1992 - 1993
Once again enrollment figures fluctuated, this time slightly down from the previous year. As of September 3, totals for each grade were as follows (numbers in brackets are for the previous year): Grade ten-23 (26); Grade Eleven- 31 (26); Grade Twelve-27 (34); College-10 (12); Part time-3 (0). Other students were expected from Hong Kong on the weekend. Thirty five of these students were here for the first time.
The first event of the year was a concert in the local Arts Centre that had been organized by Marilyn Muller, Director of Student Life. She had done all the footwork to bring the singing group, Acapella, to Dauphin for a concert on September 1.
One new faculty member was added to the teaching staff to replace Gordon Goldsmith who had resigned earlier. Loreen Husband took over as teacher of social studies, history and biology, and to be in charge of the library. She has special training in library science.
Twelve three-hour classes were offered at the College level. "Hugh Gannon and Roger Peterson were regular teachers." Arrangements were made to have two of the classes taught by visiting instructors. Ron Pauls from London, Ontario, a graduate of Western, came during the fall semester to teach the class on Marriage and the Family. The Minor Prophets class was taught by Dr. Jack Lewis from Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas, during the spring semester. Each of these two classes was taught during a concentrated two-week period. The purpose of this arrangement was to enable students from other centres to come for the shorter period of time. Mention should also be made here of the fact that various classes being offered at Western were made available, through audio tapes and printed materials, to anyone in other areas who was interested in taking the Bible courses by correspondence. These classes received full three hours credit when completed.
During the previous spring semester, arrangements had been made to develop detailed curriculum guides for Bible classes at the high school level. Copies of these guides had been sent to Manitoba Education, where they were examined for content and value. As a result, permission was granted for Western to offer these Bible classes for credit at each grade level. The classes included "Skills for Lifelong Learning," based on the book of Luke; "Introduction to Old Testament"; "Introduction to New Testament"; "Life and lessons of Christ"; "Biblical doctrines"; and "The Christian and modern morals."
During the previous summer, one of the teachers, Ron Johnson, had attended a volley ball workshop in Winnipeg in order to be better prepared for coaching. Other staff activities included re-working the card catalogue and rearranging the library. Loreen Husband was involved in this project and was being assisted by Cheryl Cox when she was able to get away from the bookkeeping duties. Helen Peterson spent much time helping in this area as well as other needy areas. 176
The computer program, installed in early June, was now being utilized and studied by Karen Close. The plan was to use the program for both the academic and student life areas.
Jack Close had spent most of the summer working on "Hazardous Materials" and the regulations that were brought into effect across Canada by the Federal Government. He continued working on this project well into the fall semester. Under the new regulations, all chemical substances in the lab and other areas had to be properly labelled as to possible dangers and emergency treatment.
Manitoba Education was in the process of changing the structure of the Provincial system to include grade nine as part of the high school program. As a result of this move, the Board of Directors asked that a feasibility study be done as to the possibility of grade nine being included as a part of Western's program beginning in the 1993-1994 school year. It was decided that information should be sought as to the amount of interest there was in making this change, especially in the community of Dauphin.
The Annual Lectureship was held on the weekend of October 9-11. Lynn Anderson from the Preston Road church in Dallas, Texas, was the featured speaker. The theme of the lessons was "Finding the Heart to Go On," based on Lynn's book by the same title. The weekend activities opened on Friday evening with Hugh Gannon speaking at the men's leadership dinner in the W.C.C. cafeteria on the subject, "Teaching Bible in the 1990's." Lynn's topics included "Because he had the heart," "Facing giants," "Running from our roots," "God of death and God of dancing," "Families in the fast lane" and "When a father's heart is breaking." On Sunday afternoon, Willie Tolison, minister of the church in Minot, North Dakota, spoke on the subject, "Teaching the lost in the 90's." The lectures were held in the Dauphin Curling Rink. Lectureship is intended to be a time of spiritual growth and fellowship, and that year's lectureship proved to be tops in this respect.
Two observations, my personal opinions, were printed in the Messenger in September 1992. "I am more and more impressed with the calibre of students that are enrolling at Western. The potential for spiritual, social and academic growth is tremendous. There continues to be a high level of optimism and co-operation among all members of the staff at Western. We are very optimistic about the future of the church when we see the potential of this group of young adults." During the several years that my wife and I worked with the school at Dauphin, these observations were a constant encouragement to us. It speaks well for the family units and the congregations from which these students came.
During the summer a new family moved to the campus to begin work with the Student Life department. Kerry and LaVonne Roberts and family, from Salmon Arm, B.C., moved into the Girls' dormitory where LaVonne took over responsibilities as Dorm Director. The family moved to Dauphin in June and Kerry began work as a mechanic with the local Canadian Tire business. Mrs. Muller made this observation in her report in the Messenger in September of that year: "Lavonne is a good communicator; she is intuitive, but firm in directing her own children in what's right, and brings to this position a strong desire to share these characteristics with the girls in the dorm setting. As never before, our children need modelled before them, Christian families in action, and LaVonne and Kerry and family are a fine example of this. I look forward to the working relationship of the days ahead." (For personal reasons, I tended to agree with Mrs. Muller.)
The Board of Directors requested that an evaluation of the high school classes be carried out. As a result, Roy Bailey, who had been Director of Education for several years in Saskatchewan, was asked to come to the cam pus and spend two full days observing our total program. He then reported back to the Board concerning his observations and suggestions.
