Brock Allen
Rick Bricker
Judy (Bye) Hanscom
Leona (Crandall) Johnson
Bruce Erickson
Lorne Forsberg
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Connie (Larson) McKinney

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Neil Meyers

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Brock Allen

After graduating from high school I worked a year around Wetaskiwin then took the two year NAIT Forest Technology program, graduating in 1970.

On July 25 I married Sheila Engelke and for most of the next 34 years I worked in forestry at several locations throughout Alberta. I was a forest officer for 12 years and finished by being an instructor in the Forest Technician program at Portage College in Lac La Biche. I retired 2004 and we moved to Blairmore where I worked 4 summers as a Back
Country Guardian patrolling in the foothills. The last 2 years were spent doing horse patrols with a saddle-horse and packhorse in the non-motorized use areas from theRed Deer river south to the American border. When this position was cut from the budget we moved to Nanton . My next job was to work 4 summers for a large cattle feedlot (Chinook Feeders) in their farming operation. This was mostly driving large farm equipment. It seems we are now fully retired and enjoy traveling with our fifth wheel and doing yard work. We have spent 3 winters in Yuma.

We have two boys, Brian (August 1971) and Brad (December 1973) and no grandchildren.

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Rick Bricker

First of all I think I am on the wrong site…..these are all OLD people here!…:-)

Actually I just looked in the mirror and I’m one of those old people.  Seems like yesterday we were filling the dance hall at Mameo Beach and rocking to The Privilege, the girls riding on our shoulders….we were sooooo cool weren’t we?

I didn’t actually finish my high school in Wetaskiwin. I went to Victoria Composite High School in Edmonton and took Performing Arts.

After working for a couple years I went to Mount Royal College in Calgary, majoring in Theatre. A difficult field to break into….just ask Jackson….so I ended up going to work for Gulf Oil in sales.

While in Calgary I met Mrs. Bricker #1, Mary Patterson. We moved from Calgary to Edmonton and I ventured into the world of Real Estate.  After selling homes in Edmonton for 5 years, having just had our first child, a beautiful daughter we decided to move back to Wetaskiwin. I remember saying I couldn’t wait to leave this hick town as a teenager. Amazing how your thoughts change after getting a few years and experiences behind your belt and a family.

After many years in real estate both as a realtor and owner I ventured into video sales….remember video stores? In the 90’s I changed course and bought a carwash in Wetaskiwin. Eight years and a divorce later I sold the business.  I did some travelling around trying to figure out who I was and then went into my last career before retirement.  I went to work for Westjet Airlines.

Now retired I find I have lots of time to indulge my passion…photography.  I rarely am found without a camera in my hand.

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Judy (Bye) Hanscom

During grade 11, my parents sold their store, "Art's Newsstand & Hobby Shop".  I stayed on with the new owners as a clerk, working after school & on weekends.  Wanting to work full-time & also take my grade 12 by correspondence, I joined S.S. Kresges as a Bookkeeper.  Soon an opening came available at AGT, & I was hired as a Long Distance Telephone Operator.

After a few years, I moved to Edmonton and got a job as a Leasing Agent for a couple of Hi-Rises.  Before having children, I had a variety of jobs.  I worked at an insurance brokerage firm in the Royal Trust Tower as a Switchboard Operator for four years, then a lunch room Supervisor at an elementary school  for another four years, and also  worked in Real Estate.

That is where I met my future husband Bob, even though we never dated until ten years later.  I had applied at Canadian Air Traffic Control Association & after extensive training, I became an Air Traffic Controller assistant at the Edmonton International Airport.  When Bob & I married, I worked with him in Real Estate & then his Mortgage Agency from our home.  Between our travels, I have written an autobiography of my first forty years, plus a few fictional novels, all as a hobby.  We retired in May 2015, & have travelled more on cruises & road trips.  We also enjoy dancing & fishing.  I have MS and use a cane, yet I have been truly blessed with my wonderful husband of  30  years, a son, a daughter, & four grandchildren !!  Looking forward to renewing old friendships at the reunion !

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Leona (Crandall) Johnson

I recently retired as K-12 Director of Curriculum and Instruction and Elementary Principal in Ellsworth, Wisconsin where I worked for 23 years, having also taught Family and Consumer Sciences in Ellsworth Senior High.  I just completed the 7th edition of a high school textbook called Interpersonal Relationships, c.2018 –G-W publisher.  I enjoyed teaching out of the earlier editions titled Strengthening Family and Self.  My career in Ellsworth was the result of meeting my husband, Duane, at Covenant Bible College, the year we graduated from high school.  From CBC I went to the U of A for one year, then married and moved to Wisconsin. We have two children, four grandchildren, and are enjoying spending a lot of time with them as we now live near them in Duluth, Minnesota.

