Calgary AB Welder/Dancer Married 2Class of '81,
Having difficulty remembering what I had for breakfast , let alone what has happened over the last 35 years. So, my update will be a continutation from the 25th anv, which is hard to believe was 10 years ago.
Still married to Thérèse and we will be celebrating 27 years next weekend. My lovely daughter is in 2nd year Business at UofC and running varsity track and field (Go Dinos!) My beloved son,in whom I am well pleased, is graduating from Western Canada High School this year and playing hockey out in Springbank (Go Rockies!).
Work wise I spent a year in New York City working for a truly fine Swiss Bank. Then moved back to YYC to open an office for them here. After about 5 years, for some strange reason I left to go work for the Great Vampire Squid. Was tasked with relentlessly jamming my blood funnel into anything that smelled like money. Although Lloyd kept saying we were doing God's work, it sure didnt feel like it, so I left and am now a welder. But I want to be a dancer, because I am a maniac. A maniac on the floor.
I have attached the only known electronic photo of myself. (I am the one on the left). No idea how to get my year book picture up there. Actually have no idea where my year book is.
Please file this under better late than never.
Super excited to see everyone and get caught up this weekend. GO KNIGHTS!
Kevin Kevin Kingston (Kingston)
BC beekeeper Married 2Hi alluya, after just a few more years. Husband of 1, father of 2, dogwalker of 1, beekeeper of 75,000. Looking forward to seeing everyone. KPK
Laurie Montgomery (MacDonell)
Calgary AB Boss qehigh1981.com Married 3Really... 35 years since we graduated? Are we really in our 50's? I guess time flies when you are having fun!
Life for me has been busy but good. After graduation I moved to Southern California and spent a year going to school there before returning back to Calgary to attend the Foothills School of Nursing. Ended up switching into lab technology and spent most of my career at the children's hospital. I "retired" in 1994 to stay home and boss my kids around.
I have been happily married to Paul for over 22 years and we have 3 not so little darlings. Keegan ( 22) our oldest, just finished his 4th year at MRU in computer science and business and plays pick up hockey with the university. Mikaela ( 20 ) our middle child just completed her second year at Uof C in bio medical/ mechanical engineering and works her little bum off and has no time for fun. Kamryn our baby is going into grade 12 and she has too much fun and just enjoyed a trip to Japan through her high school. Did we have trips like that in high school? I'm not sure if I'm doing something right or something wrong because my darlings are living at home while going to school, no empty nest for me!
Paul and I are fortunate enough to spend a fair amount of time at our second home in Palm Springs doing the " geezer" thing and hope to spend more time down there in the near future. I have learned that there are a few other class mates that hang out there as well, perhaps the next reunion should be down there??
Hope life finds you happy and healthy and ready to party at our reunion like we are 18! Looking forward to re connecting with my "old" classmates.
Lavina Wohlford (Gilliland)
Calgary AB UBER Mom Married 2Before I toss you my life snapshot, I would like to salute Dennis and the everyone who put this reunion together. Your efforts to keep us connected is truly appreciated (even if I was such a flake)! I am look forward making a few more laugh lines together this weekend. A heartfelt nod to those who cannot be with us, whether you are on this earth or not. You will be missed.
I love the “Life is Good” brand and its focus on the positive and simple life pleasures. While I am a long shot away from living the life they epitomize, their quotes often remind me of the things that make me happy and what I love in life. From “Bed & Breakfast” in tents, “Here Comes the Sun” sunrise, to a wagging dog “Friend Request”, etc. … LIFE IS GOOD.
Since high school, life has been quite an adventure and rarely has it followed an expected path, much to my liking.
“Living the Dream” (visualize volkswagon van)
I fulfilled my childhood fantasy of living in California for a gap year then studying architecture (I studied at SAIT). That quickly morphed into a career and business doing interface design (eg. The cute little icons that you double-click on when using your computer), graphics and training (career paths that didn’t exist when we were in high school!).
“Stick Together (like snowmen)”
I met the love of my life, Bill Gilliland, in 1992 (married now for 22 years). Bill is kind, generous, engaged, intelligent and quick-witted. Together we have lived and worked abroad (Russia and Kazakhstan), have done extensive adventure travelling locally and afar (kayaking, hiking, mountain biking, cycling, back-country skiing, etc.). We have cycled across the continent (Calgary to Austin or Boston) a three times raising funds for cancer support (a cool 24-hour relay format with an amazing group of people). Like many of us, cancer has impacted our lives, too.
