Diana Rayburn (Lebedeff)
Airdrie AB Forensic Social Worker Married 2Hello Class of '81
It is hard to believe it has been 35 years already!!! I am currently working for Alberta Health Services as a forensic social worker, doing Court ordered forensic psychiatric assessments. Prior to this, I worked 23 years as a youth probation officer for the City of Calgary. After I finished my degree, I traveled in Europe and SE Asia for 7 months before settling into my career. Shortly thereafter, I met my fantastic husband, Jim. We have been married for 26 years and have two great children; Colin (24) and Kylie (21). Jim just recently retired from the Calgary Police Service after 30 years and he has recently taken on a management position with the City of Calgary for his second career. Our son lives in Airdrie with his girlfriend, works for the feds and is finishing his criminology degree. Our daughter, after playing some post secondary basketball, has decided university is not her thing and plans on becoming a hair designer starting in August. We are very blessed to have two great kids that enjoy their parents and share a lot of similar interests. I played on a basketball team with both of my kids recently, as well as a few of their friends. It was great fun....but I am getting too old to keep up lol. My husband and I love to travel and if we are not out at Mara Lake, we are traveling to warm climates like Costa Rica, Turks and Caicos or Bonaire and Curaçao. Honduras is our next destination. Retirement is not far away for me, so need to figure out where we will hang our hat for that. I am so very blessed and look forward to winding down
and travelling more with Jim and working less while our health is on our side.
Pembroke Pines FL Teacher Married 3Hey Everybody
Like many of you have said in your bios, I can’t believe it’s been 35 years! First let me thank all those who have been involved in organizing this reunion, I know it must have been a challenge tracking down all of us.
Well let me see if I can summarize 35 years in a few paragraphs. Graduated in 1988 from U of C with my degree in PE and moved to Tampa. Worked on a golf course (no I actually did work in between rounds of golf!) for 6 months before moving to Miami. Spent the next 3 years working at a couple of different health clubs while waiting for the Florida Dept. of Education to transfer my course work to a US degree. Hard to believe it took 3 years but it did and once that was complete I spent a semester at Florida International University taking classes to be certified in PE, Social Studies and ESOL. Started full time teaching at a middle school in Hollywood Florida in August of ’92 and stayed there until 2000. I then realized that high school is where the real fun was so I moved to Plantation High in Fort Lauderdale and have been here ever since. I can say in total honesty that dealing with students my entire life has been an amazing experience, and one that I would not trade for anything. I’ve been lucky enough to teach and coach students who have been fortunate enough to become successful in a wide variety of professions. When they come back and visit or watching them on Saturday and Sundays on the football field it makes everything worth it. With any luck I’ll retire in a couple of years and head back to the golf course!
On a personal note, I have been married to my wife Lesa for the past 24 years and we have been blessed to have 3 wonderful daughters all through adoption. Our twins Anna and Katie who turn 22 in November came into our lives when they were only 4 months old. We got a phone call one afternoon while teaching and were told they had twin girls available but we had to give them an answer by that evening! The easiest and best decision we have ever made, but we went from having no kids to twins in the span of 4 hours! Our youngest Jia-Li came home on December 25, 2006. She was 3 at the time and we were fortunate enough to bring her home from China. Traveling to China and dealing with their government bureaucracy was an experience we will never forget. So having 4 females in the house has been an adventure to say the least. I blame all my gray hair on them!
I am really looking forward to seeing everybody again. Seeing all the names of those who will be attending brought back a lot of great memories from 3 amazing years at QE. I tell my students all the time, enjoy your high school and college years because they will be some of the best years of your life!
Quathiaski Cove BC dog catcher Married 3Hi everybody. My head is spinning from reading the “memorial” section of the QE web site that shows our fallen comrades, of whom I have some pretty fond memories. This reinforces my gratitude to be on the correct side of the grass, still in this game of dodgeball, and healthy like a tractor. All good. I am also very glad, no… let’s not go half way, so absolutely f***ing tickled to be able to attend the October reunion.
Since this is kind of a bio, here are a few facts, if you want to know any of this…
I have been married to Donna since 1990, and we have lived on Quadra Island since 1994. Same house, awesome spot, never moving.
I am still a pharmacist with Vancouver Island Health, but I have this geographically huge, too-complicated-to-describe, twenty five syllable (I just counted) job title that takes me all over the place but mostly I work from home. Sweeet.
My best buddies for doing stuff with are Donna and our three girls Gina (20), Anna (16), and Ruby (14). The stuff we like to do is surfing, travelling, cooking, growing stuff, and especially playing music. These girls are responsible, trustworthy, and respectful – proof that the universe is not always fair and what goes around does not necessarily come around. My kids are giving me none of what I truly deserve.
Still play in a band, GoDogGo, and we play once a month at the Heriot Bay Inn on Quadra Island. You can hear a few songs here:
Still growing lots of grapes, making lots of wine. Said wine is no longer bad, in fact quite good. Do anything for a couple of decades and you get good at it.
We have a skinny young ninja/lightning-bolt cross of a Mexican rescue dog named Olive who makes us all laugh.
And I am a total pro at French braids.
