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the new Superintendent from Feb. 2, 1948 to Sept. 4, 1967, took over 46 boys and the well worn, depleted site at Portage. The burning of the large cattle barn in the spring of 1948 added to his problems.

Manitoba Special Air Service Cadet Corps 745 started in 1949 and made quite a name for itself across Canada. From this sprung a 25 piece brass band, originally under the direction of Mr. Lorne Chappel and later under Mr. B. D. Jones, the Superintendent. Close liaison was maintained with the Canadian Forces Regular Cadet Camp at Rivers, Man. and was a regular part of the yearly program. After Mr. W. Donaldson's retirement, Mr. N. Plizska took over the Cadet Corps.

The Fourth Portage Scout Troop revived scouting at the Home with Scouter Mr. George Faulkner.

"A" Cottage was built in 1953 and "D" Cottage in 1957. Anoth­ er fire, in 1967, removed the drill hall used as a gymnasium.

Just prior to 1967 and a change of Administrators, the popu­ lation of the Home for Boys had grown from 46 to 130. Ideas of treatment were undergoing changes. The Probation Service was ex­ panding and improving their effectiveness. Therefore, committals to the Home appears to have been those boys who had established a delinquent pattern of behaviour.

When R. G. Atkinson, M.S.W., son of the Reverend Harry At­ kinson, was appointed Superintendent on Sept. 4, 1967, the boy pop­ ulation had dropped to 46 again.

In addition to appointing a social worker as Superintendent, the Attorney-General's Department launched an inservice training pro­ gram based on social work lines to again attempt to bring more emphasis on treatment.

There have been quite a number of run-aways in the last few years, maybe for no more reason than that the boys seek a change of scenery for a spell, as some of them return voluntarily.


Portage has boasted a very fine and dedica ted Horticul rural Society for many years and the local gardens, flower beds and trees are partially due to them. Its annual shows are highlights of the keen in terest taken by local ci tizens in making their grounds a thing of beauty in the growing seasons.