Badlands search and rescue still looking for members
It was just about a year ago when Rockyford resident and volunteer firefighter Scott Campbell proposed creating a Badlands Search and Rescue (SAR) team.
Things have been moving along at an admittedly slow but steady pace, and once financing is finalized and in place Campbell predicts things will speed up.
“We have 14 people that are signed up right now that are members with search and rescue. I’ve got a few more people that are probably going to be joining fairly quickly here, they’re showing a lot of interest,” said Campbell.
“We’re based out of Rockyford at this time, though we’re going to be serving Wheatland, Starland, Kneehill east towards the special areas, (and) potentially down to Brooks. A lot of that will be determined once we have our operational status. But we are going to be covering a pretty good-sized area.
“We’ve been doing some training over the past few months here. We’ve done a little bit of training on first aid, a little bit of training on incident command system, knots and rope training, so just some real basic stuff right now.”
Campbell anticipates the Badlands SAR will be operational in April 2013, but until then they are unable to assist with any missions. It doesn’t mean things will be dull for the current members, there is more training scheduled.
In September there will be a navigation and GPS mapping course, and in October a four-day wilderness/first aid course which includes an overnight scenario is being planned.
“Basically part of it will be this scenario where we’ll do a search for about half an hour to an hour looking for a victim or victims depending on how many teams we have and then once we locate these people we’ll be caring for them throughout the night. No matter what the weather is we will be out there,” said Campbell.
In the spring they will be doing the basic search and rescue course. Once that is completed then they will have all of the training up-to-date that they need to and will need to take care of a few more details before getting operational status.
Campbell is still hoping to get 20 to 40 people to help really get the Badlands SAR off the ground. Members are expected to commit to a minimum of six training or search scenarios per year. Also there is a financial commitment.
Each member is expected to provide their own basic search and rescue pack, which will hold everything a person needs to survive 24 to 48 hours, and what will be needed on pretty much any mission. Campbell said the pack could cost $1,000 to $1,500.
Still not sure what exactly Search and Rescue is all about and if you would like to join? No worries, Campbell said anyone interested in coming out to a training session can e-mail him.
“We do ask people to sign a waiver that are coming that aren’t members for obvious reasons, but people can come and at the very least see what we’re doing. Depending on what sort of training that we’re doing will depend on the level of participation that we’ll allow,” said Campbell.
“If we’re doing some fairly technical training we’re not going to put somebody into a harness and reppel down the side of a cliff per se that has no experience, but we do certainly welcome people to come out and observe what we’re doing and hopefully take part in at least a bit of the training to get a taste for it.”
More information about Badlands Search and Rescue can be found on Facebook or Scott Campbell can be reached at
Downtown beautification project being discussed
Plans to revitalize the downtown area in Strathmore are being discussed as business owners are being asked for feedback on the project proposal.
Town council members Rocky Blokland and Bob Sobol have proposed a beautification project to improve Strathmore’s downtown. Blokland and Sobol are gathering feedback from local businesses who will be affected by the changes with the intention of presenting the information to rest of council at a later date as a possible future project.
“[Sobol and I] are going up and down the street with [the plan], talking to business owners to see what the feedback is,” said Blokland. “So far we’ve had pretty positive feedback.”
Out of 32 businesses that Blokland and Sobol have talked to, only one business has offered negative comments.
Blokland says that changing downtown will help build “people’s pride” in their downtown area and “bring downtown Strathmore up to the level of the rest of the town.”
Since this plan is in the preliminary stages, no dates or budgets have been set. Blokland says that he and Sobol are just looking to get the word of the project out and co-operation from local business owners.
Blokland lists a few things that would be changed with the current proposal, if council so approved, which include exchanging advertising benches for decorative steel benches, replacing street lamps with coach lanterns, and adding a median into the center of the street and changing diagonal parking to parallel.
“There’s four or five different things we’re looking at,” said Blokland, “I’m trying to get people to look outside the box. It’s time for a change.”
While Blokland and Sobol both recognize the cons to these ideas, Blokland is confident that the residents of Strathmore will see that the pros outweigh the cons.
“We’re going to lose about 37 parking stalls,” said Blokland, and he knows that will be the “number one complaint.” However, he assures this won’t be a problem as there are three parking lots available in the downtown area to be utilized.
Blokland says that this plan, if approved, “won’t cost a huge amount of money.”
Positive results from the renovations include health benefits from being able to walk through downtown, a sense of pride and happiness from having a nicer downtown, and a reduction in traffic concerns.
