Donna (Hayward) Klassen

I was born in Chengdu, China on December 13, 1948. The family moved to Canada when I was less than one year old and settled in Ontario, where Dad held positions as a medical doctor with the Indian Affairs department in various communities.

We moved to Manitoba and I took my high school education in LePas. For university I returned to Ontario (University of Guelph) graduating from MacDonald Institute in 1969 with a Bachelor degree Household Science (BHSc). There I met my husband Henry Klassen. We celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary this year.

Henry and I came to British Columbia in May of 1971 and bought his parents’ property (320 acres) near Vanderhoof. We raised two children, Valerie born in 1972 and Scott born in 1974. I worked for 24 years as administrative assistant at a small elementary school within walking distance of my home (an ideal job, as the children were there also for some of those years!) Henry spent 15 years as administrator of the local college, then bought a portable sawmill and for the last 20 years has been self employed.

Valerie and her husband Allan have bought part of our property and are building a log home here. Scott and his wife Lisa also live nearby. So we are richly blessed! In 2005 the kids asked me to be their child care provider, so I retired from the school and ever since have been enjoying the company of my three grandchildren – two of Valerie’s and one of Scott’s – while their parents pursue their careers.

All the best with the reunion. I hope it’s all you’re hoping it will be – and then some

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