Grace Fedak Saruk
Coming to CUC for grade 12 was the most transitional year in the life of a naïve, isolated prairie girl. So many life, social and educational challenges, however with the help of a few individuals, survival was ensured by completing high school at CUC, and returning for another year – first year college. Then off to California to attend and graduate from PUC (Pacific Union College) in California with a degree in physical education and recreation.
A few years later a career change ensued and a passion in Horticulture was instilled by taking the Olds College program and moving to the country. A market garden was developed with several acres of u-pick strawberries which provided customers from Calgary and surrounding area with fresh strawberries and produce for nearly 30 years. Although now retired from commercial growing, gardening still continues with a couple of friends and for fun! Former strawberry fields have been planted with thousands of trees and shrubs which provide wildlife and bird habitat – an oasis amongst surrounding cultivated land. A walk in the woods is most enjoyable!
Husband Elvin Saruk, (who has his own career) but with a farm background, has been very supportive and respectful of my endeavors. Relatively good health has been a blessing and as we continue to be physically active. Weekends are spent in Canmore supporting the little church and meeting visitors from around the world.
Change I wish to see in the world: More people embracing healthy whole plant food eating.
My life motto: In all things, give thanks.
Where I turn for inspiration: God’s word and nature.
Most interesting place I have traveled to since high school: Many. Madagascar, Zimbabwe, Ukraine, and working in Cuba, to name a few. Also visiting local sites in our own province and country!
Trait I admire most in a person: Humility
Best advice a teacher gave me in high school: Be yourself.
Favourite CUC memory: Waterfight in the girls dorm. Administration was not happy with us!
The books on my bedside table are: Various Christian books.
Song that most reminds me of our senior year: CUC school song “Where the shimmering rays of northern lights, shine soft o’er prairies of snow…”
I can never have too many: Trees to plant for wildlife and conservation.
Song that always puts me in a good mood: I Come to the Garden Alone
Risk worth taking: Declutter your life.
Rule to break: Choosing not be become a parent.
My next big project: Develop a conservation easement.
CUC classmate and teacher I wish to honor: Classmate Mary Radu who was always smiling and friendly. Sorry to hear of her passing. Teacher, Vic Fitch.
Advice I would give to a graduating senior: Support Christian Education. It is not perfect, but the best we have.