Corinne (Arnfinson) Scott
Richard Dick Ballhorn
Wayne A Brown
Gary Bratland
Karen (Dearing) Klone
Doug Harrison
Wally Kiel
Norman William Lentz
Wendy Lomnes
Robert Malmas

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Corinne (Arnfinson) Scott

Jack Millar, a student colleague, and I attended Queen Elizabeth Junior High and Grade 10 in the Wetaskiwin High School and both moved to Edmonton with our families, completing Grades 11 and 12 and graduating together from Strathcona Composite High.  We technically didn’t graduate from Wetaskiwin, but all my fondest memories are going to school in Wetaskiwin for most of my school life.

My family moved to Wetaskiwin in 1955 and lived there until 1964. My two older sisters, Carol and Illa, graduated in 1958 and 1959 from WCHS.  My brother Terry and I attended WCHS until 1964 and my younger sister, Nina attended Queen Elizabeth Elementary.

Upon my graduation from high school in Edmonton I went to Europe for a number of months with my sister Illa, whom had recently graduated from the Holy Cross Hospital in Calgary as an RN.  On my return, I married Bob Gust from Millet and moved to New Westminster, BC for five years, before returning to Edmonton.  We had two wonderful sons born in 1972 and 1976 and moved to Millet in 1977.  It was during my time in Millet, that I became involved in local government as an elected Councillor for seven years.  I ran into Connie McKinney at the U of A when we were both taking our Local Government Administration through the Department of Extension.  We wondered where all the university “men” were, as they all seemed to be young kids……that’s what happens when one delays their further education until after children are born.

Bob and I were divorced and my young sons and I moved north to Peace River as I began my career as a Municipal Administrator.  I met my husband Dale Huberdeau, who was the Forest Protection Officer with the Alberta Forest Service in High Level in 1985 and the boys and I moved yet again, where I accepted the position of Assistant Manager in the rural Improvement District.    I was proud to be the first woman Manager of an Improvement District in Alberta, with the Department of Municipal Affairs, when I moved to Spirit River in 1991.  The Department transferred me to Fort McMurray in 1994 as the Manager of the rural Improvement District, in order to amalgamate the rural area with the City of Fort McMurray to form the first Regional Municipality in Alberta – the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, in 1995.  As Dale was about to retire in 1999, we moved to Lac La Biche, where I accepted the position of Town Manager.  Unfortunately, Dale passed away suddenly, a week before he was to retire from the Alberta Forest Service.

I remained in Lac La Biche and accepted a position as Senior Economic Development Officer for the Northern Alberta Development Council and operated a satellite office covering northeastern Alberta. Meanwhile my sons had completed their post-secondary education and moved to Lac La Biche, where I helped them start a company cleaning and refurbishing fire hose for the Alberta Forest Service.  They have been very successful in their endeavours, have both married wonderful young women and have provided me with one granddaughter and one grandson between them, for me to love and cherish.

After eight years on my own, I was fortunate to meet a wonderful widower and got married again in 2007.  I decided it was time to retire and start the next phase of my life with Ian Scott in Kitimat, BC where we enjoy the milder climate and wonderful boating and fishing in our ‘baby’ yacht.  We’ve thoroughly enjoyed a number of travels throughout southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand, South America and the Antarctic, as well as the United Kingdom.  Our next adventure will be a trip to Iceland in 2017.

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Richard “Dick” Ballhorn

I was raised on the family farm just east of Wetaskiwin and along with my sister, Barbara, and three brothers. Bill, Neal and Rob, and like them took all my schooling in Wetaskiwin.  I graduated from high school in 1966. The highlight of my high school years was participating in the Reach for Top team, along with Don Pike, Janet Scott and Frederica Verspoor, that won the Alberta championship and competed in the first national championship in Winnipeg.

I graduated from the University of Alberta in law in 1971 and articled with the Manley, Cawsey & Vickerson law firm in Wetaskiwin and was admitted to the Alberta bar in June 1972 in the old court house.

I joined the Canadian foreign  service as a Trade Commissioner in 1973 and over my career was posted abroad in Nairobi, Kenya, Warsaw, Poland and Canberra, Australia. I worked on trade promotion and policy issues, international economic law and international environmental issues in Ottawa and abroad.

I married Jacqueline “Jackie” Chan in California in 1974. We have two daughters, Christina and Caroline, and one grandson. Jackie taught school while we were posted abroad and in Ottawa at Algonquin College.

I retired in 2008 and Jackie in 2009. We are enjoying our retirement in Ottawa and try to get back to Wetaskiwin every summer and to travel whenever we can.

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Wayne A Brown

 The year following graduation our family moved from Millet to Edmonton.  In 1967 I started working at the Mayfair Golf and Country Club as a member of the greens keeping staff eventually becoming the Assistant Golf Superintendent.  In 1974 I moved to Red Deer as the Golf Course Superintendent at the Red Deer Golf and Country Club. My career lasted 38 years and  I retired in November 2012 and still live in Red Deer. When I left high school I never anticipated a career in golf course maintenance.  I was fortunate to travel to many parts of Canada making many friends and acquaintances.  My wife Shannon and I have one son and two young grandsons.  We have been fortunate to do some traveling and have more trips planned. We will also be trying to spend more time at our lot on Gull Lake and enjoying our retirement.

