Jack Brown
Lynn Grant
Sandra Havig
Sheana (Johnston) McDermott
Lori (Kapchinsky ) Fell
Rita (McRae) Forsberg & Lorne Forsberg (1967)
Donna (Mikulecky) Walters
Margo (Moonen) Baehl

Carrol Nielson
Celina Piche
Linda (Rix) Heise
Audrey J. Shillabeer
Linda (Stoyko) Cranston
Susan (Weiler) Olson

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Jack Brown (1970)

Jack & Debbie married November 15, 1975 and live in Calgary.

Jack has worked for the Government of Alberta since 1972, building roads all over the province of Alberta.  Jack started with Volker Steven in 2001 and maintained the highways that he has built. As of 2016 Jack is now Semi-retired with Volker Steven.

Debbie has been working in the Oil Industry since 1975.  Debbie started with Bounty Developments in 1978 and is still currently working there part-time.

We have 2 children, our son Chris and his wife Erin. Our daughter Candice and her husband Craig and their 2 children, Jaxson and McKinlee, our grandchildren.

Our lives have been very busy around our families and friends.  
We are looking forward to attending the reunion.

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Lynn Grant

Lynn is married to Terry Chase with one son, two daughters and three grandchildren. All live in and around Calgary.

Lynn graduated from WCHS in 1970 and moved to Calgary. There he worked for Maaco Ind. and for Blackfoot Motorcycle.  In 1973 Lynn moved to Vernon B.C. to start his lifetime career as a sloped roofer working for Valley Roofing alongside best friend Randy Mikkelson. Both fellows returned to Wetaskiwinin around 1978 where they continued to shingle homes.

Lynn moved his family to Calgary in 1990 to join another roofing company to manage their concrete roof tile installations. Today he is the owner of Alfa Roofing and Siding Ltd. In 2016 the company celebrated twenty five years of business there. Lynn and Terry enjoy working together in the business and have no plans for retiring any time soon. In his spare time Lynn works on his motorcycles and enjoys riding and getting in at least one long bike tour each summer.

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Sandra Havig

The years that have flown by and been chalked full of event after event.   Briefly: Immediately after graduation I married David Page from North Battleford, SK. and had two children; moved to Edmonton, Alberta.  1974 David and I transferred to Winnipeg, Manitoba.  After a number of jobs and a divorce I began working for the Provincial Court Office where I stayed until retirement in 2008. I did give marriage one more try but that too ended in divorce. Today I live in a small town (Deloraine) in southwest Manitoba.  I have been blessed with four wonderful grandchildren; the baby of them just having turned 18 yr.

Over the years I traveled as much as I could.  Today I enjoy my home and flower beds.  My hobbies; genealogy, reading and watching movies take up most of my time.  My cats keep me entertained.

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Sheana (Johnston) McDermott

1970 was my year to graduate, get married and start the family. Commuted to Edmonton to get my Nursing Aid Certificate in 1972. Moved to Daysland to work in the hospital for 3 years. Had another daughter in 1974. Back in Wetaskiwin - worked with the handicapped children in the community and still do as chair of Wetaskiwin Special Olympics for 27 years. Married again in 1982 to Larry McDermott and adopted 2 more girls. In this family “girls rule”. Started working in Wetaskiwin Regional schools in the special needs area and this June retired after 35 years. In an effort to keep busy I started working in the Home Care profession 17 years ago and still do part time hours. My girls have blessed me with 7 grandchildren, 2 great granddaughters and 3 angels. Having been a resident of Wetaskiwin area all my life I haven’t travelled too far. Been to San Diego, Montreal, Vancouver and Halifax - mostly with Special Olympic athletes. Crafts and camping are my main hobbies. So excited to see everyone but will miss lifelong friends Marilyn Purdy and Kevin Manion. Thank you to the committee for all your work - you rock!!

