LTCHS to host Hall of Fame induction

  • Oct. 22, 2014 5:11 p.m.

Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School will host its annual Hall of Fame induction this Friday.

Two former students are set to be inducted to the school’s Hall of Fame – Don Kjorven, who graduated in 1974 and Keith Rempel, who graduated in 2003.

Kjorven is a 38-year member of the Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance. He is also a CSIA level four instructor and examiner and a level two coach.

His competitive highlights include being part of the Canadian Interski team in Seto, Italy in 1983, in Banff in 1987 and in St. Anton, Austria in 1991.

He was also named the Alberta Amateur Freestyle Ski Champion in 1979 and was also named the Molson Team Pro Racing Alberta Champion – Canyon Team – that same year. Kjorven was also a Canadian Pro Freestyle competitor from 1974 to 1976.

Other professional accomplishments include being a 14-year member of the CSIA National Technical Committee. He also spent two years as chair of that committee, as well two years as chair of the National CSIA board of directors.

Kjorven was also the Canyon Ski Area pro from 1972 to 1977, the Marmot Basin Ski pro from 1978 to 1981, the Broken River, New Zealand ski pro in 1980, the director of skiing at Sunshine Village from 1982 to 1989, the director for sales and marketing for Sunshine Village from 1989 to 1991 and the director of skiing and marketing at Nakiska from 1991-1993.

In addition, Rempel has become one of Alberta’s most successful bassists since graduating from Lindsay Thurber in 2003. During his high school years he played tuba and bass in band and was a vocalist in the choral program.

In 2007, he was the first totally blind graduate of the MacEwan University music program, where he majored in upright bass performance.

Rempel has performed and recorded extensively with some of Canada’s finest musicians in a wide variety of genres including jazz, Celtic, folk, Latin and country.

His performance highlights include playing at Edmonton’s Folk Music Festival, the International Jazz Festival in Edmonton, the Folk on the Rocks festival in Yellowknife, touring around North America with award-winning songwriter fiddler Lizzy Hoyt, touring Chile with Marco Claveria and playing with the Craig Moritz band opening for Dwight Yoakam.

His recording highlights to date include working with Hoyt, Kayla Hotte, Vicky Berg, Daniel Gervais, Jesse Dollimont and the Osprey’s Justine Vandergrift, Lauren Busheikin and Ky Babyn.

The induction ceremony will take place this Friday at the Memorial Centre at 1 p.m.

– Fawcett

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