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Calgary Herald - June 19, 2000
Father's day - Kids, dads celebrate fatherhood
By Joe Woodard
Despite the threatening weather on Father’s
Day, Calgary’s streets and parks were filed with fathers and
Mark St. Mand and his wife, Susan, took their
three children_Cathy, 7, Connor, 5, and Cameron, 2, _ to the
Then came their first-ever ride on the LRT,
and next a stroll down the Stephen Avenue Mall, “so Daddy could
see the (antique) cars” on display.
The kids were still overwhelmed by the train
ride, and daddy was still enjoying their awe.
“Life’s been a lot of fun since they started
arriving,” said St. Mand.
Gord Miller was one of the Calgarians
displaying a “muscle car” on the mall.
And sitting in the passenger seat of his 1974
Plymouth Roadrunner was his son, David, 10, eager to take charge
of the car some day.
“Depends how responsible he becomes,” David’s
“We put a lot of work into rebuilding the
body and the interior, and some day, we’ll have to rebuild the
The Variety Club of Southern Alberta held its
Father’s Day Picnic at South Glenmore Park.
Photo (Mickey Dumont, Calgary Herald)
Oded Glickson plays on a slide with his
11-month-old daughter Elite on Sunday during a Father's Day
Picnic at South Glenmore Park.
The Prince’s Island crowd also ignored clouds
and occasional drizzles. Tim Janz and his kids Emily, 12, and
Nicholas, 10, spent the afternoon riding their mountain bikes up
and down the island’s little hills.
But the kids had to take it easy on daddy.
“I had the kids skiing, this spring, and
broke a couple of ribs, showing off,” Janz said.
“So then, last month, we get these mountain
bikes, and Nicholas start saying, ‘Do a donkey kick, do a donkey
kick.’ I do one, and then he says,’ higher, do one higher.'
“So finally, I fly right over the handlebars
and re-injure the ribs I’d injured skiing.”
Janz said he wanted to have kids, so he could
do all the “kids’ things “ again, especially climbing on monkey
“But I have to be a little more careful now,”
“My body’s not quite so resilient as it was
15 years ago.
Prince’s Island was also the venue for the
Men’s Education and Support Associations Sixth Annual Father’s
MESA is an organization for non-custodial
fathers, trying to fulfill their paternal role under difficult
Tom Mathias attended the MESA picnic with
daughter Elysia, 11, and Nicholas, 8, and they spent the
afternoon, kicking around a soccer ball.
I didn’t have access to my children for a
year and-a half,” Mathias said.
As a result, I had two heart attacks. The
government and the courts don’t think much of fathers, these
At 2 p.m., Sunday, the two dozen fathers at
the picnic, with their kids, released 80 purple balloons into
the air - a balloon, for every hundred divorces in Alberta this
They also released a single black balloon, to
represent all the fathers who have no access to their kids, and
the few who have committed suicide as a result.
“Our Father’s Day Picnic is just a chance for
fathers to celebrate with their kids,” said MESA organizer Paul
“It’s a chance to forget about courts and
lawyers and all the times we don’t get to be with them.”
Copyright 2000 Calgary Herald