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Lori (Kapchinsky) Fell

 From high school on I decided my life was going to be active..be fun..be adventurous.  Nursing was my after high shool education which took me to many hospitals and enlightened me as to what true compassion is.  But my true calling was my hairstyling career.   Not only have I been standing behind the chair (which I still do!)..but I also worked with an American company which specializes in Environmental safety for the stylist.  For 15 years I was the lead educator for central and northern Alberta...wow what a ride that was.  I created one beautiful daughter and recently joined the single world again. .but dating in your 60's..what another ride.  Amazingly I have found my mate and looking forward to spending the rest of my life with him.  I have been so fortunate to have traveled extensively.  Looking forward to our reunion.  Cheers schoolmates.

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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!

 



Donna (Mikulecky) Walters

When l graduated high school l took a course with McKay Institute of Technology and started my first job as payroll clerk with Glendale Mobile Homes in Wetaskiwin.  l married Miles Walters in 197l and started my banking career with TD Bank.  ln December 1975 we started our family 1 daughter and 3 sons (including a set of twins) thus putting my banking career on hold.

Worked for Treasury Branch in Wetaskiwin for three years and then moved back to TD.  l went through the renovations of the bank only to have a fire destroy everything. Worked out of the old Robinson store, where we encountered a robbery, until a new bank was built on the Driard Hotel site.  Followed the advice I gave my clients (pay yourself first and invest wisely) thus l retired early in 2007. 

I am presently living in our retirement home at Fawcett Lake, which we have worked on our log home during our weekends and holidays. l enjoy quilting, camping, hunting with my husband and spending time with our 4 grandsons (including a set of twins, I thought it skipped a generation) and 4 granddaughters, from ages of 3 months to 15 years. We are living our dreams.

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Margo (Moonen) Baehl

Parents – John and Jo Moonen of Millet, Alberta.  Middle child of five.  Until I was finished high school I lived in Millet, or on a farm which is now part of Moonen Heights at the edge of Millet. Great place to grow up!   For grades 10, 11, and 12 we were bussed to Wetaskiwin High.  Graduated in 1970.

Married Mike Baehl on September 2, 1972.  We had three boys, Ryan (1975), Lonny (1978) and Shane (1981).  Lonny married Natasha in 2009 and they have two kids Brynn and Brady. Shane married his Natasha in 2012 and she has two boys Jordan and Austin.  Have to say that grandkids are the best thing that has ever happened to me!  They are my “Happy Place”!

Mike and I started Mike’s Oilfield in September 1979 and I still own that along with sons Lonny and Shane.  It has grown considerably in the last 41 years. A few years later Mike and I started M. Baehl Holdings Ltd. (rental properties) which I run.  September 2018, Mike and I divorced.

I am semi-retired (or some days a lot tired!) and spend as much time travelling as I can.  So far my two favorite trips have been Ireland and Africa (Zambia, Rwanda, Tanzania)!  Otherwise I spend my time with grandkids, gardening, walking/hiking, playing soccer, playing cards, watching Oiler’s or hanging with my buds! Life is good!

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Carrol Nielson

Graduated in the class of 1969/70.  Married to Wilf Beaudry in 1973 so will be celebrating our 44 anniversary this July. We have had so much fun all these years. We have two children and one grandchild with another on the way in December. We are very excited about that.  I worked for the Saskatoon Public School Division for 27 years as an Administrative Assistant and have been retired for 2. We have travelled some and did a bucket list trip to Africa in 2008 with brother Vern and Sister Diane. My brother Vern Nielsen passed away in February and Wilf had a stroke in May so we treasure every day. Enjoying life.


 

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Celena Piche

“Look at me, I am old but I am happy” (Cat Stevens –Toronto - Massey Hall – 1976)
My 1970 Olds High School Yearbook makes note as follows:
That I love Donovan and will climb to the top of Cascade Mountain and that I love Janis Joplin and I will climb Mount Rundle.

I attended Mount Royal College and graduated in 1979 with a diploma in Social Work. Then in 1984 I began attending the University of Calgary and graduated with a B.A. in Art History in 1991.  In 1992, I went on to attend law school at the University of Victoria where I graduated with a JD (Juris Doctor) in 1995, and was called to the British Columbia Bar in 1997. I practiced law in British Columbia for 10 years before returning to Alberta where I now practice as a lawyer with the Family Law Office:  Legal Aid Alberta.   I am Indigenous and a “Bethany Home kid”, who is proud to have climbed more than just 2 mountains both figuratively and literally.

