Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 17, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
22 TH n i a s a ss SB I Announcing! As a Y-Tex distributor in Canada Semen available from the following herds: Parisien Beat Galant Apollo Donald Mr. Image Maine-Anjou Maine-Event Wotan Tyrol Springer Foxlease Citation Paclamar Dairyman MacSwan Prince Rockmen Blonde 'Aquitaine Jersey Chianina Limousin Angus Red Angus Hereford Contact: UNIVERSAL P.O. Box 910 Cardston, Alberta, Canada Phone (403) 653-4437 EDUCATION OFFICIAL SIGNS UP FOR CLASS PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. (CP) Former gold miner Claude Duperreault is living proof that elected education officials can practise what they preach. He has enrolled as a full-time student at the College of New Caledonia, where he also sits on the governing council. "I was selling the college to other people so much that I finally sold myself." said Mr. Duppereault, a Quesnel school trustee who has represented the town on the lO-member regional college council for nearly two years. He said his decision to attend the college was personal, not just a means of learning more about the institution. Six days a week, Mr. Duperreault, 43, exchanges the comforts of his home and family in Quesnel, 75 miles south of this central British Columbia city, for the meagre charms of a bunk bed in an overcrowded army hut the temporary college dormitory. Privacy is minimal. The rooms are so crowded that inhabitants are "pushed out into the halls and dining room when they are not he said. Children delighted Mr. Duperreault's children, aged 9 and 13, take a mischievous delight in the fact that their father now has to do homework. "They think it's a gas. Their only regret is that I'm not in Quesnel so they could see me sweat." Almost everyone in the college accepts him as just another student, although he finds himself the target of student deputations because "you're on council and can do something about this." He has enrolled in Humanities 1, a composite program of English, philosophy and classics. In addition, his course includes first-year history and psychology. During the first hectic weeks he was startled to discover how much he did not know. "It has been quite a revelation. My friends said, 'You're an educated man; you will know all but I am finding that I don't really know anything. "But I am finding it stimulating, partly because I've never been afraid to ask questions." Enjoys challenge His biggest challenge, he said, is recovering the concentration needed for successful study, an ability which almost totally disappears when people are out of school for several years. "I always considered myself an amateur historian but I find now I was just a guy who enjoyed reading history It is not enough to feel that something is logical or right. You have to prove it, I'm learning now." Administrative problems seem much more real than when viewed from the lofty perspective of a college council. The library is too small. A class of 20 might be assigned to read a book and find there are only three copies. The college cafeteria serves no hot meals and is so small that students line up halfway down the hall to get a cup of coffee after the first morning class. He said there is ample ground for complaint, yet the students show ad- mirable restraint. Keeps council seat "They don't have time to protest. I can't imagine this kind of restraint at one of the Vancouver community colleges." Mr. Duperreault is continuing to sit on both the Quesnel school board and the college council but he said he may have to step down if the work load becomes too great. It is an unusual dual role, but nothing in Mr. Duperreault's varied life has been conventional. He was assistant director of the Saskatchewan Centre for Community Studies, an urban planning body, and executive secretary of that province's committee on bilingualism before he moved to Quesnel in 1966, a victim of gold fever. "There was an increase in gold prices expected at the time and we thought we would get in on the ground floor." He tried placer mining in the Quesnel and Barkerville areas for seven years but was never able to make enough money. He ran successfully for the school board in 1971 at the urging of a school principal with whom he often discussed the progress of his children. From there, he was named to the 10-member college council, where he serves on the student liaison committee. After completing his studies, Mr. Duperreault plans to earn a teaching degree and specialize in adult education.