The December 1992 Messenger contained a notice that Western was requiring new people on the faculty and staff for the coming year. Since I had expressed a desire to turn the job of principal/academic dean over to someone younger, that position was to be filled by July 1. In addition, those of us who were working at Western were surprised to learn that Vince Anderson was resigning as president, effective January 1, 1993, and that a chief executive officer/president would be required almost immediately. A third position was to be filled for the coming school year. Doug Cox had resigned after several years as boys' dorm director, and a replacement was being sought for this position.
The sports program again got under way early in the term. Mark Husband was coach of the girls' volley ball team and Thessali Good was the manager. The team had what was described as an "up and down" season. They won the consolation in a tournament at the Swan Valley tournament, and placed third in the Dauphin Regional Comprehensive tournament. The girls played in zones in McCreary and ended up in third place to end the season. "We grew together as a team and had lots of fun," were the words that later described the year. It was the final season for five grade twelve students who were graduating at the end of the year.
The boys' team was again coached by Ron Johnson. The team developed well and attended several tournaments in Rivers, Gilbert Plains, Roblin (St. Vlad's), and Grandview. They came second in the Rivers and Grandview and first in Gilbert Plains and St. Vlad's tournaments. At the end of the season they were ranked number two for the province. At the provincial playoffs in Vita, Manitoba, the team finished second in their pool after falling to Riverton. However, the boys ended up in the final games against St. Jean Baptist where they didn't quite play their best, and ended up in second place for the province.
The hockey team that year was made up of players who had been in hockey for several years and other players who had not played previously. The team was coached by Mark Husband and Kerry Roberts. The highlight of the game according to Jason Stamm, one of the players was when they defeated the team from Holland. That team had not previously been beaten during the season.
The girls' basketball in 1992-93 was coached by Sharon Olson (her first attempt at coaching) and Nathan Close, a College student. Information about the season is skimpy, but the team played in zones at Grandview where they were defeated by a very strong Grandview team. The boys' basketball team was again coached by Brian Belinski. The boys lacked the "height" prevalent in some of the teams. However they did get to play in regionals, held at The Pas, where they lost out and ended the prospects of going on to provincials.
Early in the new year the Board of Directors appointed an interim president, John McMillan, to replace Vince Anderson, who had stepped down from the position to take the administrator's position at the Gilbert Plains Health Centre. Vince had been with the College since 1985. John received a "leave of absence" from his principal's duties and teaching job in Saskatchewan, to take on the responsibilities of fund-raising and student recruitment as well as administration of the school. While this was to be a temporary appointment, the May 18 issue of the Dauphin Herald announced that the Board of Directors had selected John McMillan to fill the full-time position beginning in the new fiscal year. The same issue of the Herald announced that Jack Close had been selected to take over as principal/academic dean for the coming school year.
The new year saw additional study into the feasibility of including grade nine in the high school program. Two "open house" nights were conducted on February 18 and March 11. Considerable interest had been shown in the idea of also including grades seven and eight in the program. Parents from the city and surrounding areas were given an opportunity to hear first hand about the program at Western and to ask questions about our expectations and standards. An announcement in a June issue of the Herald stated that the final decision had been made that Western would implement an "upper-middle years program" offering grades seven and eight, as well as adding grade nine to the present high school program of grades 10 12. This decision was in response to the many requests that came from local residents. Students in grades seven through nine would however not be dormitory students, but would have to reside in their own homes or, if they were from out of town, the home of someone else in the community.
Homecoming was held on February 5-7. An old tradition of having basketball games on the Friday evening was revived. The gym at the DRCSS was again available. The girls' game was played first, followed by the crowning of the homecoming queen. The boys' game followed this activity. The three candidates for queen were Jenny Cox, Tara Laliberte and Jann Tetreau. Tara Laliberte was selected as queen. At the Saturday night program, Wayne Muirhead was chosen Alumnus of the year (1992). Paul Brazle was guest speaker for the weekend.
On February 20 the grade eleven class tried a new activity that had not been attempted before. A dinner theatre was performed in the auditorium. After a delicious meal, a "wild and woolly melodrama" called "Westward Ho Ho Ho" was performed for a crowd of about 100 people from the community and school personnel. Because the event was so well received, the play was performed at three schools in Dauphin. In addition, the Regina Alumni Chapter arranged a fund raising dinner theatre in Regina, utilizing the talents of the class.
The large chorus tour, usually held during spring break did not take place in the spring of 1993. Plans had been made instead to have two singing groups, Mizpah and Praise, travel with Mr. McMillan and Mrs. Muller (primary driver), through two provinces and five midwestern states. The tour lasted ten days.
On Saturday May 8, a banquet and program were held in honour of the College students. Seven of the nine full-time students received Certificates in Biblical Studies. They were Kristi Close, Nathan Close, Kevin Hodges, Katherine Kendig, Owen King, Tyler Knibbs and Malcolm McMillan. Two other students, Jennifer Jocelyn and Jeff Stone had completed 27 hours of classes. The students selected R.J. McKenzie as guest speaker. Several awards were presented in the areas of academic proficiency, Christian Growth, psychology, and missions. The two singing groups, Praise and Mizpah sang as part of the program.
The annual Youth Rally was held on the weekend of May 21-23. Pete Brazle from Royal Oak Michigan was the featured speaker. The musical, "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" was staged in the all purpose room at the DRCSS. Director was Malcolm McMillan assisted by Becky Andreas and Tanya Jacobs. An excellent group of young people were in attendance from across Western Canada.
A student from Western, Steven Cheng, received top honours in the 29th Annual Manitoba Mathematical Contest sponsored by the University of Manitoba. A total of 376 students had participated, representing 50 high schools.