 I have no children but am fortunate to have had 3 Fur babies who have now passed over the rainbow bridge, Danger, Dot and Jessie and to have 1 Fur Baby still alive who is 5 years old named Ogin meaning “Wild Rose” in North American Indian.   I adopted her from Oops a Daisy, a dog rescue organization, after bonding with her at their exhibit booth at the Canadian Bar Association Law Day in 2013 at the Calgary Courts Centre.  My 2 siblings Richard Piche and Will Piche were both at the home with me and are worth a note.  Richard is a VP for an engineering company in Calgary, is married, with 4 grown children and 1 grandchild.  He lives in Cochrane, AB.  Will is married and has 2 grown children.  He works in Calgary for an oil company as a drilling superintendent in International deep sea drilling and lives in Victoria BC.

Last but not least, the love of my life, my spouse, Gerard (Gerry) Schmitz lives with me in Calgary.

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Linda (Rix) Heise

I have worked in a variety of jobs from Veterinary Assistant, Dog Groomer, Secretary in the oil industry as well as in the banking industry and Optometric Assistant.  Moved around as well from Wetaskiwin, to Calgary, Cochrane, St. Albert and back to Wetaskiwin, my home town, Mulhurst Bay and Spruce Grove.   I am involved with Search and Rescue and was a Big Sister for many years.  I thought I would always be single but married in 2002 to my husband Bill.  Together we served as Property Managers at the Mulhurst Lutheran Camp on Pigeon Lake for 5 years where we also managed the campground and from there have moved to Spruce Grove where I have retired.  Bill continues to work in oilfield construction.  I have always been an animal lover, raised toy poodles for a time and today have a Bichon Frise and a Schnoodle who I love dearly.  No children here just puppies!  Look forward to seeing everyone at the reunion. 
 

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Audrey J. Shillabeer

Sorry for the long-windedness. Hey, the beauty is you’ll read only as much as you want.

I can’t truthfully say I’m a grad of 1970. I did high school on the “accelerated” plan of 2 1/2 years, but one credit short of matriculation.  Snowmobiling that January and February of 1970 at Peace Hills Park and then moving to Edmonton with Peter Schmitz seemed a better thing to do.  But city life was not for me; I moved back to Wetaskiwin after a year and worked at dad’s drugstore. 

Deb Schaefer and I cooked a scheme to room together at Red Deer college—me in Social Work and she in Computers, I think it was.  We were accepted, but a fateful spring night at the Driard Hotel tavern changed the course of history — I met my soon-to-be husband, Nels Jevne.  

Nels had been with the RCMP, quit, returned to the farm; then he remounted in 1972 after we were married.   We were stationed to Milk River, Alberta, where I somehow got a job as the high school secretary.  (I couldn’t type, but the principal brought over a typewriter on a Friday, and told me that I started on Monday.)   It was there at Erle Rivers High School in Milk River that I graduated having earned 3 “work experience” credits — still seems funny to see Erle Rivers High on my diploma.  

Since I now had legitimate matriculation, I thought again I would attend college; this time I completed  half of the Registered Nursing programme in Lethbridge.  Loved these years— not sure if it was the programme or the fun people I hung out with — nurses and mounties, that old chestnut!  When Nels was stationed to Nanton, Alberta in 1975, I had to leave the nursing program, but was not smart enough to think to at least challenge a Certified Nursing Certificate or something for future employability.  Oh well, didn’t matter; by 1978 in Nanton, I owned and operated a Men’s, Ladies’ and Children’s Wear store, and it was there that my brother Robert joined me as business partner until 1988.  

While in Nanton, I gave birth to three precious children (Adam, Luke and Allyn Jevne), met my new best friends, . . . and shed a husband.  Subsequently, I was very busy with the store, three kids, the Chamber of Commerce (where I met husband #2 Ian Mac Pherson), community work, and to make ends meet as a single mother, I took in a boarder from Hong Kong for the duration of his high school;  worked at the medical clinic; cleaned the clinic at nights;  and upgraded my high school so that I could go to University.

