Class Notes & Memories


Class Notes 1970

John Acheson, '63 BPE, '67 Dip(Ed), '69 MEd, '75 PhD, was employed by the Edmonton Catholic School Board for 37 years as a teacher and administration. He then spent four years with the Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton as a project coordinator, and two-and-a-half years with the Edmonton Police Commission as Executive Director, and also served as superintendent of the Mother Earth Charter School. John is currently an Edmonton Catholic School Board trustee. He is a husband, a father of four, and grandfather of 12.
Derek Ashurst, '68 BA, '71 LLB is a lawyer, actively practising in Victoria.
Dick Baker, '73 MEd, worked for 33 years with Edmonton Public Schools as a high school teacher, principal of M.E. Lazerte, and later as associate superintendent. Dick retired in 1995, and has served as Associate Executive Director of the Public School Boards' Association, as Adjunct Professor with Concordia University College, as Adjunct Professor of Education with the University of Alberta, and as an educational consultant with various school jurisdictions.
Linda Ann Barabash, '73 BEd, ran a home-based Kindergarten program for two years, and then taught senior high school home economics classes at Andrew School in Andrew, Alberta for nine years. Linda then moved to Bruderheim, where she taught junior high language arts, math and science for 13 years, and then transferred to Clover Bar Junior High in Edmonton, where she taught language arts for eight years. Linda retired in 2006, and lives in Opal, Alberta with her husband of 43 years. She has one son, Andrew, and three daughters: Andrea, Michelle and Marie.
Jack Berezan, '73 BA, '74 Dip(Ed), was a public school teacher for more than 30 years, and a firefighter for eight years. Jack raised a family of four children, and is presently enjoying his recent retirement, and travelling.
Arlene Bishop, '72 BA, obtained two other degrees after her graduation from the U of A and had a rewarding 30-year career in the field of human services. Arlene is now retired and is enjoying travel, painting, singing and gardening.
Rosemary Brown, '74 BSc(Ag), '74 MSc, worked in farming and ranching; she raised cows and farmed feed to support them. Rosemary is now retired, and enjoys volunteering, babysitting grandchildren, and travelling.
Gordon Cove, '78 BSc(FoodSci), has worked in the meat industry in Edmonton and Red Deer, and is currently the CEO of the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency. Gordon is married to U of A alumna Deborah Cove (née Papirnik), '77 BSc(MedLabSci), and their two daughters are also U of A grads: Dr. Leslie Cove, '04 BA and Dr. Michelle Cove, '06 BSc(Spec).
Mary Crisp, '78 BScN worked for two years as a home care coordinator in Edmonton, and then for eight years as a nursing supervisor in Comox, BC. Mary spent eight years working as a general medical/surgical coordinator in a military hospital in Saudi Arabia during the Gulf War, where she met the love of her life, an Englishman, and married him in 1997. They returned to Canada where Mary worked medical/surgical day care and endoscopy until her retirement in 2004. She is thoroughly enjoying her retirement and having the opportunity to travel with her husband.
Shannon Glover, '73 BSc(Pharm), has been busy with work in pharmacy and faming for the past 40 years. Shannon's husband, Herb Glover, '73 BSc, decided to return to the family farm near Red Deer in 1974, where he worked as mechanic, vet, crop manager, bookkeeper, and father. Together, Shannon and Herb raised three sons and now have four grandchildren. Shannon and Herb are the sole proprietors of the farm, and enjoy looking after the animals, including Red Angus cross cattle and Hereford line cattle. Shannon continues to enjoy rewarding work in community pharmacy in addition to her work with the farm.
David Gray, '73 PhD, worked for 20 years as a research scientist with the Canadian Museum of Nature, and has now undertaken a number of independent projects. David has continued his focus on Arctic topics, through exhibits, websites, books and, more recently, filmmaking; he recently completed five documentaries about early immigration from India to Canada. This summer, David is launching an expedition to retrace the steps of the 1913 Canadian Arctic Expedition (CAE) on Banks Island, and notes that his 40th anniversary of graduation coincides with the 100th anniversary of the CAE. More information about the expedition can be found at
Norm Greenwood, '71 BCom, worked with a major bank after graduation and later with the federal government for several years. He then worked for the Province of Alberta, helping to start the Alberta Small Business Department. Norm has written many books on business, has taught at various educational institutions and started a home-based business. He recently retired, after 30 years with the Alberta government. Currently, Norm is a volunteer mentor with the U of A and is also a Business Case Judge. He is married with two adult daughters, and he and his wife—now official snowbirds—enjoy playing the relatively new sport, pickleball.
Ann Griffin, '73 MEd, lived for 20 years in Victoria before marrying her husband in 1999. Since then, Ann has lived in four different states; she presently lives in Arizona where she has found many fellow Canadians and U of A grads. Ann's careers have been varied: psychologist, homemaker, vocational rehab manager, project manager, and most recently, realtor, which has been her favourite career of all. She is now semi-retired with three daughters, two step-daughters, and five grandchildren.
Albrecht Hallbauer, '73 MBA, returned to Germany after graduation with his wife, who shortly thereafter gave birth to the first of their three sons. Albrecht and his family still have close ties to Canada, with two of their sons having studied and worked in Canada. Albrecht worked until 1978 as Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Business at the University of Mannheim, where he earned his doctoral degree. He then worked as a Market Research Associate, and later Product Manager, at Eli Lilly Inc., and then joined his family business as President and CEO. Albrecht later integrated this company, specializing in the manufacture of equipment for the pumping, metering and dosing of lubricants and other related products, into the Samoa Group, a market leader in the field. For nearly 20 years, he has been involved with a variety of boards and mentorship, and was honoured three years ago with Germany's Order of Merit. Albrecht is a member of the Rotary Club Mannheim Kurpfalz and the Marketing Club Frankfurt. He enjoys sports, hunting, and being kept busy by his five grandchildren.
Marty Handlon, '73 BPE, has worked in operations management at various recreation facilities. He is married to Peggy, a special needs aide, and has one daughter (a recent BPE/BEd graduate) and one son (a third-year electrical apprentice).
James Lavers, '58 BEd, '70 MEd, was continuously enrolled in the U of A from 1946 to 1977, earning two degrees and a number of credits in Russian History and Educational Psychology along the way. James taught in eight very different positions for 37 years. He was also a national track and field coach, and was involved in the first successful Progressive Conservative campaign in Alberta. James has designed a number of programs and given seminars from Yellowknife to Phoenix, has served as Writer-in-Residence for a community in Saskatchewan, and has won a BBC Short Story Prize.
Rose Anne Lawton, '73 BSc(Pharm), has enjoyed working in different facets of her profession: community retail, academia, and hospital pharmacy. Rose Anne continues to work at the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton on a part-time basis, and enjoys helping with class reunions. This summer, Rose Anne welcomed her first grandchild.
Madeleine Lefebvre, '76 MA, '78 MLIS, is the Chief Librarian at Ryerson University, and is active on the local, national and international library scenes.
Adolf Loeffler, '73 BEd, is presently enjoying retirement after a lifelong career in secondary public education.
David Loree, '73 BSc(Ag), farmed at Parkland until 1980, and then at Bowden until 1986. David also worked as an oil and gas surface landman between 1977 and 1991, as well as a variety of contract work. Since 1994, he has worked in the field of holistic therapies. David raised two boys, has one granddaughter and one more on the way, and works and teaches in Edmonton.
Bernadette Lutchmeesingh, '71 BSc(HEc), '72 Dip(Ed), '78 BEd, taught high school from 1972 to 1995 in both Quebec and Trinidad. Bernadette retired in 1995, and recently co-authored a book titled Delicious and Healthy: Cooking with Caribbean Foods.
