(A’s to B’s)                                     Point Grey Graduates of 1968 – That was Then… This is Now!              (Reunion info as at 02 June ’08)

Lloyd Aasen

 

 

 

1968…

2008…

2008…  Will be attending Reunion.

Lloyd, a president of Junior Achievement enjoys hunting, driving and raising gyrbels. After graduating he plans to go to U.B.C. for a Bachelor of Commerce and then become a stock-market salesman. We're sure Lloyd will succeed, and meanwhile . . . gyrbels anyone???

After Point Grey I attended UBC (BA-PoliSci, MBA.-Corp Finance, LLB in ‘77); articled in Vancouver then practiced in North Van for 3 years before joining Lando & Co in 1981.  Married Virginia in 1984 and currently live in West Van. We have one daughter, Laurel, who just turned 19 and just completed first year SFU! Haven’t quite achieved ‘life goal’ of living in Dubai in opulence -- but still trying!

Hobbies: cars, football and doing as little as I can for as much as I can get!!  Life motto: Never give up... and always remember that an ice man always has his pick!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tim Allen

 

 

 

 

1968…

1988…

2008…

Tim, a likeable guy, played rugby this year with the Senior Rugby team. Outside of school Tim has his interests placed in motorcycles and parties. After grad he has no plans of further education, but intends to travel to Europe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edward Arinobu

 

 

 

 

1968…

2008…

2008…

Edward is very artistic and helped with the drawing and painting of our fabulous grad decorations. In his spare time he enjoys painting and sculpting. After graduation he plans to attend B.C.I.T. where he will take civil engineering.

After Point, I graduated from BCIT and then spent some time in San Francisco.  This was while the Vietnam War was still raging and Nixon was still the (raging) president…  I lucky to be able to come back to Canada and to live in ‘self exile’ in Winnipeg, for couple of years, to gain some work experience.  I was subsequently able to return to beloved Vancouver and have been working in a consulting engineering field ever since.

I’m still (happily) working on my first marriage. (I was always a slow learner!!)  As far as travel goes, I have a standing promise to my wife that I’ll take her on a cruise to Nanaimo when we get rich!  I got a shar-pei for my wife so she can get some exercise. The choice of the dog was so that even when she gets old and wrinkled, she will always look better beside him.

We have two children -- they just happened; I know not how…

A saying I live by?  “You know you are getting old when joy in the morning is being regular.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paul Badger

 

 

 

 

1968…

1988…

2008…

Our efficient grade 12 president, Paul was known for his marvelous campaign for office. He enjoys sports and likes to ski when he finds the time. After graduation, Paul has stated that he will attend U.B.C. and later will travel.

Paul made a stab at UBC with the rest of us in 1968, dropped out, "changed the world", married, had a daughter (now age 16), separated, worked and lived in various obscure places, and finally completed the circle by returning to school and marrying. He is currently a family therapist(!) and plans to return to school for graduate studies. Some things-never change.

 

 

 

 

 

Frank Ball

 

 

 

 

1968…

1988…

2008…

Frank is famous as the manager of the stage crew. Being interested in electronics, he has been an active member of the Electronics and Sound club. He frequently attends Hi-C meetings and plans in the future to attend B.C.I.T. where he will become an electronics technician.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Allan Barby

 

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1968…

2008…

2008…  Will be attending Reunion.

Allan, who enjoys music of all kinds, devoted much of his talent towards the London House production of "A Trip Through the Galaxies". Next fall Allan plans to enter B.C.I.T. where he will take a course on Computer Sciences.

After Point and St. Joseph’s Union, I had a brief stint working for the City of Vancouver but then followed up on some ‘Interest & Aptitude Testing’ that indicated I was suited for “Sales” -- Yuck!    I was pretty sure that it wouldn’t suit me at all!!  However, after over 30 years, I guess they were right – and fortunately never in Car Sales or Insurance!   I ‘did time’ in Alberta from 1974 until 1981, but with two young daughters, we were very happy to move back to Vancouver.  For the past 20 years I have been running the Office Furniture division for Jordans.

