QUESNEL CITY COUNCIL> John Brisco
I was born in 1946 and educated in Winnipeg. While in high school, I studied electrical, and enjoyed boxing and playing football.
In 1988 I built and opened a new optical dispensary, The Private Eye. In 1991, the opportunity to relocate to Quesnel presented itself when I was offered a position to manage the London Optical store, working with Dr. Robert Vaughn. My wife Lou was hired in the Diagnostic Imaging Dept. at GR Baker Memorial Hospital, while my daughters Chelsea and Chantal settled in school.
In 1993 our third daughter Rietta was born and I left London Optical to take a position as a sales representative with Luxottica selling eyeglass frames and sunglasses. By 1996 I had built and opened River Valley Health with my friend Tony Penney's help. The first location was on Kinchant St. and the Schotel Family were my landlords; they were great people and I enjoyed my four years in that location.
In 2000 I moved my store to Reid Street. Eric Sargent was my new landlord and a fine man. By 2008 I had upgraded my class two license to a class one, sold River Valley Health, and hired on with Big Eagle to build ice roads just south of Fort Nelson. I worked in the gas field all around the Sikine, the Minaker, and the Trutch rivers. It got as cold there as it was in Winnipeg.
When the road-building job was over I came home and hauled lumber for a local trucking company.
In 2010 I acquired a Level 3 first aid ticket - it took me three tries to pass the practical and while it was difficult, it was also satisfying at 64 years young.
That August I took extensive safety training and went to work with Target Safety on the Husky Oil heavy oil upgrader in Lloydminster. In early 2011 I served as a district crew leader for the Stats Can 2011 census. I recruited, tested, interviewed and trained 16 enumerators. I was proud of the exemplary way in which they accomplished their often difficult tasks in a very timely fashion; no one gave up and quit.
On the lighter side of life, I enjoy playing guitar and singing. I read a lot and enjoy a wide range of topics; an eclectic mix. I also enjoy athletic endeavours such as stand-up paddleboarding and marathon canoe racing for 40 years. My wife and I intend to race again this year. We also enjoy riding road bikes. (I strive to keep up with her!)