Audrey Doering Haggkvist
I’ve had a fun afternoon catching up on our class! But reading doesn’t get my own bio written, and that is my goal for today.
Shortly after graduating, I married Del on November 2, 1969. So I have two 50-year celebrations this year! We were crazy young, and crazy in love. We’re a little bit older now, but I love him more everyday, and I think the feelings are mutual.
I was a stay-at-home mom to three wonderful sons for many years. Troy and his wife, Roxanne, live in Edmonton with their 8-year-old daughter Adelaide. In July they are moving to Fort McMurray where Troy is manager for Lafarge. Second son Kerry has lived in Japan and China, now back in Japan, since 1995. He is a construction advisor and has a 20-year-old son, Justin who lives in Kamloops and an 8-year-old daughter, Jin, who lives in China. (It’s complicated, but good!) Our youngest son, Jason, a journeyman carpenter, lives half an hour from us with his wife, Chie.
After working in several positions over the years at medical/dental/boarding school offices, I was blessed to come back to Lacombe and work at CUC/Burman University for almost 18 years as Executive Assistant to the President and HR Coordinator. I loved working there! In December 2014 we bought a house in Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island. Del moved there immediately while I continued working until my retirement on October 1, 2016.
So I am happily retired now in one of the prettiest places in Canada. Del is mostly retired from a career in construction. To keep us out of mischief and because it’s been so rewarding, we rent out 2 bedrooms through Airbnb. We have hosted well over 400 guests from 20 countries in the past 2 years. You are welcome to visit us!
We love to travel and hearing of the different areas through our guests is really interesting. We have been fortunate to travel to Europe, the Caribbean, Mexico, Korea, China, and Japan, and even got to see Patsy in Hawaii. Our most recent trip was 7 wonderful weeks in Japan last fall.
And now if the story could stop there, I’d like to. However, life has a way of throwing a few curve balls when you least expect it. In April of this year I was diagnosed with probable Stage 4 ovarian cancer. It came as complete shock! Long story short, I had surgery in Victoria on May 14. I’ve been poked and prodded and scanned and biopsied numerous times. Next is chemo, scheduled to begin June 14. Throughout all this, Del has been an amazing caregiver. I couldn’t ask for better. I’ve also been encouraged and loved and prayed for by many wonderful people, including some of you. Thankfully God is in the healing process still. Cancer is definitely a wake-up call to realize what the important things are in life. And they’re definitely not things, but family and friends who mean more to me now than ever.
So while many of you will be getting together this weekend to reminisce about the fun times at CUC, know that I will be there in my thoughts. And if we never meet again this side of heaven, let’s plan to have a reunion there!