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Traci Meades
Maria Savino-Woroniuk
Clark Sutter

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Team Personal Page 2018

 

Calgary Catholic Immigration Society, Calgary
January 2018

Maria has been a volunteer with the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society for the past 3 years.
 
Calgary Catholic Immigration Society, Calgary
January 2018

She has worked with 3 different families assisting immigrants and refugees in their resettlement process and integration upon arriving to Canada.
 
DIRTT, Calgary
January 2018

Alex with a telepresence robot for telecommuters at DIRTT's head office. DIRTT is an acronym for Doing It Right This Time and they focus on sustainability, innovation and minimizing material waste in construction.
 
Western Canada High School, Calgary
January 2018

Mark teaching the basics of finance and investing to a group highly engaged twelfth graders at Western Canada High School.
 
Bowness, Calgary
January 2018

Mark and Alex continue their work on a six-plex in Calgary, to eventually be occupied by a deserving family. Habitat builds affordable housing with the help of volunteers and promotes home ownership as a means to break the cycle of poverty.
 
 
Arizona Rock n Roll Half Marathon, Tempe
January 2018

Mark and Traci after finishing the half marathon, where 20,000 participants ran in sunny, dry and breezy conditions.
 
King Edward Hotel, Toronto
March 2018

Clark presenting to a crowd of over 300 people at an investment conference in downtown Toronto.
 
Preservation Hall, New Orleans
April 2018

Mark on stage at Preservation Hall.  Situated in the heart of the French Quarter on St. Peter Street, the Preservation Hall venue presents intimate, acoustic New Orleans Jazz concerts over 350 nights a year featuring ensembles from a current collective of 100+ local master practitioners.
 
 
Eau Claire, Calgary
May 2018

Mark and Traci participate in the BMO Walk So Kids Can Talk Fun Walk, Canada's largest walk in support of emotional health and well-being  for young people.
 
University of Calgary, Calgary
May 2018

Traci and her daughter, Paige, celebrate at Paige's graduation from Ernest Manning High School.
 
BMO Centre, Calgary
May 2018

One day later, Mark's son, Alex, graduates from Calgary Academy High School.
Dalhousie University, Halifax
June 2018

Two days after Alex's graduation ceremony, Sarah graduates with a BA (Hons) in Sociology from Dalhousie University.
 
Dalhousie University, Halifax
June 2018

George Ramsay, the ninth Earl of Dalhousie and Nova Scotia Lieutenant-Governor at the time, wanted to establish a Halifax college open to all.
During the War of 1812, Britain sent a Royal Navy force to capture Castine (a port in Maine) and turn it into a customs port of entry. When the war ended, the navy returned to Halifax with the money it had collected. Lord Dalhousie invested £7,000 as an endowment for the college. He modeled the college after the University of Edinburgh, near his Scottish home.
Immigration Museum, Halifax
June 2018

Sarah at Canada's National Museum of Immigration.  The facility is often compared to Ellis Island in terms of its importance to mid-twentieth century immigration to Canada.
 
Immigration Museum, Halifax
June 2018

Mark taking the Canadian Citizenship Test which consists of 20 written questions to be completed in 30 minutes.  80% of Canadians taking this mock test at the museum fail to achieve the minimum 15 correct answers.  No surprise, Mark got 18 out of 20.
 
Lunenberg, Nova Scotia
June 2018

The Bluenose was a schooner built in 1921 in Nova Scotia.  She became a provincial icon and an important Canadian symbol in the 1930's and was nicknamed the "Queen of the North Atlantic".

The Bluenose is also famous for being on the Canadian dime (for you kids who don't know what a dime is, ask your parents).
 
Silver Springs Golf & Country Club, Calgary
July 2018

Canada Day is always very important day at our golf course. The regular flags on the greens are replaced with Canada flags and all members wear the patriotic colours of red and white. Mark, as always, added his own Canadian flag with an extended ball retriever to his golf bag on this day.
 
Barrier Lake, Kananaskis
July 2018

Clark hiking near Barrier Lake in Kananaskis country. Barrier Lake is a man made reservoir created for hydroelectric power generation.
 
Barrier Lake, Kananaskis
July 2018

One of Clark’s favourite weekend activities is getting outside and exploring the mountains in K-country.
 
Elk Flats, Kananaskis
July 2018

Maria got lots of rest and relaxation camping out in K-Country this summer.
 
Mathieson & Hewitt, Calgary
August 2018

Behind the scenes at our team photo shoot.
 
Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Whistler, 
August 2019
 
Traci's daughter, Teagan (third from the left) was awarded a BC Tourism Industry Partners bursary after being nominated by Selkirk College, where she is enrolled in the Resort and Hotel Management program.
 
Silver Springs Golf & Country Club, Calgary
September 2019
 
In front of a group of 35 people, a surprised Traci said yes!

After the final putts on the 18th green, the photographer, a friend of Mark's, took a photo of the foursome, then a photo of the other couple, then a photo of Mark & Traci.

Then Mark dropped down to one knee and proposed. Behind Traci, the banner was flipped over to read “Traci-will you marry me?”
 
Bow River, near Castle Mountain
September 2018

Clark kayaking near Castle Mountain, which is halfway between Banff and Lake Louise.
 
Bow River, near Castle Mountain
September 2018

The Bow River begins in the Rocky Mountains, flows through Calgary and across the prairies, eventually ending up in Hudson's Bay.  Clark did not kayak that far because he had to go to work on Monday morning.
 
US Bank Stadium, Minneapolis
November 2018

Mark celebrating his Norwegian heritage on his annual boy's football trip at the Minnesota Vikings game against the Green Bay Packers.
 
Montezuma, Costa Rica
December 2018

Clark proudly holding the mahi mahi he caught while on vacation in Costa Rica.
 
