We loved growing up in Wetaskiwin, falling in love with each other, getting married (49 years ago) and moving to Vancouver. University studies in Alberta, B.C. and Toronto prepared us for our careers: Garry as a professor in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC, and Judy as an educator and administrator with the Surry school district. Two children, Nathaniel and Hillary joined us in the 1980's. Then in 2010 we were joined by our son-in-law, Kevin McBride. Both Nathaniel and Hillary enjoy music and learning as much as we do. Our church and community involvement are interspersed with traveling for pleasure or volunteering in exotic places like Vietnam, Hawaii, Japan and Poland. Then home to Richmond, BC, where we enjoy our quasi-retirement; both psycho-therapists in private practice with the rest of the time kayaking or relaxing on the deck at our cabin on Harrison Lake. lt all began in Wetaskiwin!
Scotty McDonald was employed at The Stewart Ranch in 1884 at Pincher Creek. Scotty married Bridget Ann Dowser, daughter of William and Bridget Dowser. The Dowser family operated a hotel in Blairmore, Alberta. They were related to the Drake family who owned the Drake Hotel in Chicago. There were two children in the family. Margaret Ann married Christopher Murphy. Robert MacDonald came to Alberta in 1880.
After leaving WCHS I gained a trade certificate from NAIT while working for Mack Truck Sales in Edmonton. I went to Alberta Research Council in 1974 and found my niche in purchasing and logistics. In 1980, I travelled to Japan, through south east Asia and on to Australia for a working holiday. On Fossil Downs cattle station in the remote north west I built fences and rode shotgun on a helicopter to cull wild donkeys. Moving on to the Northern Territory, I met my (future) wife, a British backpacker who had got off a prawn trawler. We continued travelling together across the country and decided to call Australia home. We settled in Melbourne where I was employed by Kenworth Paccar as a Production Materials Buyer. In 1989 we moved to Perth, Western Australia, a stunningly beautiful city on the Indian Ocean. I progressed my career in supply chain management working in the heavy engineering, oil and gas and mining industries. As a Production Planner for Citic Pacific Mining I helped build the largest magnetite iron ore mine in the southern hemisphere.
After High School, I moved to Edmonton and worked as a legal secretary. Then moved to Grande Prairie and was a travel agent till I married Ross Elgert. He received a transfer to Calgary where I resumed work in the travel industry and later worked at the airport for Sunquest and Wingtips as an agent for all inclusive holiday vacations.
I was blessed to have travelled to 25 countries and we now have a son, Ryan who works for Shaw Communications in Calgary. We live in Chestermere, retired and enjoy golfing with friends, and travelling.
My life in a nutshell, and we have so much to be thankful for! I am looking forward to seeing everyone at the WCHS reunion. Thank you to the organizing committees. I am sure it is a lot of work!
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.
Molly was born in 1870 in Wicklow, Ireland and died in 1949 at Red Deer, Alberta. She married James Hamilton Monkman in 1892 at Calgary. James was at Pekisko, in 1890. He was born in 1866 at Mount Hope, Ontario and died in 1942 at High River. Their children were: Lucinda, Elizabeth, James, John, Kathleen, William, Lloyd, Dennis, and Robert. Maria Monkman came to Calgary with her father Paddy Byrne who went to the Klondyke and returned to Ireland. Maria remained working with the Stimsons at the Palace Hotel and later at the Bar U Ranch when she met and married James Monkman who was employed there. They moved to their home in High River in 1900. Jim Monkman and Bob Findlay contracted threshing and Jim started the first ice business there. He later homesteaded east of town and Molly ran a boarding house.
I completed grade 11 at Wetaskiwin Composite High School and although I didn't graduate there, most of my primary education was gained within the County of Wetaskiwin. I actually graduated High School in Lacombe Alberta in 1965. I then attended NAIT in Edmonton and graduated with a diploma in Telecommunications Engineering Technology in 1968.
In 1968 I went to work for Bell Canada in Montreal and then Ottawa. I met my wife, Lili, at Bell Canada and 1969 we were married. We had our first child, a daughter Katherine in Ottawa in 1972. In 1974 I moved to Sherwood Park, Alberta with my family and started work with the then AGT and later Telus. In 1974 our son Arie (Jr.) was born in Edmonton. He was followed by our second daughter, Jennifer in 1977. In 1977 we built a new home for our family on an acreage east of Sherwood Park. In 1978 we were seconded by Telus to the TransCanada Telephone System (later renamed to Stentor) for 2 years. In 1980 we returned to Sherwood Park. Over the next several years I was seconded to Stentor twice more. In 1986 I was transferred to Calgary where I managed the telecommunications infrastructure build for the 1988 Winter Olympics. Over the next several years I traveled extensively in a consulting capacity with Telus's International Division. In 1995 I graduated from Athabasca University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. In 1998 I received a diploma in Project Management from the University of Alberta and became an accredited Professional Project Manger with the Project Management Institute. In 2001 I received a Master's Certificate in Project Management from The George Washington University. from 1998 to 2002 I managed the Telus TV field trial and then the Telus network build into Eastern Canada. I took early retirement from Telus in 2002. In 2002 we moved back to Sherwood Park where I worked as a Realtor for 2 years. in 2004 we moved to Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island where I continued to work as a Realtor. In 2010 we moved ro Calgary to be near our grand children. I continued working as a Realtor until 2015.
Lili and I have been married for 48 years. We have 5 grand children, 3 boys and 2 girls. We have traveled extensively in Canada, the USA, parts of Europe, Cuba, Mexico and enjoyed 2 trips to China. We hope to be able to continue traveling and enjoying the world for many years to come.
Thomas was born in Ottawa, Ontario in 1855 and died at Calgary, Alberta in 1912. He did not marry. Thomas came west in 1881 and ranched with his brothers until 1893 when he purchased a homestead at Queenstown, Alberta. In 1909 he built the Palace Hotel in Gleichen.
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.
George was born in Dundas County, Ontario in 1870 and died at Calgary, Alberta in 1935. In 1913 at Calgary, he was married to Davina Morton, who was born in Dundee, Scotland in 1884. There were three children in the family. George came to the Chestermere Lake area in the spring of 1890, where he homesteaded the NE 1/4-26-24-28-W4th. In 1909 he bought the remainder of Section 26 and a section in the Delacour district. In 1911 he acquired Section 35 and in 1935 bought two and one-half sections north east of Cochrane, Alberta. George was active in the community's affairs. Mrs. McElroy was well known as a pianist and singer.