RajEndra Mathur, '78 BEd, taught in northeast Alberta, and enjoys travelling. RajEndra has also studied at Simon Fraser University, and is currently studying at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver.
Gregg Meropoulis, '74 BPE, '78 MA, travelled in Europe for four months after graduation, then accepted a teaching and coaching position at NAIT in the fall of 1978. He has worked there ever since, coaching women's basketball until 1999, and then serving as athletics manager. Gregg and Patti have two children: Alexandra, who graduated from studies in physical education and physiotherapy, and Matthew, who is completing his physical education degree and plays on the Golden Bears hockey team.
Gloria Mok, '70 BSc, '74 MD, works part-time as a family physician in a group practice, where she is also an administrator and the consultant for electronic medical records. Gloria is also a practicing visual artist, and has published a book, Folio: Chateau Mathieu. Her art has taken her to Normandy, France, and her work has been exhibited around Alberta, including recent exhibitions in Medicine Hat and the Fine Arts Building Gallery at the U of A. Gloria also enjoys travelling and cooking.
Mary-Anne Neal, '76 BEd, is now teaching courses in the master's program in Educational Leadership at Royal Roads University in Victoria, and is also conducting professional development workshops for teachers in BC, China, Vietnam and Africa.
Roma Newcombe, '69 BEd, '78 BA, taught for 23 years at the high school level, and has travelled to 102 countries. Roma shows her travel videos in seniors' residences, and is an active volunteer, including volunteer work at an orphanage in Haiti, and volunteer work for St. Vincent de Paul. She enjoys painting in watercolour, gardening, and making and selling preserves.
Hugh Read, '73 BA, '76 Dip(Ed), spent a couple of years after graduation travelling around Western Canada playing in bands (Rye County and Backslyder), before returning to the U of A in 1975 to pursue a teaching diploma. Over the next few years, he acquired a wife, two kids and a mortgage while working as a substitute teacher, playing in some more bands (Matrix, Cactus, Celebration), teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) to immigrants, and in the summers, building fences and decks. In 1985, Hugh joined the faculty at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), where he taught tech writing and business communications courses until his retirement in 2011. Now, as managing editor of Westbridge Communication Inc., Hugh writes, edits and publishes educational materials and presents training workshops to organizations. He has also stayed active in the music business over the years as a guitar player with InNAIT, Heartwood, and, currently, the Blind Dog Blues Band.
Allen Ries, '74 BEd, '77 BCom, worked for over 20 years at Canada West Insurance Company (primarily in the accounting department) and also worked for over five years at The Brick. Allen retired last year.
Gerry Riskin, '70 BCom, '73 LLB, practiced law for many years with Emery Jamieson and Snyder & Co., and then co-founded the global consultancy The Edge Group, now known as Edge International. The company is 30 years old this year, and serves law firm clients globally with clients in India, Australia, Europe, Asia and North America. Gerry has three wonderful children: Raquel, an actress in Vancouver; Matthew, '02 BCom, currently studying law at the U of A, and Daniel, '97 BSc, the co-host of the television show Daily Planet. Gerry and his wife Bethany have lived happily in Anguilla, in the British West Indies, for 17 years.
Janet L. Rutt, '69 BSc, '73 MD, went to Halifax after graduation for her internship. Unfortunately, she became ill after a few months with bipolar disorder, and later returned home to the family farm. Janet completed her internship in 1975, at Holy Cross Hospital in Calgary, and returned to Edmonton in 1976 for her family practice residency at the Royal Alexandra Hospital. She also spent six months working in pathology, and a year on an alcoholism research project. However, Janet's studies were frequently interrupted by illness, and by 1980 she retired due to disability. She remained in Edmonton until 2003, when she returned home to become the primary caregiver for her mother. Janet's hobbies include reading, music (especially classical music), crossword puzzles, scrap collecting and gardening.
Nick Skinner, '63 BSc, '65 BA, '67 MSc, '71 PhD, is about to begin his 42nd year teaching psychology at King's University College at Western University in London, Ontario. In addition to personality correlates of learning, Nick is very interested in the variables that influence effective teaching and, consequently, he has been the Chair of the Section on Teaching of Psychology of the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) for the past 25 years. The CPA honoured Nick with its Distinguished Contributions to Education and Training in Psychology Award in 2000.
Steve Skuba, '53 BEd, '71 Dip(Ed), worked for 35 years with the Bonnyville School Division, first as a teacher, then as a principal, an assistant superintendent and finally as Superintendent of Schools. After his retirement at age 55, Steve served as employment counsellor with Alberta Social Services for a further ten years. Steve has also served as a teacher-advisor for a year in a teacher training college in Uganda. Presently, Steve and his wife are enjoying retirement in Westbank, in the Okanagan, where he leads an active life.
Ruth Soroka (née Pinchbeck), '79 BEd, finished a 30 year teaching career in 2009, the last 20 years with Rocky View Schools. Now, Ruth enjoys a variety of hobbies, as well as spending time with her grandchildren and travelling.
Paul Strohschein, '63 BSc(ElecEng), '71 MEd, worked at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) for 33 years, first as an electronics instructor, then a senior instructor, and eventually as the Program Head of Industrial Electronics. After earning his Master of Education degree in Post-Secondary Administration, Paul became the Assistant Director of Research and Academic Development at NAIT, followed by eight years as Chairman of the Academic Studies Department. He also served as Dean of the Engineering Technologies Division (ETD) for two years, and later served as Associate Dean of Academic Services, ETD. Paul retired to a hobby farm in 1996, and he and his wife Lydia enjoy spending time with their three married children and their spouses, and their two grandchildren.
Chirapa Suvanprakorn , '73 MSc, taught at Krasetsart University in Bangkok, Thailand for more than six years, and later worked at Pan Rajthevee Group Public Company, Limited. Presently, Chirapa works as a production consultant.
BJ Wahl, '73 BLS, had three children, one in Edmonton, one in Toronto, and one in Ottawa. She worked in several Canadian libraries, moved to Wisconsin in 1981 and worked in an academic library there, and then moved to Keene, NH, where she has worked at the Keene Public Library for 25 years. BJ lives on 20 beautiful acres on a hilltop and gardens extensively, along with her wonderful husband Bob, and she looks forward to retiring soon.
George Webber, '73 BA, worked as a photographer and photography instructor at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) for more than 20 years. George has published five books of his photographs since 2005: A World Within: An Intimate Portrait of the Little Bow Hutterite Colony, People of the Blood, Last Call, In This Place: Calgary 2004-2011, and Prairie Gothic. The text for George's two most recent books was written by fellow U of A alumnus Aritha Van Herk, '76 BA(Hons), '78 MA.
Ging Wei Wong, '75 BSc(Hons), retired after a 35-year career with Transport Canada and Nav Canada, having worked in Inuvik, Tuktoyaktuk and Edmonton. Ging Wei has logged more than 25 years as a volunteer with the Edmonton Chinese Bilingual Education Association, supporting Edmonton's widely-acclaimed Chinese (Mandarin) Bilingual Program in Edmonton Public Schools, and was also the Associate Producer of the award-winning film documentary Lost Years: A People's Struggle for Justice. Ging Wei has three children who also attended the University of Alberta: two who are registered nurses, and one in the information technology field.
Mike Znak, '73 BSc(CivEng), is now semi-retired after 35 years with the Alberta government. Running is a long-time passion of Mike's, and he has run 21 marathons in the past 15 years. He is also enjoying doing renovations on rental and recreation properties, hunting, fishing and travelling.