“Eat, Sleep and Play” and train. Repeat.
We have two fabulous kids, Rory and Sage (15 and 13). They are both biathletes – another unexpected turn. (I wouldn’t let them play with water guns and now we own ammo and long range rifles). My daughter’s t-shirt says “Girls with Guns – Keep running. I shoot better from 50 meters.” Rory’s says, “Stay calm, shoot clean”. I try not to piss him off if he is holding his rifle.
“Mom Life is the Best Life”.
I have had the privilege to stay home with our kids. While there have been mundane times, I have loved being there for them at every turn. My proudest moments have been because of them. They are fun and adventurous. They think nothing of getting up at 3:45 am with friends to hike up a mountain in the dark just to watch a sunrise! Rory loves to train and is focused on representing Canada in international competition (biathlon). Sage has the ability to stun a room to silence with the power of song. Singing is her passion.
I have come back to my architectural training recently to work with Wellspring Calgary (a cancer support centre) to develop a new facility. I also work with my service dog doing pet therapy with seniors, disadvantaged children and teens and grief support.
I look forward to seeing everyone. xo
Sorry. No idea where my yearbook is!
I'm on the later in life plan (as I see some others are as well) and have joint-custody of my fantastic 12-year old son who keeps me very busy with his hockey and lacrosse. I never thought I'd be a hockey mom but couldn't love it more! Lacrosse is a whole other matter ... there are some seriously crazy parents in those arenas!!
I am an HR professional in Calgary. It's a great career that has provided me with the opportunity to work in remote areas around the world - namely Yemen, Kazakhstan ... and Fort McMurray ... it's also given me a chance to see the world. I now get to travel to remote locations in Alberta and Saskatchewan in my current role at a midstream company.
I bought a place in Palm Springs a few years ago and try to get down there a few times a year. I got it for retirement but that still seems like a foreign concept ... I had better get with the (Dennis / Morley / Laurie) program or I'll be working forever!!
Enjoy the summer! October will be here before we know it ...
Cochrane AB Manager, Credit AdjudicationHello Everyone! I've enjoyed reading everyone's Bio's and I agree that it's hard to believe 35 years has passed!
I lived in Calgary until 3 years ago when I sold my house & moved to a new condo in Cochrane. I've worked for the same company for 30+ years, but that is coming to an end in November when I will be laid off. As a result of my unexpected early retierment, I will be able to do some traveling this winter. I'm spending December in Huatulco, Mx and then in February I'm heading to Europe for 10 weeks.
For many years I hosted international students who were here to learn english. I was fortunate enough to host more than 20 wonderful young people during that time. One young lady from South Korea liked Calgary so much she stayed, she lived with me for more than 10 years until she met and married a Canadian guy, they moved to Victoria last summer. She is the daughter I never had, and I may even get to become a "Grandma" someday.
I've always had a bit of a travel bug and I've been lucky to travel quite a bit over the years, most recently to Peru including Machu Picchu last fall.
I have a trailer on a lot out near Sundre and spend most of my summer weekends there, where I enjoy golfing as often as possible.
I'm looking forward to seeing everyone in October ! Thank you to the Organizing Committee for giving us the opportunity to get together.
SK Married 2Hey everyone. Yes, Deb and I were married and still are married. Now that this is out of the way....
To sum up the last 35 years...went school, got a job, got married, had a kid, got another job, got moved down east for another job (if Saskatchewan is down east), had another kid, worked some more, traveled a lot for work, did some more schooling, worked more, went to Italy for a month, worked some more, did the West Coast Trail, worked again, travelled a lot more for work, then showed up at the reunion. Well that will be in the future, so I guess this is good until next week.
In between there has been a lot of fun, great kids, good friends, great family, good food, outdoor stuff, stupid stuff, and good music.
Lets face it, life has been very kind to me. And I am very thankful.
I am am really looking forward to seeing everyone!!
Lynn Callahan (Taylor)
Calgary AB Unit Clerk Divorced 1Hey Peeps!
Wow, where did 35 years go? Overall life has been pretty good thus far. I went to Bow Valley College right after High School and became a Licensed Practical Nurse. I've been with Alberta Health Services for 34 Years, specifically at Foothills Hospital. After 15 yrs as an LPN I went to a Unit Clerk position and am currently working on postpartum. I married shortly after High School but ex and I have parted ways. We had one daughter. I've had a new love in my life for 12 years. Life is good! We have a little get away (trailer) in Sylvan Lake where We're back and forth to between May - October.
