Marcia Goertzen Nahorney

Marcia Goertzen Nahorney



My family: I was born into a strong Christian family of West Coast loggers and fishermen. Married Don Nahorney almost 49 years ago. We had three children and adopted two more. We now have eight gorgeous grandchildren! Life has been and I expect will always be challenging, rich, and rewarding. I am blessed in my family.

My work: I’ve loved my work as an RN and for the last 25 years as a psychotherapist. I continue to have awesome opportunities to learn and to grow. For the last seven years I have worked in the area of addictions, in residential treatment centers, and an opiate replacement therapy clinic. I developed and facilitated an early recovery program and currently work primarily in private practice.

Change I wish to see in the world: An increase in mutual respect, freely given and received, for no other reason than that we are alive and share this planet together.

My life motto: Maintain a positive attitude and never stop learning/experiencing new things.

Where I turn for inspiration: God, good books, music and nature.

Most interesting place I have traveled to since high school: Drove in an old beat up motorhome we named Hazel to Puerto Vallarta where I lived with 3 of our kids for 6 months while Don worked in the oilfield. Later lived in Ajijic, Mexico for several months, on a post retirement scouting trip. We have enjoyed trips to Ecuador and I loved spending a month in Thailand with family.

Trait I admire most in a person: Kindness, hands down! Followed by ingenuity and common sense.

Best advice a teacher gave me in high school: “You are capable of getting the best grade in the class”! (And I wasn’t so he gave me a D!!)

Favourite CUC memory: The first time I laid eyes on my handsome hubby to be and the experiences we shared there.

The books on my bedside table are: How Not To Die by Dr. Michael Gregor; Callings by Gregg Levoy; and my trusty Kindle.

Song that most reminds me of our senior year: “We’re the Class of ’69, Greatest Class, of All Time…”. Perhaps I’m partial to it because I wrote the lyrics.

I can never have too many: Books or friends!

Biggest surprise about life: That it never runs out of beauty, new experiences, friends, travel destinations, career options, and amazing things to learn.

Song that always puts me in a good mood: Soft 60’s always lift my spirits.

Risk worth taking: Marry your high school sweetheart!

Rule to break: Any rule that you follow simply out of habit, with no logical reasoning behind it.

My next big project: Last Big Project: Start up and run an aquaponics farm. Next Big Project: Make a piano CD, Write a book or two, find an acreage to move to in Kelowna…

CUC classmate I wish to honour: Classmate Susie Astleford Chamberlain. I’ve had the privilege of getting to know Susie here in Powell River. She is intelligent, wise, gifted with music and creativity, generous, kind, willing to go below the surface and truly a woman of God. I am blessed to know you, Susie.

Advice I would give to graduating senior: Remember…we all need grace. Good thing there’s enough of it to go around!