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Spring/Summer 2013

Alumni & Friends Newsletter

In this issue … • Lakeland’s Centennial is in full swing! • Homecoming registration • Meet this year’s inductees for the Wall of Distinction • Alumni spotlight featuring EST, PN & Business grads • Class notes, college news & more

Alumni Coordinator: Darla Yonkman 1 800 661 6490 ext. 8628 Editor: Cathy MacKenzie Creative Design: Denise Allen Cover photo: Registration Fall 1955.

Lakeland College motto:

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Notice of Lakeland College Alumni Association Annual Meeting Saturday, June 8, 10 am Alumni Hall Theatre Lakeland College, Vermilion Campus

Contributions Special thanks to all alumni who contributed to this edition of LakelandxL. Letters, photographs and news are welcome. We reserve the right to edit contributions. Submitted photographs must have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi. Please address all correspondence to the Alumni Office. Publications mail agreement No. 40009099 Return undeliverable addresses to Lakeland College Alumni House 5707 College Drive Vermilion, Alberta, Canada T9X 1K5 1 800 661 6490

In memoriam

Condolences to the families and friends of alumni we’ve lost: Andrew Downer ’04 Rocky Elliott ’10 Aileen Gordon ’41 Raymond Herbert ’52 Richard Larison ’62 Raymond Marchak ’57 Reg Marler ’48 Elizabeth Myrholm ’51 Florence Myshak (Past Staff)

Stan Newlin ’66 Arne Nordli ’53 Lorraine Scott ’66 Ray Stetson ’53 Loya Stonehocker ’58 & ’59 Gilbert Tillmar ’62 Orest Wasiuta ’53 Betty West (Spouse) Colin West ’36

Looking ahead; Celebrating our past


Message from the alumni coordinator What a wonderful milestone for our college, alumni, current students, staff, friends and our community to celebrate. During the past century our alumni leaders have been making positive differences in this world both professionally and personally. You make us proud! Our alumni are all a significant part of our past 100 years and with your support we will continue to thrive as a college for the next 100 years. You show us support in many different ways: advertising and promoting, volunteering, sharing your success stories, mentoring and giving generously to our current students to enable them to have the same opportunities to learn as you did! It is so exciting to see students attend who have had generations of family members attend before them! For this we want to give you special thanks, as your family has and will make a difference for the next generations to come! Thank you to everyone who has sent in your personal and professional stories to share with others. It is great to hear the exciting things that are happening. As well, thank you for updating your address when you move. We want to continue our relationship and let you know what is happening at the college.

Stay in touch as we appreciate your feedback. Our communication to you is very important. You have many different options to stay in touch with us such as the LakelandxL magazine, alumni website, Lakeland College Alumni Facebook fan page, various newsletters, plus on-campus tours and events. Every year, along with the Lakeland College Alumni Association, we host alumni events just for you, so you can reconnect with other alumni. I want to thank the Alumni Association for their hard work and dedication to our college. As alumni coordinator and a fellow alumnus, I am so proud to be part of our centennial celebration! You are in a group of cherished alumni. Your commitment and continued support is one of our greatest assets! I am fortunate to work with such an amazing group! I hope to see you all at our centennial celebrations. We have come a long way together! Please stay in touch. Thank you and take care!

Darla Yonkman ’04, Alumni Coordinator 1 800 661 6490 ext. 8628

Homecoming is more fun

with you here!

Make sure you register for Homecoming. June 7, 8 & 9, 2013.


Looking ahead; Celebrating our past



A word from the Alumni Association Have you been back to your alma mater lately? You can count the number of postsecondary education institutions in Alberta on one hand that are 100 years old. Yours is one of them. Maybe age is not all that important, but a lot of tradition has been created; a lot of marriages; a lot of lifetime friendships; a lot of innovative leadership in industry; a lot of your classmates involved in improving the lives of Canadians. We are proud of Lakeland College and our involvement in it. It is time to come back! Mark June 7, 8 and 9 on your calendar now! Join hundreds of VSA, VAVC, VC and Lakeland friends as we celebrate our history. There are so many memories to be refreshed, so many stories to be retold, so many friendships to renew and so many new friends to meet.

You may also want to attend the Spring Social in Edmonton. What once started as an annual bowling party has now evolved into an annual social with coffee and desserts and is attended mostly by alumni who live in or close to Edmonton. The date is Saturday, April 27 at 2 pm at the Norwood Legion, 11150 - 82 Street, Edmonton. There is a new project that I’d like to share. Barbara Flemming, Class of ’66 has spearheaded the making of a quilt that is being donated for a raffle to celebrate Lakeland’s 100 years. The quilt is being raffled by the Alumni Association. This is a beautiful quilt made in Lakeland colours, historical logos and names, and the college motto. Raffle tickets will be available at most Lakeland College Centennial events or from the Alumni Association.

Laurie Weatherill ’68 Lakeland College Alumni Association

Your Homecoming weekend will be packed full of smiles, laughter, and most likely, a few tears. Don’t miss it. It is a once in a hundred year event!

With many thanks Thanks to the Alumni Association for its $10,000 contribution to top up its endowment fund plus for its additional $600 donation to enhance this year’s Lakeland College Alumni Association Awards. Two Alumni Association scholarships are distributed (one at each campus) to students who display outstanding proficiency in academics and leadership in activities excluding athletics. This year’s recipients are Lauren Fu and Caitlyn Holder. Each received a $500 scholarship. Congratulations.



March 20, 2013

5707 College Drive, Vermilion, Alberta T9X 1K5

Pay to the order of Payez à l’ordre de

Lakeland College

– Ten Thousand –

Re Pour

Centennial Campaign donation

100 dollars

$10,000 Signature

The centennial quilt made by Barbara Flemming will be raffled to celebrate our Centennial. Proceeds will go towards student scholarships.

