Today's Date:

                  2018 Updates  (In Progress...)                    Point Grey Graduates of 1968 -- As at 05 September, 2018
                        Please be sure to "Refresh/Reload" your screen often!  
                        I have chosen to remove the majority of 'our' eMail addresses, from these Updates.
  
                        I will gladly forward your eMail to anyone in this group that you may wish to contact... (RickCord@junction.net)

                                      Kath Askew

June 2018 -- Will be attending Reunion.  

2018: Alive and Well and Living In Comox…

   Kath’s parents moved her to Sidney on Vancouver Island at the end of Grade 11 (amid curses and swearwords), but she returned to attend the Point Grey Graduation in June of 68.

She celebrates her years with the Quilchena crew. Memories of Miss Gillies, Miss Pearce, Mrs. Faulkner and Miss Cameron bring back images of pink polio vaccine on sugar cubes, ballet classes with Pat and Anne and Judy, the Art Room (where we explained the “facts of life” to one another), a film about the construction of the Deas Island Tunnel, square dancing with Jock and Doug and Nick, newspaper and coat hanger drives, the “McCarthy Method of Writing”, the Quilchena Quill, picnics at Maple Grove Park… Then on to Point Grey for a rich and varied string of experiences with a whole new set of friends – exploring “New Math”, practicing Latin in an Irish accent in the basement, conducting wave theory and paradichlorobenzene experiments in the Science wing, dreaming in the Library, organizing ski buses to Whistler and Mt. Baker, sewing fabric murals in Art and a thousand “samples” with Miss Lipsett in Home Ec, climbing to the top of the ropes, singing in “The Kinks and I” and with the choir at St. Mary’s, creating French skits for Miss Graham, and being chosen for a life-changing student exchange to Quebec at the end of Grade 11. It was a charmed childhood well worth remembering!

Since graduation from Claremont in Saanich, Kath took an undergraduate degree in English and Psychology at UVic, married John and had 2 children – Penelope, a building contractor in Garden Bay, and Jillian, a graphics designer in Whistler. She returned to UVic for a Diploma in Education in 1976 and worked as an Elementary teacher in Victoria and Courtenay until retirement in 2009. During those years she also worked for the union as a contract negotiator, professional development organizer, local president and peer support consultant, flying around the province giving workshops on student behaviour and chairing countless meetings. Kath married her second husband Frank, a teacher-librarian, in 1997 and completed her MA in Leadership through San Diego State University in 2001.

In retirement, Kath discovered the world of politics, organizing provincial and federal election campaigns in BC, Alberta and Ontario for the NDP. She serves on her local Legion executive committee and carries a flag with the Colour Party. Some of her happiest times are spent with her family at their cabin at Canim Lake in the Cariboo, finishing a quilt, catching up on genealogy, or exploring the world with her 8-year-old grandson, Sawyer.

 

 

Paul Badger

June 2018 -- Will be attending Reunion. 

         

2018: Alive and Well and Living In ...

Bio!

 

 

Connie Bingham (Cathers)

June 2018 -- Will be attending Reunion.

         

2018: Alive and Well and Living In Whistler...

I arrived at Point Grey in 1966 from Prince Rupert. Thinking back it was a momentous occasion in my life. In those 2 years I made life long friends and developed an attitude towards life that influences me to this day.  I discovered that I could make friends and had a passion for living and adventure.  Through this I developed courage and strength.  Thankfully I was prepared for the challenges of today.  I have lived in Whistler for 47 years with my late husband of 36 years and 4 sons, two of whom are on the autism spectrum.  We had a wonderful life in early Whistler full of challenges and adventure.  David became a Heli Ski Guide and I was employed by Garibaldi Lift Company in public relations, which was loosely interpreted into skiing the mountain with my friends because there were limited tourists.  Eventually David started Whistler Search and Rescue and I started a daycare.  We grew with Whistler and enjoyed the amenities.  Now it is a 4 season resort beyond recognition.  I live there with one of our sons who is trying to make his way in the world.  His twin lives in Vancouver and copes with his challenges.  Our wild child lives on Sonora Island on a property without power or amenities.  The eldest is married to a Swiss gal and they are living in Zurich.  They are expecting the first Cathers Granddaughter.  They are all courageous and Strong. . 

 

 

Derek Bell

June 2018 -- Planning to attend Reunion.

         

2018: Alive and Well and Living In Vancouver…

It will also be 50 years since I started working for Kerrisdale Cameras, in their West Vancouver Store!   I'm still there, though I left Kerrisdale Cameras for a few years and worked for Lens & Shutter as a senior Manager and then, for a bit with London Drugs as a Department Manager. 

The weekend of the Reunion, I'm also involved in organizing a Classic and Collectible Car Show which will take place on Saturday the 23rd.  Though there is a bit of a conflict, I hope to attend the Friday event and may bring my Partner, Tony, if he wants to come.

Cheers, Derek

 

 

Bill Blackall

June 2018 -- Planning to Attend Reunion.