The following class notes were submitted to the 2012 Class Notes & Memories Contest.

Brenda Bell '79 BEd, '88 MEd, writes that for the first 15 years after graduation she taught school, college, university, and managed a bookstore. Then she went on a holiday...and didn't come home! Brenda taught in international schools overseas, in 5 different countries, for 15 years. She returned to Canada three years ago and has worked as a Starbucks manager, then as an Administrative Assistant and she is currently exploring the non-profit sector. Even after living all over the world, Brenda thinks Edmonton is a great place to be!

Donald Blechschmidt '75 BSc(Med), '77 MD,writes that he is living in Brampton, ON and practicing family medicine, and that he has a wonderful wife and four great kids. He enjoys sports, especially hockey, and still plays two or three times a week.

Constance Brissenden '72 MA, worked with various Canadian theatre companies early in her career, including being the first Dramaturge for Playwrights Co-op (later Playwrights Canada). Later she moved into publishing, creating Women Write for Theatre, which led to early anthologies of Canadian women playwrights including Carol Bolt. In the late 1970s, she worked for Maclean's magazine as a researcher, contributing writer and assistant editor. In 1983, she moved to Vancouver and was hired as senior writer and managing editor of EXPO 86 publications. Around this time she met Cree author Larry Loyie, with whom she created Living Traditions Writers Group to encourage writing in Aboriginal communities. They now have written six books together ( Constance has written several books on history and travel and continues to teach drama courses at Northern Lakes College to students in the Aboriginal Teacher Education Program.

Drew Bremness '70 BSc, '72 MD notes that the medical class of '72 was like a fraternity—close, accepting and fun—and that although the members of this class are at the pinnacle of their careers or already retired, they share fond memories of their time at the U of A.

Leslie Bryant '77 Bed, now retired, was a teacher and principal at Keephills School with the Parkland School Division. Currently, he volunteers with an historical society.

Vic Budz '72 BEd, '84 MEd, retired from Grasslands Public Schools, in Brooks, Alberta, after 35 years as an educator (teacher, counsellor, vice-principal, principal and assistant superintendent). Currently Vic is a school trustee, member of the Alberta Attendance Board, Rotarian, frequent traveller and volunteer with Encounters with Canada, a youth program in Ottawa. Vic has been married to Ann for 37 years and they have two sons and one granddaughter.

Donald Buskas '72 BEd, '75 MBA, writes that he worked as a Business and Information Technology instructor from 1980 to 2003.

Liz Cabezas (née Krol) '77 BEd, began her teaching career at St. Mary's in Fort Vermilion. After one year there, she moved to Grande Prairie and District Catholic Schools, then moved with her husband back to Edmonton where she taught for Edmonton Catholic. Life then took them back north where Liz was employed with the County of Grande Prairie. She taught part-time there for several years while raising her children there, and once they were done school, Liz followed her husband further north to High Level, where she continues to teach.

David Clemens '72 BEd, taught elementary grades in Fox Creek for three years before working for Chevron Standard Ltd for four years at their Kaybob 3 facility. David self-studied his way through Fourth and Third Class Power Engineering, and moved with his family to Olds in 1979 to begin employment with Mobil Oil at their Wimborne gas plant. He also completed Second Class Power Engineering, and after 21 years at Wimborne, David earned his commercial pilot's licence and flew on BC's Sunshine Coast. He returned to Alberta and graduated from SAIT in 2003 as an Aircraft Structures Technician. David later spent 4 years at the Crossfield gas plant and semi-retired in 2008.

Jean Coleman (née Christianson) '72 BSc(HEc), '82 MSc, became a dietitian after graduation. She worked in Alberta, Prince Edward Island and Saskatchewan, and has just retired. Jean has many fond memories of the U of A and is appreciative of the efforts of many of the Home Ec faculty over the years of both her graduate and undergraduate degrees.

Deborah Cove '77 BSc(MedLabSci), worked at the University of Alberta Hospital after graduation until her move to Red Deer in 1996. Deborah has two grown daughters: Leslie, who has earned a PhD in Sociology in Montreal; and Michelle, who has earned a PhD in Optometry in Pittsburgh. Deborah writes that she is currently "travelling and enjoying life with husband Gordon in our Miata".

Faye Davis '70 BSc(HEc), is pleased that the University of Alberta is at the forefront of public health education in Canada, and is pleased to be back in Edmonton as a part of this effort. Faye is looking forward to reconnecting with class members.

Elaine Doonanco (nee Smith) '72 BEd, '82 Dip(Ed), '91 MEd, worked for the Bonnyville/Northern Lights School Division for 29 years; 21 of those years were spent at Glendon School where she taught Mathematics and English Language Arts at the junior high level. Elaine was also the guidance counsellor at Bonnyville Centralized High School for eight years. Although she is now retired, Elaine still returns to Glendon School as a supply teacher from time to time—a great way to see her six grandchildren who attend the school.

Susan Duncan '77 BScN, '03 PhD, has been working for the past two years with nursing colleagues, including Paddy Rodney '77 BScN, to establish a new nursing association in BC, the Association of Registered Nurses of BC (ARNBC). Susan is the President of ARNBC and represents BC nurses on the board of directors of the Canadian Nurses Association, and Paddy is a member of the founding Board of Directors. They credit Dr. Shirley Stinson's Nursing Trends course as a major source of their inspiration for this endeavour, which they describe as history in the making.