On June 12, a total of 26 senior students took part in the graduation exercises, again held at Selo Ukraina. Theme of the event was "Hold to God's Unchanging Hand." The Selo Ukraina ladies catered the meal. About 300 guests attended the banquet with approximately 400 attending the program that followed. Valedictorian was Jenny Cox and Salutatorian was Cyrus Crook.
The students selected Mark Husband to be the guest speaker.
Farewell time again! On June 18 the staff again sponsored this event in the open-air rink. Many relaxing, fun activities were part of the occasion, including allusions to the Musical, "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers." Other events included a nail-driving contest, pie-eating competition, various types of races and a water-balloon throwing event where staff members were the targets. With exams looming up in a few days, this was a time for lots of laughter and relaxation for all.
I mention in closing this busy year of activities that there were many other worthwhile activities: Badminton, softball, soccer, curling, special leadership classes, Big Brother, Big Sister activities, the Lite program and other things that made this an exciting year at Western. I must conclude by reporting the visit by the Wayward Bear. As we were preparing to begin another day of activity in mid-June, my wife noticed this huge dog just outside our living room window, leaning up against a tree. This "dog" turned out to be a brown bear that had strayed down from Riding Mountain National Park. We had some exciting moments for the next hour as the RCMP were notified and the animal control people summoned. In the mean time the bear took refuge in a large tree in our back yard. It was hard to keep the crowd of students back or to convince them to continue on to class. This was no time for a holiday from classes! It was exciting though, and an interesting diversion from the daily routine of school life. As for the bear, he was tranquillized, placed in a bear cage and hauled off to a different park, Duck Mountain, so that he could not again find his way back to our front yard.
1993 - 1994
The year 1993 brought about many changes at Western. In May, the Board of Directors announced they had selected John McMillan to serve as President. John had been serving as "Interim President" since January 1993. The March issue of the Messenger announced that Jack Close had been appointed Principal beginning with the 1993-1994 school year. It had been over a year since I had asked the Board to find a replacement to take on the Principal's job. When there were no applications, I had agreed to stay on for one more year. It was a relief to know that Jack Close had accepted the position. The June issue of the Messenger announced that Floyd and Marion Jacobs were retiring after many years of service to Western. Doug Cox who had served as boys' dorm director for five years had resigned to take employment with Mutual Life in Dauphin. So it was that many changes were happening. A new President, a new Principal, a new Boys' Dorm Director, two new teachers and new people in the custodial area.
In addition, since the middle years program was to begin in September, two new faculty members were hired. Rhonda Forrest who had graduated from the University of Regina in December 1992 was to teach in the junior science area since Jack Close was moving into the Principal's position. Carolyn McMillan was to teach in the middle years program. She had been teaching previously for almost six years. Larry Good, who graduated from Western in 1969, took up the responsibility of Dorm Director, replacing Doug Cox. He and his wife Gayle and family returned from Belgium after almost sixteen years work with the church in that area. Susan Roberts was also to begin serving part time as special education resource teacher and evening library supervisor.
The enrollment for each grade according to the best we can determine was as follows: Grade 12-33; Grade 11-34; Grade 10-19; (total- 86) College-07; Enrollment for the three new grades was as follows: Grade 9-10; Grade 8- 7; Grade 7-9; (total-26) Grand total for all grades was 119. Any discrepancy in these numbers is purely coincidental, since various reports do not always agree as to the exact numbers. 180
President John McMillan announced that the theme of the 1993-1994 year would be "Discover Us," with the hopes that all people will learn what Western is all about. The enrollment for the 1993-1994 year (compared with the previous two years) was as follows: (numbers in brackets are for 1992 and 1991 in that order) Grade seven: 9 (n/a); Grade eight: 7 (n/a); Grade nine: 10 (n/a); Grade ten: 19 (23, 26); Grade eleven: 34 (31, 26); Grade twelve: 33 (27, 34); College: 7 (10, 12). Totals for grade 10 through college: 93 (91, 100).
The most dramatic change at Western for that year was the addition of grades 7, 8 and 9. With the addition of 26 students in these grades, the total enrollment jumped to 121.
Because a number of students wishing to attend the middle years program were rural students, a request was made to the Dauphin Ocre school board to have these students transported on Division buses to Western, since they lived along bus lines that were already coming into Dauphin. Arrangements were finally worked out so that these students could be accommodated. The school division was able to claim a transportation grant for each of these students.
Spiritual emphasis week took place September 13 to 17. Mike Bolton from the Omagh church of Christ, in Milton, Ontario, was the guest speaker. Mike Challenged the students to "Walk the Walk," and to "Keep on Keeping on" in their faith. This was an opportunity for students to be spiritually uplifted and begin a good year by focusing on having the "mind of Christ." Mike's lessons were dynamic and encouraging for all.
Church services of the Dauphin congregation of the church of Christ were changed to try to make room for the increase in numbers attending Western. The building on River Street was not large enough to accommodate the crowd. The decision was made to move services to the auditorium at Western. Classes for younger children were conducted in the small dormitory.