         

2018: Alive and Well and Living In Richmond…

Richmond BC; you know...  Just over the Bridge!
I have 3 Great Adult Children, 2 boys and a girl.  My eldest son is a 35 year old Union Plumber.  My 30 year old Daughter is a toxicologist for a gold mine about 65 miles north of Stewart, BC.  And My youngest Son is 27 and works with me @ the office.  (And is suppose take over SOON!  Let's put the old man out to pasture, one day real soon...)   Then I can spend more time in Palm Springs in the winter and play with my collector car toys here in the summer!   If you want to know what I've been doing for the last 40+ years go to. www.century21pel.com and look for my smiling face plus my youngest son's (who looks just like I did, when I went to Point Grey.  Scary! ) Or perhaps ask me Friday night!

 

 

Gail Brown (Bissonnette)

June 2018 -- Will be attending Reunion.

         

2018: Alive and Well and Living In Vancouver…

Bio.

 

 

Allison Carey (Knox)

June 2018 -- Will be attending Reunion.

         

2018: Alive and Well and Living In Ladner…

My husband David and I moved to Ladner in 1985 and have enjoyed living here with it's many diverse life-styles.  Farming and fishing being at one time the foundation for this friendly town.  We have two sons, who are married and each have two children.  I love being a grandmother and look forward to the times we can spend together.  I also keep busy volunteering in five different non-profit organizations.  They are the Delta Hospital Auxiliary, Kin-Village, Irene Thomas Hospice, Canuck Place and the Boys and Girls Club in Ladner.  Each organization is unique in what they provide.  I feel blessed that I'm able to volunteer. Thank you for this opportunity to mention a little bit about my life..

 

 

Julia Chambers (Brown)

June 2018 -- Will be attending Reunion.

         

2018: Alive and Well and Living In Vancouver…

I’m Alive and Well and Living in Vancouver.   As they say life is journey and I’ve had some decades more challenging than others!   I’ve been blessed with loving family and fabulous friends.  Still enjoying books, nature, tennis, golfing and travel.   I’m looking forward to connecting with “old” friends and celebrating the golden threads of this life journey.

 

 

Fran Christie (Kieran)

June 2018 -- Will be attending Reunion.

         

2018: Alive and Well and Living In Eugene, Oregon…

I’m Alive and Well and ... Retired recently from teaching and now enjoying retirement with my husband of 45 years Bob Kieran.  Nowadays we are enjoying travel and doing as we please.  Our son Kyle has recently moved from Vancouver back to Eugene to pursue business and our daughter Shannon is a doctoral student in the Genomics department at U.C. Davis.  Currently I am novice Tai Chi student, Oregon Shakespeare Festival aficionado and avid gardener.  Looking forward to summer travel and reconnecting with our Point Grey crew. 

John Coombs

June 2018 -- Will be attending Reunion.

2018: Alive and Well and Living In Victoria…

I'm 7 years retired from TD Securities, and enjoying a more settled life with my wife (of 42 years!) Norinne here in Victoria.  We are able to spend most Summers back in Ontario 'At the Cottage', north of Kingston; a great place to spend time with our kids, Richard and Emily and our five grandchildren!

 

 

Sheila Corcoran (Ritchie)

June 2018 -- Will be attending Reunion.

2018: Alive and Well and Living In…

Bio.

 

 

Richard Cordingley

June 2018 -- Will be attending Reunion.

2018: Alive and Well and Living mostly In Vernon…

Life has certainly unfolded  'As it Will'  instead of  'As it Should' ! 

Hard to believe I've been in the Okanagan for 45 years -- an amazing/rewarding career with technology for special-needs kids in the school system plus a wonderful and supportive family to share all the 'unfolding' with!  Our daughter Sarah, is well established as a teacher(!) in Vancouver.  (My former wife Ann and I both remember that we couldn't wait to get out of Vancouver -- our daughter couldn't wait to get out of Vernon!)

I chose to leave our marriage in the mid-nineties and subsequently, this week of the PG68 Reunion is my life-partner Neil's and my 18th anniversary!  It is also the eighth anniversary of his Harley-Davidson, mid-life crisis!  Neil is now a full-time wheelchair-user after putting himself over a cliff on that new-to-him Harley!  And to add to the Karma aspects of it all, the horse that we are now able to use for 'Theraputic Riding' is named Harley!  Neil has persevered incredibly to be able to ride again and with various braces and harnesses, plus an overhead power-lift he is truly 'Back in the Saddle'.  (He had always owned horses and had been a competitive rider before his accident.)  And indeed that pesky little black and white terrier, Peppie, has helped both of us get through the unfolding of this 'somewhat' life-altering sequence of events...

June 2018 eMail:  RickCord@junction.net

 

 

Diana Cowan (Jesperson)

June 2018 -- Will be attending Reunion

2018: Alive and Well and Living In Richmond…

Since my 2008 reunion update, a few things have changed.  10 years will do that!  After 30 years, I retired from UBC Sports Medicine in 2015, but often go out there to work on a project, strictly as a volunteer.  I enjoy it very much and it is lovely to have that transition into the unscheduled life of the retiree.  My husband retired in 2016, but continues to work several days a week consulting in the development of senior’s housing projects - we all might need a spot one day, so it’s good he’s still working!  Despite commitments, we have lots of free time and enjoy spending it travelling to all corners of the world - mostly active, off the beaten track, sort of travel that we plan ourselves.  When home, I still have my kayak and enjoy my frequent swims and gym workouts.  The gift of good health continues!