Homecoming and Rose Ball Registration Form June 7, 8 and 9, 2013

Lakeland College, Vermilion Campus

Step 1 Association Membership n I am a member of the Alumni Association n I am not a member but please sign me up n I do not wish to be a member

Lifetime n Lifetime n $100

Annual n Annual n $10


Step 2 Registration (registration desk at Alumni Hall will be open Friday 2 to 8 pm and Saturday 8 am to noon) Name _________________________________________________________ Class year_________________________ Address________________________________________________________ Phone/Cell________________________ _____________________________________________________________ Email____________________________ My guest name___________________________________________________ If Alumnus, class year_________________ Address if different ________________________________________________________________________________ Registration fee for:

Members and guests

$20 x ______ $__________

Non members and guests _____

$35 x ______ $__________

Children under 18

no charge (please list names and ages):

_________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Note: If you can only attend one Homecoming event (excluding the Rose Ball) please contact us at 780 662 3382 for a reduced fee. STEP 3 Event Tickets (limited availability) Friday

Arrival Social 6 pm

Beef on a bun, salads, dessert and beverage

# attending __ ____ x $13


# attending __ ____ x $13


Rose Ball Banquet and Dance Cocktails 5:30 pm, Reception 6 pm followed by Grand March and Dance at 9 pm (live music by The Emeralds) # attending __ ____ x $45 Note: Rose Ball tickets are available without registering for Homecoming


Saturday Breakfast is cash in the Lakeland College cafeteria

Class Luncheon noon

Soup, sandwiches, dessert and beverage

New Event for those not attending the Rose Ball: The 100 year Stomp dance with good music and food Buffet (hot and cold finger foods) for those wanting a little less formality 9 pm # attending __ ____ x $25


Step 4 Accommodations (Lakeland College dorms) n Single room $60 _______ June 6, Thursday


Farewell cash buffet breakfast in Lakeland College cafeteria

n Single room $60 _______

June 7, Friday

June 8, Saturday n Single room $60 _______

n Thursday

RV Parking

n Friday

n Double room $80 _______ n Double room $80 _______ n Double room $80_______

n Saturday

Total $__________ $__________

#of nights _____ x $15


n 8 x 10 $15 n Memory stick $10 n Memory stick with a collection of other Homecoming photos $15


Step 6 Class of 1963

n Class of 1963 history book $35


Step 5 Class Photos

n 5 x 7 $10

Step 7 Method of Payment n Cheque enclosed n Money order enclosed n Visa n MasterCard ___ ___ ___ ___

___ ___ __ _ ___

TOTAL $__________

Card # ___ ___ ___ ___

___ ___ ___ ___

Expiry date ____ ____ Name of cardholder (please print)_________________________________

Signature__________________________________________________________________ Make cheques or money orders payable to: Lakeland College Alumni Association Registration deadline is May 31, 2013 (late registration fees will apply) Mail registration form and payment to: Lakeland College Alumni Association, Box 27, Tofield, Alberta, T0B 4J0 or email

For further information phone 780 662 3382 or email


Take home a centennial souvenir


Life is more than a box of chocolates ...

Take home your centennial chocolates, wine & other souvenirs

Go to for a complete list of available items and prices A portion of every bottle of Lakeland’s special vintage Ever2 Excel wine goes towards Lakeland College’s Centennial Endowment Fund for scholarships and awards. Chocolates made locally by Serotonin Chocolates, Vermilion, Alberta.

A Vintage year with Ever2 Excel Did you know that raising your glass of Lakeland College’s Ever2Excel centennial wine also raises funds for student scholarships? As of December 31, 2012, $1,675 from wine sales had been raised for student scholarships. That’s reason to celebrate! To find out where Lakeland’s centennial wine is available, go to Planning a gathering this year (e.g. wedding, anniversary or reunion)? Consider serving Lakeland’s Ever2Excel special edition wine. It is a hot item so please order your supply from your liquor store early. Thank you for your support. May Lakeland’s centennial wine continue to give you a warm feeling inside as you raise more $ for students!

Lakeland College centennial souvenirs

Capture the spirit Souvenirs available at Lakeland College bookstores Lakeland College’s Centennial Ever2 Excel wine available at various liquor stores in Vermilion and Lloydminster. A portion of every bottle sold goes towards Lakeland College’s Centennial Endowment Fund for Scholarships and Awards.

It’s time to Celebrate with more Centennial & alumni events Looking ahead to celebrate our Centennial

Edmonton Alumni Spring Social Saturday, April 27, 2013 Norwood Legion Edmonton, Alta. Alumni Homecoming & Rose Ball June 7 to 9, 2013 Vermilion campus Centennial Golf Tournament June 27, 2013 Lloydminster Golf & Curling Club

Ever to Excel with John Furlong October 17, 2013 Lloydminster campus The Next 100 Years November 14 to 17, 2013 Vermilion campus • Staff Wine & Cheese Reception • Centennial Banquet • Family Fun Anniversary Event Time Capsule Opening

Mattress Dominoes September 2013 Lloydminster & Vermilion campuses

Let’s Celebrate at Homecoming! During Lakeland College’s 75th anniversary 750 alumni attended Homecoming. For Lakeland’s 100th anniversary, let’s have 1,000 alumni attend! Enjoy a piece of birthday cake as we celebrate Lakeland’s 100 years.

Saturday, June 8 • 3 pm Vermilion Campus Gymnasium

For updates and more information, go to





It’s fun to be an Alum

2014 Alumni Snowbird Potluck Social in Yuma February 1, 2014 Hosted by Ron & Shirley Goeglein (928 342 4578) and Ron & Shirley Lindsay (928 342 4400)

Every year on the first Saturday in February, Lakeland College alumni reunite at the Westwind RV & Golf Resort in Yuma, AZ. The first gathering was held during the time of Newcombe and Margaret Bentley. It has since become a much anticipated tradition. Ron & Shirley Goeglein and Ron & Shirley Lindsay have been organizing the event for several years and invite all alumni to join them. If you plan to travel to Arizona and California, drop by for a visit. For more details, give them a call.

Cruise into Lakeland’s Centennial Time is running out to book your space on Lakeland College’s alumni centennial cruise. Join Joyce & Craig Stewart as your hosts. Set sail July 17, 2013 10-day land & sea cruise Vancouver, B.C., to Fairbanks, Alaska On the Coral Princess Priced from $2,346 + taxes per person Brought to you in partnership with AMA Sound like fun? For more details contact Joyce Stewart 780 974 2807 or email her at Book now to reserve the cabin of your choice!

