My year in review

The following is part two of a two-part series as I review and recap the names and a bit of information about the people that I wrote about in my column throughout 2019.

- Janet Dahlberg grew up in Bezanson, Alta., moved to Prince George in 1956 and met her future husband Ralph Dahlberg at a dance. She enjoys her volunteer work at the Hart Pioneer Senior Centre.

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- Thelma Sadowick was born in Rosetown, Sask. She remembers that during the hungry thirties her father used to feed people in exchange for their labor in his blacksmith shop.

- Jerry and Irene Gauthreau: the name Jerry Gauthreau may not ring a bell. Jerry is the owner and operator of the Steve & Sons Shoe Repair Shop and says his store motto has always been; if the shoe fits repair it! Jerry married Irene Cameron in 1972.

- Joe and Janice (Taylor) Anderson: Joe grew up on a farm in Morris, Man. He retired from Docu-Shred Mobile Paper Shredding at the age of 70. Janice worked as a self-employed voice and piano teacher and retired at the age of 65.

- Tony and Dodie Bond have been in Prince George since 1976. Dodie operates her own hair dressing studio and Tony is a retired heavy-duty mechanic.

- Ruth Orydzuk was born in northern Alberta and moved to Prince George in 1944. She worked for the Prince George Citizen and retired at 62 as the classified supervisor.

- Synove (Lea) deDreu was born in Sandefjord, Norway. In 1966, she left Norway headed to Prince George for a job that was waiting for her.

- One of her greatest joys is having been a member of the Sons of Norway since 1967.

- Mike and Chris Morris: Mike retired in 2005 as the Superintendent for the North District R.C.M.P. after a 32-year career. He was elected as a Member of the Legislative Assembly of B.C. in 2013. When he was posted to Fort St. James, he met and married licensed practical nurse Chris Birkeland.

- Howard and Jeannette Foot; Howard worked at local radio stations and during that time he met and married Jeannette DeWalt. Jeannette retired from the airline industry in 2002.

- Ruby (Hooper) Miles was born in a fishing village in Back Bay, New Brunswick. She met and married Charles (Chuck) H. Miles in 1965. He passed away in 2018.

- Norma (Millar) Barlow: Norma became the first RBC female loans officer at the main branch.

- Women were not given a proper chance to borrow money and earn their own credit rating however, it wasn't long until she changed that. She retired after 35 successful years in the banking industry.

- Dennis Hausselman was born in Montreal, Que. He retired in 2005 after nearly 20 years of working for the railroad.

- Richard and Judith Hobson: Richard worked in real estate and financial planning. He retired and went to work at NR Motors selling recreation vehicles. Judith worked as a registered nurse and in particular with the infant development program. She retired after 46 years of a successful nursing career.

- Brij Berry or Mr. Berry as he is known by his many students has been teaching math to students from the ages of nine to 63 years old for nearly 66 years.

- Ann Tiffany a retired registered nurse and certified midwife was in her 70s when she studied English and anthropology at the University of Northern British Columbia. She earned her bachelor's degree followed by her master's degree.

- Ellen (Vance) Jameson, was born in Fort St John. After high school, she went to work for the Bank of Montreal and retired after 36 years in the banking industry.

- Owen and Ellen Corcoran and their four children immigrated to Canada from Australia in 1969. Owen a retired teacher, school principal and school district superintendent recently celebrated his 90th birthday. After high school Ellen went into general nursing and midwifery. She said: "along with my training, I had to deliver 40 babies to complete my certification."

They have been married for 62 years. They still go to the gym together at least four days a week.

May you enjoy a healthy and happy new year.


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