Our girls and their families live close by thankfully, and we spend lots of time with them and watching our 3 grandsons’ endless sporting events.  A very recent addition to our youngest daughter’s family, is a beautiful 6 yr old girl from Haiti.  They waited a very long time for her, but she is so worth it.  Lovely and full of life, she keeps her brothers on their toes!  And her Mom & Dad.  The adjustments she has made, and continues to make, are such an inspiration.  Lucky us to have a granddaughter join our family!  And we just got her Canadian citizenship papers - a treasure.

Looking so forward to seeing many of you at our 50th reunion.  Carpe Diem!

 

 

Sandy Cunningham

June 2018 -- Will be attending Reunion

2018: Alive and Well and Living In Vancouver…

 Bio.

 

Bruce Curtis

June 2018 -- Uncertain Reunion

2018: Alive and Well and Living In Courtenay…

 Bio.

 

 

Pam Davis (Crockett)

June 2018 -- Will be attending Reunion

2018: Alive and Well and Living In Vancouver…

 Bio.

 

 

Daphne Drainie (Spencer)

June 2018 -- Will be attending Reunion

2018: Alive and Well and Living In Vancouver…

 I just read the article in the Courier featuring Nick and Chris plus, while reading everyone’s updates realized I had not sent mine!   I retired from nursing three years ago after spending 25 years working with HIV with The BC Centre for Disease Control.  I loved my work and learned so much from the journeys my clients travelled.  I married PG grad Peter in 1976.  We have three great kids.  Courtenay (38) teaches art at Collingwood School, Patrick (36) is a folk music performer and composer  (Coldwater Road is his band) and Chris ( 30) is a Strength and Conditioning Coach who works with provincial and national athletes.  Peter and I spend quality time at a little ranch near Merritt which we have owned for 28 years.  We have horses and are really enjoying country life.  I am really looking forward to seeing so many of you on the weekend!

 

Denise Dunn

June 2018 -- Will be attending Reunion.

         

2018:  Alive and Well and Living In Calgary…

Ed. Note -- per Google:  "Denise is a partner with the law firm Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer in Calgary with a practice focus in Tax Law, Oil & Gas Tax matters and small business and personal tax planning plus Estate Planning..."

 

 

Bob Ellis

June 2018 -- Unable to attend Reunion

Alive and Well and Living mostly In Gibsons, but also "Wherever"…

El Bobo may drop into the reunion, but he was initially 'uncertain at this time':  "... I am travelling and should be crossing Tibet by Motorcycle around the dates of the reunion."

Perhaps Captain Bligh, who is scheduled to attend, will have an update or embellishment after an R&C or two... 

 

Mark Elworthy

June 2018 -- Will be attending Reunion.

2018: Alive and Well and Living In "This Old House"…

I’m Alive and Well and Living in Kerrisdale.  Barbara and I have been in the same house for 37 years and plan on staying for the foreseeable future.  I officially retired from my commercial real estate career in June of 2017.  I’m not sure how I ever had time to work as we are so busy enjoying our different social and community activities, skiing, travel, boating, golfing and spending time on the Sunshine Coast.  Our two sons Stewart, 38 (and Sepi) and Craig, 36 are doing well and also living in Vancouver.

 

 

 

Marj Fraser (Allen)

June 2018 -- Planning to Attend Reunion.

         

2018: Alive and Well and Living In Tsawwassen…

My husband Grant and I are coming up to 48 years in August and are both now retired.  The last 25 years of my working life was spent as a Realtor on the westside.    Our “kids” Carly and Shane both live locally.  We are enjoying travel, golf and boating and fortunately are in pretty good health.  As I write this, and I’m sure we all feel the same, it is so hard to believe just how fast these 50 years have passed by!.

 

 

Tanis Goldie (Layzel)

June 2018 -- Will be attending Reunion.

2018: Alive and Well and Living On Bowen Island…

Worked part-time while raising our family (Andrea is a teacher on Bowen and Jay is a contractor with his own company, "Canaconstruction".)  I returned to PG to coach and umpire for about 15 years during field hockey season plus I played in the women's league for 25 years for the Meraloma Club.  Dick and I were heavily involved in Dunbar Softball League as administrators and coaches.  I umpired field hockey in the Van. Junior League, Women's League and Provincials.  Travelled playing field hockey and with friends in Europe and Australia.  I go to Puerto Vallarta for Jan., Feb., and March.  Andrea has two sons 4 & 6 whom I adore.