The theme of the lectureship held on October 8, 9 and 10 was "The Bible....A Lamp Unto My Feet." Speaker at the Friday evening Men's Leadership Dinner was Cecil Bailey from Calgary, Alberta, who spoke on the topic "God, Give Us Men." Later that evening Bob Harrington, also from Calgary, spoke on the topic "A Lamp to My Feet in the Home." The annual meeting of Western shareholders was held on Saturday morning in the auditorium. John McMillan reported that official word had been received from the auditors that as of June 30, 1993, the "Yes We Can" campaign had been a success and that the budget was balanced and the deficit erased. The first afternoon lecture was given by Kelly Carter from Victoria, B.C. on the subject, "A Lamp to My Feet in Educational Pursuits." At the same time Charlie Murray from Minot, North Dakota spoke to the youth in the W.C.C. auditorium. Activities at 7:00 p.m. in the curling rink included a lecture, again by Kelly Carter, on the topic, "A Lamp To My Feet In Generosity," followed by a presentation by John McMillan. "Celebration Of Thanksgiving." Unlike other years, the "Gift Night" was not held, a change from an old tradition in past years. Sunday lectures were given by Jack Outhier from Faith, South Dakota, on the topics, "A Lamp To My Feet In The Community," and "A Lamp To My Feet In Peril." Bob Harrington presented two lectures on the topics, "A Lamp Unto My Feet In Hospitality," and "A Lamp Unto My Feet In The World." Charlie Murray again presented a lesson to the Youth in the afternoon.
John McMillan reported in the September Messenger that $23,000.00 had been donated during the past year to the Worthy Student Fund. A new program was introduced called "Job Creation." Up to $1000.00 was made avail able to student's tuition costs for those who would work for 200 hours (at $5.00/hour). Eleven students with 9 1/2 jobs were receiving help from this program. More and more friends of Western are donating funds so that worthy students can receive some financial help.
A Career Day was held on October 22, to give students an opportunity to hear first hand from individuals involved in various occupations and businesses. A special room, designated "Resources Room," has been set up where students can go to find information about careers, job opportunities and other topics of interest. This room is located on the upper floor of the classroom building. 181
A new organization was set up in the fall of '93, the Parent School Association. The purpose of the organization was to act as an advisory body to the Academic and Student Life Departments. Parents were being asked to con tribute $5.00 per family toward postage, stationery, envelopes, copying, and other costs. In addition any ideas coming from parents were to be addressed by the group.
During the semester break, November 7-14, I was privileged to make a trip with Mr. McMillan and the Sonshine Singers. The trip took us to Yorkton, Regina and Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Salmon Arm, Vernon, Victoria, Coquitlam and Creston, B.C., and Calgary and Medicine Hat, Alberta. The group sang and acted in each presentation. The program was well received.
Late in November Mr. Thomas Chell, the Director of Education, Oxbow School Division, Oxbow, Saskatchewan, where John McMillan had previously taught, was invited to spend two days on campus to assist with teacher development and supervision. He also presented an afternoon development session to the Board. Much positive feeling resulted from his visit. On the evening of November 25, an "Open House" was scheduled for parents and the community. Mr. Chell was guest speaker. A number of items were included in the program, provided by the various classes and musical groups. Following the program visitors were given a tour of the facilities. Coffee and donuts were then served in the cafeteria.
In January the College class accompanied Mr. McMillan on a trip to Duluth, Minnesota to attend a youth rally of approximately 250 young people. Over the semester break, the singing group "Shabach" under the guidance of Mr. McMillan and accompanied by Mary Gurel made a twelve-stop tour through Southern Saskatchewan, Manitoba and North and South Dakota. The College class also accompanied Mr. McMillan to the Abilene Christian University lectureship in February.
Other activities in the winter months included a dinner theatre production, attendance by five out of eight students chosen to participate in the Manitoba Students' Honour Choir in Winnipeg, and a special honour that went to a grade eleven student, Robin Adair who was chosen as first place finalist from among 850 entrants in Manitoba's 1994 Canada Day Challenge. Robin 's poster was later sent on to Ottawa for national competition. Robin eventually received a free trip to Ottawa in July, 1994.
The play performed during the dinner theatre was titled "Oh, what a tangled web," a hilarious comedy that provided lots of laughs for all who attended. The program was performed three times in Dauphin and once in Winnipeg where a large audience was in attendance. Eleven students took part in the event.
Since the addition of grades seven, eight and nine to the program at Western, the number of teams in sports had increased dramatically. Volley ball teams included a "7 and 8" Boys' team, a Junior Boys' team, and a Senior Boys' team, as well as Junior Girls' and Senior Girls' teams.
The Senior Boys' and Girls' teams' results are not recorded in any particular place, but I have located reports in the Dauphin Herald written by Shannon Tucker, that do contain some limited information. The following is information from her reports: The Senior teams played at the DRCSS on September 16. Both teams were defeated. Roblin visited the school and both Western's senior teams lost in 5-game sets. The Junior Boys played their first game on September 29, at Gilbert Plains, and lost. On September 30 Gilbert Plains visited Western (Senior Boys and Girls). Both Western teams won the matches. The Senior Girls took part in a tournament at Ashern on October 2 and placed third. The Junior Boys team won 2-1. The Junior Girls lost their matches. No further information was available.
The Yearbook report does say something commendable about the Senior Boys' team efforts: "This year's volley ball team was the most spiritually minded athletic team I have ever played on. We were definitely not perfect sportsmen all the time, but I have never been on a team that included God in the game so much." -Tim McMillan, Captain.
The Boys' Basketball team was coached by Jamie Lobert, assisted by R. J. MacKenzie. Details of tournaments was not available. Zone playoffs were held in Roblin. Greg Brockman scored 19 points to lead the Mustangs to a 100 41 win over the Sandy Bay team. Tim McMillan had scored 18 points, and Nathan Kirkham 14 points. In the final the team faced the host St. Vladimir's Knights. Jason Bandura scored 26 points to lead Western's team to a 95-69 win. Brockman chipped in 19 points and McMillan 18 points. As a result of this win, the boys advanced to provincials on March 17 in Trehern. Against the stronger teams there, the Mustangs took third place. This however was considered a positive accomplishment. The Girls' team had a successful year but again tournament results are not available. The zones were held in Grandview. The team was coached by Miss Sharon Olson, assisted by Tara Laliberte and Carolyn Wiebe. The Junior Boys' team involving younger students was coached by Dan Muller and Nathan Kirkham. A Junior Girls' team is not listed in the Yearbook.