Maurice Dusseault '71 BSc(CivEng), '77 PhD, was a Professor of Engineering at the University of Alberta from 1977 to 1982, and since then has been a Professor of Geological Engineering at the University of Waterloo. Although he is primarily a teacher, Maurice is also an international advisor and instructor in the areas of petroleum geomechanics, salt mines and caverns, waste disposal, hydraulic fracturing shale gas, and heavy oil.

Joseph Ehiwe '72 BEd, was a CIDA-sponsored student. He worked with the Edo State Ministry of Education in Benin City, and was Principal at a technical college, Chief Education Officer, and Chief Inspector of Education. Joseph left the workforce in 2000 and is enjoying his retirement.

Boyd Fairbrother '77 BSc(Spec), is currently enjoying his five grandchildren and the success of his own two children.

Erika Foley '73 BEd, is a retired teacher who, after a eight years as a reporter and photographer for the Wainwright Star Chronicle and Review/Edge newspapers, has returned to substitute teaching. Erika has also been president of Museums Alberta and is presently serving on the board of the Alberta Retired Teachers Association as well as on their Health and Benefits committee and is president of her local Retired Teachers Association in Wainwright. Erika is married to Bob and together they have two children and 12 grandchildren.

Charlotte Foulston '75 BMedSc, '77 MD, practiced family medicine for a couple of years in Medicine Hat and obtained certification from the College of Family Physicians. Charlotte then returned to finish year three of pediatrics in Calgary, and year four at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, finishing in 1984. She returned to Medicine Hat and has been practicing medicine as a pediatrician ever since. Charlotte has two adult children, who are both U of A alumni, as is her husband. She continues to play recreational hockey.

Myrna Fox (née McFadyen) '72 BEd, '77 Dip(Ed), first studied at the U of A in 1958 and fondly remembers the close camaraderie that developed between her and her classmates, creating many friendships that have endured to today. She remembers taking classes in the old Education building at the end of Whyte Avenue and getting to know her collegaues very well because of the small size of their class. Myrna went on to earn master's and doctoral degrees, and has taken on a variety of roles over the course of her career: classroom teacher, principal, consultant, and college program coordinator. Currently, Myrna works at Portage College in northeastern Alberta, where she coordinates Early Learning and Child Care, Education Assistant, and Disability Studies programs in various communities. She is looking forward to catching up with former classmates at this year's Reunion Weekend!

Linda Frank (née Bundy) '72 BSc(Hons), married Royce Frank and together they farmed near Rimbey for 38 years. During that time Linda also worked as a Production Accountant at Keyera Rimbey Gas Plant for over 22 years until her retirement and move to Lacombe in 2011. Linda has two sons; her oldest Neil, a welder, took over the family farm, and her youngest, Kevin '04 BSc(MechEng), '07 MScEng, is working on a PhD in Fire Protection in Christchurch, New Zealand. Linda also has two grandchildren.

Jennie Frost '70 BA(Hons), '82 BEd, is a professional storyteller and author, who has told stories for everyone from pre-schoolers to seniors, in eight Canadian provinces and the Northwest Territories. In May 2011, Jennie toured the Sault Ste. Marie area as a storyteller during the Canadian Children's Centre Book Week Tour, and at this year's Storytellers of Canada/Conteurs du Canada Conference in Montreal, she was announced as the next StorySave teller. This is in recognition of her significant contribution to storytelling, and her having a marked personal style and repertoire. One StorySave recording is made each year, and Jennie will be undertaking the exciting project of recording a 3-CD set of her stories from ancient Greece and Rome. In 2005, Jennie published her own 2-CD set, Pygmalion and Other Greek Myths, thanks to a Canada Council grant. She is also an award-winning, published poet.

Eveline Gagnon '72 BEd, was already teaching junior high in Fort McMurray, AB when she obtained her BEd. The following year she moved further north to Rae-Edzo, NWT to teach at a new school that had been opened and that was administered by the Dogrib people. Eveline cherishes the eight years she spent there. Continuing her studies, Eveline spent many summers at Newman Theological College in Edmonton, St. Paul's University in Ottawa, Divine Word Centre in London, ON and the International Centre for Religious Women in Rome, Italy. She also served for twelve years on the Grey Nuns Provincial Council/Administration and is still active in the Formation and Vocation ministries. In 1989, Eveline trained and became a Pastoral Administrator of a francophone parish in Edmonton. Eveline continues to work full-time as a Secretary/Archivist for the Grey Nuns, and she sends blessings and greetings to all.

Darlene Garnier '76 BEd, '92 MEd, '96 EdD, has worked as a high school teacher, college instructor, business owner, and consultant to all levels of government. Darlene served as an elementary and high school principal, and spent five years as Executive Director and CFO of an educational research centre.

Frank Gibson '72 BCom, has tried to keep the fun in his life while balancing career and family. He has participated in two World Championship Master cross-country skiing competitions, placed 6th in mountain biking at the World Master Event and has tried to push the limit in a few other sporting challenges as well. When he graduated he hadn't considered a career in commercial real estate but now is a partner in NAI Commercial Real Estate Inc.—a global organization. Frank is also an Honorary Director of the Citadel Theatre and a member of the Foundation Board of the TELUS World of Science. Frank also writes that he is proud of his twin daughters, both university graduates, and adds, "I look forward to sharing life stories with you at the reunion".

Ken Gilbert '78 MEd, served as principal of two secondary schools after graduation, as well as Inspector of Schools. Ken went on to become a Training and Development Manager for BHP Open Cut Coal Mines in Queensland, Australia, a Development and Training Manager for Australian Airlines, and a Customer and Staff Services Manager for Qantas for a short time. He has now been a leadership consultant in private practice for 22 years. Ken writes that he has had a wonderful life enriched by his 12 months at the U of A.

A. Irene Glenn '72 BEd, retired from Salisbury Composite High School in Sherwood Park after a long teaching career. Reflecting on her alma mater and her fondness for Queen Elizabeth, Irene notes how both the U of A and Her Majesty set high standards to live by and work towards. "Quaecumque Vera" has remained the motto for her life and work and she particularly cherishes the profound articles on that theme by Aritha van Herk in New Trail magazine.

Janine Gliener '78 BA, was originally lured to Toronto to work in the administrative side of professional theatre, and stayed there to complete an MBA and work in corporate market roles, including consumer products and financial services. Most recently, Janine has worked in marketing and the advancement of post-secondary education, in the college sector in Ontario.

Sally Gosselin '77 BEd, met the challenge of raising a family as a single parent and paying off a mortgage—during a time when there was a surplus of teachers—by subbing, teaching outside of the city, and taking on several part-time jobs. Sally also has spent 15 years writing, including poetry and short stories, and has published one book of poetry.