Tanis asked us to include this write-up about Dick Layzell 
   Longtime coach, referee and all-around volunteer Dick Layzell died suddenly at home on July 4, 2017 at the age of 76.
   Originally from Bellingham, Layzell moved to Vancouver in the mid-1960s after graduating from Western Washington University.
   He taught physical education at Point Grey secondary and coached basketball and rugby. He left teaching in 1970 and spent the rest of his career in the insurance industry, but he continued volunteering with local sports.
   He coached and refereed rugby with Point Grey, Magee and Prince of Wales high schools, as well as with the Meraloma Club teams, for several decades. He was on the 1966 B.C. men’s team that defeated the British Lions 8-3 in a match that’s been described as “one of the most brilliant rugby matches in Canadian rugby history.” The team was inducted into the B.C. Rugby Hall of Fame in 2006.
   He also volunteered as a league organizer with the Canadian and Vancouver Junior Rugby League.
   Layzell played throughout his life until an Achilles injury at the age of 60.
   Rugby was not his only sport.
   He was an in-demand windmill pitcher — playing mostly for Meraloma but was also brought in by other fastpitch teams, mainly CPAir, to pitch in tournaments.
   He was also heavily involved with Dunbar Little League, volunteering as field coordinator and T-ball organizer, and helped obtain many new diamonds for the league. And, along with Barry Holden, established the West Side Wildcats girls’ team and league.
   He also volunteered with the Vancouver Park Board for a number of years as a member of the Vancouver Field Sport Federation, which works with the park board and staff to develop, maintain and schedule the use of sport field facilities. The federation works as an advocate for field sports in the city, maintaining communication with the park board on issues around field maintenance as well as creating a vision for the future of facilities and usage.
   He was instrumental, along with May Brown, in introducing the idea of artificial turf to the park board after seeing it on a rugby tour of Holland.
   In 1988 he was awarded a Canada Volunteer Award, recognizing his years of volunteer work.
   Layzell is survived by wife Tanis, daughter Andrea and son Jay.
   A celebration of life (was held) Sept. 29 at the Meraloma Clubhouse.
   In lieu of flowers, the family (asked) for donations in his honour to KidSport B.C., which helps give all children the opportunity to participate in organized sport. 
 Jessica Kerr / Vancouver Courier / Sept. 25, 2017

 

   

Ron Gray

June 2018 -- Will be attending Reunion

2018: Alive and Well and Living In Vancouver…

 Bio.   "The Honourable Society of Gray's Inn, commonly known simply as Gray's Inn, is one of the four Inns of Court in London."

 

 

New Place Holder

June 2018 -- Will be attending Reunion.

2018: Alive and Well and Living In…

   Bio.

 

 

Steve Harris

June 2018 -- Will be attending Reunion.

2018: Alive and Well and Living In Parkesville…

"... Be careful what you wish for because when you get old, it's harder to look after it all!"   In High school I was very competitive, sometimes the wrong way but the process of survival taught us many things of use later in life…  It was in the old neighbourhood, at age 16, that I met the Love of my Life, Barbara Buchanan from McGee and we are still running through life together; from this came two sons that we taught to stand on their own two feet that produced five grandchildren and the Love of Dogs...  Barbara and I moved to Lantzville as soon as we married, bought an 1894 house that had to be moved, so we got planted in Errington... Now The Castle is surrounded with Serious Gardens, Garages full of 1930’s British Cars and, as Boom Times allowed, we bought some real estate including a strip mall and a couple of domestic rentals, later added a summer home on Denman Island.  We managed to escape the Ultra Interest of the 80’s and still work our heads off, but took some times to travel in Europe.  Our Health has held out well.   Employment through the years was steady, but it was what you did with your own time that gave the edge to collect the trophies of Life and that we did!

Since my time at Point Grey I have Dined with Bums and with Kings, what a Good Run! Still not to forget the Glory Days of my Youth and the lessons learned that did not seen so apparent until later in life…. Cheers to the Memories -- Steve Harris

(Ed. Note:  As the owner of a lowly 1967 Triumph TR4A, I would be remiss in not acknowledging Steve's amazing -- World Class -- love affair with real British Cars!  Please check out the Terrific Article (pg. 6) in this 2010 Van Island Car-club magazine,  Plus this amazing 2016 article from "Collector"...  R.C.) 

 

 

Richard Harrison

June 2018 -- Will be attending Reunion.

         

2018: Alive and Well and Living (not) "In The Navy…"

Since the 2008 reunion, life has been busy and centred in Victoria.  I was able to squeeze another two years out of the Navy, but was forced to retire in October 2010 when I reached 60 years.  That's the max age for remaining in uniform.  I almost achieved 42 years. My final two years were very rewarding for two main reasons: first, I was lucky enough to be in charge of all the activities on the West Coast for the Navy's 100th; and second, I had the opportunity to develop a new Cooperation Agreement between 24 navies of the Pacific.  Also in these last two years I had to travel for the Navy to Singapore, Busan (Korea), Papua New Guinea, and Australia. Once out of uniform I did not work for about 18 months, but then began working part-time for the Navy as a Mentor in the Bridge Simulator.  I and my colleagues essentially act as ship's Captains in the six simulator cubicles mentoring various levels of officers conducting basic or advanced training.  We also periodically operate the simulator.  This has turned out to be a stress-free way of continuing to contribute to the training of Naval officers on a flexible schedule.  I still am doing that today.  The last ten years has also been busy as both my children got married and one has since provided us with two grandchildren!  They of course keep us very busy and active.  Finally, the other highlight of the last ten years has been travel.  We spend 2 months a year in Hawaii, have taken some cruises (Danube + Prague, Caribbean, and Ireland/Iceland), and have travelled to China, Ireland, Mexico, and various Canadian and US locations as well.  Life is good!

