Long-timeschool employee retires

Published on Thu, Mar 29, 2007 by Jacck Kintner

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Long-time school employee retires

By Jacck Kintner

When Donna Wiebe retires from the Blaine School District staff on March 30 two people will be hired to take her place.

“She’s easily the most hard-working person I’ve ever worked with,” said superintendent Ron Spanjer.

Wiebe, who grew up on a truck farm on the Hopewell Road near Everson and supported herself in high school by cultivating, harvesting and selling her own acre of beans, will be honored at a party in her honor on Friday, March 30, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the district’s board room.

“I grew up with David Syre, among others,” she said. “His farm was just a ways south of us but he was on the Mt. Baker school district side of the line,” she said. Wiebe, then Donna Thompson, attended Nooksack, class of 1960.

Following a stint at Skagit Valley College, Wiebe began working for Advanced Electronics, moving to the Blaine school district in 1975. With a brief hiatus in the Cariboo region of B.C. she’s been there ever since, serving in the main office except for eight years, from 1982 to 1990, in the office at Blaine middle school.

Wiebe is a traveler, having recently gone back to China for the second time. “I’ve got a lot on my list,” she said, “now that I have the time, I want to raft the Colorado river and see the Grand Canyon. I want to see the finish of the Iditarod sled dog race, and I have several national parks I want to visit, like Bryce Canyon.” She said she likes the southwest, especially its native culture. “We’d find Indian relics on the farm all the time,” she said, adding that she really loved farm life until she turned 16 and began driving her father’s large dump trucks full of harvested row crops to various places around the county. “It was scary, but I did it,” she said. “Even when some of the men drivers would look at me, a little girl, and think I couldn’t.”

She added she hates to see good farmland go to golf courses, “the last crop a good field puts up.”