Centennial Celebrations Scrapbook

Pioneer Supper November 17, 2012

It was a night of pioneer-themed food, dress, festivities and fun Nov. 17 when alumni, staff, students and friends gathered to kick off Lakeland’s centennial 1913-style. There was even square-dancing and old-time music. The event coincided with the college’s 99th anniversary and was attended by a sold-out crowd. The first ten inductees to Lakeland College’s Century Club were also announced during the pioneer celebration. VSA’s first student Fred Bell and the founding of the college rodeo club in 1969 were two of the first inductees. Other inductees included long-time principal Pop Elliott, alumnae ambassador Jo Berglund, the official opening of the Vermilion campus redevelopment in 1985, The Shack, development of the Lloydminster campus, introduction of the first secretarial course in 1954, the CWAC training centre during WWII and Prince, a beloved horse.





Centennial Celebrations Scrapbook

The Great Toboggan Ride February 1, 2013

It was an undertaking of gigantic proportions as Lakeland students looked to land the college a Guinness World Record again during its centennial year. On Jan. 31 using a 10.98 metre long by 2.85 metre wide toboggan loaded with students, Lakeland claimed another world record – this time for riding the world’s largest toboggan built to scale. To set the record the toboggan had to be ridden by at least one person downhill a minimum distance of 100 metres. Lakeland’s first successful attempt slid 108.2 metres with 42 people on it. The second successful slide went 109.9 metres at a speed of 21 km/hour with 31 people. Lakeland’s first world record was set in 1987 when 132 students climbed on a 102’ 7 3/8” toboggan at the Vermilion Provincial Park. That record was for the most people on a toboggan. Eugene Wasylik (inset) was an instructor at the college during that time. He was also present at the 2013 attempt.

Centennial Celebrations Scrapbook

President’s Gala


March 15, 2013 The style, elegance and purpose made the first-annual President’s Gala an event to remember. Guests at the event included the Honourable Alison Redford, Premier of Alberta, His Honour the Honourable Donald S. Ethell, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, and Her Honour the Honourable Vaughn Solomon Schofield, Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan. About 400 guests attended the event on March 15. It also included a musical performance by Lakeland alumnus Jodie Leslie. Roméo A. Dallaire, Canadian senator and retired lieutenant-general, was the guest speaker for the evening. Proceeds from the event will be invested in the President’s Leadership & Community Involvement Students Financial Award – Endowment Fund for future Lakeland College students.




Campus scene

Family Ties & 100 years at Lakeland College Submitted by Joe and Kelly (Fulton) Tschirren The Tschirren and Fulton families have a real history at Lakeland College. Donald Fulton graduated from the Vermilion School of Agriculture (VSA) in 1950. He was enrolled in the 2 year Agriculture program from 1948 to 1950. After graduating he returned to his family farm at Hillmond, Sask., and ran a successful mixed farm until retiring in 2000. Ben Tschirren also attended Vermilion School of Agriculture in the 2 in 1 agriculture program and graduated in 1955. He too returned to the family farm at Ferintosh, Alta., and successfully farmed until 1999 when he passed away. Joe Tschirren (Ben’s son) and Kelly Fulton (Donald’s daughter) met at Lakeland College in 1983. Kelly graduated from Lakeland College in the secretarial arts program in 1984. Joe attended the agricultural mechanics program from 1983 to 1985. They were married in Lloydminster in 1987 and resided there until 1999 when they moved to their current home in Vegreville, Alta. Kelly is a service delivery agent at the Case processing centre in Vegreville. Joe is employed by Viterra Grain and is one of the grain marketing contacts for the Student-Managed Farm at Lakeland College. Joe and Kelly have three children, Tyler, Brittany and Nicole. All three have attended Lakeland College as well. Tyler attended from 2009 to 2011 at the Lloydminster Campus in the university transfer program and has transferred to the University of Alberta. Brittany is currently at the Vermilion Campus in the wildlife and fisheries conservation major in the environmental sciences program. Nicole graduated from the event management certificate program in 2012 and intends to re-enrol at Lakeland in the early childhood development program in the fall of 2013. In addition, Donald’s son, Doug Fulton, graduated from the appraisal and assessment program as well as achieving his journeyman mechanics through Lakeland College. He too met his wife Kathy (McCarty), at Lakeland College where she completed the business program. Further to this, Kathy’s dad, Barry McCarty also attended Lakeland College and graduated in 1969 animal science education. The latest to enrol at Lakeland College is Donald’s granddaughter, Kaylee Bannerman, who is currently attending Lakeland College in the university transfer program. Lakeland College is a great part of our family history. It’s where we met. We have heard stories from our parents and grandparents about their times at Vermilion School of Agriculture and we have told our children stories of our own times at Lakeland College. Our children have met and attended college with the children of our past classmates at Lakeland, just as we attended college with the children of our parents’ classmates. We have had the privilege of attending the Vermilion Rose Ball with our parents, meeting their classmates, and learning the dances that they danced when they were at college. We have been able to walk our children through the buildings where we lived and learned. We look forward to whatever the future holds ... thanks, in part, to Lakeland College.

Donald Fulton, Kelly (Fulton) Tschirren, Nicole Tschirren and Joe Tschirren holding Ben Tschirren’s photo.

Campus scene


Lakeland leads new agricultural training project in Belize Chilly temperatures didn’t deter the warm collegial spirit between Lakeland College officials and guests from Belize at the Vermilion campus from Jan. 7 to 11. Dr. Gordon Holder of the University of Belize and Yvonne Palma from the Belize Ministry of Education, Youth and Culture, were at Lakeland to begin putting together a framework for a new three-year $440,000 project that will enable Caribbean countries to develop training programs that align with the needs and demands of its agriculture industry. They also explored the Student Managed Farm concept. Additional partners are Bow Valley College and Parkland College. The project is part of the CARICOM Education for Employment Program which is funded by the Canadian International Development Agency. It is also supported by the Association of Canadian Community Colleges.

Darrell Hickman of Lakeland’s School of Agricultural Sciences shows Dr. Gordon Holder and Yvonne Palma of Belize the calving barn during a tour of the college farm at the Vermilion campus.

