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

Nancy Nelson (Conlin)

 

 

 

 

1968…

1988…

2008…

Nancy enjoys such summer sports as swimming and water skiing.  She loves going to parties and can frequently be found at Oil Can Harry’s.  After grad, Nancy plans to work as a secretary.  After she has saved enough she will go on a trip to Hawaii with a group of girls.

Immediately after graduation, Nancy rushed off to work, spending 14 years with MacMillan Bloedel where, among other jobs, she sold newsprint to the Canadian Market. Nancy married husband Bill 12 years ago, and they have a daughter, Katie, age 5. As well as pursuing a growing interest in daycare provision, Nancy enjoys homemaking, and spends time designing sweaters, sewing and making ceramics.

 

 

 

 

 

Craig Nerland

 

 

  

1968…

1988…

2008…

This jovial grad is interested in hunting and fishing and can also be frequently found on the golf course during his spare time. After he graduates Craig plans to further his education at U.B.C. on a science program.

Craig can't have much time for golf now, because he is secretary-treaurer of a mineral exploration company. He became a C.A., in 1977; before that he was a registered stockbroker, and received his B.Comm in 1974. From 1980 to 1986 he was an audit manager. Craig has been married to wife Jane since 1975. They have son, Eric (5) and a daughter, Krista (3 1/2), and live in West Point Grey.

 

 

 

 

 

Janice Newton (Hedden)

 

 

  

1968…

2008…

2008…  Unable to attend Reunion.

London's House Athletic Rep. Janice was also a Prefect and a member of the Senior Choir. Besides working at Woodwards, Janice taught Sunday School, was a member of C.G.I.T. and somehow managed to find time to ski. After grad Janice plans to go to V.G.H. where she will take her R.N. training.

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A Prayer for a Little Home

by Janice Newton, 1963

 

God give us a small abode

By the side of a winding road

 

Crackling fires, merry laughter,

Songs that echo from the rafters.

 

Pastel walls, polished floors,

Bright brass knockers at the doors,

 

Lacy curtains, comfy chairs,

Cosy beds in rooms upstairs,

 

Sparkling china nice to see,

Warm words over cups of tea,

 

A sprawling lawn, a shady tree,

Colourful flowers, droning bees,

 

In the twilight stars above;

These, God are the things I love.

 

With these 40th PG Reunion announcements came floods of reminders of our high school years such that I was moved to go through our old annuals!  And I discovered a somewhat prophetic poem that I wrote and that had been printed in the ’62-63 Explorer.  It is often said that ‘we are given what we ask for’ -- I can attest to that.  It seems that some of my deepest aspirations, way back then, were quite simple in nature and my “Prayer for a Little Home”, from Grade 7, was indeed answered!  

Our home here in Lake Cowichan has been a delightful ‘answer’ along with the blessings of a wonderful loving husband, Elvin, of 38 years; three warm and kind children (Kiryet, 37; Trish, 35 and James, 34) who I love to be with whenever I can.  I am also blessed with my best friend Michaela -- who loves me warts and all; and most recently with Finan, our beautiful, new two-week old grandson.

I am now Rosanna, a new name for a new part of my life, which has included finding a passion for Aromatherapy and becoming a Registered Aromatherapist later in life -- it seems my passion for mixing mud pies at age five has resurfaced!  Plus life has brought me richness and tranquility with living on this jewel called Vancouver Island, plus true contentment and gratitude for all that I have experienced and have been given.   I now truly look forward to growing old, maybe even greyer (though I still cheat on that one) and embracing all that life brings.

My thankfulness includes my formative (or not so!) years in high school

 

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that bring up both happy and turbulent memories.  I have come to realize it’s all been good, even the bad and the sad!  I am very grateful for so many of you who touched and influenced my life in ways you probably weren’t aware. Thank you.  I won’t be able to attend, so have a blast catching up and sharing some great memories!

‘Words of Wisdom’, or at least some of those I’ve grown to live by… ‘The more I know the less I know”

 

 

 

 

Glenn Nicholl

 

 

  

1968…

2008…

2008…  Will be attending Reunion.

Glenn is a great golf enthusiast. He is on the school golf team and in his spare time plays tournament golf. He also enjoys a good game of hockey or pool. Glenn will be attending U.B.C. next fall, but he is otherwise undecided about his future.