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Bruce Erickson

After high school I attended the UofA graduating in 1971 with B.Sc. Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. I joined Health Canada that fall working in Toronto where, initially, I inspected Ontario drug manufacturers for good manufacturing practices.  I later switched to the Bureau of Dangerous Drugs, still with Health Canada, and inspected drug stores, hospitals and drug companies as a “Narcotics Inspector”.  I married Torontonian Mary-Jane Quance in 1982 and moved that same year to St. Albert AB… for me, coming back home to Alberta. I became the District Superintendent for the Bureau of Dangerous Drugs.  In 1985 we were blessed with 2 daughters born 8 months apart, adopting Katie in April and then along came Meg in December via the usual method!  In the 90’s my work situation was going through major changes at the time when a lot of federal programs were being cut. In 1996 we moved to Ottawa so I could explore opportunities that only existed at “head office”.  I spent the next 10 years in different parts of Health Canada working on, e.g., Natural Health Products policy, Medical Marihuana regulations, and as a senior manager in the organization responsible for approving generic drugs. After 35 years of service in the same federal Department I decided in 2006 at age 56 that I would retire from full time work so I could enjoy my full pension and to find some work outside government to keep me busy. I was a regulatory consultant for the next 9 years dealing mainly with drug information (product monographs and labelling).  In 2010, Mary and I moved from Ottawa (Kanata) to Newmarket ON to be closer to her family and to be near Katie who had started her own family in the GTA. Grandma and Poppa Erickson are really enjoying our two wonderful grandkids Ronan and Bridget.  Meg still lives at home with us and, because real estate prices around here are so insane, it seems unlikely that she’ll ever be able to afford a place of her own.  I’m fully retired now except for a volunteer job at a local golf course where I work a couple shifts a week in exchange for all the free golf my body can tolerate. I’m also enjoying hiking with the Oak Ridges Trail Association and annual backcountry canoe trips in Algonquin Park.  Mary-Jane will be retiring this summer - we’re looking forward to more travel and more time with the grandkids.

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Lorne Forsberg & Rita (McRae) Forsberg (1970)

 After graduating in 1967 Lorne worked for City of Wetaskiwin until January 1970 when he joined the RCMP and after completing training in Regina was posted in July 1970 to Port Alberni, BC.  Shortly after graduating in 1970 Rita then moved out to Port Alberni and board & roomed with a family there while working in a CIBC branch.  Lorne & Rita were married in March 1972 and continued to live in Port Alberni until 1979 where our two children (Greg & Laurie) were born.  Various moves resulted from transfers with the RCMP through out the years all within B.C. to Oliver, Burns Lake, Cranbrook and Quesnel where Lorne eventually retired in 2005 after 35 years with the Force.  In 2007 Lorne & Rita moved back to Wetaskiwin where we now reside.  In 2008 it came full circle for Lorne from riding school bus all through school years where he now has been driving school bus up to this present time. We continue to enjoy life here in Wetaskiwin and have been blessed with 3 grand children from our son Greg and his wife Nicole in Grande Prairie.  We give thanks to all the organizers of this WCHS reunion!

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Doreen (Johnson) Williams-Cooper

After I completed High School I moved to Edmonton.  My first job was a typist for the Old Age Security Department in the Federal Building.  There were other jobs that followed, Home Care, Custodial Assistant for the Edmonton Public School Board, Assistant Manager for an apartment building, and some babysitting thrown in for good measure.

My first marriage was to David Williams in 1976 but he passed away in 1993.  My second marriage was to Victor Cooper in 1997.  We will be celebrating our 20th Anniversary on August 2, 2017.   I never had any children but I do have one step son and a step grandson.

I still livei n Edmonton but make some visits to Wetaskiwin.  Life is good and I am enjoying retirement very much.  We are very happy and Blessed.

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Connie (Larson) McKinney

After graduation in 1967, I moved to Edmonton and the following year, married the love of my life, Sid McKinney.  We have three beautiful daughters who have blessed us with nine amazing grandchildren – 7 girls and 2 boys. 