Ulmer Chevrolet donates to Lakeland to support scholarships & centennial Two familiar names have joined forces to support Lakeland students in honour of their respective milestone anniversary years. Ulmer Chevrolet, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2012, has committed to donating a total of $30,000 to Lakeland College over a 10-year period to create new student scholarships. Two awards will be distributed each year. Recipients will be taking business studies at Lakeland and be enrolled in either the small business and entrepreneurship major, or the marketing major. The first two Ulmer Chevrolet Scholarships, valued at $1,500 each, will be distributed in 2013.

partners with Lakeland College to co-host PBR & support Centennial campaign Another community partner saddled up to support Lakeland College’s Centennial campaign in a big way. With a new five-year commitment totalling $55,000, ATB Financial is the title sponsor of the college’s Professional Bull Riding (PBR) event that is held annually at the Vermilion campus. The first event with ATB Financial as the title sponsor was Feb. 15. Lakeland College has hosted the PBR for the last eight years. Each year it attracts about 1,500 bull riding fans to the Vermilion campus. It also draws some of the best bull riders and stock on the PBR Canadian, world and touring pro circuits. This year’s winner was alum Zane Lambert, a former member of the Lakeland College rodeo team.




Looking ahead to celebrate our Centennial

Team Saskatchewan strikes again with more Lakeland alumni Lakeland once again had connections at a national curling championship. Jill (Johnston) Shumay, a business student at Lakeland in 1993-1994, skipped Team Saskatchewan to a 6-5 record at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in February. Playing third was Jill’s cousin Kara Johnston who is director of energy, entrepreneurship and aboriginal programming at Lakeland. Second Taryn Holtby is the granddaughter of former instructor Harold Holtby and recent board of governors’ member Mary Holtby. For Shumay, winning the Saskatchewan provincial curling title with “three great friends” and getting to wear a green jacket on the national stage was a dream come true. “Everything about Kingston (host city of the Scotties) was amazing, from the fans that were there to cheer us on, to all of the wonderful volunteers,” she says. What made the experience even better for the 38-year-old was being able to share it with her cousin and third Kara Johnston. “We’ve been curling together on and off since we were little girls and to have her there by my side made everything complete,” says Shumay. Shumay and her husband Darrin have been married for 13 years and have two sons. She’s worked at Saskatoon Media Group for 17 years and is currently the accounts receivable administrator. Shumay added that her brother Jamie Johnston completed his third period of electrician apprenticeship technical training in March at Lakeland. As for other Lakeland curling connections, last year Scott Manners skipped Team Saskatchewan at the Tim Hortons Brier. He took the crops and machinery program in the early 1990s and then the heavy oil operations technician program in 2006-2007. Carl deConinck Smith, a graduate of the diversified livestock program in 1999 and the crop technology program in 2001, was the alternate on Manners team. Lindsay Makichuk, at that time a bachelor of commerce student at the Lloydminster campus, played lead for Team Alberta at the 2010 Scotties Tournament of Hearts. Manners, Makichuk, deConinck Smith and Shumay were all members of the Rustlers while at Lakeland. While her counterparts were on the curling team, Shumay played collegiate volleyball.

Sports shorts



Silver lining for Rustlers at national championship In front of a packed hometown crowd, Lakeland’s women’s volleyball team claimed the silver medal at the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association (CCAA) national championship. The event was hosted at Lakeland’s Lloydminster campus on March 7 to 9 and was one of the events featured during the college’s year-long centennial celebrations. The Rustlers went into the event ranked in sixth place. They defeated the number 2 and 3 ranked teams to get to the gold medal match where they faced the number 1 ranked team from the University of Fraser Valley.

Lakeland College Rustlers Women’s Volleyball Team Silver Medalist Canadian Colleges Athletic Association


Wall of Distinction Inductee


Lakeland College Wall of Distinction Inductees We are pleased to honour this year’s inductees to Lakeland College’s Wall of Distinction. Since graduating from Lakeland College, each of them has made their mark in the lives of others and the industries that they serve.

Congratulations to Dr. Arthur (Bud) McGinnis ’41 and Margaret Page ’96 & ’97

Dr. Arthur (Bud) McGinnis ‘41

Class of ‘41 alumnus gives back with creation of Future of Agriculture Award The 1941 Vermilion School of Agriculture (VSA) yearbook says Arthur (Bud) McGinnis “planned, if possible, to go to university and we shall follow his career with interest.” Thanks to a $100 scholarship from the Wheat Board that covered all but $7.50 of his first year’s tuition at the University of Alberta, the VSA grad was able to attend university, eventually earning a bachelor of science in agriculture, a master in entomology and a doctorate in biochemistry. He went on to enjoy a very successful career in agricultural research and research management. Wanting to make sure other college students have the same opportunity as he did to earn a degree, Dr. Arthur McGinnis and his wife Gladys recently donated $82,000 to the Lakeland College Centennial Campaign to create an endowment fund. The endowment will fund a $2,000 annual scholarship for a second year Lakeland agricultural sciences student who intends to earn a bachelor of science in agriculture. The first Dr. Arthur and Gladys McGinnis Future of Agriculture Award recipient will be selected in 2013. “I feel that two institutions – Vermilion School of Agriculture and the University of Alberta – made it possible for me to become a professional. Winning that $100 Wheat Board Scholarship helped make all of it possible. I hope this award will do the same for others,” says McGinnis who lives in Ottawa. Originally from a small mixed farm near Pickardville, Alta., a hamlet northwest of Edmonton, McGinnis grew up in a family that stressed the importance of education. His mother taught at the local one-room school where he completed his Grade 10.

Thanks to financial support from his grandmother who provided $20 a month to pay for his room, board and tuition, he attended VSA in 1939-40 and 194041. Classes started in mid-October and ended in early April so students could be home to help during seeding and harvest. The only time students went home was at Christmas – if they could afford the travel costs, recalls McGinnis. McGinnis excelled academically and was very involved in campus life. During his first year at VSA he was sports editor of the yearbook and in his final year he was the president of the Students’ Council. He also played hockey and basketball. He graduated at the top of his class and in addition to the Wheat Board Scholarship, was awarded the General Proficiency Silver Medal. Among other prizes he received was a suitcase that served him well for years. “Having the opportunity to participate in the activities I did plus winning a few awards was a great confidence booster. Even if the stipend is small, the fact that you’ve been recognized adds to your sense of self-worth and helps on your résumé,” says McGinnis. When he graduated from the U of A in 1946, McGinnis planned to work in animal nutrition. He got a job as a laborer with the Lethbridge Experimental Farm. That was the start of a 35 year career with Agriculture Canada. Shortly after starting at the Experimental Farm, he switched to a more secure position with the Entomology Lab. Realizing a career in research would require more education, he went to Montana State College to earn his master’s degree and shortly afterwards to Oregon State College for his doctorate

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Arthur (Bud) McGinnis in his 1941 yearbook.

