Posted by John Paterson

All About John Paterson

I'm an Albertan, born in Lethbridge, resided (off and on) in Edmonton since the early 1950's. My wife Barbara is a celebrated Canadian sculptor who has created monuments which can be seen across Canada. We have three sons and seven grandchildren. Throughout our marriage and until recently we raised dogs and exhibited them in dog shows across North America.

My Post Secondary education started at the University of Alberta where I received degrees in Arts and Education in the 1950's Formal graduate studies were then undertaken at Leland Stanford Jr. University and the University of Washington . This provided me with credentials for careers in both Education and Psychology . After some classroom teaching experiences in rural Alberta and Edmonton, I joined the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta and officially served as a Professor and Administrator from 1967 to 1996. It has been my good fortune to be able to maintain relations with the University of Alberta to the present time.

Prior to my retirement I had the opportunity to travel and held Visiting Professorships at the University of Reading (England) , Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) , North East London Polytechnic (England) University of Washington (USA), plus Massey University (New Zealand), among others.
I joined the Downtown Edmonton Rotary Club in January 1966 and over the years served on many committees both within the Club and District 536. 
I was President of our Club in 1988/89 and held the position of District Governor when District 5370 was formed in 1999/2000. Both Barbara and I received Paul Harris Fellowships from the Edmonton Club. Over the years countless Rotary speaking engagements for me have been experienced , both close to home and in other parts of the World. My 50 year membership badge was presented in 2016.
Probably the most exciting phases of my work areas were on the podium, on radio, or on television . In 1982 I began radio broadcasting in Edmonton and was co-host of the program "That's Living" for nine years . This show was honored in 1985 as the Top Community Affairs Program in Canada.
Along with co-hosts Dr. Henry Janzen and Dr. Carl Blashko, we presented research results from this media exposure in the United States, Ireland, Japan, Singapore, as well as most Canadian Provinces. Personally , many speaking engagements in earlier times , less involvement last few years , now close to zero.
Yet, experiences can fit together with family life in a positive fashion. For example, my Father was our Rotary District Governor (536) in the early 1960's. Barbara missed out on Rotary Club visits during my District Governor years,as she created her"Women Are Persons" Monument,now placed on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Not really a serious problem as she was and is very aware of my ideas presented in Rotary speeches.   
At the present time our oldest son is Dean of Education at a B.C. University; (David) our second son resides in Halifax, linked to travel with WestJet, as well as radio broadcasting; (Jamie) plus our youngest son, immersed in radio, now as a broadcaster and administrator in Edmonton; (Duncan).
             Also important , all three families own dogs!