Leslee Greenaway '78 BSc, 89 MSc, after completing her master's degree in textiles, went into real estate as both an investor and as a licensed realtor. After 15 years in the industry, Leslee still loves her career. In 2004, she travelled to Africa on safari, and came back with a desire to make a difference. In 2006, this desire led to her founding a community development project in Kenya. Save-A-Village Kenya is still going strong, and will be moving onto a second village area in 2012. More information about Save-A-Village can be found at

Barry Hardin '75 BMedSc, '77 MD, has been practicing as a family doctor in Calgary. He is married and has three children: twin girls and a son. One of Barry's daughters is a dermatology resident in Calgary, his other daughter is a lawyer in Vancouver and his son is doing accounting work for an oil services company. Barry writes that to the best of his knowledge, he was the first in Calgary to use an electronic medical record, back in 1990.

Sandi Howell '79 BSc, '82 BSc(FoodSci), worked at the U of A after graduation, with Dr. B. Ooraikul, in product development. She then enjoyed two years as a federal food and drug inspector, followed by being an at-home mom and teaching food preparation skills and safety to youth in her Edmonton community. Sandi is an accounting clerk, and is presently serving in a charity focused on East Asian peoples, their spouses and families. Sandi and her family have been overseas and were based in Singapore for 13 years and have been in Canada, specifically Edmonton and the Toronto area, for the past eight years. She has enjoyed helping scholars, spouses and others to practice English and to discover Canadian culture.

Andrew Jarema '70 BSc, '72 MD, married his wife Gail in 1973 and interned at the (now imploded) Calgary General Hospital from 1972 to 1974. He completed his Family Practice residency in 1974 and moved to Taber, Alberta to join a local clinic. During his time in Taber, Andrew's two children were born, and the family subsequently moved back to Calgary where Andrew joined the Junior Anaesthesia Residency Program at Foothills Hospital. Afterward, the family returned to Edmonton and Andrew joined the Fort Medical Clinic, where he has worked ever since. The family settled in St. Albert, where the kids grew up and married. Andrew has three grand-daughters and enjoys travelling to the coast every year and to warm places in the winter. He attends the symphony and the theatre and plays hockey and soccer. Andrew's wife Gail retired in 1999 due to a brain aneurysm, but she is now back to good health.

John Jensen '72 BEd, started teaching at Medicine Hat High School in 1974. A year later he went to the University of Calgary to pursue a Master of Science degree in Vocational Counselling. In 1978, John started working for the Calgary School Board, married Pat Lowell and moved to Pincher Creek, AB. John describes the period from 1983 to 1992, as his mid-life retirement/ housebuilding stage. He returned to teaching from 1992-1995 as a Shop teacher with the Piegan School Board. In 1995, he started the Certified General Accountant program and began an accounting and financial planning career with SunLife. More recently, John was a Senior Auditor with Canada Revenue Agency from 1997-2007 and is currently an Independent Chartered Financial Planner and Chartered Investment Manager.

Joan Johnston '71 BSc(Med), '72 MD, undertook a family practice residency at Dalhousie University after graduation, and then returned to Edmonton where she worked as a family physician and was on staff at Edmonton General Hospital and the Royal Alexandra Hospital. Since 2007, her practice has been restricted to the treatment of patients with eating disorders. Joan is also a write and published author, including Feast of Famine, published in 1993.

Graham Kern '79 BA, went into seminary after graduation and served as a pastor for 20 years in Alberta, Saskatchewan and North Dakota. He has since changed careers and is a cabinetmaker in Bismark, North Dakota.

Adrienne Kisko '77 BSc(Ag), '93 MSc(Ag), went to the University of Arizona after completing her BSc and completed a degree in Agricultural Education. Since then she has worked for Alberta Agriculture, Agriculture Financial Services Corporation, Sustainable Resource Development and Alberta Transportation. Adrienne and her father—also a U of A alumnus (BSc Ag 1952)—raised Appaloosa horses for many years and Adrienne showed horses until 2005. When she moved back to Edmonton in 2007, Adrienne took up dancing again and now does country, swing and ballroom dancing as a hobby. Adrienne has competed in country and swing dance events in Canada and the US.

Philip Klemka '75 BMedSc, '77 MD, practiced a full range of disciplines as a general practitioner after graduation, including obstetrics, hospital care, and work in extended care facilities. In 1992, he added to this busy portfolio an assistant professor role (and later, associate professor) in the Department of Family Medicine, editing the departmental newsletter and coordinating an interviewing skills course for undergraduates. In 2004, Philip began devoting his time exclusively to medical psychotherapy and enjoys the free time that his new schedule offers.

Gary Kohlsmith '72 BCom, moved to Grande Prairie with his wife Rose in 1972, where he articled and became a Chartered Accountant (C.A.). He was a partner in a firm from 1975 to 2009 and now works with the firm as an associate. Gary and Rose have two married children: their son Shaun is also a C.A., and partner in the firm in Grande Prairie; and their daughter is a teacher and mother in the Cayman Islands, where her husband also works as a C.A. Gary points out that there is a C.A. in every couple in his immediate family, and with four grandchildren growing up, he suggests there may be more to come!

George Knowles '72 MBA, worked for the City of Edmonton after graduation for ten years, as a Senior Corporate Planner. After his time with the city, George spent two years working as Director of Renewable Resources for Edmonton Power before his retirement in 1984.

Richard Kuchar '77 BCom, worked for Central Personnel at the City of Edmonton for 13 years, with the Province of Alberta for one year, and then with a variety of ministries in BC for nine years. Richard is currently semi-retired and is living back in Edmonton. He is still fly fishing and flying radio control aircraft, and has kept up his fly-tying for 46 years.

Marcia Langenberg '75 Dip(RM), '76 BSc(PT), '87 MEd, has pursued her interest in physical, mental and spiritual well-being since graduation. In fact, her desire to help people develop ways to heal, learn and understand themselves is the motivating factor behind the work she has done and continues doing. She has worked as a physiotherapist at the Medical Arts Physiotheraoy Clinic; as an elementary school teacher in the Edmonton Schools alternative Waldorf program; and as a literacy teacher at the Centre for Literacy. Presently, Marcia is a Yoga Association of Alberta (YAA) Certified Senior yoga instructor. Her work in yoga has included teaching Hatha Yoga classes through the U of A Campus Recreation, at corporations and in yoga studios; coordinating the YAA Teacher Training Program and teaching students in the program; serving on the YAA Board; and writing and editing articles.

Richard Lewanczuk '79 BSc, '83 MD, '92 PhD, was a student at the University for 17 years through 3 degrees, an internship and a medical residency, and wonders if he might have set the record for longest continuous registration as a student. Richard is now a Professor in the Department of Medicine, in endocrinology, and is also Senior Medical Director for Primary and Community Care with Alberta Health Services.