In 1976 we moved to Beaumont and the following year, I began work for the (then) Village of Beaumont. When I was hired, the local paper reported the “Village Office staff doubles!” Yep ~ it had been a one person operation up until then!  Starting as a Receptionist Clerk, I took courses at the University of Alberta and obtained my Certification in Local Government, and membership in the Local Government Administrators Association.  I wore many ‘hats’ over the years – Office Services Supervisor, Assistant to the Mayor and General Manager, Returning Officer and FOIP (Freedom of Information & Protection to Privacy) Co-ordinator. After witnessing and being part of all the changes our little Village underwent – from 800 people when we arrived to nearly 20,000 people today, I finally retired as City Clerk in 2009.  I hold the honor of working for every Mayor that Beaumont has ever had!

After happily acting in a supporting role for many years at Sid’s cycling competitions, he convinced me to start competing in my favorite sport – swimming.  So in 2005 I entered the Alberta 55+ Games (in Wetaskiwin!) and amazed myself by winning medals.  I have been fortunate enough to win at every Games since and gone on to compete (and win) at the Canada 55+ Games as well!

Sid & I have been true snowbirds since my retirement – heading south to Yuma, AZ before the snow flies and coming back (hopefully) when it’s gone.  My loves?  Family, friends, swimming, dancing, reading and crafting.  To quote my husband “Life is a Beautiful Ride!”

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Harry Meyers

Best wishes to all my high school friends from so long ago.  Great times and special memories.
 

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Neil Meyers

I spent the first six months after graduation traveling and finally ended up at a small college in Florida which I attended from ‘68 to ‘71.  I had a great time and even learned a few things on the way through, although the beaches on the coast where I lived were beautiful -- and most distracting! While there, I was fortunate enough to make friends with a number of students that I still see from time to time.

I moved to Calgary in the summer of ’71 and attended the University of Calgary until ’77 graduating with B.A. in Philosophy and a B.Ed. (English), although I never did teach. 

Upon graduation I moved to Edmonton and began my career in commercial real estate sales. The times were good then and so, with my accumulated resources and raising some capital, I began my own real estate development company and was active in various areas of Alberta along with a large project in Texas. Unfortunately, I was taken down by the bust in Alberta and lost everything by ’84.

I then moved back to Calgary to begin over again by re-entering my brokerage career; this time with Colliers International.  After some success there, I diversified into a few other ventures which weren’t that lucrative. I n that time I also spend a few years with an international humanitarian organization.  Then by ‘97 I went back in into real estate for a few years with CB Commercial until joining with a couple of partners in a small firm which I’m still licensed with. 

My marriage ended in 2001 and I remain single. We had two wonderful boys, now in their early-mid thirties. So far I have one grandchild but am hoping for several more. 

Over four years I began to write a series fantasy novels involving everything weird -- philosophical/ adventure/ spiritual/ psychological with some hot romance to keep it interesting.  I didn’t plan it; it just kind of happened.  The first novel is called Elysium’s Passage: The Summit. It should be available on Amazon this fall.  The other four will be released over the next few years when I’ve had time to edit them. If anyone is interested, my new web site is elysiumspassage.com (still to be completed). 

My other interests in life have been reading, traveling to various areas of the world, mountain climbing and spending time at my land and cabin west of Turner Valley in the foothills. I would be happy to see you on Facebook if you care to contact me.

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Darryl Peterson

After leaving high school in 1967 I moved (shipping my motorcycle) to Kelowna to work pumping gas, washing and delivering cars (including a couple of 1967 Camaro convertibles) for a Pacific 66 / Hertz Rent-a-car location downtown Kelowna ... a teenagers dream.  A few months later my Dad in passed away (in Wetaskiwin) and I moved back to help Mom on the family farm.  A few years later we sold the family farm, bought an almost new home ($13,500) and moved into Wetaskiwin.  From 1972 to 1974 I attended NAIT graduating as an Architectural Technologist.  I was married in Dec 1974, bought a bare acreage in 1979 and built our dream home where we raised two lovely children and now have 4 grandchildren.  In 1998 we moved to High River for my wife’s job. I do think it was a good move although in 2007 we separated and later divorced.  In 2009, the love of my life, Sharon (a West Coast girl), joined me in High River and we have lived happily together ever since.  Since moving to High River I was employed with Stantec Geomatics in downtown Calgary then as a floor and roof designer for Double R Truss and Floor in Aldersyde and in 2002 joined Highwood Trusses in High River in Sales and Design where I am still employed.  I still own a motorcycle and likely will until I am physically unable to ride any more.  I am looking forward to retiring within the next year and relaxing with my Sharon.

