February 7th, 2018 ~ Vol. 89 No. 6
Friends and Neighbours
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
Theresa Lawrence
Manager, Rx Drug Mart (IDA)
Early Days: Born in Vancouver, Theresa's dad was a hard-working truck driver, and mom was mostly the stay-at-home parent. Theresa has one older sister who lives in Vancouver.

Educationally: Theresa acquired a BSc in Kinesiology at U. Vic. This was followed by an MSc in Ergonomics, or the discipline concerned with understanding how to design an environment that optimizes human well-being, while maximizing overall performance. She obtained this degree in Lulea, Sweden, where she lived for a couple of years. And finally, she studied for a BSc in Pharmacy from UBC. Being an academically excellent student along the way, she managed to acquire not one grant, but several.

Growing up on the west coast, and having previously lived in various small towns throughout BC, Theresa now lives in Sparwood with her husband of a decade, Duane, whom she had met in college at the Outdoors Club. He is the Director of Parks and Recreation for the District, where they have lived for half a dozen years, and where they bought a house this past December. Theresa and Duane also provide a loving home for tabby cat Sammy.

Travel and Adventure: Both enjoy world travel, and, being infinitely curious about world cultures, Theresa has concluded that she is just fundamentally fascinated with the realm of the unfamiliar. Unsurprisingly, the couple took a year off to backpack in India for six months, and then on to Southeast Asia to explore Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Singapore, and Thailand for another six months in similar fashion.
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The Great Outdoors: Additionally, rock climbing, alpine touring, scrambling and hiking are some of their favourite outdoor activities. In other words, says Theresa: “Virtually anything and everything outdoors”. Theresa is also a competitive rower, and started competing and winning in high school. Her sports idol is Silken Laumann, who has rowed for the Canadian National rowing team, and who won a bronze medal in the double sculls in the 1984 Olympics.

As busy as the couple is, careerwise, to their credit, they somehow manage find time to volunteer with the all-important, local search and rescue service.

Theresa is a navigator and air spotter for Elk Valley Air Search and Rescue, flying a Cessna 172.

Dreams: Considered by close friends to be extremely sensitive and self-motivated, Theresa's number one ambition has always been to become someone who, in her life and career, would be able to inspire or to help others. And in her role as chief pharmacist and manager at IDA, one could easily conclude that she has achieved that objective.

As for her most valued role model, it is none other than Mother Teresa -- the Roman Catholic nun who, in having devoted her life to serving the poor and destitute worldwide, won the 1979 Nobel Peace prize.

Finally. . . Down the road, Theresa herself dreams of someday learning at least one other language. And in the big picture, she fervently wishes for peace the world over. She also would like to have more time to play folk and jazz guitar, to listen to the music of singer-pianist Diana Krall, and to continue reading across a wide spectrum of literature.
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