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50 YEARS, 50 VOICES
50 YEARS, 50 VOICES
Glenna was born in Calgary, Alberta. Before arriving in Lethbridge to commence grade 12, Glenna’s family also lived in Seattle, Victoria, Saskatoon, Kelowna, Ghana and Halifax. She enrolled at the University of Lethbridge in 1977 and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and Science in 1984. While a student at the University, Glenna worked in the Theatre, Library, the Media Centre and on the grounds crew. After receiving her master's degree in Library Science from the University of British Columbia, she returned to the U of L in 1992 where she worked as a professional librarian until her retirement in 2015.
Glenna discusses her family’s multi-generational relationship with the University.
The full audio interview will be made available online in late 2017. For more information please contact the University of Lethbridge Archives. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
(MP: Mike Perry, Interviewer)
GW: I think that’s really, really cool. That I can say that my daughter is a third generation U of L employee and a second generation graduate. She worked in ... so dad worked in the, taught in the Faculty of Education. I worked as a student part-time in the library and full-time in the summers on the ground crew. Alex came here and worked part-time in the library, the Cur Lab (Education Curriculum Lab), she did some work for you here in the Archives.
MP: She certainly did. For a good year and a half, two years she did some work for me.
GW: And she was working here one day and I walked in, probably when she was here or maybe in the Cur Lab and I looked at her and I said, ‘Do you know that you are a third generation University of Lethbridge employee?’
MP: That is cool. That’s very cool.
GW: And then I thought you know who else is? Doris’s (Kostiuk) daughter ... because Doris’s daughter worked in the library and she’s a third generation U of L employee. And that for me is the essence of the University of Lethbridge. It’s a person to me. It’s a place that provided me with a stable home, the longest term home I ever had. I’ve had a 40 year relationship with the University of Lethbridge. Forty years. And my daughter’s fiancé is registered here, now. And so he, you know, they’re gonna be ...
MP: It’s gonna go on!
GW: It’s gonna go on. So it’s 40 year relationship with the University of Lethbridge. The University of Lethbridge is 50 years old and I’ve been involved, had some sort of relationship with it for 40 years. So, it feels like one of the most important forces in my life and I can say without hesitation, I love the University of Lethbridge. I love it. I love it. It’s given me so much. It’s, you know, laid the foundation. It’s shaped my life.