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Memory Monday – Building Canoes

Who out there was part of the canoe building crew? Whether at the Alberta or Manitoba school there was always a crew dealing with the care and maintenance of the canoes. A few lucky ones had the chance to work… Continue Reading →

Memory Monday – The Great Debate!

The interschool snowshoe race weekend used to include an interschool debate. The debaters trained with dedication similar to the snowshoe team members. The debate topics always included serious world issues of the day. The trophy shown in these photos was… Continue Reading →

Memory Monday – “Catching Chickens”

Recently, while reminiscing with some of the “old guys” about the early days, the subject of catching chickens in the old barn at the Manitoba school came up. The barn was a three story structure with chickens on all three… Continue Reading →

Memory Monday – Brothers

Through the years at St. John’s there have been many brothers who attended. (Though it is difficult to find many pictures of them together!). As with all families, most often they were of very different personalities. And as with most… Continue Reading →

Memory Monday – Post Trip Meals

After a long canoe trip, with stomachs having shrunk on the outdoor diet, everyone longed for that first post trip meal. Depending on where these trips ended, and who was organizing them, some of the post trip meals could be… Continue Reading →

Memory Monday – The Art of the Portage

Last week the memory dealt with “honesty under a 400 pound canoe”. Now the same could be said while carrying all the loose gear and packs over a portage. These photos show various methods of juggling all that gear. What… Continue Reading →

Memory Monday – Honesty Comes Under a 400Lb Canoe

In a conversation recently, the topic of canoe trips and portaging came up. This comment was made; “there is a lot of honesty that comes to you under a 400 lb. canoe.” It caught my attention for a memory in… Continue Reading →

Memory Monday – Fathers Stories

It didn’t happen very often, but there have been times when students’ Dads participated in the outdoor trips. Generally on canoe trips, but sometimes on the Fall hiking trips in Alberta. It certainly gave them a view of the outdoor… Continue Reading →

Memory Monday – “The Snow Stompin’ Ground”

When rooting through the archives to find new and interesting memories, sometimes it isn’t the pictures that grab my attention. This week it’s the lyrics of a song written by Frank Wiens and Keith Bennett, back when the staff from… Continue Reading →

Memory Monday – You Have to Shake Your Head!

We have always appreciated the time and energy the parents of our students have contributed to our programs. Every year there were parents who went above and beyond in their support. I sometimes wonder how we were able to talk… Continue Reading →

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