My daughters, from a ‘first-marriage’, are now 32 and 29!   Our younger daughter, Lisa has given us 3 grandchildren; Brendon is 10, Kelsey is 9 and Kaiden is 4 years old.  They all live in Cloverdale.  Our older daughter, Kristin became a Chartered Accountant and worked in Bermuda for 5 years.  Kristin married last year and they are currently living in New Westminster – yeah!  Though I divorced in 1987, I re-married in 2000… My wife Deb and I subsequently share four daughters!  Amanda, Deb’s oldest, is a teacher up in Pelly Crossing (3 hours North of Whitehorse) and Dana, the youngest of all four, is an EA for Pacific Blue Cross.

Deb and I also live in New Westminster and enjoy fixing up ‘this ol’ house’ and working on our cottage down at Birch Bay!  (Not really that ‘snooty’; just a nice double-wide about four blocks from the beach -- a great getaway that we really love.)

Deb works for the provincial government and, when time allows, is into crafts in a big way –

 

2008… Continued

stained glass, watercolour painting, quilting, crocheting, knitting and much more.    I’m looking forward to retirement so that I can get my shop set up and get into woodworking in a big way.  I still enjoy golf, but have been playing a lot less in the past few years – ok, I enjoy watching Hockey too!

Deb and I have been able to travel quite a bit, with some great trips to Greece and Turkey, Portugal and Maui.  We like to spend our anniversaries at Cannon Beach.  We’re off on an Alaskan cruise next September and we are planning a trip to Scotland and Ireland next year.  We intend to spend time RV’ing around the USA and Mexico after we retire.

Looking forward to seeing you all at the Retirement Reunion bash!

 

 

 

 

Naomi Barty

 

 

 

 

1968…

1988…

2008…

This enthusiastic Biology 12 student enjoys sports, — her favorites being skiing and swimming. Naomi is, as yet, un¬ decided as to whether or not she will attend City College or U.B.C. She does plan to travel, however, after graduation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daphne Begg

 

 

 

 

1968…

1988…

2008…  Will be attending Reunion.

Much of Daphne's interests revolve around her horses. Often found at Southlands, she rides, trains and shows horses. Other outside interests are music and travelling. A member of the Grad Committee, Daphne's future plans are undecided; possibly V.C.C. or a U.S. riding school.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Derek Bell

 

 

 

 

1968…

2008…

2008… Will be attending Reunion.

Derek is known at Point for his photography talents and, not surprisingly, this field is included in his future. He is a railway fan and has a job driving a delivery truck after school and on weekends. Good Luck for the future, Derek!

After Point I took up work, no surprise, at Kerrisdale Cameras!  My hobby began a career that I'm still involved with.  I worked for Kerrisdale Cameras for nine years, in their West Vancouver location, and then Lens & Shutter Cameras "head hunted" me in 1979.  I spent a number of years working at their North Vancouver location as well as Assistant Manager of their flagship store on Broadway.  When Lens & Shutter fell into financial problems, I chose to leave and joined London Drugs, where I worked at several stores in camera department management.  But London Drugs wasn't my style, so, 15 years ago, I joined back with Kerrisdale Cameras, where I still work as store manager at their West Vancouver location.  I now work as well as an instructor at Emily Carr Institute in their Continuing Education Program.

My major pleasures in life have been, of course photography. The evolving from film to digital is one which I've embraced. Photography has been re-invented because of the digital world.  And for always, cars have been a hobby -- after high school I became involved with Rally Racing, at which I wasn't great at. The best I ever achieved was third in the BC Championship in a Datsun 510 -- remember those?

2008… Continued

Now, I still love cars, and am fortunate to own a Rolls-Royce Mulliner Park-Ward two door Saloon, one of only 121 made.  In addition, I consider myself a political junkie these days, be it on a civic, provincial and federal basis...

I look forward to seeing everyone at the Arbutus Club.

 

 

 

 

Wayne Benwell

 

 

 

 

1968…

2008…

2008…  Unable to attend Reunion.