I'm unable to make it. Have a blast!
Nanaimo BC bistrobreizh.com MarriedAmazing what you find browsing the internet. Not sure I'll be attending, but hey, why not.
tl;dr version: moved around a lot, worked in Ottawa, Paris (France), London (England), and other points. Landed in Nanaimo in 2002, haven't moved since. "Career": 30 years in I.T., no pension, some savings. Now a crêpier.
Longer version: Started working in I.T. in 1983 while at U of C. Nice to have an office at the same university you're studying at. Graduated U of C in 1987 after going through every faculty in the place. Tooks classes in everything from Engineering and Computer Science to Archaeology and Dance. First 10 years of post-graduate career were spent travelling around. Went to work for large computer company in Ottawa in 1989. After shuffling between a couple more companies, ended up with Bell Northern Research / Nortel in 1991. Worked for them in Ottawa, Paris (France) and London (England). Then worked for Veritas Software, where I was based in London (England) but took extended contracts in UAE, Mauritius, and shorter contracts in Holland and Switzerland.
In January 2002 I got laid off one morning, and was t-boned by a car while riding home on my motorcycle that same afternoon. During my 3 months in hospital the I.T. market crashed in the UK and was unable to find any work. Hobbled into Nanaimo in July 2002, having met someone in 2001 who worked there and invited me to come over. It took a couple of years to learn how to walk again, and although I was fit before the accident I've gained a lot since. Still unable to find work, went back to university for another bachelor (computing science this time). Still no work. Decided I'd had enough of working with computers and I'm all the happier for that decision. Should have made it years ago!
Now run a food truck selling Breton galettes, crêpes, and other specialities. Stuff I learned to enjoy and make as a kid when I lived in France, although I went back to France for training to learn how to do it "right". Now living with my partner and spouse of 14 years (a nurse at the local hospital), a dog, and three cats, all stuffed into a nice 101 year old house in the "old town" of Nanaimo. A house that has been under continuous renovations since I bought it.
I don't have my 1981 yearbook, so if someone can scan that really horrible picture (I remember it well, it was bad!) I'll post it here. The "then" photo is actually of me in 1991.
Mary Dann (Palm)
Rimbey AB Teacher Married 3Hello class of 1981,
First of all I would like to send out a big thank-you to the reunion organizers. It is a ton of work and though I can't make it to the reunion this time, it is, and has been a great way to reconnect and reflect. It has been fun to read the updates on everyone through their bios and so I wanted to include my own.
My wonderful husband Rod and I will celebrate our 30th anniversary next June. We live outside of Rimbey, Alberta, a small town north west of Red Deer. We have lived on the same quarter section of land since 1993, where we built our home. One advantage to living in the same place for a long time is that you can continue to improve it and watch it grow. We have lots of space and quiet and enjoy our large garden of flowers trees, veggies and fruit. We have laying hens and a dog and a cat. The next project is a barn for the draft horses.
I have been teaching grade four in Rimbey for over 20 years now and love my job. Spending time with kids every day is never boring. My husband commutes back and forth to Edmonton, where he is the president of an industrial scaffolding business. He is near retirement and dreams of subsistence farming. Because I work part time and job share I can take little mini vacations throughout the year. We will be taking a singing workshop in Newfoundland during the time of the reunion, so that is why we can't make it to see you all.
We are so lucky and have been blessed to have 3 beautiful children. Our oldest daughter Emma (26), has an art degree and works in web design and owns a web based artist collective and sales business. She is moving back to Alberta from Victoria and getting married at New Year's. Our second daughter Annika(25), got married last September. She is an environmental engineer and she and her husband live in Whitehorse.
As as we get to this stage of our lives many of us will have experienced tragedy. Our world was rocked to its core and we were changed forever when our 17 year old son Eli took his own life in 2012. It was a shock to everyone when we found out he had been struggling with deep depression and did not know how to ask for help. There is so much I could write here, but I will leave it at that. He was the best person and son and he is so missed. In 2014 my mother died of cancer and we lost my dad to cancer last November.
And so life continues for the rest of us down here living this human life. We look for the good and the beauty in each day. There is so much of it all around us. May you all see some every day. Hope to connect with you in the future.
Mary Palm ( Dann)
ps. I am no techie and messed up those photos!