Favourite Teachers

Growing up, my mother would often ask, “Who is your favourite teacher?”; of course, I assumed she was referring to my school teaches. While I had a number of favourite school teachers over the years, if I were now asked the question, “Who was your favourite teacher?”, my response would be, “I had two. My… Continue reading Favourite Teachers

The Herdmans – Part 2

Steve Lillico was in my R.O.U.T.P. division during my first summer in Esquimalt. Steve was from Grimsby, Ontario and was an arts major. One of the things that impressed me about Steve was how knowledgeable he was regarding world issues. He would devour newspapers and was never shy about sharing his opinions. I didn’t always… Continue reading The Herdmans – Part 2

Drug Bust

Here’s a shout-out to Skip Ashe. I’ve known Skip for 27 years and we taught together at Macdonald Consolidated. Skip was one of the most dedicated and respected teachers I have known. The year before he retired he continued to try out new ideas and methods – he always brought his A-Game. Both he and… Continue reading Drug Bust

General Military Training

General Military training I was in the Naval Reserve for 20 years (I could probably write a book just on my navy experiences). During my G.M.T. (General Military Training) we were required to run 1.5 miles each morning starting at 0600. My running buddy was Gord Edwards and we remain friends to this day. I… Continue reading General Military Training

BEd Assignment

I am the youngest of three boys and there are eight years between me and my next oldest brother. I idolized these guys growing up. They inspired me in so many ways. We have grown up to be good friends. We get together often for coffee and look forward to our annual Man-Golf tour. Every… Continue reading BEd Assignment


We lost Joe Thompson last week. Prior to his retirement, Joe was a district administrator and a mentor to many. There is no doubt that he was among the most respected people in the district. No one can measure the profound and positive impact he made. I will continue to think of him often. Thanks… Continue reading Plans

Student Teaching #1

I’d like to send a shout-out to Andrew Garrod, my grade 10 and 12 English teacher. He forced me into the drama program in grade 12 (that’s another neat story) and I was certain it was going to be a miserable time. On the contrary, I had an incredible experience. During my teaching career I… Continue reading Student Teaching #1