I graduated in June, 1968 and spent the next full school year in Cross Lake,
Manitoba working as a teacher-aide for Dept. of Indian Affairs, after an
intensive six-week program at the University of Manitoba. Great experience,
and a wonderful way to discover I didn't want to spend my life as a teacher.
After that I went out to Vancouver, where I worked and went to night-school,
earning a Certificate in Broadcasting. I got my first broadcasting job at
CJNB in North Battleford, and stayed there for almost 3 years as the evening
rock 'n roll disc-jockey. Over the next few years I worked at CFMQ-FM and
CKCK Radio & TV in Regina, and at CFMC-FM in Saskatoon.(great fun ...no
In June 1975 I married Linda Racicot, and in the fall we moved to
Regina and a new job as an communications officer with the provincial
government. I continued to work part-time as a radio announcer at CKCK radio
thru most of the 1980's. Linda and I have four children: Lori (1976), Shari
(1978), Teri (1986) and Daniel (1988). I worked briefly in the private
sector in the 1980's, but after almost 20 years in government I left in 2003
to pursue semi-retirement and a new career in financial planning.
I was the
last of the Degenstien clan to graduate from the old BCI (along with my
older sisters Diana, Edna, and Patricia. Older brother Todd attended but
left early) before it was rolled into the Comprehensive Highschool in North
Battleford. Linda and I have attended several of the BCI reunions over the
years and always enjoy seeing old friends.