A successful future is sure to await this grad. Next year he plans to enroll at B.C.I.T. where he will study computer technology. His hobby is working on cars. At school we often see him in the company of that certain blonde.

After graduation from Point Grey I enrolled in a 1 year data processing course at what was then called Vancouver City College.  Upon completion of this program I was hired by NCR where I worked in the data centre for the next 5 years.  I then joined the Royal Bank in the Vancouver data centre. In 1979 I was transferred to their head office in Montreal and in 1984 to Toronto where I spent the remainder of my career.

I took an early retirement package in 2005 and I have been enjoying a life of leisure ever since.

A couple of years after graduation I married my high school sweetheart and fellow graduate, Kerry Phillips.  We had more than 31 wonderful years of married life, however unfortunately in 2001 Kerry was diagnosed with leukemia and, following 10 months of severe suffering, she died on Christmas day 2001. This was indeed a horrendous time for our entire family.

Kerry and I had become the proud parents of three wonderful children -- a son Brian, now 36 years old, a son Corey aged 34, and a daughter Tara 32.  Brian is a physicist with a high-tech imaging company in Waterloo Ontario.  (He obviously took after his mother not his father in this regard; as I'm sure Mr. Nordman would attest to).  Corey lives in Toronto and is the Manager of Technology with a steel company in Hamilton.  Following her university graduation, our daughter Tara moved back to BC and now lives in Penticton, where she is self-employed doing on-line ESL work from her house – a wonderful stay-at-home mom!  Thus far I have 6 grandkids - 4 from Brian and 2 from Tara, so now it's up to Corey and his wife to provide a couple more - in the not too distant future I hope.

2008…  Continued

After being widowed for 5 years I started dating a long time friend that I had known for more than 20 years, and last month (May 10, 2008) I was so very fortunate to marry this great lady with whom I hope to spend a long and healthy lifetime.

I am still a "car nut" and each spring (after enduring miserable Ontario winters) I look forward to putting my convertibles back on the road for warm summer cruises. Also, since retiring, I volunteer as a course marshal (where I get to dress all in white and wave various coloured flags) at the Mosport race track and at the annual Toronto Indy.

I'm also very active in my church and have been to Guatemala a couple of times with a Christian group, who work with Children's missions around the world. This latest endeavour has been a life changing experience that I hope my new bride and I can continue participating in for many years to come.  We are also able to get away on vacations to warm climates at least a couple of times each year.

Regretfully, due to other commitments on the weekend of June 21st, I won't be able to attend tour 40th Point Grey reunion but I will look forward to hearing all about it from committee members.

Best wishes and blessings to all.

 

 

 

 

Don Bergman

 

 

 

 

1968…

1988…

2008…

Don, one of the quieter guys of Point was a member of the Badminton team and the Golf Club. One can usually find him on the weekends either playing golf or skiing. on Grouse or Whistler. Planned for the future is further education at U.B.C.

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Billingsley

 

 

 

 

1968…

1988…

2008…

John has been a great supporter of his house: this year by playing on inter-house teams. He enjoys the odd game of golf while the rest of his spare time is spent with his stamp collection. He will attend university next year and with his degree of intelligence is sure to be a success.

John lives in Surrey where he is currently financial controller for a major Satellite Electronics Company. John completed his BA at UBC and subsequently completed his CGA with extensive experience (12 years) as an accountant for Forest Industry Companies up and down the BC Coast. John is accounting on an early retirement with plans for lots of world travel.

 

 

 

 

 

Connie Bingham (Cathers)

 

 

 

 

1968…

2008…

2008… Will be attending Reunion.

This pert grad is well, known for her beautiful sewing. A member of the tennis club, Connie can be seen practicing on the courts on sunny days. Being an enthusiastic skier, Grouse Mt. seemed to occupy her spare time during the past winter. Connie plans to go to U.B.C. next year.