The hockey team had a busy season as usual. Coaches were Mark Husband and Kerry Roberts. However, details of games and tournaments are unavailable.
Other sports activities were curling, bad minton, track and field, soccer and softball. In curling, a junior team skipped by Karl Roberts did quite well, winning all games during the regular season. A mixed team made up of Kris Roberts, Stewart McMillan, Andrea Muirhead and Jennifer Bell played in zone competition and won the consolation event. A measure of success was experienced in badminton. Mark Grasley and Paul Laliberte placed second at the DRCSS and then played in zones where they finished with a record of 3-2. Judy Jacobs represented Western in Girl's singles. She placed first at the Comprehensive School and went on to zones, finishing with a record of 2-3. In track and field, eight students did well in the Grandview meet and went on to rural provincials in Neepawa. Three students, Janet Bell, Todd Ashby and Mark Grasley went to City provincials in Winnipeg, where Janet placed second in Junior Girls' Discus. Blair Roberts helped coach the soccer team to a 2-1-2 record for the season. The girls' fastball team won both games of a double-header in Winnipegosis, one of two games against the DRCSS and suffered a loss in the final game to be squeezed out of zones. Larry Good was the coach of the team.
Spirit Week was held February 7-11, with students dressing in a different way each day through the week. Thursday was "silence" day. In the morning the girls could not talk to the guys, and in the afternoon the guys were not allowed to talk to the girls. Spirit week ended on Friday with "hero day," when each person dressed up to look like their hero.
The Winter Banquet was held on February 8 with the banquet being held in the Vernon Watson Arts Centre. The meal was catered and entertainment was provided by local talent. Tim McMillan and Shannon Tucker were chosen Mr. and Miss W.C.C. The winter banquet is always special therapy for the winter doldrums that seem to plague almost everyone.
Homecoming took place on the weekend of March 4 to 6. The change in date was an attempt to dodge severe winter weather, and to be able to rent a gymnasium for some of the activities. Classes from '54, '64, '74, '84 and '89 were honoured. Candidates for Homecoming Queen were Jennifer Bell, Melissa Quiring and Shannon Tucker. Shannon Tucker was chosen as queen. On Saturday night Scott Roberts, president of the Alumni association, presented the Alumnus of the year award to Sam Hawkins from Gravelbourg, Sask. Sam graduated from high school at Western in 1969, came back to study Bible the following year and then went on to Oklahoma Christian where he received a degree in Education. He presently operates Piche-Hawkins Funeral Chapels, located in Gravelbourg, Saskatchewan. Guest speaker for the weekend was Pete Brazle from Madison Heights, Michigan, a 1974 graduate of Western.
On March 25 - April 3, the a cappella Chorus, under the direction of Ron Johnson, presented choral programs in Yorkton, Saskatchewan, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Kenora and Thunder Bay, Ontario, Duluth, Minneapolis, and St. Cloud, Minnesota, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Fargo, North Dakota, and Carman and Brandon Manitoba. The bus driver again was Oliver Engel. Cheryl Cox accompanied the group to assist John McMillan with supervision.
College Graduation was held on May 14, 1994. The following students received Certificates in Biblical Studies: Rebecca Andreas, Bethany Close, Russell Ferris, Tara Laliberte, Tom Varghese and Carolyn Wiebe. Alumni Scholarships for high marks were awarded to Carolyn Wiebe and Tara Laliberte. Guest speaker at the ceremonies was R. J. MacKenzie.
On April 14, an "Open House" was held to provide an opportunity for parents to become acquainted with the operations at Western and to witness some of the student activities first hand. The guest speaker for the evening was Mr. Al Johannson, Director for Independent Schools, Manitoba Education and Training
May 20-22 were the dates set for the annual Youth Rally. Guest speaker for the weekend was Charlie Murray from Minot North Dakota. His topic for Friday evening was "Body Building: Developing the Body of the Saviour. On Saturday the band and chorus groups per formed. Other talks by the guest speaker throughout the day were "Developing the Hands of the Saviour," and "Developing the Heart of the Saviour." The musical "HMS Pinafore" was presented at 7:00 p.m. in the all purpose auditorium at the DMCSS. A Bonfire Devotional and snack on the campus closed out the day's activities. A group of young adults from Regina sang and taught many new devotional songs throughout the weekend. Charlie Murray was the speaker at both services of the Dauphin congregation of the church on Sunday morning.
Each year for the past five years a "Work Day" has been scheduled when students and staff spend the day doing a thorough job of spring house cleaning and yard grooming. The grime of winter is washed away and raked away, and the campus takes on a new look for the summer. Flower beds are spaded in preparation for the bedding plants arrival pending the demise of frost danger.
Two special banquets were held late in May. One was in honour of the grades seven and eight students. Several awards were given out for academic excellence, Bible, spiritual growth, art, music, math-science and the Three C's award (the three C's are citizenship, cooperation and courtesy). Recipients of this first-time award were Chris Neufeld, grade seven, and Karl Roberts, grade eight.
The second occasion was the Sports Award banquet, where all of the sports awards for the year were presented. The Spirit Awards went to Leah Sass and Jason Parker.
