Mostly, I've lived in Calgary, and see it as my home until the last post! Because of my dad's influence (Harry Lomnes, band master), music has always strongly influenced my life and as my geology career was winding down, I started spending more time in choral groups and learning about jazz. Then, when retirement finally liberated me on D-Day, June 6, 2013, I could really work on my retirement career as a jazz vocalist. I made a CD in 2014 and presently sing 7-8 times a year both with a combo and a Big Band. Dad would have been so happy to know I had found a home in the music of his era and “The Great American Songbook” but unfortunately, he passed on in January of 2001, before I discovered that calling. Calgary has a decent jazz scene so if you are going to be in town, check my website:
I chose to go back to school, this time to UBC, in the Geology program. Finally, a good choice as my career spanned 37 years of working all the basins of Western Canada and North Dakota starting with Amoco and ending in a consulting position with Encana. It enabled me to travel both professionally and personally and make friends scattered around the world.
After eight years on my own, I was fortunate to meet a wonderful widower and got married again in 2007. I decided it was time to retire and start the next phase of my life with Ian Scott in Kitimat, BC where we enjoy the milder climate and wonderful boating and fishing in our ‘baby’ yacht. We’ve thoroughly enjoyed a number of travels throughout southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand, South America and the Antarctic, as well as the United Kingdom. Our next adventure will be a trip to Iceland in 2017.
Wendy Lomnes (1966)
Because of a Grade 11 “Career Day”, I became interested in Home Economics and enrolled in the Fabrics & Design program at U of A after high school. It was interesting but not as much as traveling, so after graduation I spent a year exploring Europe learning about life and making lifelong friends. Upon return, I got a job managing the fabrics department at Johnston Walker Dept. Store in Edmonton. That didn't cut it either, so I went to Banff to be a ski bum, waitress and bartender. It was a good life until I realized I didn't want to do that when I was 40! (I was 23 at the time).
Bob and I were divorced and my young sons and I moved north to Peace River as I began my career as a Municipal Administrator. I met my husband Dale Huberdeau, who was the Forest Protection Officer with the Alberta Forest Service in High Level in 1985 and the boys and I moved yet again, where I accepted the position of Assistant Manager in the rural Improvement District. I was proud to be the first woman Manager of an Improvement District in Alberta, with the Department of Municipal Affairs, when I moved to Spirit River in 1991. The Department transferred me to Fort McMurray in 1994 as the Manager of the rural Improvement District, in order to amalgamate the rural area with the City of Fort McMurray to form the first Regional Municipality in Alberta – the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, in 1995. As Dale was about to retire in 1999, we moved to Lac La Biche, where I accepted the position of Town Manager. Unfortunately, Dale passed away suddenly, a week before he was to retire from the Alberta Forest Service.
Married Marilyn Melnychuk Jan 1972. Attended Camrose Lutheran College in General Science.
Attended UofA in Industrial Education. Begat daughter Karen
Marilyn left Karen and me Jan 1975.
Met Loretta Prosser Sept. 75. We married July 1978.
Graduated UofA 1976.
First teaching job worked as a Power Mechanics Teacher at Camrose Composite High School for one year. I moved on and took a new challenge teaching “General Shop” at the Alberta School For The Deaf.
I attended UBC and became a certified Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
In 1982, we adopted Debbie (age 9) and David (age 6).
Alex was born in 1984 and Tamara was born in 1985.
I had moved on to Tofield (86) to set up a new multiple activity lab.
In 1988, we moved to Salmon Arm.
I discovered a wonderful teaching environment. I worked with hard of hearing students, taught gifted enrichment classes, Resource Room Teacher, and I became a Storefront School teacher.
In 1999-2000, Loretta and I took a year off and motor-home schooled our youngest two while we toured around North America for nine months.
When we returned, I developed a program to assist home-schooled children and their parents.
In 2008 I was diagnosed with brain cancer. Luckily, all the right people were in the right place at the right time, and I have been cancer free for nine years.
I have 9 grandchildren. I belong to the local train club, the local vintage car club, the ukulele club, and I am building a miniature 1 inch to the foot house.