Arthur (Bud) McGinnis and his wife Gladys Photo courtesy of Spencer Studio which he earned in 1955. He returned to Lethbridge to do research into the physiology and nutrition of agriculture pests in Western Canada. In 1966 he and his wife and four children moved to Winnipeg where McGinnis managed stored product research at the Agriculture Canada Research Station. His final career move was to Vineland Research Station in the Niagara Peninsula where he served as director from 1972 until 1980. Following his retirement, McGinnis was asked by the Canadian International Development Agency to lead a team of 10 Canadians in establishing and managing a Rainfed Agricultural Research and Development project in Pakistan. “My wife and I moved to Pakistan in 1982. It was an exciting and challenging venture,” he says. “During the three years we were there, I was able to see the results of our research used to the

benefit of local farmers. Seeing the immediate benefit of our research was definitely one of the highlights of my career.” McGinnis returned to the college for the first time in 2001 to attend the 60th anniversary reunion for the Class of 1941. Although he hasn’t been back often, he’s always thought fondly of his time at VSA. Establishing the award “seemed like a way to pay back a little bit of what I had received because of my education,” he says. Asked what advice he’d give recipients of the agriculture award he and his wife created, he was quick to respond. “Make sure you get into something you enjoy doing and do it to the best of your ability. If you do, you’ll never have any regrets.”



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Margaret Page ‘96 & ‘97

Helping others to ever excel When you’re offered a chance to be Paul McCartney’s personal guest at one of his concerts, you grab your ticket to ride. That’s what Margaret Page ’96 & ’97 did when the opportunity of a lifetime fell on her lap. “I was working with a client about goal setting, and one of her goals became ‘magical experiences.’ Shortly after, I was in San Jose, Calif., for a conference. When I was checking into my hotel, I learned that my room wasn’t ready yet. Later I learned that it wasn’t ready because Paul McCartney was staying in the same hotel. “In return for being accommodating with my room, I was offered a chance to be Paul McCartney’s guest at his concert that night. I was sent to the Fairmont Hotel in a limousine. The concert and the evening was so wonderful. I was sitting in Row 3 with all of his and his band’s family and guests. It was an incredible, magical experience. To top it off, one of the songs he performed, English Garden, has a line in it that refers to a peradventure. A peradventure means ‘a by chance adventure.’ It made me think of my client and how her goal evolved from earning a certain amount of money, to earning enough money to have magical adventures. That and my experience involving the Paul McCartney concert seemed to all fit together. The whole experience was one of those remarkable life experiences that I will never forget. It really made me think about how wonderful life can turn out when we don’t overanalyze a situation and fear the risks too much. Wonderful things can happen to us if we just take a chance and be open to opportunities that come our way.” Reflective words to live by and a philosophy Page often uses while working with clients seeking her services from her two businesses, Beyond the Page, and Etiquette Page Enterprises. As founder and director of both companies, she has worked with individuals, groups and organizations from around the world. From athletes to professionals, political hopefuls to people in transition, Page helps people find focus, build efficiency and eliminate factors that cause overwhelm. “I strive to create clarity, creativity and confidence. Clarity around where a person is at and where they want to go in life or in a shorter time frame; creativity on finding solutions to the bumps on the road in their

life’s journey; and confidence to boldly move towards what they do want,” she says. Her journey to becoming a personal development guru began years ago. “I recall being at a function in Lloydminster and spending more time worrying about how to act and engaging the correct etiquette,” says Page. “Over time it became evident that so many people struggle in these types of situations and with these types of skills. Unless you have had someone to teach you these things, there are a lot of people who just don’t know.” After completing advanced training in personal and business coaching, neuro-linguistic programming, and corporate etiquette and international protocol in the United States, she launched her businesses Beyond the Page, and Etiquette Page. She is also a published author, and has contributed to the book Blueprint for Success, which features chapters by Stephen Covey, Ken Blanchard and other business experts. Page has also been a popular guest on CBC Radio One and has hosted and produced community television and radio programs in Vancouver and the Sunshine Coast in British Columbia, where she now calls home. In 2008, she was nominated for the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Trailblazer Award. In Page’s spare time, she enjoys ballroom dancing, yoga and pilates. She is also very active in Toastmasters International. “I’ve had such incredible experiences through Toastmasters and have met such wonderful people from all over the world,” says Page. In 2012 at the Toastmasters convention in Orlando, Fla., she was selected to carry in the Canadian flag in front of an audience of about 17,000 delegates – an experience that sent shivers down her spine. This year, she is District 21 governor for Toastmasters in all of B.C. where she is responsible for 6,000 members and 295 clubs. She leads a district leadership team of 110 people. “Through all of my experiences I’ve learned so much. I have known several people who have inspired me,” says Page, specifically noting the best-selling

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P authoress who spurred her revelations to her Paul McCartney experience. She sites other individuals who inspire her including her late mother-in-law, Violet Page, who always exuded a generous spirit and never uttered a word of complaint. Page studied business (accounting and management) at Lakeland College’s Lloydminster campus. She was also a recipient of a student award. She credits her positive student experience to influential instructors and staff including Har Kang and Randy Fines. “Har Kang was an amazing instructor and had a way of making finance incredibly easy. I had a lot of respect for him. Randy Fines too was a wonderful individual whom I got to know well. He has a generous spirit and it was he who inspired me to run for the student member seat on the college’s Board of Governors.” She also holds the college’s motto, Ever to Excel, close to her heart and encourages everyone to use it as their own personal mantra.

Margaret Page

“Ever to Excel – the meaning behind this motto is so important,” says Page. “There are too many people who are content with ‘just good enough’ instead of aiming for where they could be. All of us have something wonderful to offer – and that we can achieve more when we aim higher. I learned that at Lakeland.”