I realized one of those ‘distant dreams’, not to long ago, and found my ‘Freedom at 55’! But not before 20 years of trying to be helpful with the development of Social Housing through the B.C. Housing Commission -- painfully political.  I had the ‘privilege’ of working under the ever-changing policies of the NDP, SoCreds and ‘you know who’…  And all of this after completing the obligatory BComm (in-between pool games and golf) at UBC in 1974

I have certainly continued to play golf!  In 1978 I shot a course record 67 at Squamish and in 1979 I had the privilege of playing semi-pro and garnered some BC Golf Association hardware with much help from teammates Roxburgh, Zokol and Kelly Murray.  Playing around also led me to meet my wife Susan during the 1982 B.C. Amateur at Shaugnessy.  We were married in October, 1983 (by Paul Badger’s father -- long story) and have been playing around holidaying together ever since!  We managed to get to South Africa last year and have seen much of Europe via cruise ships.  And surprise, surprise, there are golf-courses everywhere!

And to keep me otherwise distracted, I dabble in real estate, the stock market and painting the house…  We just placed an offer on property in Mexico and are

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currently in the process of relocating to Palmilla, in San Jose del Cabo, by the end of the year.  Diana Jesperson says the 50th reunion will be at our place!

 

 

 

 

Dyke Noel

 

 

  

1968…

2008…

2008…

Dyke was another one of the stars of our Senior Rugby team this year. His winters are spent on the nearby slopes while sailing occupies most of his time in the summer. Extensive travel is planned for the future but first however, he will further his education at V.C.C.

I’ve been cruising through life here in Victoria. They still pay me to drive ships around.  Happily married for 25 years; raised two children -- son 23, daughter 21.  I’ve got lots of hobbies to keep me busy.  I might even retire some day -- or maybe not.

 

 

 

 

 

David Northcott

 

 

  

1968…

2008…

2008… Hoping to attend Reunion.

David was a member of the Gym Club and the grad decorating committee this year and also worked in the book- room. Aside from teaching gymnastics, Dave is interested in flying saucers and model airplanes which he constructs in his spare time.  After taking grade 13, he is planning on entering a Military Academy in Kingston,

40 years slip by so quickly – amazing the speed of time!  But indeed, life is entertaining.

I went from high school to UBC (BSc) to marriage to banking in Kamloops to community development in Winnipeg and evolved in an ever ‘entertaining’ and fulfilling “Activism Life-style”. 

Based on this last deviation, I have become active with national and local NGO’s working to effect poverty reduction and food security movements domestically and internationally.  As a founding member of the Canadian Food Bank Association, I have had dinner with Queen Elizabeth plus dinner in ‘too many’ soup-kitchens on three continents! 

These activist’s ‘adventures’ have certainly given me stories and memories that most likely will only come out for yet-to-be-seen grandchildren!  Speaking of which…

Along with my high-school era sweetheart, Kathy, I am a proud parent of three wonderful daughters.  Our girls are living in BC, New Brunswick and Manitoba (and yet they all have the same parents)!  Trying to keep up with the long-distance, hyper-speed relationships of three daughters and spouses has also been ‘somewhat demanding’, especially when trying to maintain some semblance of the dominant male role. (That part never really worked in my household, by the way.)

Life has certainly been a juggling act; of recent I’ve

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found some me-time (and solace) in working towards obtaining my glider-pilot’s license.

(Ed. Note:  A ‘must read’ for all of us – David’s recent Presentation to the Canadian Senate’s Subcommittee on Cities.)

 

 

 

 

Roland Notz

 

 

 

 

1968…

1988…

2008…

When not at school Roland can be found working as a waiter in the Arbutus Club dining room. After leaving Point he will go to Europe in October '68. Here he will travel around for a few months and then enroll at the Academy of Arts in London for acting and singing;

 

 

 

 

 

 

Francisco Oira

 

 

 

 

1968…

1988…

2008…

Not often seen around the halls, Francisco’s activities are centred around such indoor sports as bowling and basketball.  After his graduation, he plans to attend a vocational school.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michael Oliver

 

 

  

1968…

2008…

2008…  Unable to attend Reunion.

This sports-minded grad participated in track this year. He was also a member of the Golf Club and likes to play the game whenever he can. Out of school much of his time is taken up with his Junior Hockey League. Mike plans to work during the summer months and attend U.B.C. in the fall.

I am doing well in Victoria and still playing golf.  My body and I had to retire from hockey at the age of 50… I am, however, still employed with the Ministry of Transportation but will be retiring soon from that too!

“Hi to all” at the reunion -- I know you will be having a great time.   Unfortunately I will not be able to attend due to travel commitments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

David O’Neil

 

 

 

 

1968…

1988…

2008…

After a tour of the British Isles this summer, Dave will enroll at either V.C.C. or U.B.C. where he will work towards a degree in history and geography. He is an avid sports-fan and especially enjoys auto racing and surfing. He also finds relaxation in reading and working on cars.

