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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.

President Todayville Inc., Honorary Lieutenant Colonel 41 Signal Regiment, Board Member Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Award Foundation, Board Member Canadian Forces Liaison Council (Alberta) Musician, Photographer, Former VP/GM CTV Edmonton.

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The Results have Convinced Me

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The Results have Convinced Me

I have been diabetic for a while but have never cared much about monitoring it. Finally, my doctor got upset at me and suggested I pay more attention and referred me to a Family Nurse to help me get focused. The nurse was very understanding and she listened to me. She made suggestions. However, I wasn’t really convinced this would make any difference. She asked me to write down everything I ate or drank and take my blood sugars regularly and write them down. I started to see trends and the errors in my ways. I decreased my intake of sweets and pop.

My A1C went from 15.8 to 7.1. I got more involved in activities. Now I walk 10,000 steps almost every day. The walking seems to help me keep everything else in line. And then the nurse suggested that I start doing regular blood pressure readings and I saw my blood pressure improve. An average reading for me now is 122/54. My doctor is really happy. My pant size decreased also. I was forced to retire a few years ago due to back issues, but I find when I exercise regularly I have much less back pain. I no longer needed pain killers.

You can see how I have become convinced that I can make a big difference in my health through my lifestyle choices. I would highly recommend anyone not paying attention to their diabetes to see a Family Nurse.

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PETER VON TIESENHAUSEN’S EPIC ART

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Peter von Tiesenhausen, a Lieutenant Governor of Alberta 2015 Distinguished Artist, spent the past six months hunkered down in Demmit Alberta building a deluxe playground for the community center – and musing about connectedness, the importance of social interaction and his role as an artist in the social contract.

Peter’s last project prior to the March 2020 COVID-19 lockdown was the installation of Things I Knew to be True in the newly renovated Stanley A. Milner Public Library, part of the City of Edmonton’s public art collection.

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