Posted on Jun 02, 2020
From her upbringing and start to her teaching career in Scotland incoming President Elect of Ladner Rotary in 2020-21, Ann Waldo, told club members about her adventures in education and married life throughout some remote areas of Canada. A Rotarian of almost 15 years, Ann recently joined the club from the Rotary Club of Sechelt.
Ann chose Canada over Australia to emigrate and started life in Fort McMurray as a teacher when the Northern Alberta town was starting to boom with oil sands workers and their families pouring in for all the new jobs opening. Before long she married her boss, the high school principal, George Waldo. They moved to Cold Lake, Alberta, where she also taught high school.

Moving to Calgary, so George could attend dental school, he instead earned his Bachelor of Education degree. Their first child arrived then they were off to teach in an Innuit community of 300 people in the far north of Quebec, near the Arctic Circle. They both taught there for five years and their second child arrived.

Then it was off to Peachland, BC, where the Waldos lived for 34 years. Ann spent four years raising their young children, before returning to teach at an elementary school, eventually moving into administration as a vice principal. During that time she also earned a Master of Education degree from the University of Victoria. George Waldo served for three years as district councillor (1976-1979) then as mayor for 19 years, from 1980 to 1994 and then 1997 to 2002.

She and George retired to Sechelt in 2006. He had been a Rotarian for many years along the way, but Ann joined the Rotary Club of Sechelt in 2006. There she held many positions, including club president. She puts a high priority on new member mentorship and fellowship and comes well prepared to take on the role of president next year.