Adolf Loeffler '73 BEd, had an educational career with Edmonton Public Schools and is now retired.

Sue Long (née McCormack) '72 BSc(HEc), started her career as a District Home Economist with Alberta Agriculture in Slave Lake, and had the privilege of working in some isolated northern Aboriginal communities early in her career. Sue worked for Alberta Agriculture for eight years, and later worked for AADAC (now AHS - Addictions Services) in Peace River, beginning in 1985. She job-shares the Area Supervisor position with a colleague, and has also worked for Northern Lakes College at the Peace River Correctional Centre since 1987, where she instructs two evening programs to male inmates: one program is on addictions awareness, and the other is on family relationships and family violence. Sue also works part-time as a school psychologist, is married with three children, and has one 15-month-old grandchild. Sue writes that the Peace Country has been a very good place for her both personally and professionally.

Donald Lunty '77 BSc(Ag), married Debra Lunty (née McNaughton) '76 Dip(Nu) in 1977 and together they have four children and six grandchildren. Donald, who has been involved with his family's farm since graduation, has been a delegate for Alberta Wheat Pool and Agricore; and a director for Agricore United, Regional Economic Development Alliances (REDA), Alberta Community and Co-operative Association (ACCA), Goldeye Foundation and Forestburg Co-operative Seed. He is also involved with the local Lion's Club, ski hill, curling club and golf club.

Wayne Madden '74 BEd, has retired from teaching, as of June. However, Wayne notes that "you cannot take the teacher out of the teacher", and he plans to continue to do volunteer work in schools. He loves living in Mill Woods, in Edmonton, where he moved in 2008 after living and teaching in Fort McMurray for 31 years.

Jan Manning '76 BSc(HEc), retired to Mexico five years ago after spending the four previous years teaching in South Korea. Jan lives lakeside at Lake Chapala, the largest lake in Mexico. There is a very large ex-pat community there, so Jan's Spanish is still patchy, but she is nonetheless deeply involved in the community. Jan works with Cruz Roja (the Red Cross), which supplies the only ambulance service to 140,000 residents and is supported entirely by fundraising. Jan is a member of the fundraising board, and helps with activities such as a polar bear swim in January, a duck race, an annual chili cook-off, bus trips to Guadalajara, and others. She is also involved with The Mariposa Project—a non-profit organization that teaches life and job skills to children with no permanent caregiver—as a sewing teacher.

Vic Marchiel '77 BPE, has been with Metro Vancouver for 22 years as a safety professional. Vic is still training for sprint events, though he reports that his hamstrings keep warning him not to. He also enjoys fly fishing and is preparing to retire to Vancouver Island in the next two years.

Nyna Marr '70 BEd, '87 Dip(Ed), and her husband Ernest spent most of their careers teaching in Alberta's north (the Northland School Division and Fort McMurray) and along the way Nyna earned an MEd from Gonzga University. They have been retired for eight years and are living in central Alberta. Nyna and Ernest have participated in three U of A Alumni Tours, which they find to be a great way to see the world and to reconnect with former students. They have three grown children, and their two sons also attended the U of A.

Elizabeth McClintock '79 BEd, has been teaching at Levi Angmak Ilinniarvialaaq in Arviat, Nunavut on the west coast of the Hudson Bay for 23 years, and she still feels inspired by her studies at the U of A, especially Plan B in 1978-79. Elizabeth taught for two years in rural Alberta, and then studied as a graduate student at the U of A for two years in the early 1980s, during which time she represented the Graduate Students' Association on the General Faculties Council, and on the Search Committee for the Dean of Education. Elizabeth was the first WISEST (Women In Scholarship, Engineering, Science and Technology) coordinator, and she is pleased to know that WISEST has continued and expanded its important activities. Elizabeth worked at Alberta Advanced Education for six years, where she learned a great deal about education governance and policy. She has found great joy and fulfillment working with primary students in Arviat.

Les McCrimmon '78 BA,'82 LLB, has returned to legal practice as a barrister in Darwin, Australia after 22 years as an academic, most recently as Head of Law at Charles Darwin University from 2010-2012. At the Australian Law Reform Commission, where Les held a statutory appointment as a Commissioner, he led the references on the uniform Evidence Acts, privacy, and royal commissions. A prolific writer, Les co-authored Real Property Law in Queensland, Fundamentals of Trial Techniques: Australian Edition, and has published numerous articles and book chapters. He is a founding member of the Global Alliance for Justice Education, a world leader in the promotion of social justice through legal education. Having survived 33 Canadian winters, Les is happy to live in a place where the temperature is a consistent 30 degrees Celsius and the seasons are Wet and Dry. Life is good.

Janice McGregor '72 BSc(HEc), retired in 2008 after a 37-year career with Alberta Agriculture. Janice has lived in St. Albert for 18 years—the longest she has lived anywhere—and is active in church and community activities, serving on a number of committees and volunteering for the Mayor's Walk and Alberta Ballet. She was a Deputy Returning Officer in Alberta's most recent provincial election, and has done some freelance writing. Janice supports local food initiatives and enjoys singing in a choir; camping and fishing; attending movies, concerts and live stage performances; reading; and working out with a personal trainer. She looks forward to seeing former classmates at their upcoming fortieth anniversary reunion.

Rob McIntosh '75 BMedSc, '77 MD, left Alberta in 1978 for the beautiful Okanagan region, and has worked as a general practitioner in Penticton for almost 35 years. Rob has learned a great deal about the use of food as medicine, and encourages his patients to adopt a healthier, plant-based diet; his entire family has been vegan for 22 years. Rob is married to an artist and they have two great kids: their eldest daughter is in China teaching, and their son has done environmental studies and is now going into engineering. Rob is enjoying the great outdoor activities of the Okanagan, in particular, backcountry skiing in the winter and mountain bike riding all year round. He is looking forward to working less, spending more time in the outdoors and travelling in the next few years.

Dan McKinley '71 BEd, writes, "I've been everywhere". Highlights have included a year teaching in England, going broke in the gravel business, and the recent wedding of his daughter in Kelowna.

Kenna McKinnon '75 BA, has spent her life writing and has recently published her debut novel, SpaceHive. In addition to writing, Kenna is a freelance photographer and self-employed medical transcriptionist who lives in Edmonton. More information on Kenna and her debut novel can be found at and

Guy Morrison '77 BCom, '80 LLB, decided to change careers in 1982 and went into business, primarily businesses related to his shooting hobby. After having had a lot of fun in this industry, he has semi-retired; Guy now teaches the firearms licensing course and works as an armourer on the occasional movie or TV series.

David Motkoski '77 BEd, went into business after graduation, first with the Gentry's retail stores, and later with the life insurance firm Vistoplan Finance Group. Currently, David is also involved with WSI, an Internet marketing firm for small and medium business.