“Basically we’re trying to do something to change the downtown area and make it look better. We want to brighten up the area,” he said.
Golden Slumbers” … (Thanks John, Paul, George … Sorry Ringo!)
Fule for Thought
When you are a new parent, you might think you would miss the intimacy of being a couple … of those WILD nights together (YOU know what I mean!) … (Okay … now we’re back on a planet where people actually breathe Oxygen!).
The ONE thing that ALL new parents miss the most is … SLEEP! I’m going to get “All Shakespeare” on you now, because he (whoever THEY think he was!) wrote in “Macbeth”, that Sleep : “…knits up the ravelled sleeve of care.”
In other words (for those of you who stayed after the word “Shakespeare”), sleep is the thing that helps us rest, and it also can ease our worries (and you thought I was bluffing about understanding Shakespeare … shame on you!).
Sometimes in REAL Life, it takes a long time, and a LOT of patience to get your kids to go to sleep. Oh sure, we’ve all tried reading stories … having a quieter time before bed, a favourite stuffed animal (not the one grandpa shot!), warm milk, a night light … Blah, Blah, Blah!!!
What we want as parents is that when it’s bedtime, and the story’s been read … the kids will actually go TO sleep! I used to be so tired at “Bedtime Story Time,” that I’d hold a few pages of a book together … fake it … and hope my kids wouldn’t catch on! But we all know, they do … and I was forced to read that same DAMN book for the fitth time that week!
One night, I had FINALLY gotten the kids to bed, and in the middle of the night, my daughter Breanne began to cry. Oh horror of horrors .. the night light was out! This sadly, was a big deal to my 18 month old daughter! I rushed around, trying to find a light bulb to replace the “dead” one. I looked everywhere, trying to find a replacement … to no avail! I decided, that at 2:30 a.m. on a school night, maybe a Christmas light would do the trick! After pulling down all the Christmas lights in the basement, I found a yellow one, put it in, and quietly (like a Ninja) … went back to bed. Before she even cried, I knew. I had picked one of those stupid, annoying lights that BLINK!! When I went back, she was on the verge of tears … all because of that stupid, yellow, blinking light!
Because I can be stubborn … I tried four OTHER lights that ALSO blinked, before I found one that just GLOWED yellow! (You’d think I would bring up a handful of lights to try!!). Breanne and I were finally able to sleep! I looked at the clock … it read 3 a.m., AND SHE WAS FINALLY ASLEEP (little did I know this same situation would happen regularly, when she was 21!!).
For those of you hoping that this ONLY happens with baby girls … be warned!!
When we were still a very young married couple (…okay, Debbie was the YOUNG one!) … we volunteered to be part her school’s year end “Progressive Dinner.” (Word to the wise … NEVER volunteer to host Dessert!)
Now, Brennen (as a baby) had a TOTALLY regular routine: up at 6:30 a.m. for about four hours, then back to bed (hopefully to nap). Our LAST guests left at 5:30 a.m.!!
We were exhausted … and tried everything to politely hint … cleaning up, wiping counters, emptying ashtrays (remember those?) … finally we were alone! And of course, my son woke up at 6:30 a.m.!! He didn’t seem to CARE that we’d only had one hour of sleep!! Thank God we were young, and that it was a Saturday, so we could take “Baby Shifts!”
Sometimes, it’s the grandparents who want to sleep. Many of you know my In-Laws (remember the “old friend” who got locked out of the motel room?). They love to be active, and they lead an ACTIVE social life … (YOU know what I mean!)
Anyway, our kids started a morning ritual when we visited the G-Rents (cool kids’ slang … who knew?). Whenever they woke up, my kids would take their stuffed toy rooster, smack its butt, it would then “crow,” and scare the crap out of my In-Laws, who REALLY wanted to sleep! The G-Rents were not able to run, or hide, and of course … it HAD to be cute, ‘cuz their grandkids were doing it (I think they learned that staying out late was HAZARDOUS to their health)!
Many years later, you would think that now (like many of you) .. and our kids are adults, we’d have a return to great sleeps. But, oh no, the kids conned us into a FAMILY DOG!!
THEY grew up … and LEFT!!! Brodie “the Wonder Dog” is worse than the two of them! He (because we’re dumb!) … is used to sleeping on OUR bed! So now, instead of kids wrecking our sleep, we have a four-legged fur ball that hogs a King-Sized bed, snores, dreams, passes “gas”, and then has some stupid “instinct” to JAM against us all through the NIGHT!!!!
