The Canadian YMCA War Services provided support to the Canadian Forces overseas by giving guidance and training to arriving soldiers and offering recreational and educational opportunities as well as religious services to troops in Internment Camps. In October 1936, Ernest Best succeeded Laurence Doggett as president of Springfield College (then the YMCA Training School). During his tenure, from 1936-1945, as Springfield College's fifth president, Best weathered the draft of the majority of all of the full-time students; setting up and providing quarters and training for prospective Air Force and Navy officers; and the hurricane of 1938. He died on May 19, 1963.
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