 

   

Chris Harvey

June 2018 -- Will be attending Reunion

2018: Alive and Well and Living In Victoria…

 Our impending reunion has been a catalyst to remind me that I feel extremely fortunate to have grown up in the time and place which we shared together.  It was a great springboard to all that has unfolded in life.

Alix (Frost) and I married in 1974 and have lived primarily in Bella Coola, Hope and Victoria which has been home for almost 30 years.  Our three kids live in Victoria and Greater Vancouver.  I spent my entire professional career in public education until Alix and I retired at the end of 2010 -- it was the best and richest career imaginable. During the past 5 years, Alix launched her dream of opening a general store furthering sustainably-created products, and I have supported this by working there a day or two each week.

Life has been rich, healthy and good and apart from family and friend time, I love my road bike, kayak; I focus on wellness, volunteer work (primarily with a couple of Syrian families), puttering, and so on.  I have a deep involvement in contemplative prayer.

 

 

Barbara Hemmans

June 2018 -- Planning to Attend Reunion.

         

2018: Alive and Well and Living In…

 
Bio!.

 

 

Glenn Henderson

June 2018 -- Unable to Attend Reunion.

         

2018: Alive and Well and Living On Pender Island…

Hi! 
We are still enjoying life on Pender Island.  Summertime is filled with guests, fishing and crabbing.  Fall is:  do all the jobs that you promised to do in the summer.  Winter is a trip somewhere and prawning.  Spring is getting ready to go fishing.  Last spring we spent sometime on the other coast.  Meet Charlie -- my 17 pound lobster friend.   He wasn’t interested in coming for dinner but was happy to do a photo opp.  More Pender Island life Pics on FB.  Wishing you all a life full of abundance and happiness.   Cheers from 5ft 19in Glenn.

 

 

Leslie Hicking (Robinson)

June 2018 -- Planning to Attend Reunion.

         

2018: Alive and Well and Living In West Vancouver…

We moved here 25 years ago, and have never regretted it!
I still curl twice a week in the winter months; walk daily (often in Lighthouse Park or the West Van seawall) and play a great deal of bridge with several groups of friends... All fun times!
My husband and I (43 years now) have three grandsons whom we enjoy greatly.  (I tell my two daughters that the grandsons make up for all the hassles of raising them!)
We enjoy travelling and have done several cruises to different parts of the world.
I feel so very lucky that our grad class has been such a wonderful part of my life.  It gave me friendships that are still intact after 54 years.  And wonderful memories of high school life.

 

 

 

 

 

Sue Hinkson (Reynolds)

June 2018 -- Planning to Attend Reunion.

         

2018: Alive and Well and Living In Richmond…

I retired from teaching for Vancouver in 2014.  I live in Richmond after a brief foray to Surrey and Vancouver.  

I still have 2 daughters, one stepson and 3 grandchildren.  My eldest daughter just moved (June 1) to Whitby, Ontario with my son in law and granddaughter, so they can afford a house.  My youngest daughter still lives in Richmond with my grandson and I keep busy with them.  My stepson lives in Edmonton with his wife and daughter,  I don't get to see them that often but I spent a lot of 2017 with them.  My daughters and stepson are all gainfully employed.  

I have been married twice.  Once to the girls'  father(divorced in '89 and again to Mike ( died in 2011)  and I haven't met anyone since them.

Kathryn Jones (Smythe)

June 2018 -- Unable to attend Reunion.

         

2018: Alive and Well and Living In Vancouver…

Greetings from Italy -- I will reply more formally after we arrive home.  I'm not sure if I will be there at this big occasion as this is the first spring that my husband and myself are going to be retired.  We are planning on joining friends to travel up north on our boats before it gets busy.  The plan as to where we will on that date will not be known until April when we are all getting together.  I'm hoping I may be able to fly back but of course that depends on where we are.
I have been happily married to Barrie Smythe for 40 years.  We have three boys who all excelled in sports.  Our middle son, John B., is an Olympian. He played men's field hockey in the Rio Olympics.  Life is good and I do hope that I can work things out and see my fellow classmates. 

 

 

Marianne Krayenhoff (Macdonald)

June 2018 -- Will be attending Reunion.

         

2018: Alive and Well and Living In Oliver…

"I’m happily ensconced in my community of friends and activities in the small town of Oliver, B.C., the Wine Capital of Canada!".

 

 

Liz Lake (Graham)

June 2018 -- Planning to Attend Reunion.

         

2018: Alive and Well and Living In Victoria…

Living in Victoria -- in fact I’m living in the same house as I was for our 40th, the longest I have ever lived anywhere, so I must like it!  And twenty-five years with the same husband, so I must like him, too!
The last ten years have been creative and productive.  I’ve seen two more of my own kids married and three grandchildren arrive; begun and completed a 6 year term as a Unitarian lay chaplain (weddings and funerals a specialty) and trained 40 lay chaplains across the country.  I've made a couple of hundred quilts of various types and sizes, visited Yellow Point Lodge a few dozen times, read hundreds of books, made lots of good friends, travelled enough, seen enough theatre, eaten in enough good restaurants and tasted enough good wine (really?).  Can life get any better?
Looking forward to seeing you in June, Liz (Lake) Graham.