Montezuma, Costa Rica
December 2018

One night, Clark volunteered at a turtle conservation program in Costa Rica. Armed with a red head lamp, he crawled on his hands and knees and softly combed his hands through the sand until he felt something.  He carefully pulled the turtles out of the sand and put them in a bucket. Then they were released into the ocean. In three hours, Clark helped save 63 baby turtles.
 
Merry & Bright Christmas Market, Calgary
December 2018

Maria’s and some girlfriends spent a couple of days making jewelry then set up a booth at the “Merry & Bright Christmas Market”.
 
Light House Ministries - Merry & Bright Christmas Market, Calgary
December 2018

Her gang of gals then sold the jewelry and donated the proceeds to Light House Ministries which provides a refuge for “at risk” women in India.
 
Werdmühleplatz, Zürich
December 2018

Along the Bahnhofstrasse during the Advent period, is the world famous Christmas market at Werdmühleplatz. The most unique attraction is the Singing Christmas Tree. Rowed up on a vertical podium in the shape of an enormous Christmas tree, various choirs from the region spread Christmas cheer with their repertoire of Christmas carols.

Mark's sister, Kirsten, lives and teaches in Zurich and her grade 2 class performed this year.
 
Uetliberg, Zürich
December 2018

Uetliberg is Zurich’s own little mountain, marking the end of the Albis mountain chain on the western side of Lake Zurich. There is a lookout tower on top offering a stunning view over the city, the lake and on to the Alps.
 
Limmat River, Zürich
December 2018

The city of Zürich, a global center for banking and finance, lies at the north end of Lake Zürich in northern Switzerland.  Across the Limmat River are picturesque views Zürich's Old Town.
 
Swiss Chuchi Restaurant, Zürich
December 2018

Located in the centre of Niederdorf, the Swiss Chuchi serves all the Swiss specialties, especially the cheesy ones like fondue and raclette.
 
AmaStella, docked in Basel
December 2018

The AmaStella river cruise started in Basel, Switzerland on Christmas Eve.  Sailing along the Rhine through France and German, Mark, Traci and family ended in Amsterdam on New Year's Eve. 
 
 
Christmas Day, Riquewihr
December 2018

A popular tourist attraction for its historical architecture, Riquewihr looks today more or less as it did in the 16th century.  The half-timbered houses stood out in their various vibrant hues; it is easy to see why this town inspired the village from Beauty and the Beast. 
 
 
Christmas Day, Colmar
December 2018

Colmar is a town in northeastern France, near the border with Germany. Its old town has cobblestone streets lined with half-timbered medieval and early Renaissance buildings. The Gothic 13th-century, Eglise Saint-Martin church stands on central Place de la Cathédrale. The city is on the Alsace Wine Route, and local vineyards specialize in Riesling and Gewürztraminer wines.
 
European Parliament, Strasbourg
December 2018

The city of Strasbourg (France) is the official seat of the European Parliament. All votes of the European Parliament must take place in Strasbourg. "Additional" sessions and committees take place in Brussels. Although de facto a majority of the Parliament's work is now geared to its Brussels site, it is legally bound to keep Strasbourg as its official home.
 
Strasbourg Christmas Market, Strasbourg
December 2018

Historically known as the town which held the very first Christmas Market in 1570 – making it the oldest market in Europe – Strasbourg is now the Capital of Christmas.

This photo shows the makeshift memorial for the victims of the December 10th terrorist attack at the Strasbourg Christmas Market.

Strangely, the weapon used was a Lebel revolver, the standard issue sidearm for officers in the French military during the first World War.
 
Petite France, Strasbourg
December 2018

Petite France is the city's lively tourist hub, known for cobblestone streets, canals, and well-preserved half-timbered homes.

Strasbourg's close proximity to the border of Germany is why German culture has influenced much of the social and cultural life of the city.

Because of its important location, Strasbourg has been fought over since the 1870's and changed hands between German and French rule many times.
 
Ehrenfels Castle, Rüdesheim
December 2018

Ehrenfels Castle is a ruined castle above the Rhine Gorge near the town of Rüdesheim am Rhein in Hesse, Germany. It is located on the steep eastern bank of the river amid extended vineyards. The grape variety Ehrenfelser is named after the castle.
 
Pfalzgrafenstein Castle, Rhein
December 2018

Pfalzgrafenstein Castle is a toll castle on the Falkenau island, otherwise known as Pfalz Island in the Rhine river near Kaub, Germany.
 
Rathaus, Cologne
December 2018

The town hall tower, erected by the Cologne guilds between 1407 and 1414 as a symbol of their leadership over the city following their victory over the nobility in 1396 when they introduced a charter defining the new constitution of the city.

Cologne was one of the most heavily bombed cities in Germany in WW2, destroying almost the entire city. Post war rebuilding resulted in a mixed and unique cityscape.
 
Leidsegracht, Amsterdam
December 2018

Amsterdam is the Netherlands’ capital, known for its artistic heritage, elaborate canal system and narrow houses with gabled facades, legacies of the city’s 17th-century Golden Age.
 
Amstel River, Amsterdam
December 2018

Amsterdam was originally founded in the 12th century as a fishing village. The village derived its name from the Amstel River and the dam that was built in 1220 to avoid the floods from the ZuiderZee (South Sea) entering the inlands. Over time Amstellodamus evolved into Amsterdam.
 
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
December 2018

The Rijksmuseum is a Dutch national museum dedicated to arts and history in Amsterdam.  It displays works by Ruisdael, Vermeer, and Rembrandt, as well as many others. The Night Watch by Rembrandt is, perhaps, the most famous piece in the collection.

The Night Watch is a huge canvas at 16 square metres.  By comparison, the Mona Lisa is less than one square metre.