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Garry Bratland

After serving eight years in the RCMP in B.C., I moved to Calgary. I retrained at NAIT and became a Journeyman Cabinetmaker. Following eight years in the trade I shifted focus to another self-employed business of court reporter machine repair for all of Canada. My wife Lynne and I will celebrate our 40th Anniversary in October 2017. We have two sons, Murray and Dean. When I retired at age 60, Lynne and I moved to Carstairs. Travel and volunteering has been the focus, with 80 countries and 37 states visited. Sitting on the boards of the Carstairs Half Century Club, Royal Canadian Legion, Carstairs Regional Skate Park  Committee and the Laft Hus Society in Red Deer, take me away from my wood shop at our recreational acreage northeast of Sundre.

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Karen (Dearing) Klone

Worked in an Edmonton office

1968 married Larry Klone

Have one daughter who lives with her family in Leduc

Enjoy sewing, reading, golfing, and cruising

Spend winters in our house in Kona, Hawaii
 

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Doug Harrison

After graduating from high school, I attended the University of Alberta and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. I went on to obtain a Master’s degree at the University of Waterloo in 1972.  I then headed back to Edmonton and joined a consulting engineering company that I would work for over the next 30 years.

My job took me to Regina and then on to Calgary before the company was sold.  It was in Regina that I met and married the girl next door, i.e. the wonderful girl who lived in the next-door apartment.  Jo-Anne and I have been married for 34 years and have raised a son and daughter. Our son lives in Ohio and he and his wife are raising our lovely granddaughters.  Our daughter lives nearby us here in Calgary.

 I worked for a large construction company for 10 plus years before retiring in 2013.  I still spend some of my time doing engineering assignments but it doesn’t take precedence over hiking or snowshoeing in the mountains twice a week.  I am volunteer mentor for engineers who have recently arrived in Canada.  Jo-Anne is a volunteer as well, teaching ESL to immigrants who have arrived from all over the world.  We travel often to visit our grandchildren and to our favourite place, Maui.

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Wally Kiel

Boomer Class of ‘66 @ 69 birthday has gone by so quickly. I look forward to reconnecting with classmates after 5 decades. Kudos to the organizing committee for including such a sweep of students from the War and Boomer Baby years of 1960 – 1972.

Noted in the bios are childhood friend Carmen (Lee) and high school friend Judy (Bye). Carmen and I both have younger sisters Debbie and Ruth from the 1972 class, so it will be great to share the reunion with them. I also look forward to catching up with other friends and classmates from our high school years. I leave it to the festivities to share personal stories.

Post high school I’ve lived in Red Deer, Edmonton and a decade in Calgary. Most of my adult life has been in Vancouver and last summer I made the leap over to Victoria. The very last day, as I was about to cancel my ___-___-‘1969’ phone number, Laurie Hardy called about the reunion. After 3 decades in one residence I was on my way to my nephew’s wedding in Alberta during the move period. So it seemed serendipitous timely to return this summer as our family home is finally being sold.

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Norman William Lentz

I attended Wetaskiwin high school for half days 1965 - 1966 to up-grade some courses I had missed at Concordia College in Edmonton. Technically I didn't really "graduate " from Wetaskiwin, but am glad to be included.

I was born in Wetaskiwin 04/January/1946. I attended Millet school until 1962 when I began taking studies for ministry at Concordia College in Edmonton. Upon graduating from Concordia in Edmonton, I attended the Senior College in Fort Wayne, Indiana and then on to Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri until graduating with  a Masters of Divinity in 1974. I have been a parish Pastor for twenty plus years in Colorado and Alberta and served as a Chaplain at Bethany Long Term Care Centre in Camrose for a little over twenty years until retiring in December of 2013.

My spouse, Barbara (nee Eichert) is formerly from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. We have three married children and seven grandchildren who all live within an hour's drive from us in Camrose.

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Wendy Lomnes

Because of a Grade 11 “Career Day”, I became interested in Home Economics and enrolled in the Fabrics & Design program at U of A after high school. It was interesting but not as much as traveling, so after graduation I spent a year exploring Europe learning about life and making lifelong friends. Upon return, I got a job managing the fabrics department at Johnston Walker Dept. Store in Edmonton. That didn't cut it either, so I went to Banff to be a ski bum, waitress and bartender. It was a good life until I realized I didn't want to do that when I was 40! (I was 23 at the time).

I chose to go back to school, this time to UBC, in the Geology program. Finally, a good choice as my career spanned 37 years of working all the basins of Western Canada and North Dakota starting with Amoco and ending in a consulting position with Encana. It enabled me to travel both professionally and personally and make friends scattered around the world.

Mostly, I've lived in Calgary, and see it as my home until the last post! Because of my dad's influence (Harry Lomnes, band master), music has always strongly influenced my life and as my geology career was winding down, I started spending more time in choral groups and learning about jazz. Then, when retirement finally liberated me on D-Day, June 6, 2013, I could really work on my retirement career as a jazz vocalist. I made a CD in 2014 and presently sing 7-8 times a year both with a combo and a Big Band. Dad would have been so happy to know I had found a home in the music of his era and “The Great American Songbook” but unfortunately, he passed on in January of 2001, before I discovered that calling. Calgary has a decent jazz scene so if you are going to be in town, check my website:   www.wendylomnes.com

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Robert Malmas

After graduating I took one more year of high school to complete a two year program in Building Construction.  After a few odd jobs around Wetaskiwin, I started working for the Wetaskiwin Co-op.  I plan to celebrate 50 years with the company in the spring of 2018.
My wife Crystal and I were married in 1985 and have two children and one grandchild.
We love to hike, garden and travel at home and abroad.  We are looking forward to reacquainting with everyone in August.
 

 

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