Upon graduation I moved to Edmonton, went to Alberta College and then on to National Data Centre where I worked with punched cards and paper tape - very high tech back in the day! By 1976 I got itchy feet and left for Europe to go on an extended 9 week camping trip (aka “party on a bus”) which took in all the highlights of 13 countries, followed by some time in England and Scotland. While on that trip of a lifetime I met many Australians and made some very good and enduring friends. In 1978 I left Canada to move to Perth, Australia where I lived and worked for 3 years and later we moved to Melbourne for 2 years. While in Melbourne, my bestie Peggy (Thornton) Sapwell and her husband, an RAAF pilot, were stationed there so we were able to share many good and memorable times while enjoying all Victoria had to offer. I also spent several months living in Sydney with a friend with a side trip to Bali. Living and working in Australia had a vacation feel to it – oceans and fresh seafood at hand, snorkeling on weekends and summertime New Year’s Eves, so it always seemed like fun. After 5 years and a divorce I returned to Wetaskiwin and eventually moved back to Edmonton finding work at ICG Engineering where I met my husband Jerry. Later I worked for Edmonton Public Schools in the Planning Department managing the student boundary database. While working at EPSB I attended the U of A Residential Interiors program, Faculty of Extension, and upon graduating started Keyheart Designs. Later I worked for Superior Cabinets as a kitchen designer and now I find that most of my work involves renovations where kitchens and bathrooms have the starring role. Jerry and I have travelled quite a bit south of the border as well as meeting Peggy and Peter in Lisbon and tackling Portugal, Spain, Gibraltar and Morocco. Jerry and I have also spent time in France. We plan on more travel and definitely back down under to my “other” home.
Since graduating from WCHS in 1971, I’ve spent most of my time in the Calgary area working in arts management and in food. I went to the University of Calgary and followed that with many years with Loose Moose Theatre, The Banff Centre, the Glenbow Museum and the Calgary Centre for Performing Arts.
During much of my time in the arts I had a sideline writing about food (and eating it too) until I went full-time food in 1999.
In 1980 I became the restaurant critic for CBC Radio Calgary and have happily held that position for over 36 years. I taught Food & Culture programs for the U of C for over twenty years (I retired from that in 2015) and have acted as contributing editor for numerous magazines. I have a weekly restaurant column in the Calgary Herald (since 1999) and have written eleven books on dining in southern Alberta. I lead culinary travel programs for the U of C (heading to Lyon and Strasbourg, France in 2018 if you’re interested in coming) and judge many national and international culinary competitions. (And it all started with mushroom burgers at the Burger Baron.)
I’ve been married to Catherine Caldwell since 1983 (we met in an Abnormal Psychology class at the U of C) and we are enjoying life as we slip slowly into retirement.
Ah 1971. A lifetime ago. After graduation I married my high school sweetheart. We lived on a hobby farm near Thorsby. I learned to garden, make pyrogies, milk a cow by hand, assist cows when they were giving birth, raise chickens and pigs. Certainly things I hadn't anticipated as an idealistic high school student. We had 2 amazing children and I was a stay-at-home mom for 10 year. In 1981 I started working as an Institutional Aid at an AADAC Centre near Alsike. When the program transitioned in to a Solicitor General Correctional camp in 1984 I was offered the opportunity to become a Correctional Peace Officer. The years were busy with raising my children, working and farming but I wanted to further my education. I completed the Correctional Services Program through Grant MacEwan, Simon Fraser and U. Vic. by correspondence to prepare for the future. I was widowed in 1995 when my youngest was in grade 12. It was time for me to expand my boundaries and challenge myself. There weren't many new opportunities for me in camp so I moved to Edmonton and relocated to the main centre in Fort Saskatchewan in 1997. There were numerous new possibilities and I soon confirmed that my interests involved working directly with the offender population. For the last 15 years I have been working as a Correctional Services Worker - the last 10 years with female offenders. I have mixed feelings about retiring next year. Back in grade 12 if anyone would have suggested my future was in jail I would have laughed out loud but it has truly been a good fit. I have amazing memories and stories that you could never even imagine. I married my husband, Barry Manning in 1998. He retired from the City of Edmonton in 2007 so he has lots of time to spoil our dog - a 12 year old Shitzu-poodle cross we call Max. We have 5 grandchildren whom we adore. They still go camping, quadding and fishing with us every summer although the older ones have less time for Nana and Papa since they work and have their own social obligations. We enjoy our annual winter holiday someplace warm and are thrilled that over the years each of our grandchildren has been able to join us in the sun and the sand a couple of times. I consider myself very fortunate to have my sister/my best friend live across the street from us. When Barry is not interested the next adventure I have in mind, Marlene is. Truly a blessing! I have a long list of things to do when I retire and after all these years of being busy I'm not ready to slow down any time soon.
Linda (Stoyka) Cranston (1970)
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.