I have lived in Whistler with my husband David and four sons for the past 35 years.   Looking for other challenges I have furthered my education by becoming intimately acquainted with the Youth Justice System and Mental Health Agencies. Other than my career choice I have led a charmed life.  David has provided me with a life of laughter, unlimited patience, independence and an opportunity to travel. Our recreational activities are male dominated as I am out numbered and there is limited interest in bridge, needlepoint, yoga and spa treatments.  Therefore I have spent a lot of time skiing, bushwhacking, horseback riding, camping, and hiking.  I am looking forward to spending the next 35 years living without our sons and indulging myself in feminine activities.

 

 

 

 

Bill Blackall

 

 

 

 

1968…

2008…

2008… Will be attending Reunion.

This quiet grad does not stay around the school but spends his spare time as a Driver-Lineman for the Army Reserve and with that certain French-Canadian girl. Bill's plans for after graduation are not definite but he will probably attend V.V.I, for Electrical Drafting.

(Ed. Note: ‘With a Little Help From a Friend’, at the office… thanks Brenda J.!)  Bill divorced that certain French Canadian girl in 200l.  He has 3 children – Bryan, 25, is in plumbing; Darcie, 21, is in third year sciences at SFU and Michael, 18, is taking business at Langara.

Bill still lives in Richmond (but not in the same house – ‘she’ was a good housekeeper, so ‘she’ got to keep it).  He is still the President of Century 21 Prudential Estates and is forever involved in Real Estate and Property Management.

Does anyone remember a blue 1946 Ford that was parked on the Boulevard way back at Point?  Bill still has it, albeit rebuilt a couple of times!  That's his hobby -- classic cars, maybe you've seen that ford with the Century 21 in the side windows at various Show & Shine Car shows around the lower mainland.  If you do see it, Bill's not far away!

 

 

 

 

 

Mike Blain

 

 

 

 

1968…

1988…

2008…

 

Mike works on the stage crew and he did a great job on the lighting for Rome's talent show this year. He is a cub- master; enjoys auto wrecking, boats, billiards and camping. He hopes to go to work as a Mine Mill Operator or become a rancher.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jennifer Boissonneault (Salary)

 

 

 

1968…

1988…

2008…

Jennifer played basketball this year and enjoys most sports. Her favorite being skiing. Post graduate plans are to enroll at V.C.C. where she will major in languages. In the future she hopes to become an airline stewardess.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brent Boswell

 

 

 

 

1968…

1988…

2008…

After books are put away, one can usually find Brent at the pool hall or at the skating rink, for these are his favorite haunts. After he leaves Point, he intends to further his education, probably at B.C.I.T.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Doug Bowen

 

 

 

 

1968…

2008…

2008…  Will be attending Reunion.

 

After good ol’ Point, I attended the College of Piping, Summerside PEI., and the Glengarry School of Music, Maxville, Ont.  Travelled a lot?”:   A fair bit – Canada, U.S., Caribbean, and Europe.

I retired back to the West Coast after 28 years as General Manager of Parks & Operations for a suburban Ontario Municipality. I’ve served as Municipal Councillor for Bowen Island and on the board of the Islands Trust.  I‘m currently volunteering at the Vancouver Aquarium, working part-time as a ‘project manager’ plus, seasonally, as a curling instructor at the North Shore Winter Club.

I’ve been out of my marriage for some time now but am a proud dad of a ‘Number-one Son’ who in turn produced two grandkidlets! My son runs a Karate School -- I call him "Sir."

I enjoy many of the seasonally adjusted activities that we enjoy ‘way out here’ – skiing to kayaking.  I still enjoy and play music especially when I can wear my kilt…

“Wise sayings?”:  ‘I think that God, in creating Man, somewhat overestimated his ability.’ – Oscar Wilde

 

 

 

 

 

Shelley Bowman

 

 

 

 

1968…

1988…

2008…

Shelley is involved mostly in athletic activities around the school. She was a member of the Senior Girls Grasshockey team and also enjoys track and field. Her plans are to travel and perhaps go in for Interior Decorating.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greg Box

 

 

 

 

1968…

1988…

2008… Unable to attend Reunion.