I had always wanted to be a Doctor, but as a single mother, I didn’t feel I could dedicate 7 more years of school to that end. So I went the “passion over employability” route and started an interdisciplinary B.A. in Canadian Studies in Calgary (where as a little side bar, I met Celina Piche again in an Art History Class).  I transferred to U of A with kids in tow to complete my degree with distinction in 1991. Had a great contract with Alberta Culture and Multiculturalism (Historic Sites) with time at the Strathcona Archaeological Centre being my all time favourite job to date.  

While I was passionate about Canadian Studies, I found little promise with that degree in the way of permanent employment— quelle surprise!— so I popped into Education (After Degree) where I lasted only one term.  The co-op teaching assignment in an inner city school finished me.  Needed those social work skills I was first headed for in 1971!   

But all was not lost:  apparently, I had done so well in my old faculty (Canadian Studies) that someone wanted to pay for me to go to grad school in Canadian politics, which I did.  Given my high school activism, THAT course of action would surprise none of you.  In 1995 I became an “officially degreed” activist (M.A. Poli. Sci.), contributing to justice groups in Edmonton.   

All in all, I was in university the seven years I didn’t think I had to become a medical doctor.  Funny, how life happens.  

I worked for 4 contract terms for Western Economic Diversification (Policy and Strategic Planning), and then moved to a second property at the the lake (Silver Beach) where as a family we bought the Cedar Crest Inn at Mulhurst for two successful, but WILD and CRA-ZEE, years. Our time there was unsustainable health-wise, so we wound up that venture.  

All this while, Ian was working for an American cryogenic company managing western America, flying here, there, and everywhere. He was headquartered in Anaheim so I was able to spend a fair bit of time at Disneyland which--despite all of the children— I love. ;-)   We moved back to Edmonton so our daughter could benefit from some second and third language opportunities at Strathcona High.  Once she fledged, we moved back to the lake (Ma-Me-O this time) where I hung out a “business consulting” shingle finding many varied contracts,  some concurrent—the longest of which was five years as “Sewer Queen” for a 41 Million dollar water / wastewater project for 10 municipalities, two counties and 4 FN bands around the lake.  Great job! 

When that ran a course, I worked for my buddy Tim Belec at the EcoFarm at Westerose, Alberta and began to follow another passion that I still have today:  Rural Economic and Community Development. In all, I have had charter or leadership roles in 18 community groups, most notably there with the Pigeon Lake Child and Family Society and with the Lakedell Public Library group.  For the latter, we won some notoriety with our infamous nude FUNdraising calendar.  That project brought the Library $40,000.

In 2002, my husband was invited to bring all the family “home” to PEI to a Mac Pherson reunion, and we were smitten with the Island.  A plan was hatched.  With our kids successfully launched, we had a hankering for the new adventure together.  We first took contracts in Sussex New Brunswick (that province being Canada’s best kept secret!  Who knew?) — until we could find good employment on the Island as we had already bought a house here.  Ian landed a great job with the PEI Fishermens’ Association.   Bonus:  we have no shortage of tasty lobster in our lives.  But Maritime fishermen are quite like our prairie farmers, lots of challenges. 

I have worked for several not-for-profits with start-ups or turn-arounds (my faves)— and work hard on community development. My current passion is with the Belfast Historical Society and an ambitious community model as a legacy to Lord Selkirk.  As a component of that plan, we have recently purchased an historical art collection of 57 paintings and now need a new gallery in which to house it.  Patrons’ donations accepted, if you are interested!

For my community work, Premier MacLauchlan appointed me this year as one of three members to the Premier’s Task Force for the Ferry (a previously threatened service between PEI to NS)— we fixed that issue tout suite!  Yup!  Subsequently, I was appointed by the Premier to his Regional Economic Advisory Council.   Just when I might be thinking of retiring, my life is getting busier.  I do love work though.  On the other hand,  I miss hanging out in coffee shops, attending music events, gardening, painting, writing, weekends away as well.   Truth is, however,— with sneaking away to Alberta for part of the winters (where I can visit my kids and 6 amazing grandchildren) — I have the best of all worlds.   