Can’t wait for October.
AB support worker - FAIMS Married 2Hello Hello!! Here we go ... Still in Okotoks (surprised I've never run into Clark). Family's well. Going to be a firsttime Granmother - still absorbing that one. Also, am working for a non profit org. supporting developmentally delayed adults w/in the community. Love it - whether it be a sassy 20 yr. old woman w/Down S. telling me to "Hurry up you old woman!" To the young highly energetic man w/Autism who can't speak but will giggle when seated behind me on a bike (tandem) ride, to the older gentleman(Down's) who can successfully clear a room w/his booming voice ,yet can manage to sneak up behind me and plant a super wet one on my cheek - What You See Is What You Get!! Still doing abit of Japanese Acupuncture from the home (ebbs and flows). Will be at the pub but can't make the dinner.
Jacqueline "Jacquie" Campeau (Hoare)
Calgary AB Marriage Commissioner/Funeral Celebrant www.lifecelebrant.ca Married 2Hello Class of 1981 . . .
You won’t find my picture in the Grade 12 year book, or have any crazy memories of me doing stupid things from our Grad Ceremony or after party because I did not graduate with you . . . for some of you, we went to grade 4 together at Kensington Road Elementary in Mrs. Alice Perry’s class . . . (May she rest in peace! Mrs. Perry just passed away this past February at the young age of 99. I got to see Mrs. Perry in 2005 and tell her how she impacted my life as I wrote a submission that was published for an anthology celebrating 100 years of teaching in Alberta “My Most Memorable Teacher” we got to celebrate together and have lunch at the gala event at the old Calgary Normal School on the SAIT campus with The Honorable Peter Lougheed)
. . . for others of you, we were in grade 9, 10 or 11 together or maybe on Student Counsel – Social Committee . . . if you recall . . . the teachers went on strike at the end of grade 11 and it lasted until October of Grade 12 . . . The academic that I wasn’t . . . I was concerned that I would have to do more schooling to catch up with after the strike . . . I left Calgary and started grade 12 in September at Olds Senior High School, in Olds, Alberta and I ended up staying which allowed me to graduate with the kids I went to school with from Kindergarten to Grade 3 . . . It was a great time! We had a small grad class of 107 students and we just had our reunion two weeks ago . . . great fun! Over 50 percent of us are connected on Facebook!
I live in Calgary with my Husband Michael of 28 years . . . we had heartache early on in our marriage when we lost our second son in 1989 (Mitchell) to a heart defect . . . we raised our two boys (David and Stephen) who are now grown men and finding their own way in life . . . to balance out the girl power in our house, I have a fabulous chocolate lab named Phoebe . . . crazy girl! And I have created an amazing work life as a Life Celebrant – Celebrating the Lives People Live . . . I became a trained Chaplain at the Foothills Hospital in 1997 and became the Chaplain at the Agapé Hospice from 1998 to 2006. I am now a Funeral Celebrant with McInnis and Holloway Funeral Homes and a Provincially Appointed Marriage Commissioner for the Province of Alberta for the last 10 years . . . I can marry ya or bury ya . . . and some say its kinda the same ;) "ba-dum-bum-CHING" The marrying part brings great balance to my work. I have had the privilege to marry over 800 couples!!!
In my work as a Funeral Celebrant, I had the honour to officiate the funeral for our Home Economics teacher at Queen Elizabeth; Mrs. Joyce Gosling. As well, I was on the search to find Miss Carol Roloff to thank her for believing in me even though I was failing her class miserably . . . and to tell her that I finally get my assignments handed in on time . . . and people pay me to talk!!! She wrote in my report card “Jackie is such a pleasure to have in class . . . if she would only apply herself and hand in her homework and stop talking . . .” Unfortunately, I found Miss Roloff a week too late so I did not get to tell her . . . she passed away from ALS the day after my birthday in 2013 and I was unable to attend her funeral as I was officiating a funeral at the same time.
When I am not working . . . I am very lucky to spend my winters down south where there is no snow! January we go to Mexico, near Merida in the Yucatan and mid February to mid April to Palm Desert, California . . . I fill my time golfing, gardening, sewing/quilting, swimming, walking and devouring books, working on our family genealogy and staring at my computer.
I am really looking forward to coming to the reunion . . . it will be great to catch up with all of you!
Ciao for now!
Nanaimo BC Design Specialist MarriedIt’s hard to believe it's been 35 years since we graduated high school. Here's a little bit about my life since graduating.
After high school I got my Electrical Technology diploma from S.A.I.T. I then worked for TransAlta Utilities for 18 years; first as a lineman climbing power poles for 3 years, then designing power lines in various locations around Alberta. As I got older couldn’t take the Alberta winters so in 2003 I moved to BC where I got a job with BC Hydro designing power lines. I started out in the lower mainland of BC then in 2007 I moved to Nanaimo, where I currently reside with my wife, whom I met in Nanaimo in 2008. My wife and I have 2 cats; both named Chloe. We each had a cat prior to meeting, each named Chloe.
Victoria BC Teacher Married 3Thank you to the organizers of this reunion. The years seem to go flying past. I wish I could join all of you in Calgary in October, but I won't be able to attend this time.