(P.S.  I saw Lorne Little at Sooke Harbour House in 2010.  He was the guitar player at a wedding I officiated at!  Who knew that either of us would end up doing such things.  I've had no luck trying to find him in the Victoria area.)

 

 

Ted Leake

June 2018 -- Unable to attend Reunion.

         

2018: Alive and Well and Living In Tsawwassen

I will try to make it!   Four years retired!!  (Previous life: Realtor--Tsawwassen.)  I now spend Fall and Winter in Nuevo Vallarta where I can often 'check in', around Margareta Time, with Bob Ellis and Patricia Maclennan!

June 2018 eMail: tedleake77@gmail.com

 

 

Trish MacLennan (Mardon)

June 2018 -- Unable to attend Reunion.

         

2018: Alive and Well and Living In Ladner…

   

Bio.

 

 

Bob Merilees

June 2018 -- Will be attending Reunion.

2018: Alive and Well and Living In Gibsons…

I’m Alive and Well and Living in Gibsons B C.  I will be attending with my lovely wife Nancy (Nowell, class of '69).  I have attended the Grads of 69 reunions before, knowing most everyone there, and was ribbed badly as they wanted to just see Nancy, such is life... lol, all in good humour.  Lots of great memories still and looking very forward to seeing you all again.  Anyone remember me?  I used to play basketball in the days when I  was fit....  and yes I remember Bonnie and her cow bell.  Anyone else remember Murder Ball?  (Just popped into my head.)  Love to wander the Hallowed Halls of PG once again and reminisce.  Great idea! There are a few I know that started out together with me from Grade 1, just want to say to all that they are old!  and love to see them to. Wishing you all laughs and happiness -- BBB

 

 

Dave Miller

June 2018 -- Will be attending Reunion.

         

2018: Alive and Well and Living In Vancouver…

Finally retired about 4 years ago from Mental Health and Addiction Services with Vancouver Coastal Health.  Both kids at least semi-launched in life.  Aside from putting in lots of hours working in the garden and maintaining the house, I’ve managed to go on two long enough bike rides recently:  Vancouver to Manitoba, and Vancouver to Francois Lake!  And the plan this year is to ride from Winnipeg to Edmonton.  My partner, Donna, tolerates my several weeks long absences and I quite enjoy the solitary time on the road.   See you soon...  David

 

 

Rosanna Newton (Hedden)

June 2018 -- Unable to Attend Reunion.

         

2018: Alive and Well and Living In Lake Cowichan…

Hello Everyone!  I have been on a "no technology fast" in England for the past while, visiting our daughter and grandsons and thus my late response!!   Needless to say everything there was hands on, very busy and magical and I wasn't tempted to answer 1 email!   Being "Nana Rosanna" is the best!

I had hoped to attend the 50th festivities but when I received your first email I knew that our son, James, and his family would be visiting from Japan in June (but didn't have confirmed dates at the time).   Unfortunately the dates conflict and I will not be able to attend. As all of our 3 children and their families live overseas:  England, Bali & Japan, visits from our children and grandchildren are very precious and although technology has given us the modern gift of being "virtual grandparents", there is nothing like real hugs and sharing time together.

I wish you and all the grads who are able to attend a wonderful celebration!  Warmest wishes -- Rosanna Hedden (nee. Janice Newton)

 

 

Dyke Noel

June 2018 -- Will be attending Reunion.

         

2018: Alive and Well and Living In Victoria…

Still working, albeit Half time, How bout you?
Have you met my first wife? Still married, How bout you?
Might retire sometime, How bout you?

Life is good... Thank god school is over; never liked it anyway!  Why am I coming to the reunion?  People are good, School was bad (for me)!  The education system has a VERY long way to go before it serves the needs of the people.  I do not think it has improved much since we left the system 50 years ago! Sad, but true, See you there, Dyke.

 

 

Roland Notz (Nee: Schallibaum)

June 2018 -- Uncertain about attending Reunion.

         

2018: Alive and Well and Living In Los Angeles…

(Jennifer Boissenault-Salary, forwarded me the Invite for  the June scheduled reunion.)  I have been abroad since 1976, for 35 years, and in Los Angeles for the last 5 years.  You all know me under the name Roland Notz, which was my mothers remarried name.  My official last name is Schallibaum, which I had to use again, when I entered the RCMP in 1972. Sincerely, Roland R. Schallibaum

 

 

Nick Orchard

June 2018 -- Will be attending Reunion.

 

2018: Alive and Well and Living In North Vancouver…

Ten More Years!  Where did that go?  And what have I done to improve the world in that time?  Not much...

But I’ve continued to make various shows for television plus travel as much of the world as I possibly can before old age catches up.  I married for the second time 5 years ago, and 'Life with Julia' seems to be working out well, so I continue to count myself amongst the lucky.