I remember high school very fondly although by my record smashing “skipping school” stats, you wouldn’t think that I much liked it.  I think teachers are quite surprised to hear that I’ve amounted to anything at all!  WCHS had a skipping policy: remember Tommy Selin, the truant officer?  I do recall someone from the principal’s office phoning my dad once and asking where I was during school hours that day.  Dad asked, “What are her marks like?” “Oh we have no issue with her marks” to which my dad advised them to not call again unless I was doing poorly. I had the "holy Hell! — get out of jail free" card. 

Funny, as a parent, all I think about now is:  Dad maybe should have been concerned about where I was!  But those were different times; we had such freedom.  Little did he know that I was in the next town putting up posters for Peter’s band, or heading up to The Rice Street Fish market for the latest copy of the Georgia Strait, or . . .

I had a very good public education.  The most important thing I could have learned in high school though, and didn’t, was my Myers-Briggs personality preference.  I am an ENFP, and once I learned that bit of information in 1986, I have been able to turn my need for variety and  positive stimulation —that next best shiny thing—into a dream life.  “ENFPs are people-centred creators with a focus on possibilities and a contagious enthusiasm for new ideas, people and activities. Energetic, warm, and passionate, ENFPs love to help other people explore their creative potential.”  That’s me. 

Best thing from high school?  My many dear friends whom I love very much.  Someone recently told me that he found his student union card (albeit from grade nine) with my signature as president and Bonny Dingman’s signature as secretary.  All our friendships and futures were being mapped that far back.   Wetaskiwin was—and still is— very good to me.  And what a reunion we had!  Bravo!  Encore!  Encore!

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Linda (Stoyka) Cranston

Linda attended WCHS from 1968-69. Linda married David Cranston in 1969 and they raised two sons, Scott and Stewart. They experienced living across Canada, from the NWT to Ontario, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and finally returning to Alberta in 1998.

She began a 12 year career in newspapers and desktop publishing, starting at The Wetaskiwin News Advertiser and ending at Canadian Photoscene in Salmon Arm, British Columbia.  It was time for a career change and she began working for law firms in office administration and conveyancing.

She continued her education taking university correspondence courses in accounting and in 1999 was employed by the Town of Canmore finance department as Accounts Receivable Representative. After a career of over 17 years with the Town, she retired in June 2016.

“Now that I’m retired I’m pursuing my passion for painting and spending time with my 2 year old grandson Samuel. Dave and I are looking forward to meeting up with old friends again!”

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Susan (Weiler) Olson & Garry Olson (1965)

Decades have passed since Susan and I married in 1976.   We raised two boys and one daughter and now have four grandchildren .  Like Norman Hay we have visited New Norway , Alder Flats , Round Hill and a few other places . We are looking forward to again meeting old friends at the August reunion.

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Wendy Weir

I should have graduated with the rest of my class in 1970 but ended up leaving in February of the last semester and coming back that fall to finish up in January 1971. 

I moved to Edmonton immediately after school was done, married in 1974 and had a daughter in 1975.  By 1978, I was a single parent, which lasted for 12 years. In 1990, I met Steven, and we have been together ever since. We have 5 children between us, 8 grandchildren and one great grandson, who is currently at the Children's Hospital in Calgary for a second bone marrow transplant.

I worked in the hospitality industry for several years and then as a medical receptionist for many years. In 1986 I started university while working part time evenings and weekends in the medical receptionist position and obtained both a Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree.  I taught sessionally at the U of A until they dropped the area I had focused my studies on.  I currently work a few hours a week, from home, to provide admin support to a client.

My husband and I lived in a condo in St. Albert until 2013, at which time we bought a house in Leduc and moved here to be closer to my parents, who live just up the back alley from us.  I am loving having a yard for the first time since I was in high school and we have converted much of both our front and back yards to food gardens. 

My passion these days is knitting and I'm at the beginning stages of learning to create some of my own designs. This fall and winter, my plan is to start dyeing some yarn myself and work it up in my own designs.

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