The High School graduation exercises took place on June 11, 1994 at the Selo Ukraina facilities south of Dauphin. Thirty-one seniors took part in the exercises. Theme of the program was "Hold Me While You Let Me Go." The banquet was served at 5:00 p.m. by the Selo Ukraina ladies under the direction of Sandy Larocque. The students had asked Loreen Husband to chair the activities. Salutatorian was Paul Andreas and Valedictorian was Tanya Knibbs. Guest speaker was James Willett. Miss Torkelson presented the medals to each of these students. The "A" pins, provided by the Weyburn Alumni Chapter, were presented by Lowell Peterson. Approximately 400 guests were present for the exercises.
The 1993-1994 school year concluded with the Farewell supper and activities including the presentation of year-end awards. Citizen of the year was Tim McMillan. The students and staff enjoyed several hours of relaxing fun as final exams were forgotten for the moment. The fifth year at Dauphin was quickly drawing to a close. Mixed feelings of elation and sadness pervaded these activities. Some would be leaving Western to go on to other activities or training. Many would be returning in late August to enroll in the next grade or take part in the College Bible program. All in all this was a good year. Much growth and spiritual development had been evident in almost every student. Life is good when we approach it with a spirit of joy and optimism.
1994 - 1995
Preparations for the 50th year of Western's operation began early in the summer. The Celebrations for the 50th Anniversary in July 1995 had been under way for almost two years. The September issue of the Messenger gave further information about this event. Dates for the gathering were set for July 26 through 30, 1995. The publication of this history of Western is to coincide with the celebrations.
The March Messenger had announced that Mike Bolton would be joining the Bible Faculty in September as the Vice Principal in charge of the Bible program. Mike graduated from high school at Western in 1982 and from the Bible program with a Bachelor of Theology Degree in 1986. His wife Debbie is also a graduate of Western. They have three sons.
The June edition of the Messenger announced that two additional men would be added to the Bible faculty. Scott Roberts would join the teaching staff in September. Scott graduated with his Theology Degree in 1984 and began work with the church in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, where he remained until 1991. He moved to Regina, where he worked for Social Services and attended classes at the Canadian Theological Seminary, receiving his Master of Divinity Degree in April. Scott and his wife Cindi, who is also a graduate of Western, have two children, Michael and Sarah.
Also to join the Bible faculty that fall was Walter Hart and his wife Elaine (nee Start) (She is a graduate of Radville Christian college). Walter has preached mostly in Canada, but also in the United States, for over 30 years. He has been supported by the congregation of the church in Orange, Texas, and that congregation will continue his support at Western.
Another addition to the faculty for September was Dick Kirkpatrick who returned to Western to assume duties as Vice Principal of the Middle Years and High School programs. Dick taught previously at Western from 1976 through 1989, with the exception of 1982-1983, when he was away on a Sabbatical leave.
Earlier in the year Blair Roberts announced to the Dauphin congregation that he was resigning his position as preacher, and taking a year off from that type of work. Hugh Gannon, who had been teaching Bible for the past four years, applied for the position left vacant by Blair. In mid-spring the congregation accepted his application. This meant that he would no longer be teaching Bible at Western. Hugh had always felt that he was more suited to the job of preaching than that of teaching in a Christian School.
Other staff changes involved the hiring of Malcolm Tarrant from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, as half-time janitor. Malcolm planned to take classes in the Bible program.
185 Also since Blair was no longer employed by the church in Dauphin, his wife Susan resigned her work with Western and accepted a teaching position in Northern Saskatchewan at South End.
A new program was introduced for the early days of July. A Western Christian College Sports Camp '94 was organized. The camp was specifically for boys in grades 6-9 as of the fall of 1994. The dates of the camp were July 4-8 to be held on the campus at Dauphin. The workshop included instruction in volley ball, basketball, baseball and soccer. Director of the Camp was Allan Close from Saskatoon, assisted by Lyle Schmidt and Scott Brinklow, also from Saskatoon, Jamie Lobert from Dauphin and Travis Sass from Regina.
On August 29, the vocal group Acapella, performed in Dauphin for the second time, at the Dr. Vernon L. Watson Art Centre. Arrangements were made by Marilyn Muller in the Student Life Department.
Late in the month of June, Helen and I began the job of moving our belongings back to Weyburn. Our house at the old campus site had been rented and our renters had announced that they were going to build a house of their own. In the meantime we had received two urgent requests, asking us to go to Nigeria to teach in the Nigerian Bible college, first for the spring semester, but later, for the fall semester. We had spent three months there in 1987. We accepted the challenge and began extensive preparations to leave on August 30 for a four teen week term there. Since we were gone for those months, we did not have contact with Western except by word of mouth. Consequently we were not able to be present for the fall lectureship or other activities at the College.
The enrollment in September was as follows: Grade 7-5; Grade 8-9; Grade 9-13; Grade 10-30; Grade 11-24; Grade 12-30; College- 23. (These figures were as of March 1995). The total was 134. It was encouraging to see the number in the college program increased so much.
Students and staff joined community people in a "walk for life" on September 2. The purpose of this "walk" was to publicly show support for the life of the unborn infant. The walk began at the campus and returned there later at the end of the walk, where the participants enjoyed lunch and fellowship.
