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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-sisterLaughing)  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.