“The channels between inner and outer worlds can remain open” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Marge Belcourt by © Aaron McCullough

“Marge was born in Drumheller, Alberta. Yes, the place with the dinosaurs. When she was three she moved to Calgary and has been here ever since. She was a teacher from 1965-2000 when she was elected as Trustee for the Catholic School Board and has been in that position ever since. She taught social studies and always enjoyed politics so running for Trustee seemed a perfect fit. She felt that it would be a great idea to have a Trustee that had been in the “trenches” so to speak. She lives with her husband, Armand and has two sons, David and Armand whom, incidentally, are teachers as well. I was familiar with her last name as I knew someone who shared it. As it turned out I had worked with her son, David, many times and knew him quite well. I had worked along side him on a few films and then later, when I was the paint Co-ordinator for the CBC television series Heartland, hired him to work on my crew. A small world we live in.” – Aaron M

Image by © Aaron McCullough

An Interview with Marge

Q. What is the best memory you have from a previous birthday?

AA great party with 40 people, all family and close friends. My grandkids did all the decorating and were excited. The family kept me so busy I didn’t suspect anything until the night before when my grandkids made a little slip.

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A.  When I turned 25 and thought “Gee, I’ m a quarter of a century old.” I was working and taking university courses, tired and broke, with no time to celebrate

Q. What was the present you’ve received for your birthday that surprised you most?

A. A trip to Las Vegas.

Q. Is there a food or dish that you insist on eating on your birthday?

A. No, I like to try new foods.

Q. What do you believe is the most important aspect of celebrating a birthday?

A. Sharing it with family and friends.

Q. Do you have any traditions or thing you always do to celebrate a birthday? What is it?

A. No, just a big feast and cake, and spending times with everyone.