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Jean Audry (Rasmuson) McGuire

Left Wetaskiwin in 1967 and went to Edmonton as so many of us did.  Married Jim in 1970, moved to Leduc and continued working at Woodward’s until we adopted our daughter Jill in 1974.  I went back to work for Schmidt Electric & Schneider’s Building Supplies in Leduc. We ran our pet shop businesses in Edmonton & Missoula, Montana (Doghouse & Paws and Claws) at the same time, then were blessed a son.  There went our early retirement.  Moved back into Edmonton in 1997 and have stayed here (not in the same location but still in Edmonton). Our son James is now stationed in Edmonton in his chosen career as a Material Technician with the Armed Forces and will be getting married in Jamaica January 2017.  Our daughter Jill our son in law Darren who live in Dubai blessed us with two lovely granddaughters that are now 16 and 15 (Mackenzie & Chloe).  They are home every summer and we are going over again to spend November with them. I keep myself active by still working but only part time, golfing (if you can call it that) and some swimming.  It’s going to be great to meet up again with all our classmates after 50 years and reminisce. 

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Elsie (Sherfield) Hatch

After graduation from WCHS I attended the University of Alberta Hospital School of Nursing in Edmonton and graduated as an RN in 1970. I worked on and off for the next 13 years at the Wetaskiwin Hospital.

I married Brian Hatch in 1969 and in 1982 Brian and I and our 2 girls, Lora and Toni, moved to Ontario.

I continued nursing in a small Red Cross Hospital in nearby Burks Falls and stayed until my retirement. There were a few years in management but it was not for me.  Both daughters live and work in North Bay. We have one precious grandson, age 8.  We are both retired now and keep busy with home renovations and our hobbies.
 

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Les Schultz

I would have graduated in 1967 however my employer Tom Phillipson Pontiac offered me a one year credit on my four year apprenticeship if I continued my apprenticeship on a full time basis so I quit school in 1966. Married to Bonnie Schultz, retired previous owner of Les Schultz Autobody and Glass have now passed it on to my son Curt.  Live on 9 beautiful acres in Ross Spur BC.
 

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Richard Siler

After graduation I immediately went to work on the islands in the NWT (now Nunavut) building power plants and warehouses in some of the first permanent settlements.  I returned each summer throughout my university years to work in the Yukon and NWT.  I became a teacher in 1971 and returned to Wetaskiwin to teach at Rosebrier and Pipestone before joining WCHS as a Chemistry and Biology teacher in the fall of 1975.

I went on to teach and be an administrator in Rocky Mountain House and Red Deer, completing 30 years as a teacher, vice-principal and principal.  In 2001 when my age cohorts were retiring,  I moved to Muscat, Oman to work on upgrading their education system. After 7 wonderful years in Oman, I was hired by the Abu Dhabi Education Council to attempt the same thing in the UAE. 

I have now been here for 8 years and I am currently a School Superintendent  for a group of private schools. 46 years in Education and I can't quit. I actually retired to a home in a fishing village in Chelem, Yucatan twice but haven't been able to quit working. 

My wife Star and I have 5 children, 12 grandchildren and 1 great-grandson. Living in Oman and the UAE has allowed them and us to travel extensively and is probably the biggest reason that we continue to live in the Middle East and (officially) in Mexico. My approach to life has always been to never be satisfied with the status quo.

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Frederike Verspoor

Graduated 1967 (class valedictorian).  Went To Expo 67 as part of a UN Association delegation from Alberta and fell in love with Montreal.  While there learned that I had won a scholarship to McGill University starting that fall.  From 1967 to 1974 attended McGill, did research in Amsterdam and attended a class at the university there, and went to UBC in Vancouver, picking up two degrees in History and one in Library Science.  Worked 2 summers at Lake Louise where I met my future husband.  In 1975 moved to Victoria and have more or less lived there ever since.  Worked as a librarian at the BC Legislative Library and at the Royal BC Museum; currently an archivist at the BC Archives.  Married 1976; widowed 2016.  One son.  Favourite non-work activities: camping on Hornby Island and whisky tasting (secretary of a local whisky club and member of 3 others) - sometimes get to do both together.

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Shirley (Weiss) Maki

 I graduated from WCHS in 1967 and have lived and worked  in BC and AB, but the majority of my time was spent in Calgary where I worked for 28 years at the U of C before retiring.  On retirement, we moved to Brockville ON (located south-east of the centre of the known universe - Toronto!) and have been thoroughly enjoying it.  I was married and have two children who I am so proud of.  I am looking forward to renewing friendships in August!
 

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