Farmer Boy

At the top of my all-time favourite memories as a kid was going to Uncle Cecil and Aunt Sylvia’s farm. They owned and managed a dairy farm in Cobourg, Ontario (they moved to Listowel, Ontario when I was much older). Uncle Cecil was one of my dad’s younger brothers and they were good friends. We […]

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Just Say Yes Already!

BY: KARIN RIEMER, Elementary Vice Principal and Teacher It was my first year teaching. Fresh out of Dordt College, transplanted to sunny California. I had this wonderfully diverse and eager-to-learn first grade class. After the first few weeks of “what am I doing here?!” I was finding my rhythm as a primary teacher. I was […]

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Footloose and Fancy Free

I remember waiting for my 16th birthday with a mixture of fear and anticipation. I knew my life was going to change drastically. Freedom and independence were calling my name and it all hinged on whether I could pass that formidable test…the driver’s test. I hopped into my parents’ big blue suburban and off I […]

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Clean Enough, Dirty Enough

My mom had a plaque hanging in her kitchen that read “This house is clean enough to be healthy and dirty enough to be happy.” It is one of my favourite sayings and one I quickly adopted as my motto after getting married and having a home of my own. When life gets busy and […]

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Bad Coach, Good Coach

A big part of who I am has been developed through my experiences with soccer. I started playing the sport at the age of seven and continued until I finished high school, ten years later. I was lucky enough to have my dad, Pat, as my coach for nine of those years and I learned so much from him. […]

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Creative Contraptions

At the end of January, our Staff Retreat Planning Committee put together an amazing staff retreat (I am on the planning committee). The committee gave the staff three options; snowshoeing at Cypress Mountain, Countdown Escape Rooms in Abbotsford or cooking and sharing an International meal with a team of other staff. Very excitedly, I choose […]

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The Mean Girl

When I look back over my school years, I have many wonderful memories. I attended a small Christian school. I was the oldest in my family, born late in the year, and kind of a quiet kid at school. So I appreciated the fact that I pretty much knew everyone there. It felt safe and […]

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