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I am proud to say that my family has been in Canada for 130 of Canada’s 150 years.

My great, great grandfather, Edward Jacques, moved his family to Calgary from England in 1887 and we have had a presence here ever since. It is interesting to watch Calgary change over the generations. My grandfather grew up on Elbow Drive, just before 30th Avenue SW; his home was the third last in the city. When my parents bought their house in Southwood (close to South Centre), it was the third last house in the city. When my wife Angela and I bought our house out in Sundance (close to Highway 22X), it was the third last house in the city. Every generation moved out to the suburbs looking for a good place to raise a family. Now the house on Elbow Drive has gone from the ‘burbs’ to inner city. Maybe my house will be inner city 100 years from now.

Some of my earliest memories are of my dad taking the family downtown to watch the construction of the Husky Tower (now the Calgary Tower); that was back in 1967. The Tower was being built in conjunction with Canada’s 100th anniversary. At more than double the height of the next tallest structure, Elveden House, the Tower was a great monument to Canada’s anniversary and a real landmark for our skyline. It is remarkable on how much both Calgary and Canada have grown since then.

Garth J – Triovest

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