My offspring, Tristan and Brendan, seem not to have suffered any ill effects having me as their father. Tristan is a music manager and promoter, and until recently was the lead singer in a fairly successful band -- "BESTiE - Pineapple (Official)"  Brendan is a “genius” with Apple, so I’m well fixed when I need to know how to turn on my computer.

My thoughts are often with my fellow grads. What times they were, my friends, and how sad that we are now missing some of the best! I look forward to catching up with you all on our “grad” weekend.

June 2018 eMail: nick@soapboxproductions.ca

 

 

Barb Rea (Mason)

June 2018 -- Will be attending Reunion.

  

2018: Alive and Well and Living In Roberts Creek…

I will be there!!  Peter and I have retired from teaching and have moved to Roberts Creek on the Sunshine Coast.  We spent a number of years building a home on our own (a very steep learning curve).  Happily we are pleased with the results and are enjoying the lifestyle the coast has to offer.

Both our son and daughter are now married.  One family lives in Cloverdale, the other in Victoria.  We have two grandchildren, an eleven year old grandson and a newborn granddaughter.  Who knew being a grandparent would be such a wonderful experience.

My days are full.  Time for volunteering, gardening, yoga, cycling and travelling.  I’ve had many exciting holidays, most of them spent travelling on bicycle.  Life’s been good.  I’ve been fortunate.

 

 

Jock Reid

June 2018 -- Planning to Attend Reunion.

         

2018: Alive and Well and Living In…

Still working. (Kids in university)!

 

 

Laura Lindley Roff

June 2018 -- Will be attending Reunion.

   

2018: Alive and Well and still Living In Kamloops…

At the time of the last reunion I was on top of a mountain in the Sierra Nevadas in California.  Since then I have done as much travel as I can (England, Europe, Australia and various other parts of the US, parts of Canada, etc).

Travel became much easier when I retired from WorkSafeBC in February 2016.  I can now do what I want to do on my time. 

I have returned to a hobby I developed when I was 12 - updating my family tree.  Currently working on about 5,500 folks with whom I likely share DNA.  Yes, I'm doing that as well. 

Oh yes, upping my volunteer work with the Kamloops Museum and Archives and Kamloops Family HIstory Society. 

Looking forward to seeing you all at the 2018 reunion.  Cheers, Laura Lindley Roff

I'm looking forward to seeing everyone at the Reunion!  I was not at the 40th as I was off climbing mountains in California, so I've got more than 10 years to catch up on!

 

 

Dan Sage

June 2018 -- Will be attending Reunion.

         

2018: Alive and Well and Living In Vancouver…

My wife Sandra (originally from Abbotsford) and I have been living in our house/home for over 40 years. We've raised 3 sons (33 yrs., 31yrs., and 27 yrs. of age). That meant many years of coaching soccer and baseball and being a Cub and Scout leader.  The oldest son, Anthony, played soccer with Andrew Page (Anne Smith's son) and I was an assistant coach for that team for 4 years so I got to see Anne a lot.  Anthony also got to know Chris Kelly's son (Simon?) back in the day.

I am retired after 38 years with the Federal Government - Transport Canada, Public Works Canada and Health Canada. I was involved in project management. Highlights were the APEC 97 Conference and Library Square.

After some illnesses in the family, Sandra and I have recently got a chance to travel to Scotland, New York, Northern England, Amsterdam and last month, 10 days in London England.   Cheers, Dan

 

 

Bonnie Sanford (Holland)

June 2018 -- Will be attending Reunion.

         

2018: Alive and Well and Living In Nelson…

Alive and Well and Living mostly in Nelson B.C. with about six months in Los de Marcos, Nayarit, Mexico!  Since 2002 we have been sun-winging it to Mexico, to hang out in our little casa-by-the-seaside, where we focus our retirement on the surf, sun, boogie-boarding and making new friends...

My career has been  in fashion design and the history of costume, which was challenging and rewarding.  I thrive on an active church life in Nelson, and from the wisdom tradition offered from Christian spirituality and practice.

My husband is a stained-glass artisan.  We moved to the Kootenay area of B.C. were our Glass Business got established and surprisingly soon, our leaded- and stained-glass shop/studio was in full production.  Our son, Gavin (now 34 years) is also a Glass-artist Extraordinaire as well as an organic gardener, mason, metal fabricator and lumber maker!

Looking forward to our 50th reunion!

 

 

Chris Scoten

June 2018 -- Will be attending Reunion.

         

2018: Alive and Well and Living In…

   Bio.

June 2018 eMail: scooters@shaw.ca

 

 

Cheryl Scott

June 2018 -- Will be attending Reunion.

         

2018: Alive and Well and Living In…

   Bio.

 

 

Christy Shaw (Richardson)

June 2018 -- Will be attending Reunion.

