Lawrence Gascoyne

Lawrence Gascoyne



I graduated with a B.A. from Andrews University and a M.Ed. from the University of Alberta. I started teaching at Coralwood Academy in Edmonton (where Elvira Polishuk and I got together), then spent 20 years in Northeastern Alberta (Two Hills county) and ended up teaching at PAA and CUC. I have been on disability due to the progression of Multiple Sclerosis (MS). I was diagnosed in 1990 so I had quite a few productive years. I have been retired since 2009. Now I volunteer with A Better World and do a lot of reading and jigsaw puzzles.

My family: We have two married daughters and six grandchildren. Lorisa and Ryan live close to us in Lacombe with Dreyden, Declan, Rowan, and Tatum. Raelene and Clinton live in Red Deer with Austin and Payton. We have had several family vacations in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Great quality time with the whole family.

My work: I am now retired.

Change I wish to see in the world: An end to violence and poverty

My life motto: One day at a time

Where I turn for inspiration: God’s promises

Most interesting place I have traveled to since high school:  White Pass and Yukon Route Railway in Alaska

Trait I admire most in a person: Generosity

Favorite CUC memory: Wilderness Venturers trips

The books on my bedside table are: the Bible, John Grisham books

Song that most reminds me of our senior year: Wild Thing

I can never have too many: Family vacations

Biggest surprise about life: Expect the unexpected

Song that always puts me in a good mood: “Happy Together”

Risk worth taking: Climb that mountain while you can

Rule to break: If they say you can’t, prove you can.

My next big project: I’m done with big projects.

CUC teacher I wish to honor:  Mr. Victor Fitch

Advice I would give to a graduating senior: Follow your dream, but don’t be afraid to modify it.

Larry Gascoyne served as Treasurer of our CUC High School Class of 69.