Something old, something new Here’s something to add to your alumni wardrobe to bring in the centennial in style. The Alumni Association is offering a new version of the original college jacket and a newly designed alumni ring. A minimum quantity of jackets and rings must be met before they can be ordered so if you’re interested, Laurie Weatherill, Alumni Association president, wants to hear from you. Call him at 780 662 3382 or email




Alumni spotlight

Meet Ashley Anderson ’04

Going with the grain At the ripe old age of 28, Ashley Anderson has time on her side as she continues to nurture her career in an industry that has acres of room to grow. Anderson is the general manager of the Vermilion Farm Service Group for Cargill and is one of the organization’s youngest managers in Canada. She’s also one of the organization’s few female managers. “Cargill has eight general managers in the Alberta region and we always joke that I have more hair than the seven others combined,” laughs Anderson. “That said there is little difference when it comes to responsibilities, advancement opportunities and how we see each other. Cargill is a company that doesn’t hire people into positions based on years of service; they hire people into positions who have potential. They really let you get out of your career what you put in.” That says a lot about the character of this dynamic up-and-coming professional agrologist and certified crop advisor who likes to rack up to 20 km per week on her Nike runners during her spare time. Anderson joined Cargill in the summer of 2004 after she graduated from Lakeland College’s agribusiness program. Later that fall she transferred her diploma to the University of Alberta to earn a bachelor’s degree in agricultural/ food business management. She continued to work for the company as a summer student where she did everything from blend fertilizer, ship herbicides and seed, sell product, give herbicide recommendations, and coordinate custom spray equipment. In 2007, as a full-time Cargill employee, she transferred to the company’s Vermilion location where she worked as an agronomist. A year and half later she moved into an agronomy manager role covering east central Alberta and northwest Saskatchewan. In November 2012, she took over the reins as general manager. She credits her professional growth to her desire to learn, learning opportunities and leadership programs provided by the company, and her industry associations and networks where she runs into several Lakeland alumni on a regular basis. Another of her responsibilities for Cargill is new employee recruitment. She frequently visits Lakeland College and University of Alberta campuses to fill positions with the company. “We hire about 200 summer students a year. Many of them stay on as permanent employees,” says Anderson. She also serves on Lakeland College’s advisory board for its agribusiness and crop technology programs and is pleased to see the school’s enrolment growth. She adds, however, that even with more students graduating from post-secondary programs there are still not enough people coming into the field to meet the demand. “When I was at Lakeland, our class had eight students in it. Now, even with more than 30 students graduating from the program last year there still are not enough people to hire,” says Anderson. “Seeing those kinds of numbers of people wanting to work in the agricultural field is great. Cargill, as well as other companies, is constantly looking for people who have hands-on and specialized skills, technical knowledge and passion for continuous learning. And people do not have to come from a farming background to be successful in the field. It’s about people, passion, service and a thirst for knowledge.” As a manager, Anderson has other responsibilities to think about in addition to helping producers choose which seed variety to plant or which herbicide to buy. She also strives to build, manage and develop her staff so they and her site can be successful. “We have a very good team but one of the toughest parts of my job is to manage my staff during high-stress times, for example spring or harvest, so that they don’t burn themselves out. When the team is under pressure, the opportunity for error and the risk for incidents increase dramatically.”

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“I’ve visited sites where there have been serious explosions and I have heard people speak who have survived dangerous situations. The effect that these incidences have on staff and on their families is long-lasting and life-changing. As a manager, my goal is to be able to have all of my staff go home safely to their families at the end of each and every day,” says Anderson.

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At the end of her day, Anderson always enjoys returning home to the cattle and grain operation that she and her husband Blair own and operate near Minburn, Alta., with Blair’s family. And while it may seem like it is bringing her work home with her, she can always find something to do to help her unwind.

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“Whether it’s going for a relaxing run with Max, our black lab, baking cookies, gardening or curling up with a good book, it’s a great place to be.”


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Alumni spotlight

Meet Leanne Hawes ’07, Kristine Alexander ’08, and Jade Hoffmann ’08

Good things come in threes. Alumni make a triple play at Lloydminster Co-op Three young women from small-town Saskatchewan. Three music, movie and sport enthusiasts. Three young Lakeland alumni working together to make a difference in Lloydminster’s business community. Meet Leanne (Lozinsky) Hawes ’07, Kristine (Knourek) Alexander ’08 and Jade (McFarlane) Hoffmann ’08. All three are members of the Lloydminster and District Co-op administrative team. They are also graduates of Lakeland College’s business program at the Lloydminster campus. Both Hawes, the Co-op’s vice president of operations, and Hoffmann, the company’s controller, joined the organization in 2009. Alexander, the Co-op’s marketing and communications manager, joined the team in 2012. While each of their areas of responsibility is unique, their roles, strengths and attributes mesh well together and have already led to some dynamic cooperative results. “Jade is decisive, exact and meticulous. Kristine is a problem-solver, creative and an out-of-the-box thinker. I aim to ensure the association is constantly growing with intent and purpose,” says Hawes.

Left to right: Kristine Alexander, Leanne Hawes and Jade Hoffmann

Some company successes that Hawes, Alexander and Hoffmann have worked together on and contributed to include reaching the $100 million mark in sales in 2011, the Co-op’s Annual General Meeting, equity member payouts, and developing other aspects of the business.

“All of our roles depend on one another so there are very few projects that each of us does not have some hand in. We cannot do our individual jobs without the work of each other so we are very closely linked,” says Alexander. “Leanne’s role includes operations management and development work, Jade focuses on accounting systems and financial preparation, and I launch communication and promotion strategies. Without each individual doing her respective role, the sum would not come together.” But it’s not always all business and no play for the three young professionals. Away from work, Hoffmann enjoys playing the piano, Hawes recorded and released a country music album that charted on Canadian Country Radio, and Alexander enjoys relaxing with the humour and wit of a cinematic comedy. And of course true to their roots, all three are avid fans of the Saskatchewan Roughriders and the other green team, the Lakeland Rustlers. Because the three share a common denominator of being Lakeland alum, they also share many familiar memories – graduation, the Chamber Mixer and the Alberta of Deans Business Case Competition – to name a few. All three of them were also student scholarship recipients. “Scholarships made such an impact on my life as a student,” says Alexander, who, along with her husband Mark ’07, created the Ever to Excellence annual scholarship in 2008 which supports first-year business students. They also look forward to celebrating Lakeland’s centennial this year and then in 2014, ringing in the Lloydminster and District Co-op’s 100th anniversary. While each of them came on board with the Co-op at different times, they appreciate the ties that bind. Adds Hawes, “Lakeland College is the common community among us all. When we were students at Lakeland, there was a sense of belonging and connection. Now that we are in the workforce, Lakeland College has become the common denominator among ourselves and with many people whom we interact with daily. ‘Hey, I went to Lakeland, too!’” is an oftenheard phrase.”