Doug Murdoch '72 BSc, is enjoying his retirement job, driving a mobile lab for Maxxam Analytics.

George Murphy '75 BA(RecAdmin), '88 MA, worked in Community Development with the City of Edmonton for 28 years. When George retired he and a partner started a consulting business where he worked for six years assisting Boards of Directors and not-for-profit organizations with board development and strategic planning, particularly focusing on Child and Family Service groups on Alberta Reserves. George says that through this experience he learned enough Cree to know that he did not know enough.

Sandy Murray '73 BSc, '77 MD, and his wife Dorothy are both healthy and happy, and still live outside of Red Deer on a small, beautiful woodland acreage. Sandy continues to do a small amount of family practice—and has a small but stubborn core of aging patients who still attend him regularly—but his main practice is occupational medicine, which now constitutes at least 85% of his practice. Last fall, he also successfully challenged the certification examination for the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners, and now also performs independent medical examinations and file reviews for a variety of clients—work which he finds to be interesting and fulfilling. Sandy and Dorothy's two sons both live abroad; elder son Fraser is a human resources officer with the United Nations in Rome, and younger son Kolin is married and teaches English in Warsaw while completing a master's degree in psychology through long-distance study. Sandy sends best wishes to all his former classmates at Alumni Weekend.

Mary-Ann Neal (née Gillese) '76 BEd, spent a summer in Kenya, conducting professional development workshops to build leadership capacity in teachers and has done some volunteer work in Vietnam on Change Management, with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). Mary-Ann recently returned from two months spent in China, where she taught a course for a Master of Arts program in Educational Leadership. Mary-Ann now teaches for the School of Communication and Culture at Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC.

David Outhet '72 BSc, '74 MSc, completed his master's in geomorphology with a thesis on Mackenzie Delta bank erosion and then spent the next year travelling around the world. He married Rosemary, from Australia, and worked for three years as a Geographer with Alberta Environment, in Edmonton. David and Rosemary then moved to Sydney, Australia where he worked as a geomorphologist for the New South Wales (NSW) Government. During his time there he made flood hazard maps, moved on to river erosion control and finally River Styles Mapping all while completing a PhD at Macquarie University with a thesis on sedimentation of large dam reservoirs. He continued to hold a position as top geomorphology advisor to the NSW Government for several years until his retirement in 2010. David still does occasional consulting in fluvial geomorphology. He also has a daughter, Jean, a high school English teacher.

Barb Pedersen (née Smith) '78 BA(RecAdmin), is currently living in Calgary and enjoying a wonderful family life with her husband and two adult children: a son who has an education degree and a daughter who has a sociology degree. Barb worked in municipal recreation for 16 years and then opened her own facilitation and consulting business. Barb says she thoroughly enjoys her work with a wide diversity of organizations and looks forward to many more years of doing the work she loves. As a family, they also love walking in the river valley, hiking and camping in the nearby mountains.

William Petryk '72 BCom, took advantage of the booming oil economy in Alberta after graduation and saved a few thousand dollars, which he lived on while travelling for a year in Europe. He says the money ran out somewhere in Scotland, so he came back to Alberta to earn an accounting designation. After experiencing another oil boom/bust cycle, William moved to Toronto to earn an MBA at York University where he says he also learned the value of soft skills related to networking and working with others. William now lives (and plans to remarry) in Saskatchewan and is Controller for a large sawmill and lumber manufacturer. William writes that he has many fond memories of the U of A and often wonders what happened to his floor mates on 5th Henday. He also says he hopes that University continues to evolve and remain one of the premier schools in Canada and the world.

Mary Ann Predy (née Luce) '78 BA, '80 BSc(Ag), worked for Public Lands Division for six years after graduation. Mary Ann left work to have two children, and they moved back to the family farm in 1993. She worked for an environmental engineering firm for seven years from 2001 to 2009, and now she and her husband farm full-time, raising laying hens and sheep, and growing grain.

Allen Prelusky '74 BSc(Forest), graduated with the U of A's first Forestry class and then moved to BC where he practiced forestry with the BC provincial government for 35 years before retiring in 2009. Allen is married to Shelley and together they have two daughters, Danika and Jenna, and two grandchildren, Ella and Evan.

Di Pruss '75 BA, '76 Dip(Ed), retired after teaching 31.8 years. Now she spends her time doing lots of travelling, taking courses, biking and reading a book a day! She still misses those CAB cinnamon buns, though.

Hugh Rayment '79 BEd, taught for 15 years at Victoria Composite High School in Edmonton before his retirement. Hugh and his wife have moved to Vernon, BC, and since his retirement, Hugh has written 4 books, including The House: The Cradle of Destiny, an autobiography, and is continuing to work on other writing projects.

Judith Richardson '77 BA(Cert), '78 BMus, teaches singing and piano privately as well as speech coaching, and is a soloist in Edmonton who performs regularly with fellow musicians.

Allen Ries '74 BEd, '77 BCom, landed a job with Canada West Insurance Company (now Intact Insurance) after graduation. After 22 years of dedicated service, Allen's department moved away from Edmonton and he remained here to support his family through the passing of his father and his grandmother, and worked at The Brick Warehouse for another six years. Allen is now retired and enjoying life.

Janet Russell '77 BA(Hons), worked as an economist for a few years before returning to school to become a lawyer. Janet married fellow U of A alumnus Glenn Miles '78 BA(RecAdmin) the year she started articling in Calgary and they have since had three children, the oldest of whom will start her MSc in Geology this fall at the U of A. Janet has been in private practice in Calgary since being admitted to the Bar in 1985 and was appointed Queen's Counsel in 2008. On the side, Janet has a big garden, tries to keep up with her athletic family and has an active volunteer life.

Jennifer Rutherford '77 BMus, '81 MMus, was part of the first class to use the new Fine Arts Building in the 1970s, and remembers noticing with Michel Gervais '78 BMus, how much the bottom-floor lounge looked like an orchestra pit. They dubbed it "The Pit"—a name which endures today. Jennifer has lived and sung in Toronto, Montreal, and now Bethesda, near Washington, DC. She has performed in many churches and theatres including the Kennedy Center, as well as internationally in Turkey and Israel. Recently, she was a soloist in Handel's Messiah and sang Katisha in The Mikado. Jennifer has begun to explore many different styles of music, and has been writing her own songs since 2007, which can be heard on her first original album, I'll Paint You a Song, available on iTunes. Jennifer also teaches privately, holds the alto soloist post at Metropolitan UMC, and paints, including portrait commissions, in oils.

Giampaolo Sassano '72 PhD, after a short time as a lecturer at the U of A, moved to Montréal where he was a Professor of Economic Geology and Environmental Studies at Concordia University from 1974 until his retirement in 1996. Throughout his academic career he had the opportunity to teach at other institutions as an invited professor at universities in Quebec and Italy. His busy career left little time to pursuit his passion, painting. In retirement Giampaolo has been able to concentrate on art—as President of the Italian Cultural Center in Montréal from 1987-2006 he organized numerous art exhibits and his own work has been exhibited at various galleries in Quebec.