         

2018: Alive and Well and Living at Rose Lake…

Rose Lake;  in the great Cariboo country, home for over 30 years, with my husband David.
Our 3 sons, Avery (37), a surveyor, Kent (34), a GIS mapper, & Brock (33), a university administrator, are married and have given us 2 delightful granddaughters (Ember 21/2, & Andrea 12 months.)  We travel to Edmonton & Fredericton to see them.
We spend the spring & fall in Arizona so we are ‘mudbirds’ , not snowbirds.   We still enjoy winter, but like to shorten it.   We have great cross-country ski trails at our doorstep.   We both enjoy gardening and hike & bike ride when in Arizona.   I have pottery studios in both locations.   Clay continues to be my passion.  I made a small kiln in Mr. Halmshaw’s girls Art Metal class...  Loved that class!

 

 

Alison Smith (Evanson)

June 2018 -- Will be attending Reunion.

         

2018: Alive and Well and Living In…

   Bio.

 

 

Debbie Smith (Dick)

2018:  Unable to attend Reunion.

         

2018: Alive and Well and Living In Delta…

I am unable to attend the Grad Reunion due to previous family-plans that are not changeable.  We will be away on a family vacation that we are all very much looking forward too! 

Just a short update:  I have retired from my nursing career of almost 40 years in an Operating Room.  I spent half of that time in management and later changed to mainly orientation and teaching of O.R. procedures.   I do miss it, but time to let go!   I have been married to Gary for 40 years; we have 2 grown daughters with 2 wonderful grandsons.

I do hope that everyone has a great time and that that the weather will behave!!  Regards, Debbie Dick (Smith )

 

 

Philip Stuart

June 2018 -- Will be attending Reunion.

         

2018: Alive and Well and Living In…

I will be attending the Arbutus Club event!  I heard about the reunion from Chris Scoten who passed on the info to me.  I had retired in 2013 so my work email was no longer active!   Regards... Phil Stuart

 

 

Brian Taylor

June 2018 -- Will be attending Reunion.

         

2018: Alive and Well and Living In…

   Bio.

 

 

Gregg Thompson

2018:  Unable to attend Reunion.

         

2018: Alive and Well and Living In Zihautanejo…

Grack has lived in Zihautanejo, Mexico for the past 20 years or so.  He’s now retired, but up until recently he ran a hotel/hostel with his wife Angela.  Still keen on politics, history and chess he’s happy to have visitors, and gets the odd glimpse of some fellow PGers, especially Chris Kelly who now owns a place down there.

 

 

Doug Tuck

June 2018 -- Will be attending Reunion.

         

2018: Alive and Well and Living In Vancouver…

  Many of you already know the story:  I attended UBC, then Osgoode Hall Law School, practised for a few years.  When it began to destroy my soul, I left for New York, where I studied acting with Sanford Meisner and others at the fabled Neighborhood Playhouse.  I acted in California and Vancouver for almost a decade and then moved into radio production as part of the team on Gabereau!, during the late-golden years at CBC Radio when there were things like radio dramas and weeknight classical music.  After that show ended, I began working at Vancouver Opera, first as Communications Manager, then as Director of Marketing.  I left in 2016 after 19 years and began a consulting practice.  My clients include Bard on the Beach and Fort Wayne (Indiana) Philharmonic,  where for the past year I have commuted to serve as Interim Director of Marketing & PR.  I have been married to Nona Avren for 26 years.  We have a son, Sam, who turns 21 in July.  Most of my leisure hours are spent road cycling with younger people who are faster than I am.

 

 

Alan Vroom

June 2018 -- Will be attending Reunion.

         

2018: Alive and Well and Living In…

   Bio.

 

 

Bob Walker

June 2018 -- Will be attending Reunion.

         

2018: Alive and Well and Living In Invermere…

Bob Walker,  Class of 1968 Point Grey -- Wow, Eh?   Currently live in Invermere with my wife of 38 years, Virginia.  We have two daughters, one son and four grand children four of whom live in Invermere.  And more time now to spend with our family since I retired in 2008 from being a General Contractor building custom homes.  Continue to Volunteer lots -- Library, Lake Windermere District Rod and Gun Club, Recreation Sites and Trails B.C., Ski-guide during winter months.  Still enjoy fly fishing, camping, hiking, archery & bow hunting and snow boarding.    Life is great!!  Regards, Bob


 

 

Douglas Walker

June 2018 -- Will be attending Reunion.

         

2018: Alive and Well and Living In…

Living in Santa Fe, New Mexico for the last several years doing the artist thing (http://artofmahadevi.com).  The veil between the dimensions is very transparent here so every day is transformational.  Something in the land resonates, stirring ancient memories.  I keep meeting new people who are familiar to my soul.  Places I remember though not from this life.  I still get back to Vancouver from time to time to visit my mom who will be 102 in May.  Despite the surface madness, it is a good time to be on the planet.  I love every day.

 

 

Anne Wallace (Mcrae)

June 2018 -- Will be attending Reunion.

         

2018: Alive and Well and Living In…

   Bio.

 

 

Daryl Wilkie

June 2018 -- Will be attending Reunion.

2018: Alive and Well and Living In…

   Bio.

June 2018 eMail: dgwilkie@shaw.ca

 

 

Dick Zuyderduyn

June 2018 -- Will be attending Reunion.

2018: Alive and Well and Living In Ladysmith…

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