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Meet Chevan Wilson ’12

He shoots, he scores with new EMS career Wayne Gretzky said, “You miss 100 per cent of the shots you don’t take.” An appropriate and relevant sentiment for any aspiring hockey player but for Chevan Wilson ’12, who spent years focusing on hockey, taking a shot at a different career path was well worth the risk. As a young hockey player, Wilson has a number of accomplishments on his stats sheet – a CIS National Championship, an AJHL Championship, Viking Cup Championship, and a first team AJHL All-star. He also played in the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL), the National Colleges Athletics Association (NCAA), and the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) where he averaged two points per game. Hailing from St. Albert, Alta., Wilson graduated from Lakeland College’s emergency services technology program in the spring of 2012. In September 2012, he was hired as a full-time firefighter for Strathcona County Emergency Services – one of the most desirable employers in Alberta. Two months later, he earned the status of being ranked No. 1 in his recruitment class for Strathcona County Emergency Services. The top-placed ranking is determined by results of aptitude testing, physical fitness testing, Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) testing, and an interview. It also positions him for potential promotions, training opportunities, vacation picks and other privileges. “When I learned of my placement in the class I was surprised and humbled,” says Wilson. “As new recruits, we are all trying to prove ourselves and are working hard. But down the road, this ranking will lead to opportunities to move into higher ranking positions.” Now on track with a promising career, Wilson says he is pleased with his decision to shift his focus from hockey and to attend Lakeland. And the emergency services field seems to be a perfect fit. “I decided to take Lakeland’s EST program based on reputation, timeline and recommendation. After taking an EMR course earlier, I decided that this was the profession I wanted to pursue. Several instructors encouraged me to pursue the EST program based on what they felt would work best for me at that time.” And he’s glad he did. “The thing I enjoy most about my career now is the people I work with. They are constantly pushing themselves and each other to a higher level – this holds all staff to function to a higher standard. These characteristics and qualities are demonstrated at all levels of Strathcona County Emergency Services and for me, is what makes it enjoyable each day to go to work. I love the team atmosphere. I also enjoy ‘learning on the fly’ and training with people who have firsthand experience and the knowledge to be successful.” But like anyone looking at making a major life decision, knowing how it will all turn out hasn’t always been a sure win for Wilson. “At times, the process of making the decision to pursue a new career and taking those first steps towards making it a reality made me feel a little nervous. But I learned a lot from it. I learned that it is important to have confidence in your own abilities but to be in the frame of mind that there is always more to learn. There is a lot to learn but by committing your time, respecting each other’s roles, you earn the trust and respect of your peers through hard work and sacrifice. The reward is always worth it in the end.”


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Meet Adrianne Krips ’12

Alumnus lives her best life with Oprah & deals with personal tragedy In 2007 when Adrianne (Bachman) Krips ‘12 was 23 years old, she lost her big brother, Corey, in a house fire. Tragedy struck again five years later in 2012 when she lost her little brother, Bradley, in a snowmobiling accident. “It was really hard,” says Krips. “There were just the three of us kids in my family and then suddenly I was the only one. About a year after my older brother died, I felt like I was fumbling my way through a fog. I began questioning what I was doing with my life and wondering how I can best live my life so that I can make a difference.” That personal crisis led to Krips making a life-changing decision. At that time, she was working as a broadcaster for a local radio station. Then she decided to make a major and complete career change. “I phoned my mom and told her that I was going to apply to a practical nurse program. I wanted to do something that would be rewarding for me and at the same time, honour the life of my brother.” When her mom heard that, she couldn’t believe it. She told her daughter that she was thinking of doing the same thing. At that point, Krips registered in a distance education nursing program and her mom registered in another program closer to her hometown of Biggar, Sask. A year later, Krips decided to complete the practical nursing program with Lakeland College at the Lloydminster campus.

Adrianne Krips with her brothers Corey (seated) and Bradley in earlier years.

“It was the best decision I ever made. In hindsight, it was difficult to lose my brothers but I don’t think I would have ever had the courage to make

Here’s another great opportunity for Lakeland alumni. If you have a business or offer a service, spread the word on Lakeland College’s alumni website. We’re in the process of setting up a new online Alumni Business Directory. It’s open to Lakeland alumni only and at very cost-effective rates. Simply email the name of your business, type of service and contact information to Darla Yonkman at

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that big a change if it wasn’t for them. It was because of what happened to them that inspired me to live the best life – and through that – I could honour their memory.” Then came another opportunity of mega-star proportions. With her drive to live her best life in memory of her brothers, Krips entered Oprah Winfrey’s “Live your Best Life” contest that was held in conjunction with the media celebrity’s January visit to Edmonton. She finished in second place. “The contest asked participants to put forward their inspiration to live their best lives. I immediately thought of my brothers. They didn’t get the chance to live out their lives fully so becoming a nurse and working to help others was my tribute to them. I posted pictures of their headstones on Facebook with a link. Within hours it was shared over 400 times. By the end of the week, I had 3,300 votes. It was very exciting.” Being a top placed finisher earned Krips a “Girls’ Night Out” package which included five tickets to see Oprah in Edmonton on Jan. 23, limousine service, spa treatment at Eveline Charles, dinner at the Melting Pot, and a $500 shopping spree at Edmonton’s Southgate Mall. Joining Krips on the night out were her mom Jan Bachman, Eileen Quinn, the mother of her brother’s friend who died in the same snowmobile accident, and friends Elaine and Courtney Withnell from Edgerton. Seeing Oprah live was thrilling for Krips and her family and friends. “All of us are Oprah fans. I remember my mom and I watching her on TV when I was growing up. At the show, we were totally in awe and so close. We were fifth row on the floor. It was hard to believe that she was really there.” It was an evening that Krips will never forget. The best take away? Oprah’s words of wisdom. “Some of the comments that Oprah reinforced was that each of us has a purpose. She also talked about life being filled with whispers and that we should listen to them when we hear them. Make the choice to change my life and to live it fully is a wonderful way to pay tribute to my brothers. They didn’t get the chance to live their lives completely. I’m going to make sure that I do.” Krips now works as a licensed practical nurse at the Wainwright Health Centre. “It’s the best career that I’ve ever had. It’s also a great way to turn such a terrible tragedy into something that is positive.”