People tell you that once you have kids, you’ll forget EVERYTHING about the “Single Life” … all I know, is that I slept a WHOLE LOT better THEN!
(“Fule for Thought” is a slice of life humourous column that will appear in the Strathmore Times, written by long-time resident, town councillor, high school teacher, coach, husband and father of two – Pat Fule. If you would like to get in touch with Pat, you can send him an e-mail at
Blackfoot Crossing to make its mark at GlobalFest
The combination of elaborate pyrotechnic fireworks and the celebration of multiculturalism may seem like an unlikely duo, but is exactly what makes Calgary’s unique GlobalFest such a success.
“I would have to say the main thing that ties them together is art and performance; I think a lot of culture is expressed through dance, performance, music, food, and fireworks is just another extension of that in my opinion. Think of the sky as pretty much an open canvas, you can paint a theme to express your culture,” said Bryan Francisco, the GlobalFest Marketing and Communications Director.
The 10th annual GlobalFest will be located at Elliston Park, East Calgary from August 16-26. Different cultures from across the world will be showcasing their diversity in all aspects, including Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park (BCHP) who will be in attendance a second time around to represent Siksika nation and the Blackfoot culture.
“The best way to kind of envision it is that there are two simultaneous festivals going on, one is the One World festival from 6-9 (p.m.), in order to build up the anticipation for the multicultural fire works,” said Francisco.
The One World Festival includes four different performance stages, different cultural pavilions, ethnic food booths, children’s activities and a night market. For the first time ever, GlobalFest is having a Tipi village that BCHP will be a part of.
“We will have interpreters and staff on site doing interactive things with kids, promoting BCHP. On stage, we are going to have performances. We have a little theatre performance and our usual powwow performances, it’s grown since last year. We will be there all week but on every other day, five of the ten,” said BCHP General Manager, Jack Royal.
“We’re involved right at the beginning, we actually have an elder coming to do a blessing to kick off the whole (event),” said Royal.
In celebration of GlobalFest’s 10th year, the number of nights with fireworks has increased from five to six. Francisco described the year of 2012 as being GlobalFest’s “biggest year in programming,” with the new additions of the Tipi village and a new urban arts stage. GlobalFest is one of Calgary’s largest locally drawn events, bringing in anywhere from 16,000-20,000 people daily, all in one park location.
Entering into the fireworks portion of the evening, each night will showcase a fireworks display from a different country, including the Philippines (the 2011 People’s Choice), as well as Mexico, China, Brazil, and USA. The grand finale will be taking place on Sunday, August 26th, and will include a firework display by Fireworks Director, Patrick Brault.
“He is one of the best in the business, he is an old friend of the business, he goes way back with our producer and our executive producer for many years, and since that time, he has had over 20-25 years of experience with fireworks and he’s done stuff for the World Cup, F1 Racing, he did the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics and now he’s here with us,” said Francisco.
The title of the finale is called ‘Eclipse’ which includes elements of pleasure, success, spirituality, as well as destruction, regrets, rebirth and rebuilding through the different song selections.
“In Patrick’s words, he uses fireworks to create a personal metaphor for the non linear cycle of life,” said Francisco.
Each country must meet a certain criteria in their fireworks display including that 25 per cent of the music must be native to the country, and artistic requirements are involved including colour, precision and synchronization.
In terms of the One World portion, Royal believes it’s a great opportunity for BCHP to share its culture with others and anticipates being a part of GlobalFest next year.
“I think it’s a good opportunity also to promote Calgary and the original history of Calgary through First Nation’s perspective and sharing that with not only people from Calgary but with countries that come from around the world,” said Royal.
More information about GlobalFest and tickets can be available for purchase by visiting www.globalfest.ca. Tickets are currently priced at $15.
Canadian tourism on the rise
It has been over a year since the Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) has launched the Canadian Experiences Collection®(SEC) marketing program which has thus far proved to be successful.
Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park (BCHP) joined the SEC in its second wave of approved experiences, on October 18, 2011. After a third wave of SEC approved applicants, the collection stands today with a total of 163 members. The CTC will be entering into its fourth wave, accepting applications for new experiences from November 15- December 15, 2012.
In an attempt to stand out in the marketplace, the CTC created the SEC, a marketing program designed to promote unique travel experiences that can only be found in Canada to entice international travelers. Eleven different countries are currently being targeted.
