TIME DOES FLY: As our Canada Edmonton Mission came to an end there was so much to do and just not enough time!
(Lack of time explains why this last blog posting is late!)
MAY: At last we saw signs of Spring: the ‘break-up’ of the North Saskatchewan River and finally Spring blooms!
RESUMES, EMPLOYMENT FAIRS & TRY-A-TRADE WORKSHOPS
ARTS EVENING – Eagleview Comprehensive High School
Display of sketches, paintings, drawings, hair-dos, nails, musical entertainment, woodwork displays etc. Setting up for event. Sam and the shop teacher testing out student word-work project.
VISIT TO PARADISE HILL
After a day of serving in the high school and in the upgrading classroom, we took a long detour to Paradise Hill, Saskatchewan.
We stopped at a western shop and found a photo opportunity for Sister Jones and Sister Machado.
Then we visited with Lloydminster Branch member, June Hudy. Here is a photo of ‘author’ June E. Hudy with her published works. (All four books highly recommended “reads”.)
June is the wife of Henry Hudy that we visited on a regular basis at the Jubilee Nursing Home in Lloydminster, SK.
Sam and Jeannine treated ‘Gabby’ and ‘Rylee” (Note: the young Sister Missionaries are called by their first names when out serving at Onion Lake Cree Nation) to dinner at the local Paraside Hill Restaurant run by Meehee and Changsik Youn, a LDS Korean couple. Jeannine enjoyed a Korean vegetarian meal that was on the menu.
ONION LAKE and a POW WOW! For all the many times that we drove out to the Onion Lake Cree Nation, we have never seen the actual Onion Lake. Jeannine asked some of the teachers at the Cree Immersion school if they could draw a map, showing the roads that we needed to take to view Onion Lake. McCollums and Kunkels enjoyed a picnic lunch on a beautiful spring day, in the car on a muddy road beside the lake.
After our lunch, we drove back to the Arena at Onion Lake Cree Nation for an inter-school Pow wow. We saw many students that we’ve come to know and their families. Each school brought in a decorated staff (walking stick) for the opening ceremony followed by a procession of the leaders and dancers who participated in the competitions. The event reminded Sam and Jeannine of community cultural events they attended in the village of Laie, Oahu, Hawaii with entertainment by students from the local schools that were very well attended by their extended families.
Prairie Chicken Dance and the Shawl Dance.
Our friend Anne Stonechild with two of her grandchildren.We were grateful to attend our last Pow wow at Onion Lake Nation.
LAKELAND COLLEGE: HOG (HEAVY OIL AND GAS) program graduation
LAKELAND COLLEGE: Convocation May 2018 conducted by VP Michael Crowe.
FIELDS SERVICE & PROJECTS: Upgrading classroom (mentoring and tutoring), Native Friendship Centre in Lloydminster (reading program)
Below, Sam and Jeannine were excited to meet the granddaughter of Allan Sapp, a famous Cree Nation Artist who was awarded the Order of Canada. A. Sapp Art Gallery is dedicated to his paintings in North Battleford SK. He passed away in 2017.
Here is a photo of Sister Kunkel having a video interview with Robert Hatch a videographer who came to Lloydminister to film and interview portions of FIELDS First Flight training with students and the various FIELDS service projects.
FINAL….FIRST FLIGHT CHALLENGE PROGRAM: Sam and Jeannine got some photos of the last class we taught at ECHS and presenting the certificates to the students.
Goodbyes at ECHS: in the middle photo, Jeannine is carrying one of the blankets we were presented.
LLOYDMINSTER BRANCH, LDS CHURCH UPDATES: We attended the baptism of 8 yr old Mackenzie Trainer, one of the children in the Primary class that we taught each Sunday.
Recent convert to the church, 79 year old Henry Hudy (whom we visited most evenings at the Jubilee Nursing Home) with photos of the young sisters visiting Henry.
Saturday May 19th, we attended a convert baptism for Katie McNeily. She was taught by Sister Jones and Sister Machado. (Look how the Sisters coordinated their outfits!) Katie’s husband approved of her decision to join the LDS Church and he attended her baptism.
We also attended the baptism of 8 year old Zakary Bennett, another of the children that attended the primary class that we taught. Zakary’s family were very excited to have a baby girl join their family. Here is a photo of our primary class: L to R:Natalie, Luke, Mackenzie and Zak.
CANADA EDMONTON MISSION – OUR LAST ZONE CONFERENCE and last Senior Missionary Activity in Edmonton. Activities included: a visit to the Muttart Conservatory and a BBQ. It was the only time that we had seen our mission president and his wife in casual clothing! After the Conservatory tour we drove East of the city to attend a BBQ at the lake cabin of the Appletons (Pres. Appleton is a counsellor to the mission president).
Elder and Sister Burnett, S&J, Elder and Sister Kunkel who served with us in Lloydminster.
Below: Senior Missionaries & Mission Presidency of the Canada Edmonton Mission.
GIFT we received from President and Sister Pattison.
FAMILY – MOTHER’s DAY 2018, May 13, 2018: Jeannine created a poster to share with family to “remember” mothers in our family.
Jeannine was delighted with a bouquet of flowers delivered to her missionary apartment and a card that arrived in the mail from her grandsons: Samuel and Henry McCollum.
Great-grandson Rohnan with his mommy, our granddaughter Caesha McCollum Anderson/ Fraser Valley, British Columbia
A trip to France for granddaughter Nyah who lives in UK with our son Cliff & his wife Deanna.
Colorado Grandsons: Cooper in his costumes for a school play, Thayer‘s high school grad, and Elder Ethan McCollum returns home from his 2 year missionary service.
Oregon Grandsons -Rowan Berry and Logan Berry: 16 year old Rowan with a 4.73 weighted GPA chosen as valedictorian; he will attend Brigham Young University Provo Utah Fall 2018.
Elder Logan Berry with his parents, Jason and Leah at the Missionary Training Centre in Provo Utah where Logan was set-apart to serve for two years in the Ecuador Guayaquil West Mission.
CALGARY ALBERTA: Here we are in Calgary with the family crew we were so thankful for who helped us unload our boxes etc.
Left to Right Back Row: Brett (son) and Tom Jensen (Jeannine’s brother;
Left to Right Front: Andrew (son) Maxwell (grandson), Jeannine, Griffin (grandson), Jared (son), Sam, Hunter (grandson)
Sons L to Rt: Brett, Jared and Andrew
WHAT HAVE WE BEEN DOING SINCE WE TOOK OFF OUR MISSIONARY/FIELDS BADGES?
We tended grandchildren Lincoln, Autumn and Ryder while their parents Andrew and Andrea celebrated their wedding anniversary in Scotland being the old and the modern.
We’ve also been enjoying spending time, giving service and being chauffeur to Jeannine’s sister Glenda as she recovers from knee surgery. We also have been going to acupuncture treatments given by our son Jared, and attending granddaughter Autumn’s dance recital etc.
Attended a play presented by Calgary Alberta Bow River Stake to commemorate the martyrdom of the prophet of the restoration, Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum.
WHAT WILL WE DO NEXT? Well, we want to visit Waterton, visit family in southern Alberta, drive to Banff and Jasper, visit friends and family in British Columbia, visit family in Utah and Colorado and in September a 3 week visit to the United Kingdom to visit family and be tourists! ALSO, prepare to sell our home , and make more visits to family before we begin preparing for another mission Spring 2019.
This is why we want to visit the ROCKIES of WESTERN CANADA!!