News – Saint John's School of Alberta

By: Saint John's School Of Alberta  09-12-2011
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News – Saint John's School of Alberta

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December 2nd, 2011 by Barbara McKay

November 2nd, 2011 by Barbara McKay

While researching material for our history book, we came upon an article from the early days of the school. It is an interesting story about how and when canoes were first used by the school.

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Enjoy the read.

September 15th, 2011 by Barbara McKay

Nancy Wiens

In the early hours of September 13, 2011, Nancy Wiens (wife of founding father Frank Wiens) surprised us with her passing. Nancy was 87, but was still living on her own and determinedly independent to the last.  Nancy along with Frank and Ted and Virginia Byfield began the adventure of the St. John’s  Schools back in 1957. She worked as the school nurse and administrative office assistant.  Along with the school adventure; Nancy raised 10 children and in later years enjoyed her 23 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.  In her retirement years she gave her time to volunteer activities in the Selkirk community; as a member of the Rotary Anns, working at the Selkirk Food Bank and the secondhand clothing shop ‘the House of Economy”.  She was predeceased by her husband Frank in May of 2010.

Funeral services will be held at St. Peter’s Parish, Dynevor, in the old stone church near East Selkirk on Monday, September 19th at 3:00pm. Interment will follow immediately in the cemetry.

September 6th, 2011 by Barbara McKay

Methye Crew 2011

In mid-August several Manitoba alumni and their children tackled the Methye portage. They began at the bridge on highway 955 north of La Loche and traveled on the Clearwater River west to the portage. Yes, that’s right they did the portage backwards.

The weather and bugs cooperated to make it a memorable trip. Included in the crew are; Richard Bird SJCBS ’67, Jim McKay SJCBS ’67, Mike Solmundson SJCBS ’79 and his sons Kyle and Kevin, and Danny Lynes SJCBS ‘ 80.

August 8th, 2011 by Barbara McKay

Interschool Dog Race 1977

July 26th, 2011 by Barbara McKay

After a few years of work, the Father Sargeant was re-launched! When the Alberta school closed, Rod Coates (SJCBS #175) bought some of the canoes – one being the Father Sargeant. He has been working on the canoe for a few years, and and this summer the refurbished canoe was launched. Rod’s family paddled around the lake and then took some video.  Bow to stern and then port to starboard in the video are; Jason Coates (1122SJSA), D’arcy Coates, Alex Coates, Sandie Coates (sunglasses), Lorraine Coates, Elise Coates, and Rod Coates (175SJCBS).

July 25th, 2011 by Barbara McKay

Friends at the Kennel

In an earlier Memory Monday, many of the comments about your favourite crew work centered around the dog crew.  From working in the kennel looking after the daily needs of the dogs to taking them out for walks and riding on the sleds on trips.

Send in your dog crew stories.  Who was your favourite dog, dog trip or crew experience?

July 19th, 2011 by Barbara McKay

Bruce Handford

Suddenly on Friday July 15, 2011 the former Headmaster of St. John’s Cathedral Boys’ School, Bruce Handford passed away.  Bruce was associated with the school for 20 years, and was the headmaster until 1990. A natural teacher, he was able to inspire students not only in the classroom but also in the outdoor program, sports program and in debating issues. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

July 18th, 2011 by Barbara McKay

Green Literature Book

They That Go Down to the Sea in Ships

Psalm 107

“They that go down to the sea in ships, and occupy their business on the great waters;

These men see the works of the Lord, and His wonders in the deep.

For at His word the stormy wind ariseth, which lifteth up the waves thereof.

They are carried up yo the heaven, and down again to the deep; their soul melteth away because of the trouble.

They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits’ end.

So they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and He delivereth them from their distress.

For he maketh the storm to cease, so that the waves thereof are still.

Then they are glad, because they are at rest; and so He bringeth them unto the haven where they would be.

O that men would therefore praise the Lord for His goodness, and declare the wonders that He doeth

for the children of men!

That they would exalt Him also in the congregation of the people, and praise Him in the assembly of the elders!”

Term One memory work … who remembers some of the many passages from the Green Lit book that you had to memorize? Send us your story!

July 11th, 2011 by Barbara McKay

Sanding Canoes

Throughout all the programs at St. John’s there was the opportunity to learn a great many life-skills. Whether it was the work program,  outdoor experiences, in the classroom, or on honey sales, skills were being learned.

Perhaps while you were immersed in the moment, you weren’t thinking … I’ll be using this skill set later in life.  In fact, the question at the time was generally … “when will we ever use this again?”

Send us your stories of lessons learned and skills retained …

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James has been a member on the Inter-municipal Negotiating Committee, Protective Services Committee, High Prairie & District Sold Waste Management Authority & Northern C.A.R.E., High Prairie & District Community Health Council, Finance and Personnel Committee and the Affordable Housing Committee. 2010 the members of the Company of the Cross renewed their vows at St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Edmonton.


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2011 Rodrigo Anaya (SJSA 92-95) wed his fiancee Alejandra in San Juan Cosala (a small town south of Guadalajara located on Lake Chapala). The service took place in a beautiful church built in 1740. Stories – Saint John's School of Alberta.


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When one of the two boats was damaged at Wicked Point, Doc Norquay volunteered to remain behind in charge of a stranded crew on short rations as the sailing boat St. Peter came north to pick them up. Thinly-populated areas of the new province could not support their own parishes, so the mission was staffed by 17 priests sent in 1910 by the Church of England.


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Keith & Barbara McKay along with son Robert and his girlfriend Joanna enjoyed a great visit with alumnus Glenn Wallis and his wife Kelli. Richard Bird SJCBS’67, Jim McKay SJCBS’67, Mike Solmundson SJCBS’79 and his sons Kyle and Kevin, and Danny Lynes SJCBS ‘80. There were a few Canadian SJSA alumni in attendance (Mike & Kristin Jaskiw, Keith & Barbara McKay and Jay Berg).