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A time to catch up with the past at Golden Secondary School

A reunion is being planned for former students at Golden Secondary School.

The 40th reunion is coming up for graduates from Golden Secondary School. For those of you who don’t feel like doing the math, that means everyone who graduated in 1972 will be getting together to catch up with old friends.

“We don’t get many chances to see and talk to the people from our past and for me it is fun and interesting to see and talk to the people I went to school with.  Some of us have kept in touch but there are also those you only get to see at reunions,” said one of the organizers, Anna Jean Abel, now residing in Cranbrook.

“It is fun to see and talk to the people who were such a big part of your life growing up. It’s interesting to see how those people are 40 years later.”

Sometime last fall Abel was talking to fellow organizer Margaret Nelmes, and they decided to contact Jean Persson in Golden, who was key in organizing these events in the past. “Fortunately we have had previous reunions, I think the last one was our 25th anniversary. We did have a list of names and addresses but many had moved,  some have passed away and some we never did have contact with,” said Abel. “Margaret spent many many hours on the internet and telephone. We really have her to thank for the number of people we were able to contact because she worked at it.”

The reunion is open to anyone who attended school during that time, as well as teachers. It is taking place at the Kicking Horse Grill on August 11, starting with cocktail hour, and dinner after that. The restaurant is booked until midnight. Then on Sunday morning Persson has invited everyone up to her house starting at about 10 a.m., and they are planning coffee, tea and muffins. Anyone interested in attending can contact Abel at 250-426-3552 (early evening is best) or at In order to give the restaurant adequate notice, people can register until August 3.