Judy Scott (née Sasges) '72 BSc(HEc) joined CUSO International after graduation and worked in Papua New Guinea for three and a half years before travelling for six months. Returning to Canada, Judy worked as a Home Ec teacher on the Queen Charlotte Islands for four years. She then moved with her Australian husband to Australia where they built a home and raised their family. Judy has recently retired from being the manager of the Family Relationship Centre—a centre that provides mediation services for families who are separated and need help to develop parenting plans for their children.

Gregory Sinclair '72 BCom, worked for the provincial departments of Energy and Treasury, as well as for Ed Tel and TELUS for 22 years. After retirement from TELUS, Gregory has spent time traveling with his wife Elizabeth Smith '75 BA, '80 BEd, '83 LLB, and their two sons. Over a period of several years, he has completed extensive renovations to their home, including the complete development of a fourth level.

Nellie Sribney '72 BEd, fondly remembers her graduation as a joyful family occasion, with her husband and daughters (Lorelei, 14 at the time, and Trudy, then 12) in attendance. Nellie had a long and fulfilling career teaching for the Vegreville School Board, and remembers a number of honours her students received, including first place in a national flag design contest—as a result of which, her students' flag flew for several years on the Parliament grounds in Ottawa—and first prize in a World Art contest. Nellie herself was selected as a "Most Memorable Teacher" as part of the Calgary Centennial Story Project. She has since retired, though she remains active as a substitute teacher, and has also assisted local homeschooled students. Nellie enjoys having the time now to travel and visit with family and friends, golf, dance, relax, and sleep in whenever she wants to.

Dawn Stahl '79 BA, '82 LLB, has settled in San Diego and has her own law firm specializing in estate planning. Dawn continues to enjoy travelling.

Gerhard Steinke '75 BSc(Hons), writes that the computer science program he studied at the U of A prepared him well for work in various countries around the world.

Deborah Stevens '77 BSc(HEc), worked in community development with Family and Community Support Services for a number of years before moving to Briercrest Bible College in Caronport, Saskatchewan while her husband was a student there. Later, through moves within Saskatchewan, to British Columbia and back to Saskatchewan, Deborah stayed home to homeschool their three sons and was involved in many community activities wherever they lived. Deborah is in the process of completing the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) certification which she hopes will add value in her role as a Home Economics Facilitator working with new immigrants.

Susan Stout '77 Dip(Nu), worked at Edmonton General Hospital until she got married in April 1977, when she moved to Red Deer and worked in Medicine until her first child was born. Susan left nursing to raise her son and daughter, and returned to nursing in 1989 through a refresher course at Grant Macewan Community College (now Macewan University). She then worked as a casual RN in Breton, Alberta, where she and her husband had bought land and raised their children. The hospital, where Susan still works, was converted to long-term care in the mid-1990s. She has two children and three gorgeous grandsons—an eight-year-old and twin four-year-olds. Her daughter went into nursing as well, and works as an RN at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital in Edmonton.

Bob Strashok '77 BSc, '80 DDS, has travelled to 18 countries, and has played golf in eight US states, including all the courses in Hawaii. Bob has also attended golf school at Pebble Beach, and has an upcoming opportunity to fly a MiG jet over his homeland, Moscow.

Susan Strum '78 BA(Spec), recently retired after 30 years of affordable-housing planning for local governments, mostly in Florida. She is now taking time to sort through keepsakes and to work on the family genealogy which was started by her father, Herbert A. Strum '51 BSc(ElecEng). Susan writes that she nonetheless remains ever mindful "to take time for my four fuzzy cat children (Fuzzy-Bear, Charlie Tunafish, Tiger Lily and Orange Juice) who think a lap is the best seat on the planet."

Ed Tear '77 BSc(Forest), '79 MSc, moved back to Ontario with his wife after graduation, and worked for about 10 years in the private sector as a forester before joining the Ontario Public Service. Ed has held a number of positions, mostly in management roles, and recently accepted an assignment as a Regional Project Manager to implement a new forest tenure system.

Myron Tomyn '72 BEd, went to Florida on vacation in 1979 and stayed. He is married with two wonderful grown children and one grandson.

Michael Townley '77 BPE, taught physical education in Summerland and Penticton in British Columbia's sunny Okanagan Valley, where he also coached track and field, cross-country running and Nordic skiing. Since retiring in 2002, Michael has competed in Masters triathlon and track and field pentathlon, and won bronze in pentathlon at the Edmonton 2005 World Masters Games. He currently coordinates and instructs the School District 67 grades 4-5 Nordic Ski Program at Nickel Plate Nordic Centre, and maintains a 40-acre cattle operation.

Barb Walters (née Kuzminski) '79 BEd, notes that she had a very successful and satisfying 30-year teaching career as a classroom teacher and administrator in a small Alberta town and will always treasure the warm memories.

Kevan Warner '77 BEd, reports that at one time he worked for the University of Alberta.

Betty Weiler '77 BA(RecAdmin), notes that it has been 35 years since she graduated from the U of A and that for more than two thirds of that time she has been living and working in Australia. After completing a master's and PhD and returning to the U of A to work as an Assistant Professor in Recreation and Tourism for two years, Betty moved to Australia to develop one of the first undergraduate tourism degree programs at Australia's Southern Cross University (SCU). Since then Betty's career has taken her to three other Australian universities, two cities and on a most satisfying career path that has included teaching and research largely in ecotourism, tour guiding and interpretation. Two years ago Betty returned to SCU and she is finally starting to work less and travel more, befitting someone who has spent a lifetime studying and researching tourism.

Wes Williamson '77 BSc, has been teaching school in New Zealand for the past 11 years.

Sylvia Wilson '72 Dip(OT), '80 BSc(OT), '90 MSc, has had the opportunity to pursue various professional interests over her 40-year career in occupational therapy. She has spent time in pediatric rehabilitation, program coordination, administration, community development, university teaching, government research, health promotion and medical legal consultation. It has been a full career, that, along with raising four children, has made her life richer than she could have expected as a young woman crossing the grounds of Corbett Hall for the first time in 1968.

Ev Wright '72 BSc(Pharm), writes that she has been very fortunate to have been able to retire at the end of last year after a most rewarding 40 years as a full-time practicing pharmacist. She was last employed by Dispensaries Ltd. at the Meadowlark branch; a company she was with for 25 years. Ev is currently involved with helping to organize the 40th class reunion in September 2012 and otherwise is very busy being retired. As she says, "It is amazing how I ever found time to work!"

Evelyn Zaklan '75 BEd, taught grade one in Alberta for two years, then raised a family and taught kindergarten until her retirement in 1999.