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Tracy attended the University of Manitoba and took 3 years, from 1995-1998, towards her Bachelor of Fine Arts. In 1998, she moved to Calgary and worked for La Senza and Jacob's Women's Clothing as an Assistant Manager.


Leonard, the second son of Peter and Mamie Slobodian, was born in Minnedosa on April 6, 1946. He attended school in Erickson, St. Vladimir's in Roblin and st. Joseph's in Y orkton, SK.

In the 1960's, with his brother's, Calvin and Brian, they helped their father in the International Harvester farm machinery business and operated farms in the Mountain Road and Ditch Lake area. In 1966, Leonard purchased land from Cliff Hodges, the former Wm. McMillan farm and in 1976, the former Gusdal and Doan farms were added to the operation. Len farmed until 1998 when the farms were sold to Mr. Ron Hill from Northern Ireland.

In 1968, after working winters at Simp lot in Brandon and INCa in Sudbury, Len returned to school and attended the University of Manitoba where he received his B.A. in 1971 and Certificate in Education in 1972. Len was employed by Rolling River School Division in 1974 teach­ ing Senior High in Erickson. During this period, Leonard guided several school tours to British Columbia, the Maritimes and Central Canada. He also coached volley­ ball, badminton and track and field, bringing home to Erickson many Provincial Gold medals.

Len was a long time member of the Boy Scouts movement and later aided Mr. Dorland Burkett as Scout Leader. In 1965, he received his Hunter Safety Trainer's Certificate and instructed Hunter Safety Courses III Erickson. He was a member of the Erickson Lions Club, filling Lion positions of Club Secretary, Zone Chairman and Deputy District Governor. During his office of Deputy District Governor, Len promoted the Lions Eye Bank and received the Governor's Award. Len spent many years on the RRSD Negotiating Committee increasing teacher bene­ fits in our division. He was a ten-year member of the Ducks Unlimited Proven Marsh Committee that raised funds for wetland protection. Len is a Past-President of the Erickson and Area Wildlife Club and a founding member of the Prairie Mountain Fly Fishers. For the past several years, Len has spent time in the West Kootenay area flyfish­ ing West Slope Cutthroats.

In June 1971, Len married Janice Smith, daughter of Doug and Shirley Smith of Oak Lake, MB. Janice completed her secondary education in Virden and attended the University of Manitoba earning her Bachelor of Human Ecology degree in 1972. During this period, she worked for Oshust's Solo Store and for Visitor's Service in Riding Mountain National Park. Jan obtained her Level 3 Child Care and taught Kiddie College in Erickson. She was a

volunteer 4-H Leader for ten years. Jan is currently employed at Summer Fashions.

Len and Jan have two daughters, Natasha, born November 11, 1974 and Sarah, born Febrnary 28, 1977. Natasha completed her secondary education in Erickson and attended the University of Manitoba where she received her Bachelor of Science in Agriculture in 1998. Natasha is currently enrolled in a Master's program in Soil Sciences at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon. Sarah completed her secondary education in Erickson and later attended Assiniboine Community College in Brandon receiving her Business Administration Diploma. She is currently employed at Parkway Insurance and is engaged to Jason Gunnarson, son of Elster and Barbara Gunnarson of ana noIe.

Len and Jan presently live in the Clear Lake area and take advantage of all the benefits Riding Mountain National Park has to offer. They both enjoy fishing, hiking and cross-country skiing.


Nick and Nellie Slobodian had four daughters: Jean, Bernice, Carol and Marlene.

Jean and her husband, Bill Michalchilk, live in Ear Falls, ON. Bill is retired. They have four children: Gloria lives in Edmonton, AB, where she is completing univer­ sity. Wes and his wife, Paulette, live in Kenora., ON. They have two children, Jessica and Jacob. Tom and his wife, Renee, live in Ear Falls, ON. They have twin boys, Brody and Braden. Billy lives in Thunder Bay, ON, where he is attending college.

Bernice, born August 5, 1940, married Claus Kaltwasser, born June 13, 1934, in 1961. They live in Prince George, Be. They have two daughters. Corrine, born November 7, 1962, married Randy Drause, born May 19, 1956, in 1983. They have two children: Cody Randel, born June 17, 1986 and Brayden Nickolas, born June 10, 1989. Debra, born July 7, 1967, married Wade Hounsell, born January 3, 1963, in 1994. They have one son, Ty Lome, born May 19, 1998 and are expecting another addi­ tion to their family in early 2000.

Carol is married to Raymond Langlais and they live in Cormorant, MB. Carol has retired from the police force and is now semi-retired.

Marlene married Jim King. They live in Wawa, ON, and have two children, Katina and Teri.


Leona continued to work at Earley's Pharmacy until she chose to retire in 1986. The pace oflife continues with a different focus, working with the Legion Auxiliary and the Hospital Auxiliary. It was at this time, with many friends in the same situation, the community group known