CANADA, HERE I COME!
After graduation four of us Military types thought we would like to be guards at a Bolivian Tin Mine. Fortunately/unfortunately we were unsuccesful.
Ross Thatcher was Premier of Saskatchewan in '66 and was short of teachers. He offered free transport for the family and a placement, plus two years tax-free earnings.
We loaded up and shipped out in the SS Arcadia, landing in Montreal in time for the bus strike. After a three day trip in an ordinary city bus (no toilets or a/c!!) we, (wife and two children), arrived in Landis, just West of Biggar, Sk. I taught French Immersion, Phys Ed and Maths. (The one and only Maths class I ever taught !!!!!). My Principal, Vern Karolat, was promoted to Superintendant and asked me to join him in Kindersley at the Composite. Here, I really got into Drama, writing, acting and directing and it became part of the curricula as well as Special Ed. After school, I gave classes in Rugby, Photography and Adult German.
I wanted to upgrade my Teaching Certificate and enrolled at the U of S. After graduating with a B Ed. supporting ourselves through Bursaries and tutoring, I went for a Diploma in special Education, this time as a Sessional Lecturer. The theatre was still a large part of my life. instructing make-up and lighting while acting in Behan's 'The Hostage' as the mad, bagpipe blowing owner of an Irish Brothel.
Taking a position at Clavet, Special Ed, Sex Ed and Career Counselor were my teaching load and I again instructed rugby and added X-country skiing. After a shift in curricula, I substituted in Regina (teaching Religion in a RC school!!) before getting a job in Hodgeville. A Legion member since Landis, I was dismayed to find that the local branch had torn down its hall. With the help of another Veteran, we annexed a small house and built a Cenotaph. I also was initiated into 'nine man football' !!! (Aside! The Vice-Principal had gone to school with my Step-sister) There was some bureaucratic SNAFU's when I tried to join CUSO (Canadian University Service Overseas) and so I went to Alsask Canadian forces Base to teach French and other subjects. The school and Base were closing and I left to go to Midale in 1983, replacing a French Teacher who had had a nervous breakdown. And that is another page!!
For those interested some archived photos are to be found on 'PLACES I HAVE BEEN' albums.