The Annual Lectureship was held from October 7-9. The theme of the lectureship was "Remembering our roots." Theme lectures were presented by four full-time past presidents of the college. Classes for all ages, pre-school through adult, were also provided. The four featured speakers were Vince Anderson, Arborg, Manitoba; Glenn Dods, Abilene, Texas; Max Mowrer, Denver, Colorado; and Dan Wieb, Weyburn, Saskatchewan. The weekend started off with classes for all ages at 7:00 p.m. on the campus, followed by the singing group Sonshine at 8:00. The first lecture was at the DRCSS gymnasium at 8:30 p.m., presented by Glen Dods on the topic "Remember Those Earlier Days." Saturday's activities included the annual meeting of the WCC Corporation, the annual meeting and luncheon of the Women's Service Club, additional classes and a second lecture, by Vince Anderson on the topic, "Remember Your Creator." The evening concluded with choral singing by the a cappella chorus. Regular worship service of the Dauphin Church of Christ was held on Sunday morning at 9:30, at which time Max Mowrer spoke on the subject, "Remember the Wonders He Has Done." The speaker at the Sunday evening service was Dan Wieb, on the topic, "Remembering the Important." Special classes were again held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, followed by a choral program at 6:30 and the final lecture at 7:00. The special classes for adults centred around the topic "Remembering Our Roots." These classes were lead by Walter Hart (Friday evening), Mike Bolton (Saturday after noon), and Lillian M. Torkelson (Sunday after noon).
Again a "spirit week" was held in October with a different emphasis each day. There was excellent participation by everyone. Such events help develop school spirit among both staff and students.
1994-1995 was the first year the school had a College level volley ball team. Western joined the Manitoba Christian School Athletic Association, which is made up of seven other schools namely, Winkler Bible College, St. Boniface College, Concorde College, Providence College, Canadian Nazarene College, Canadian Mennonite College and Steinbach Bible College. Both men's and women's teams participated. The first games were against Concorde. The women's team won their sets. However, the men lost to Concorde. Other games were played in Winnipeg at St. Boniface College. Both girls' and boys' teams lost to St. Boniface teams.
The high school volley ball teams (Varsity) had a busy season, with games in Gilbert Plains, at the DRCSS, and other locations. On September 16-17 both boys and girls teams played in a tournament at Rivers, Manitoba. The boys' team played against Rivers in the semi final and then in the finals against Ashern. They won both matches. The girls were not so fortunate and only won three sets during the games. Later in September at the Ethelbert tournament the girls had more success and played in the semi finals and finals to defeat both Gilbert Plains and Rorkton teams. The girls played in other tournaments at Ashern, Dauphin and in their own tournament. In the Zones they won in the semi finals but lost to Grandview in the finals. They ended the season with a match record of 17 wins and 26 losses. The boys played in three additional tournaments reaching the finals in Dauphin (lost to DRCSS), St. Vlad's (won against St. Vlad's), and in their home tournament where they defeated Rossburn in the finals. They went on to defeat Gilbert Plains in zones, thus winning a berth in the provincials. During the season they won 85 sets and lost 32.
A few more words are in order about Western's first home tournament, held on October 28-29, held in the DRCSS gym. Only three of the five scheduled teams were able to be present because of heavy rains. The three remaining teams played off, namely, Neepawa, Rossburn and Western (boys). Western lost first
to Rossburn, then defeated Neepawa and went J on to avenge the loss to Rossburn by defeating them in the final match, 15-3 and 15-2. Girls' teams were from Crocus Plains and The Pas. In the semi final, Western's girls played Crocus Plains, lost the first set, but then bounced back to win 15-4 and 15-6. In the finals the girls won the first set but lost the next two sets.
On November 24-26 the Western Mustangs, boys' team went to the Provincial "A" playdowns in Glenboro. They finished the round robin with a 5-3 record, defeated Wawanesa in the quarter finals, St. Jean in The semi finals and then faced Green Valley in the finals. They lost both sets 15-7 and 15-4. Following the games, Mark Grasley was named MVP and Todd Ashby was named to the all-star team. The team had won four out of six tournaments and had taken second in one tournament and second in the provincials.
The Christmas banquet was held on December 13 followed with a band concert and Choral singing.
In basketball, a new team was added at the College level. The boys' team played several games in the Manitoba Christian Colleges Athletic Association. As of March 14 they had played 8 games with a 3-5 record. The Varsity (high School) girls' team had played a total of nine games as of March 14. They had a win-lose record of 3-6. In the Zone playoffs in Roblin, the girls were forced to play two games in a row because of scheduling. They won the first game against Gilbert Plains by a score of 68-15, but ran out of energy in the second game against Grandview, losing 70-43. The girls had defeated Grandview in a tournament in Rossburn by a score of 54-48. They later lost to Rossburn, 75 40, but placed second in the tournament. The high school boys team had a very successful regular season with 8 wins and 2 losses in home and away games. The team also took part in tournaments at Neepawa, where they were "consolation" champs, at Rossburn (second place), at their first home tournament (champions), and in Zone 8 finals, champions. Their complete record out of 20 games played was 16 wins, 4 losses. As of March 10, they were rated number one for "One A" teams in the Province of Manitoba. The Dauphin Herald gave this report of the Zones held at St. Vlad's in Roblin: "The Mustangs first defeated McCreary while the host club, St. Vladimir's downed Ebb and Flow, meaning the Mustangs (WCC) and Knights (St. Vlad's) would meet in the final with a provincial berth on the line. The game was close-the teams were tied after the first quarter, at the half and at the end of regulation time. The Mustangs poured it on in overtime, downing the Knights 92-87." As a result of this excellent sea son the Mustangs were scheduled to play in provincials in Steinbach March 17 and 18.
Hockey results for the 1994-1995 year were limited to a won/lost record of 4-13. Provincial playoff was changed to Rural "C" from city provincials in Birtle.