Travelers are drawn to the idea of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, which is exactly what the CTC is emphasizing internationally. BCHP perfectly fits with the definition with its six square kilometers overlooking the Bow River, Tipi village, archeological digging on site, and an extensive historical building of 66,000 square feet.
“You can go to any other institution and have other non-First Nation’s people and on non-First Nation’s land telling First Nation’s history, telling First Nation’s culture, interpreting their values, beliefs, and so on. Here you are going to get it directly from our own people,” said General Manager of BCHP, Jack Royal, who adds, “you’re going to get our perspective from our eyes, through our interpretation, through our own language.”
SEC members will receive the benefits of being marketed globally in 11 consumer markets.
Examples of exposure include utilizing social media, travel and media relations and web marketing.
“It’s all based on the economy, some markets are doing quite well, some are still recovering from economic turndown, I think as the economy improves around the world, then the option for travel will come back and you will see Canada as a major player within the world,” said Frank Verschuren, the Brand Experience Specialist from the Canadian Tourism Commission.
Great potential lies in the Chinese market as Canada recently was granted Approved Destination Status (ADS) by China in June 2010, allowing the CTC to promote Canadian travel within the country. The number of Chinese visitors to Canada is on the rise, totaling at 22,630 from May 2012, a 22 per cent increase from the previous year, according to the CTC.
“I think China, is a relatively new market that we are in, it’s only been a couple of years since we’ve had approved destination status from the Chinese Government so now we can formally go and sell Canada to the perspective of the Chinese people who wish to travel certainly in North America and into Canada,” said Verschuren.
Canada was named the number one tourism brand for a second year in a row on November 10, 2011 by the leading international brand consultancy, FutureBrand. The label demonstrates that Canada carries a positive connotation worldwide.
“The market potential, certainly from an international perspective, is quite high because the average spent from a visitor from a foreign destination is much higher than what a Canadian spends in Canada, so the more international revenue you can create, the higher yield of revenue that comes into Canada,” said Verschuren.
The SEC marketing program is still in the early stages, and in time, Canada willreap the benefits of the CTC’s marketing endeavors.
Denied the freedom of choice
Debbie Wakelam wants people to pay attention to the announcement made by Health Minister Fred Horne last month that addresses seniors housing needs.
The government is recommending changes based on the ‘Moving Continuing Care Centres Forward: Concept Paper’, indicating movement towards an ‘aging in one place’ concept, a larger facility model for senior care.
Wakelam said the paper does not provide for alternate care options that were promised in the 2008 Aging in the Right Place document. It promised to provide more options and improve choice and availability as to where Albertans receive services.
The new plan amalgamates all levels of housing and care into one government department that oversees large development living sites, in which the residents would move from floor to floor as their medical needs increased.
“Where is our choice or an option in this proposal?” said Wakelam.
In an article in the Edmonton Journal Health Minister Fred Horne said it is an early draft with “very preliminary ideas.” Horne said all Albertans would have a chance to weigh in on the design of the new eldercare system at some point in the future.
Wakelam belongs to the Alberta Seniors Citizens Housing Association (ASCH) that has representatives from all kinds of senior care facilities. She said they gave suggestions to the Alberta Government about housing for senior citizens that incorporated many alternatives to large long-term care facilities. The new plan does not seem to consider that input.
“We made suggestions to them; I think that the decision was already made. They have already built models. They are already going to do this. Although it is a draft, it is already a done deal,” said Wakelam.
There are currently different kinds of nursing facilities and long-term care homes. It can be confusing to the average citizen.
There are voluntary, non-profit groups, organizations and religious groups that own auxiliary hospitals and nursing homes, and some are still municipally owned or co-owned. They operate under the Hospital or Nursing Home Act. If their services are contracted to the Regional Health Authority, their boards are accountable to the authority, as well as the staff, and clients.
There are also Private nursing homes. They operate under the Nursing Home Act and are accountable to their owners, their staff and clients and the regional authority - if they have a contract with them. Both are accountable to the Health and Welfare Minister in matters relating to the Act.
The new move may be a move to simplify this diversity of services.
There is some speculation that privately owned facilities will eventually replace all publically managed homes. The financial strains on public homes include old building upkeep, increasing staff costs and providing fair living costs for low-income seniors, making it a challenge to meet their bottom line.
