miss Champion regards the introduction of occupa tional therapy as one of the greatest advances in the handling of handicapped children. 'At Minda we are train ng the mind through the hands,' she said. One of Miss Champion's greatest treasures is a arohation Medal awarded to her last year for the part she has played in welfare work in SA.