The winter banquet was held at the Vernon L. Watson Art Centre on February 14. Following a delicious meal, Jason Bandura and Cherish Kirkpatrick were selected Mr. and Miss WCC.
Homecoming weekend took place the week end of March 10-12. The activities began on Friday evening at 5:30 with the WCC girls basketball team playing against Grandview girls. The game was close with the Western team several points in the lead at one time. However the girls came up short at the end of the game. The crowning of the homecoming Queen took place at intermission. The three candidates were Monica Bell from Shamrock, Saskatchewan, Thessali Good from Dauphin, and Cherish Kirkpatrick, also from Dauphin. Cherish was chosen by the students to be Queen. The WCC boys' basketball team then played an exciting game against the comprehensive team from Roblin. The winner was not determined until the last moments of the game when Roblin went ahead by three points to win the game.
On Saturday the alumni annual meeting was held in the auditorium. At 5:30 p.m. a sumptuous banquet was served by the ladies in the cafeteria. Guest speaker at the supper was Mrs. Mary Muirhead, a member of the Board of Directors. Honoured classes for 1995 were graduates of 1990, 1985, 1975, 1965 and 1955. Following the banquet, a program was presented in the auditorium, at which time Alumnus of the year 1994 was announced. Recipient of the citation was Mary Bailey Muirhead, from Macoun, Saskatchewan. Alumni President, 187 Scott Roberts, gave a long list of Mary's accomplishments and activities, most of which were involved with education. Becoming a grand mother in late February is Mary's latest achievement.
During the program, Lowell Peterson paid special tribute to a former staff member who had been coach of the hockey team for many years in Weyburn. Several men who had played hockey during their years at Western, gathered on the platform. At the appropriate time Roland Olson was asked to come forward to receive a token of appreciation presented on behalf of all former hockey players. Roland was presented with a special oil painting by Marlys Rivard of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The painting, "Remembering Hockey," shows several hockey players trying to defend Western's goal from the opposing team. In the upper right corner is a portrait of "Mr. Olson" looking on as the game progresses. Many former players expressed appreciation especially for the hospitality of the Olson home following the games, and for the special "goodies" served by Lois Olson on such occasions.
On Sunday morning, two services of the Dauphin congregation were held in the auditorium. Guest speaker for those occasions was Troy Hodgson, from Victoria, B.C., an alumnus of 1985. The weather cooperated for the week end with temperatures well above the freezing level. A prize was awarded to Brian Olson of Dallas, Texas for having come the greatest distance for the weekend.
For the first time in the history of the school a separate "College Rally" is planned for April 7 9, 1995. Guest speaker for the occasion is to be Allen Close from Saskatoon. A special singing group, the "Freedom Singers" from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, will be performing at the week end activities.
The 1995 chorus tour was scheduled to be held during spring break, with the chorus singing in Wynyard, Saskatoon, Gravelbourg, Moose Jaw and Regina, Saskatchewan, and in Red Deer, Camrose, Edmonton and Calgary, Alberta, with Oliver Engel as bus driver and Michael Bolton, Sue Kirkpatrick and Marilyn Muller as supervisors. Thirty nine students were in the group.
Other traditional events were scheduled for the months of May and June including College graduation, scheduled for May 6, Youth Rally to take place on May 19-21 and high school graduation on June 10. Details of these events were not available in time to be included in this history. It was learned that the guest speaker for the Youth Rally was to be Michael Mazzalongo, from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
As my part in this historical record of Western Christian College approaches completion, I am aware of a number of things relative to what I have said. I am aware that there are many omissions, because my memory of events over the past five years is clouded by the continued presence of each days concerns. Thanks to the availability of past issues of the Messenger, The Alumni Reporter, regular letters to parents, academic reports to the Board, reports printed in the Dauphin Herald and information that was made available by individuals who were in a position to know and remember, I have been able to present a picture of the major events of each of the past six years.
I am indebted to Miss Torkelson for her' "proof reading" of the text and for her suggestions throughout the writing of this part of Western's history.
I am also aware that the opinions expressed in this part of the history are my own, that I have seen things through my own coloured glasses and heard them through my own "hearing aid," that they are expressed on the basis of my own feelings (which at best for all of us are very subjective), and that had someone else been putting this information together, it would have taken on a totally different dimension. I can honestly say that "as I see it" and "it seems to me" are expressions that well characterize what I have written. Nevertheless, I hope you will overlook the idiosyncrasies of the writer and read and enjoy what is recorded here for posterity. See it with your own eyes, hear it with your ears and interpret it with your own heart and perhaps you too will enjoy this history of a great "institution of learning," Western Christian College.
I have earlier mentioned many people to whom I am indebted for information and inspiration needed for this project. I would also like to say a word of appreciation to all of the faculty and staff who through the years have been an important support in carrying the load of work involved in the daily operation of the school. It has taken the efforts of many individuals to carry on this work. Our colleagues in Christian Education, whether in the classrooms, the cafeteria, the maintenance shop, the sports pro gram, the dormitories, whether the janitors, or the men and women involved in "beating the bushes" for financial support, or the parents whose sacrifices have made it possible for hundreds of children to attend Western,indeed for every person who has had a part in 50 years of Christian Education, I say thank you for every thing you have contributed toward the moulding of hearts and lives in the Christian way of life.
Finally, mention must be made of Roland Olson who designed the cover for this history book. He has done an excellent job of sketching a cover that aptly depicts each of the three campuses. Since I have had the privilege of living and working at all three locations. I personally appreciate his drawing for the cover, which is an excellent reminder of "where we have been all these years." "Thank you Roland for having a part in this project."