There is some evidence that the government contracts are being awarded to large private developers, although smaller facilities are tendering contracts. Wakelam thinks smaller contractors are reviewed and denied in favour of a one-size-fits-all development. The smaller bid complies with the same licensing guidelines and providers are providing the same standards of service. Often smaller contractors are owners living in the community, with established historical relationships with potential clients. Clients are denied the choice of a more intimate style of care because not enough of these types of facilities are approved, or funding for upkeep and maintenance is withheld.
“When I met with Associate Minister (of seniors) George VanderBurg, he said ‘If I had the decision making, I would give private developers the entire job and let them build the thousand beds that I need’,” said Wakelam. “Because you have dementia, why does it mean you have be in one of these facilities? I have two people here and they function quite fine.”
Wakelam has been involved in geriatric home care for more than two decades and is following the Eden Valley Care philosophy. Each of her home mates have various levels of care needs. She worked with Alberta government officials to develop procedures and standards of care for small care homes, like her small four bedroom, age 86+, Meadowlark care home, located in Strathmore.
The Eden Valley approach is person centred, growth oriented and interactive within a home and community setting. www.edenalt.org. It differs from the medical institutional program approach (dining program, bathing program, etc.) to transform a new way of thinking. It asks people to move from thinking of our elders as frail and sickly persons awaiting death in an institution; moving toward making the elderly contributing members of our community, interacting with family members, owning pets and participating in community events.
Wakelam had previously worked in bigger care facilities and didn’t like how the caregivers were expected to care for the residents.
“I didn’t like how we had to do the care. You have so many residents to get up in a limited amount of time. They are sound asleep. You wake them up and sit them in a chair. That is not what these people deserve in their old age. I have one woman that sleeps in quite late and her family is OK with that. Why can’t she sleep in if she wants to? I have one lady that likes to have breakfast in her housecoat.”
She said the smaller care homes offer a more relaxed schedule, a smaller more comfortable living space that is less confusing and intimidating for dementia patients. Agitation is reduced. She says there is less dependence on medication. Participation in daily home activities such as helping in meal preparation or gardening is encouraged.
“Most old people die from boredom, loneliness and feeling helpless. You give them a purpose with simple things such as setting the table and participating,” said Wakelam.
With the new guidelines, Wakelam doesn’t think her home can meet the large facility requirements. She also wonders if the private amalgamated care will have enough qualified staff to deal with extended needs. She says that the private developers are charging for extra care needs and she wonders if the extended care will be affordable to everyone. She wonders if they phase out extended care in hospitals, will there be place for those not already living in the large facilities, when the medical needs reach a Level 4 stage of care.
“We should build infrastructure appropriate for higher levels of care. Even if they are not attached to the hospital, we still need them,” she said. “Let the industry come forward with ideas.”
A day in the life of organic farmers
This Sunday, August 19, four organic farmers are inviting people to spend the day touring their farms. Winters’ Turkeys in Dalemead, Heritage Harvest Farm located northwest of Strathmore, Cam’s Carrots near Carseland and Poplar Bluff Farm from Strathmore have all banded together to bring the farm tours to those interested.
“When we got together and talked about it we thought, well why don’t we do this on our own. The idea is to make the community more aware that there are organic farms here, and that there’s really good food being produced out here,” said Rosemary Wotske, with Poplar Bluff Farm.
“This is the second time we’ve done it and the comments we got the first time from the people who participated were all so positive. It’s just not something that they get exposed to and they learn a ton more stuff about what actually happens in the agricultural industry and specifically how their food gets grown,” said Mark Gibeau of Heritage Harvest Farm.
Organic farming is a niche market that is growing in popularity. Gibeau explained that the difference, other than not using pesticides, is the different method of getting soil fertility.
“Where conventional farming they basically buy fertilizers and those sorts of things. In the grain farming industry we rely on recycling our straw and then we buy some kind of fertilizers that are made out of bone meal, blood meal, feather meal that kind of stuff, some other kind of organic soil enhancers,” said Gibeau.
“Basically we want to get that whole biological system in the soil working in that natural rhythm rather than trying to compensate for it by using other kinds of fertilizers.”
Going organic was the best fit for Gibeau who, after 40 years of being out of farming, decided to buy a small section of land across from his home when the opportunity arose. Being a small land owner and trying to run in the conventional system wouldn’t work so he looked at the niche market, which is why Heritage Harvest Farms only grows organic and nothing but heritage varieties of wheat.
Wotske knew from a young age that she wanted to spend her life on the farm. “What drove me to keep trying new things was a love of good food. I began farming organically because I felt bad every time I used a chemical. Then I noticed that food tasted better without chemicals too,” said Wotske.
