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George and Katherine Goruk celebrate 70 years together

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  • Let’s all take a moment and celebrate this amazing achievement – 70 years of marriage.  Congratulations to George and Katherine (nee Shupenia) Goruk.

    George Goruk (now known as Geedo by his family) was born on the family homestead North of Bellis Alberta on May 21, 1929.  He is the third son of a family of eight born to William and Jennie Goruk who were among the earliest settlers in the Bellis area northeast of Edmonton. He grew up on the family farm and attended the North Bellis High School.

    He first met Katherine (Kay) Shupenia (now known as Baba) in Edwand in 1945. Katherine was born in Spedden Alberta on February 8, 1932 and was the second eldest of a family of six born to Humphrey and May Shupenia. Their first meeting occurred when Kay and her siblings where chasing cows on horseback near Edwand and George and his buddies had hid in the ditch and scared the heck out Kay’s horse(s). Later George would take Kay and other friends to dances in Smoky Lake in his 1938 Ford. As Kay said, she fell in love with his jalopy and the two were married in Bellis on August 8, 1948. Their wedding reception was held in the loft of a newly constructed barn on the Goruk Family farm. They had to be married before the hay and farm animals moved into the barn which still stands today. They spent their first year of marriage on the original William Goruk homestead site and soon after their first son Dennis was born on August 19, 1949 they moved to their first farm located one mile North of Edwand Alberta which had been purchased from his father-in-law with the help of his father.

    They farmed for one year then moved to Edmonton where George started his career in the oil industry as a roughneck on service rigs during the early development of the Leduc oilfield. During this time their second Darrell was born on October 16, 1952 and third son Bernie on October 16, 1955. George worked his way up a field superintendent with Kenyons Well Servicing and in the summer of 1959, the family moved to Red Deer Alberta. In 1962 George acquired the assets of Chupp Well Servicing and started Target Well Servicing Ltd. In 1972 they purchased a 360 farm along the Medicine River seven miles South and six miles West of Sylvan Lake. George continued to run Target Well Servicing while he and Kay also ran a cow calf operation at their new family farm. Target was sold to Thomson Industries in 1973 and George continued on as a Vice President of Thomson and President of Target Well Servicing which he expanded by starting up service rig companies in Wyoming and Texas as well as the first Canadian Service Rigs in Australia. He continued to grow the Thomson Well Services division by adding Nitrogas Well Services in Calgary, L&M Oilfield Rentals in Edmonton and Arrow Supply in Corpus Christie Texas. All during this time when he was travelling the world and building these new companies, Kay took book keeping courses and continued to “hold down the fort” and look after the farm which she reminds him of every now and then.

    In 1978 Thomson was acquired by ATCO Ltd and George became the President of ATCO Oilfield Services and continued to oversee Target (renamed ATCO Well Servicing) and the other Thomson companies he established. Initially ATCO continued to grow the service rig business and over time divested the Well Service division companies and exited the well servicing and drilling business.

    George officially retired in 1994 but continued to raise registered Quarter Horses and Polled Hereford cattle at his farm(s) near Sylvan Lake which is now a hay and grain operation with barley, wheat and canola that he continues to farm with his sons. On the other hand Kay has not retired and continues to look after George and their house and her huge garden……which she reminds him of every now and then.

    Today George and Kay’s family has grown to number 27 including their three sons, 19 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.


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    President Todayville Inc., Former VP/GM CTV Edmonton, Honorary Lieutenant Colonel 41 Signal Regiment, Board Member Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Award Foundation, Past Board Member United Way of Alberta Capital Region, Musician, Photographer.

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    Tickets just $35 in Alberta’s newest Dream Home Lottery!

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    Alberta’s newest home lottery features a 1.5 million dollar dream home in south east Red Deer.  With 4,600 square feet of space, this dream home is verging on “mansion” status.  We’ll show you a video and photos as well, but this luxurious home by Abbey Platinum Master Built is something you really should see for yourself.  It’s at 57 Larratt Close in the south east community of Laredo.   Here’s a sneak peak…

    These lottery homes are always beautiful show homes, but this one just might be a step above… just check out these incredible features.

    There really are too many features to see in a few dozen photos if you can believe that.  We haven’t even talked about the heated triple car garage, or the fully landscaped park-facing back yard!  Someone is going to win all this in March.  For all of us who don’t win, there are many other prizes to see on the lottery website.. cacaclottery.ca.  These include 2 vehicles, a $20,000 play centre, a $15,000 diamond ring, groceries for a year, and fuel for a year!  Cut off for the early bird cash prizes of $50,000, $25,000, and $10,000 is January 15th.

    There’s also a Split 50 draw with a minimum prize of $200,000 and a maxium payout of a half million dollars!  Cut off date for Split 50 and for the Dream Home Lottery is March 10, 2019.  Prizes will be drawn on March 27!  Who will win this incredible dream home?

    Click to visit the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre Dream Home Lottery

    Phone: 1-833-475-4402


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    Dream Home Lottery “Battle of Alberta” offers impressive Oilers and Flames prizes this weekend!

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  • Central Alberta Child Advocacy 2019 Dream Home Lottery Battle of Alberta

    Support your team and a great cause this weekend by purchasing tickets to Central Alberta’s largest Dream Home Lottery!

    We invite you to join us for our 3 day “Battle of Alberta” event, starting, Friday January 11th!

    Decide whose team you’re on – Oilers or Flames and enter your ballot for that team to show your support and see who gets the most votes! One ballot will be given for each ticket package purchased directly at the house this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Ballots in for the Calgary Flames have a chance to win an autographed Glencross Jersey, and ballots in for the Edmonton Oilers have a chance to win an autographed Russell Jersey. After the jerseys have been drawn for, all ballots will be entered in for a chance to win 4 loge seats to Monday, January 14th Oilers vs Sabres game! Ballots will be drawn Sunday, January 13th at 5pm.

    We will be joined by local radio stations all weekend long: Friday 11th – Real Country 95.5 & Z98.9 Mid- day show (10am-2pm), Saturday 12th – Big 105.5 on location from 1-5pm, and Sunday 13th – 106.7 The Drive on location from 1-5pm.

    Hamburgers and Smokies will be supplied by Nossack Fine Meats, with generous donations from Cobs Bread and community donors – available Saturday the 12th from 1-4pm.

    Visit the Dream Home at 57 Larratt Close, Red Deer for your chance to buy tickets before the Early Bird Deadline (January 15th, 11pm)! Early Bird Prizes include cash prizes of $50,000, $25,000 and $10,000. Tickets start at just $35 with over $1.8 Million in prizes to be won! To purchase tickets online or for more information visit our lottery website: cacaclottery.ca or call: 1-833-475-4402

    Proceeds from the Dream Home Lottery will be in support of the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre. Every ticket sold supports the CACAC and is an investment in the promise and possibility of a healthy future for our children and our community.

    Here’ another story from Todayville about the Child Advocacy Centre’s new home at RDC.

     

    For additional information contact:
    Mark Jones, CEO, 587-272-2233, or email mjones@centralalbertacac.ca.


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