Dave's interest in cars continues: He is a member of the Sports Car Club of America, and is involved in all aspects of sports car racing. In his spare time he works for Intertan Canada, having obtained a degree in Marketing and Sales from WWSC. Among other things, Dave spent time managing Shell Star #5, a drilling rig located in the middle of the North Sea. At present, he lives in the middle of Vancouver. The position of spouse/significant other is currently vacant.

 

 

 

 

 

Nick Orchard

 

 

  

1968…

2008…

2008…  Will be attending Reunion.

Nick was kept busy this year, for besides being President of Paris House, he played on the Senior Rugby team. He also worked on the Annual and the Pointer, and was Editor of the Gingerbread House. After school he found time to work at the Holiday Theatre and write poetry. Nick's future career probably lies in television and film production.

I avoided doing any serious work at UBC by taking a degree in theatre and film, then avoided further serious work by kicking around in radio and later BCTV. Got married, went to England briefly, then came home to work on the legendary Beachcombers series for three seasons. Along the way I had two sons who turned out pretty well despite my best efforts at bad parenting. One makes films and does some work with me, the other plans to be a teacher, so check the names of the staff before letting your grandchildren attend school. Went to England in the mid 80’s for 5 years and produced “Eastenders” and “Brookside”, and then returned to form Soapbox Productions. In the last 18 years we’ve done drama series such as “Northwood” and “New Beachcombers”, Movies of the Week for the CBC, comedy series such as “Double Exposure” for CTV, and all the other networks have bought our documentaries, biographies, reality shows, children’s series and music specials. I’m still not doing serious work, as this is the sort of thing I used to play at when I was young, and every day I remind myself how lucky I

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am. So I live a contented life in North Vancouver, on my own again, but happily inventing new shows and travelling all the time for work and pleasure. With any luck you’ll see a movie or two from us shortly!

 

 

 

 

Dikea Pambakos

 

 

  

1968…

1988…

2008…

This sports-minded grad enjoys swimming and watching hockey and soccer games. She was a member of the Senior Volleyball team this year and also likes to spend her time in the library or else just shopping around. After graduation Dikea hopes to attend U.B.C.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pat Parker

 

 

  

1968…

1988…

2008…

Pat's main interest lies in construction and outside of school he spends much of his spare time building models. After leaving Point he will attend B.C.I.T. where he will learn building technology. Pat is sure to be successful as he shows talent in this field.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anne Patterson

 

 

 

 

1968…

1988…

2008…

 

A newcomer to Point this year, Anne was a member of the Senior Choir. Outside of school her time revolves around Job's Daughters, swimming and music. Further education will be taken at City College next year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patricia Pederson

 

 

 

 

1968…

1988…

2008…

Pat's interests revolve around ballet. She has studied ballet for a number of years and now dances for the Vancouver Opera Association and also for the Vancouver Workshop. After graduating Pat will further her training in ballet in England where she hopes to major as an advanced ballet teacher in the Royal Academy of Dancing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gordon Peel

 

 

 

 

1968…

1988…

2008…

Gordon, one of Point's car enthusiasts could often be seen this year in the automotive shops. He enjoys sports and frequently joins the crowds skiing on Grouse. After he graduates Gordon will attend a vocational school.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chris Phillips

 

 

 

 

1968…

1988…

2008…

An avid participant in the sports activities this year, Chris was a member of the Gym Club, Wrestling and Swim team. Out of school he is a gymnastics instructor and can be found sailing in his spare time. After graduation Chris hopes to travel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bob Pitman

 

 

Living in Vancouver.

 

1968…

1988…

2008… Will be attending Reunion.

Always seen working hard, Bob hasn't much spare time for school activities but he does like to hit the slopes once in a while. Bob has not made up his mind as to which of the local universities he will attend, but we know he will be successful in his future work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sandy Plester

 

 

  

1968…

1988…

2008…

This London House cheerleader has taken up the art of self-defence in the form of judo. After leaving Point, Sandy plans to work in an office for a while and then head off to see the world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mike Poole

 

 

 

 

1968…

1988…

2008…

Mike's outside interest are work and an exclusive club. Immediately after graduation, he will work for an airline in Whitehorse. Later, he intends to attend Burnaby Vocational to learn aircraft maintenance engineering.

Mike lives outside Vernon with his spouse/significant other Marylyn. He describes himself as self-employed, and reading between the lines, it seems Mike is still flying aircraft, and trying to find a way out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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