A member of the Pointer staff, Greg enjoys scuba diving, skiing and playing pool. He is interested in philosophy and religion and does a lot of reading in this field. In the fall Greg will enter U.B.C. on Arts I.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gail Brown (Bissonnette)

 

 

 

 

1968…

2008…

2008…  Will be attending Reunion.

A busy Grad Editor of the Annual, Gail was also a member of the Centennial Committee. Her outside interests include horseback riding, sewing, Young Life and playing the piano. Gail plans to go to V.C.C. for a year and then to V.G.H. for her R.N. training.

Well… 40 years later… and now to fill that time in one paragraph!   I went into nursing after high school and worked at VGH in the operating room for some years before going back to school at UBC.   I taught nursing and worked in Public Health for many years before deciding it was time to try new things.

Life is now full of other interests and volunteer activities -- I’m enjoying being busier than ever!  Brian and I enjoy travelling and plan to do more when he retires in another year or so.   My son Christopher is married and living in Chicago where he is working on his PhD.   Between our longer jaunts, I enjoy visiting Chicago reasonably often plus spending time on Saltspring Island.  And wherever we are I endeavour to improve both the golf and the tennis!

 

 

 

 

Jocelyn Brown

 

 

 

 

1968…

1988…

2008…

This short, dark-haired gal can often be found at the PBX switchboard.  Jocelyn’s outside interests are teaching Sunday School, music and working at U.B.C. Her plans after graduation are a year at V.C.C. and then U.B.C. to take education. Europe in three years is her main goal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mike Brown

 

 

 

 

1968…

1988…

2008…

One of our athletic students, Mike was a member of the Gym Club, the Tennis Club and the Ski team. Much of his time is spent with the Air Cadets. He also enjoys hiking. This summer Mike hopes to get his pilot's licence and then go to U.B.C. in the fall on an Air Cadet's scholarship.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Murray Brown

 

 

 

 

1968…

1988…

2008…

Murray "Vancouver's Monopoly King" has many outdoor interests which include fishing and scuba-diving. After graduation Murray plans to attend Vancouver Art School, hoping to become another Van Gogh or Woody Allen!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beverly Burke

 

 

 

 

1968…

2008…

2008…  Unable to attend Reunion.

Bev can usually be found around the school working on the P.B.X. or doing secretarial work. She is kept busy by her job at Braden and Pacific Associates and is also a messenger in Job's Daughters. Next year Bev plans to head for Essondale—as a nurse, not a patient! After her training she would like to work at Woodlands.

Since graduation I have had an eventful life. Continued school, worked, got married a few times, travelled the world, including Hawaii, Mexico, west to east coasts of the USA, across Canada, Jordan, Palestine, Jamaica and the Bahamas. Going to Egypt and UAE this year, and maybe Saudi Arabia. As you might guess, I started my own business in the travel industry. My greatest achievement is seeing the joy in my foster children’s faces when they accomplished something no one thought they were capable of. My word to the wise? Blessed are they that expect nothing, for they shall not be disappointed.

 

 

 

 

 

Diane Busswood (Oatey)

 

 

 

 

1968…

2008…

2008…  Unable to attend Reunion.

Diane enjoys bowling and can usually be seen in her spare time in the bowling alley. Other time outside of school is spent "bombing around in Bobye's Blooper!" Her future plans are to work for awhile and then to get married and have "lots of kids!"

Wow! 40 years in two paragraphs!! Very difficult, Nick -- but here goes…

After graduation I worked in several jobs from banking to real estate and ending up with the shipping industry.  This last endeavour led me to meet my husband; a Naval Officer on a UK ship visiting Vancouver.  I subsequently followed Steve to England in 1979 and we married in 1980.  We lived in Cornwall and Hampshire until 1993 when we emigrated back to Canada, settling here on Vancouver Island.

We enjoy a fairly quiet life in Qualicum Beach where we enjoy our dogs, travelling and most recently Lawn Bowling!

Indeed, my ‘finest achievement’ is my marriage of 28 years and if I was to pick one ‘highlight’ it would be accompanying my husband on his ship for 5 months touring the Caribbean in our first year of marriage!

 

 

 

 

 

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