Gwen and her father

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My dad is 86 years into his journey of life. His stories are amazing—living through the Depression, obtaining only grade-eight education (that was all his one-room school offered), doing all sorts of jobs and ending as a gas plant operator. My dad taught me honesty, the art of humor, [that] there is nothing I couldn't do if I put my mind and heart into it, and that I am loved and valued. To this day, he is my golfing, fishing, gardening, card playing, Christmas lights decorating buddy. My dad being alive today is the best gift ever.

Gwen, Alberta, Canada