Livestock Brand Recognition Orvis Schneider ’56 and Tom Kibblewhite ’59 and his wife Gwen are the first alum to donate and to have their cattle brand received for Lakeland College’s legacy wall in the Agricultural Sciences Building. The legacy wall is a unique way to celebrate Lakeland’s 100 year history and its role in providing agricultural education as the Vermilion School of Agriculture, the Vermilion Agriculture & Vocational College, Vermilion College, and Lakeland College. As an alumnus, you can be a part of it. When you donate $1,913 to Lakeland during the college’s centennial year, your brand will be displayed on the legacy wall. Proceeds from your gift will go towards an endowment to fund financial awards for future agricultural sciences students and will show your ongoing pride and belief in agricultural education – just as a brand does in the agriculture industry. If you’d like to see your brand on the legacy wall, please Darla Yonkman, alumni coordinator, at, or call 780 853 8628 or toll free 1 800 661 6490 ext. 8628. Not only will your brand presence pay tribute to an agricultural tradition, you’ll also be supporting generations of future cattlemen and ranchers.




Class notes

Class notes

Tara-liegh (Walsh) Severin ’06 and her husband Kyle welcomed their newest addition Camden Lee Severin to the family on Jan. 23. Now Alexander is a big brother.

In October Neil Danroth ’76, Pam Danroth ’77, Steve Newman ’76 and Elaine Newman travelled to Israel. While in Israel they met Shirley McMartin ’78 and discovered that she, too, was a Lakeland College alumni. Pictured above are Steve, Shirley, Pam and Neil.

Looking for a new challenge, Jordan May began lifting heavier weights and eating clean in April 2012. Seven months later she was competing in a fitness competition in Edmonton. Jordan had a strong allegiance of family, friends and mentors to support her in her quest and describes the experience of working towards her goal and competing in the event as life-changing and unforgettable.

Congratulations to Deborah Tovell ’98 who was named the 2012 Employer of the Year during Small Business Week in Vermilion. Deborah has her own accounting firm in the community and has a staff of 12 employees.

Kreg Alde ’95 (EP, ATT. Ag. ’95) was appointed principal of Matrix Solutions Inc. on Jan. 9 in Calgary, Alta. As an environmental professional and agrology technologist Kreg has over 19 years of experience in environmental law, spill response, soil assessment and remediation, project management, client relations and management. His work with fishery and wildlife assessments provides a knowledge bridge between pre- and postdevelopment projects for Matrix clients. Kreg lives in Beaverlodge, Alta., and is married to Lee-Anne Black ’95. They have two children. Accomplished travelers, Roy Galloway ’51 and his wife Aggie visited many places throughout the world. For 12 years they had a home in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico where Roy wrote about the many events they had seen during that time. His stories about their Mexican winters are interesting, entertaining and comical. Since Aggie passed in 2006, Roy often likes to read about the years they spent in Cabo. Roy and Aggie also spent time in South Africa. Due to political unrest, they didn’t get to see as much as they would have liked

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including some of its native wildlife. However in June 2012 he and a group of 20 people traveled to southern Kenya where he was able to see many different kinds of animals. He is pictured here with two members of the Masai Mara Villege, Serengeti, Kenya.

John Bocock ’53 and wife Jenny, and his brother Bill Bocock ’52 recently authored a publication entitled Preserving the Future: The story behind the St. Albert Research Station. The research station is located on land that the Bococks once owned north of St. Albert. Part of the University of Alberta, the research station hosts a variety of environmental and crop research projects on 777 acres. To learn more about it go to www.

Canadian recording artist Jodie Leslie ’96 (known as Jodie Greschuk when she graduated from Lakeland) provided the evening entertainment at the college’s first annual President’s Gala on March 15. Since launching her full-time music career, she has released two albums. Her debut album “Resonant Frequency” was released in 2008, and her second, “Little Things” was released in 2011. Congratulations to Preston Parsons ’07 who was awarded the Canadian Bar Association’s 2011 Edward K. Rowan-Legg Award for his contributions to the CBA as a student member. Preston began his post-secondary studies at Lakeland and advanced his credential at Athabasca University and the University of British Columbia Law School.

Tracey Ruzicka ’98 was presented with the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association’s Animal Health Technologist of the Year Award on Feb. 9. The prestigious award is given to an AHT in Alberta for outstanding contributions to the veterinary industry. Tracey now manages at Bow Bottom Veterinary Hospital in Calgary. She is also on the Alberta Association of Animal Health Technologists’ communications committee and has been newly appointed to the ABVMA Practice Inspection & Practice Standards Committee. Using every year at Lakeland as a stepping stone to something bigger, Sandi Unruh ’06, ’07 & ’08 recently achieved her Chartered Human Resource Professional (CHRP) designation. She works at Servus Credit Union in Lloydminster. Congratulations!

LakelandxL Business Directory Spread the word. As a Lakeland alum, you can advertise your business in the LakelandxL magazine and on the alumni website. Simply email the name of your business, type of service and contact information to Darla Yonkman at


Centennial tree update We can see the forest thanks to the trees! We are almost half way to reaching our goal of having 100 trees on Lakeland College campuses to represent our 100-year history. Thanks to the following alumni and friends who have supported the centennial tree campaign. Laura Baker

Donna & Norman Horpestad

Doug & Marilyn Pawsey

Bill, John & Jenny Bocock

Robert Huff (2)

Brian & Judy Pederson

Terry & Kathleen Bocock

Mildred Hughes

Re/Max c/o Shawn Jacula

Charlene Bonnar

Kara Johnston

Jack & Dorothy Roberton

Larry Brindle

Vic & Ann Juba

William Robinson

Khursten Bullock

Brian & Dee Keating

Anne Rogan

Class of ’62

The Kibblewhite Family

Vern & Sharon Schaab

Rex & Joyce Cunningham

Colette & Marcel Lefebvre

Melvin & Dyann Smith

Doug Elliott

Edmund Lefsrud & Werner Wennekamp

Peace Country Alumni

Bill & Myrna Fox

The Long Family

Carel & Scot Steele

Harold & Gertrude Hauer

Jean Marler and the late Reg Marler

Amanda & Jason Stepanick

Harvey & Kay Hauer

George & Ivy McMillan

Christian Swiggum

Vernon & Charlotte Hauer

Don & June McMillan

Universal Consulting Group Ltd.

John & Marilyn Hoegl

Isabelle & Gary Moses

Milt & Carrol Wakefield

Muriel Hong

Michelle Oswell

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