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Hank Reis, Campion College High School, B.Ed., B.A. (Saskatchewan)

Teacher (retired)

Hank Reis

Hank graduated from Campion High school in 1944, and was a teacher at the high school.

Hank Reis is the first of three generations who have attended Campion. His sons, Pat, Greg, and Tim all attended Campion High School. As well, Pat (B.A., Political Science and English), Tim (B.A., Economics and English) and Mark (B.A., History and Political Science) all graduated from Campion College at the University of Regina. Pat's son Ethan is currently a Campion student in his fourth year working to complete his Political Science degree.

Besides Ethan, four other grandchildren (of that third generation) also attended Campion College. Greg's son, Jake, graduated with a B.Sc. Hons. and is presently attending the University of Toronto in his fourth year of a doctorate program in biological chemistry. Greg's daughter, Olivia, attended the college until her third year when she was accepted into the College of Medicine at the U of S. She is now doing her residency.

Two of Mark's children also attended. Henry graduated with bachelor degrees in Geology and Geography. Cooper graduated with a B.A. in Economics and Geography. Hank's daughter, Kathy, attended Marion High School---which was the girls' counter-part to Campion High School---and (following in Hank's footsteps) taught in the separate school system.

As a student, Hank recalls happy years at Campion High School filled with stories (and schoolboy antics) that make for a colourful past. All within the framework of a precise schedule: 7:00 A.M. mass, classes during the day, study hall in the evenings after supper and before bed. Having countless students in residence meant rationing limited hot water at shower time: three minutes. There was time for basketball in the eight-foot ceiling gymnasium. Weekends often meant taking in a movie and watching news reels about the Second World War.

If humour = tragedy + time, then Hank's past includes a few follies. Hank shares,

"Occasionally, a few of us would sneak out of the grounds on the east end of the football field, across 23rd Avenue, across from the jail farm (now Wascana Hospital grounds) to Wascana Lake and go for a dip. On one of those occasions, I cut my foot on a piece of glass and the bleeding wouldn't stop so I had to report it to one of the Jesuits. He took me to the Grey Nuns Hospital for stitches. I expected the worst, and maybe even being expelled, but it was never mentioned again.

On another occasion while teaching at Campion, the Principal, Father Boyle called me on the intercom to come down to the office. I had a few live animals in the biology lab, one of them was a snake and it escaped. Just my luck, the snake ended up two floors down and Father McCardle (who had a fear of snakes) woke up to a snake staring him in the face! Not a happy day."

Amongst the many quotes from American Poet, Maya Angelou, there is one that reads: "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." As a teacher, Hank says the Jesuits and staff at the high school treated the lay teachers very nicely, adding, "They invited us to wonderful dinners on several occasions and we also had the occasional Happy Hour on Fridays."

Now in his nineties, Hank is happy (as is his wife, Bernadette) to sit back, share special time with his grandchildren and enjoy the fruits of his mentorship given to those he taught. He concludes, "I am happy to follow the success of former students, which includes my sons."