I'm still living in Victoria - home since 1989. After high school I went to U of C and a year in Quebec City, finishing with a degree in English and French. I followed that up with a teaching degree and then an M.Ed. that I completed much later in 2008. I've been teaching ever since and love my job.
After University I did lots of traveling and lived in Japan for a short while. After ten years of on and off dating, Jeff (Q.E. '80) came to meet me in Japan and we traveled around S.E. Asia for several months. We joke that the thin air up near Mt. Everest was the reason we finally decided to get married! It's 27 years later and we have three happy, active kids; Jasper 25, Finlay 24 and Rachelle 22 who all live pretty close to home and are busy finding their own paths in life. We've continued to travel a lot and have seen a good chunk of the world. We love to ski and although Victoria isn't the best location for it we find a way to pick up as many days on snow as we can each year. In summer if we aren't traveling we are usually hiking, kayaking, rafting and island hopping. I love to paint, weave and read.
It has been fun to read the bios of former classmates and to see that several others live on Vancouver Island. I've enjoyed getting back in touch with several of you through facebook over the past few years too. Look me up if you are ever in Victoria. I wish you all a fabulous time at the reunion. I'll be with you there in spirit!
Calgary AB Human Resource Manager 3I am really enjoying reading the submitted bio’s - impressive group! I’m feeling very fortunate – three happy and healthy kids, a role with a company that is providing for us as well as a great big messy dog. Looking forward to seeing everyone in October.
Kathy Ellis (Fladager)
BC Jr. High Principal Married 2It's been lovely catching up w/ all of you, via your bios.
After graduating from Queen Elizabeth, I attended the University of Calgary, and received a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work. My wonderful husband, Rick, was transferred to California to work on several apartment construction sites. We married in 1986, and I moved to California, where we lived in several different cities. I was actually an illegal alien the first year down there, and after three years, I attended Cal State San Bernardino where I received my teaching degree. I taught in Perris, California for six years. In 1994, we were delighted when our oldest daughter, Caitlin, came along. At that time, we made the decision to move back to Canada so that Caitlin would know her grandparents, & extended family. We landed in Abbotsford, neither of us having a job. I interviewed for, and received, a position with the Abbotsford school district. I worked at a country school, Upper Sumas, for 10 years teaching grade 7. I completed a Masters Degree in Ed Leadership, & after that I worked for a year as a helping teacher in our Curriculum department. I then became the Vice Principal of Chief Dan George Middle School in Abbotsford. I spent two years there, and then five years as Principal of another country school, Matsqui Elementary. I returned to the classroom to teach grade 4/5 for a year. I am currently the Principal at Terry Fox Elementary School in Abbotsford.
Three years after we returned from California, we were delighted to welcome our younger daughter, Brittany, into our family. Both girls are doing well. Caitlin is actually married, and the mother of two children which makes me a VERY, VERY young grandmother (LOL!). I have continued with many hobbies that I had throughout my school years, including reading, writing, and art. I am hoping to reconnect with Omnia Khella some point. I don't know if I can make the reunion, but I shall try. It's nice to be back in touch with all of you.
Calgary AB IT Business Analyst Married 435 years?!?!?!?! It sure doesn't feel that long ago! I'm so glad that I'm able to at least meet up with some of you on Friday night but sadly I won't be able to make it to the Saturday night event.
Like many of you, I just don't know where to start. Let's see...graduated from High School, then went to U of C for a year, then transferred up to U of A. Why? Couldn't study down here as I had too many friends. Had to move or else I would never get my degree. :-) Graduated from U of A in '87 with a B. Sc. degree in Math, double minor in Physics and Computer Science. Yeah, what a geek, right?
After graduation I worked at the U of C Medical Science Research Centre for Dr. Ji-Won Yoon (diabetes research) for 2 years. I then moved to TransAlta Utilities where I truly started my career in the IT world. From there I went to ISMA (Information Systems Management Alberta) then to CP Rail. I left CP Rail in 2003 as I accepted a postion with Qatar Petroleum and moved my entire family to the middle East and we stayed there until August of 2015, hence I missed our 25th year reunion. We then repatriated back here to Calgary and loving it. No more 45-50 degree temperatures in the summer. Have been unemployed since our return but that just changed as I'll be starting my new job with AHS on the 31st of October, Halloween day. Not sure if that's a good thing. :-)
I have been happily and blissfully married to the most wonderful woman (Katherine) in the world for 26 years. My wife is from Malaysia and we go back to visit her family quite often. Love it there!! We have 4 wonderful kids (Brandon-25, Cameron-21, Dylon-19 and Allyson-16). Brandon is semi independent, Cameron and Dylon are both in U of C and Allyson is in grade 11 in Sir Winston Churchill HS. Allyson keeps us pretty busy as she's a swimmer and as such, she has early mornng practices that I get to wake up at 5 in the mornings for. The boys are more or less self sufficient but still dependent on the Bank of Mom & Dad.
Really looking forward to meeting up with you all. A huge thank you to the reunion committee on organizing this. I'm sure it's not easy.