In ’85 she bought the farm and it was ’98 when she went certified. She grows a number of different varieties of potatoes with up to 30 kinds a year. This year she is down to a manageable 16 kinds.
Cam of Cam’s Carrots, grows five different coloured carrots. Three are the fresh eating variety, and two are cooking variety. He also grows beets, gold beets, candy stripe, red and white beets and parsnips.
With a majority of the buyers market coming from Calgary, that’s where tickets are being sold, and participants will be picked up from the Chinook LRT station. Last year was the first time they did the four farms and there were 30 to 35 people. Cam said they are nearly double that this year.
“Its another opportunity for people from the city to just get exposed to some of the different agricultural kinds of things and it’s a target market as well. These are people who are more likely a little more in tune as to where they shop and what they buy,” said Gibeau.
Tickets are still on sale and can either be bought at Community Natural Foods, Sunnyside Natural Market, or Amaranth Whole Foods for $35 each. Wotske said locals interested could contact the individual farmers, but said it is probably worthwhile to have someone drop them off at the pickup point. The tour is from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Remembering our past Ed & Bev Hoff
In the early 1920’s, the Hoff family decided to leave Germany and move to the New World. Ed’s father and brother moved to Canada, whilst one older brother moved to Argentina. Those who came to Canada moved to the Gleichen area, and purchased land to start farming. Ed was born in Cluny in 1931, the eldest of five children, and went to school mainly in Gleichen, although he did attend Cluny Dormitory for his high school. Following this he attended SAIT for two years Industrial Electricity. Following graduation, he was hired as an electrician on contract, by The Lutheran Church, to assist in rebuilding war damaged buildings and equipment in New Guinea. After spending five years there, he returned to Gleichen in 1959, and took over the family farm, from his father. For the next two years he worked and completed exams, which led to his Masters Degree and an Electrician’s License in 1963, which broadened his work availability to include residential house wiring, under Hoff Electricity.
Bev’s father was fifth or sixth generation from Wales. His forefathers moved to Canada in the late 1700’s, and settled in Ontario. After graduating, he moved to Fort St John and this was where Bev was born in 1937, the middle child of five girls. She grew up there, and completed her education in Fort St John and surrounding area.
Both Ed and Bev were previously married, but both lost their respective spouses to health. These marriages provided Ed with a daughter and two sons, and in turn nine grandchildren. Bev’s first marriage also gave her a daughter and two sons, and she now has seven grandchildren.
Following their marriage Bev moved to the Hoff family farm in Gleichen in 1988, where they continued to farm until 1998, when Ed’s son Peter and wife Cindy took over the farm and rented the land. In 1990, Ed and Bev had started Evertight Fence Anchors – a company which manufactures guy anchors for agricultural use. Mainly they are used to tie down grain bins, trailers, tool sheds, calf shelters, retaining walls, fencing, etc. For 14 years, they travelled to agriculture shows all over Western Canada, before selling this business in 2004, so they could retire and move to their newly built house in Strathmore. They moved here to be closer to medical facilities, stores and the many friends from the Gleichen area, who had already moved here. In 2001, the farm celebrated its 100th anniversary of farming.
They were both very involved in the community. Ed was known as ‘Mr Fix It’. Even his father used to say that Ed could fix anything! Following his service in New Guinea, Ed continued to volunteer his time and expertise for wiring and repairs at different church camps and community buildings. He was a member and served on the board of Unifarm, The World Mission Board of The Lutheran Church, and served as Superintendent of The Lutheran Church Sunday School in Gleichen, when his own family was young.
As mentioned above, Bev lived in the north at Fort St John. With her first husband they were very involved with the B.C. Seed Growers & B.C. Seed Fairs and Seminars. Her husband was President of The B.C. Seed Growers for 10 years. They were part of the planning committee when the North Peace Care Home Society was formed, and the Care Home was built. Her husband served on the board from the beginning until his death. For five years, Bev taught Bible History to the confirmation classes of Peace Lutheran Church, and served as Vice President of the Church Council. She was also a member of the ELCW – a women’s church group, the local community club, and farmers union.
The main changes they have seen in Strathmore include the arrival of the big box stores like Walmart, Sobey’s, Canadian Tire and No Frills. In Wheatland County - the family farm is a thing of the past. They are being purchased by large operations to create huge farms that most families cannot compete against.