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western canada

Western Canada is comprised of Chapters in British Columbia, Calgary and Edmonton Alberta, Saskatoon and Regina Saskatchewan, and Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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MANITOBA

Brian Hosea
Manitoba & NW Ontario Chapter President


Brian Hosea retired from Xerox in 2011 after 34 years in the Winnipeg office. Brian worked in Service and missed it so much after officially retiring, he went back as a Service Contractor until 2020. 

Brian has been Chapter President in this region since 2016, taking over from Wall MacMartin. Past social events include picnics in Teulon, regular lunches at local restaurants, weekly coffee chats, and Christmas get-togethers at the Legion. Brian looks forward to the time when social events can take place face-to-face.

Brian has a large geographic territory. Manitoba region encompasses the province of Manitoba as well as northern western Ontario including Thunder Bay.


Vic Sparling -
Manitoba & NW Ontario Chapter Vice-President


Vic Sparling is the new Chapter Vice-President for Manitoba & NW Ontario.

Vic graduated from Red River College with diploma in Electronics

Technology in 1974, immediately started his 39 year career with Xerox and retired in 2017. If you did the math you’d find a 4 year discrepancy where he returned to college for Business Admin and then took leave to travel twice early on. Thank you Xerox (Al Tresoor) for hiring me 4 times.

Vic started in service and moved through various products and cities until he joined the Operations Support Group in Vancouver, where he trained service personnel and delivered hotline support. Next came a field analyst role supporting digital print products in Vancouver. Vic made a personal choice to return to Winnipeg and temporarily to a service role. Next he was back in an Analyst role, then a Lead Analyst role supporting a team across Manitoba, Saskatchewan and South West Ontario. Vic ended his career as a Workflow and Color Management Consultant.

Vic married Carol who also worked at Xerox (what rumors?). They have 5 children, 7 grandchildren and one great grandchild between them. They will celebrated their 24th anniversary this August.

Carol wants to go to every country on earth and Vic will happily carry her luggage. When they are not travelling Vic likes to ride his motorcycle, play golf, try to play guitar and brew beer.

Saskatchewan

Don MacFarlane - Saskatoon Chapter President

Don & Ruby live in Saskatoon and have been married for almost 10 years. They have a blended family of five children, ten grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Ruby is a retired nurse currently helping out with Covid vaccinations on a casual basis.

Don began his career at Xerox Saskatoon in 1981 after graduating from Saskatchewan Technical Institute. Starting as a service rep on the 3100 family, he transitioned mainly to high volume, laser printing and engineering systems as well as a variety of other products, retiring as an Office Systems Service Professional in 2002. Don spent his entire Xerox career working out of Saskatoon.

Highlights of Don’s career were service rep council, preparing 1090’s for the Olympics in Calgary and self-managed work groups. After retirement Don was asked to become the XCRA Chapter President for Northern Saskatchewan and has spent the past 11 years in that position. Don was also the Western Representative on the National XCRA board for 2 ½ years. Post retirement, Don worked for Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation and Sunnyside Adventist Care Centre doing building operations and maintenance work in both places. On the more leisurely side, Don & Ruby enjoy a good game of golf, travelling and cruising. Don enjoys doing renovations and repairs to his own buildings.

Ray Chomos - Regina Chapter President

Ray graduated from Ryerson in 1969 as an Electronic Technologist and joined Xerox service in Regina in 1973. Ray worked in Regina, Saskatoon, then a rural territory in Yorkton, returning to Regina in 1987 as a Service Manager. Ray worked in that position until 1994 when he moved back into customer service in electronic printing where he worked until his retirement in 2005.

Ray and his wife Heather have 4 children and 9 grandchildren. They enjoy gardening in the summer, dabbling in tomato grafting and maintaining a small bee colony. In the winter Ray enjoys curling, woodworking, reading and simply enjoying the family.

Alberta

Al Norris - Calgary Chapter President

Al started in Saskatoon as a contractor in 1963. A couple years later, he was hired on permanently as a service technician with all of northern Saskatchewan as his territory.

Al married Betty Anne Hopkins in February of 1963. They recently celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary! Congratulations!  Al and Betty Anne have a son and a daughter who travelled with them from Saskatoon to Winnipeg, finally settling in Calgary where they still reside.

In 1969 Al was promoted to a Service Manager in Winnipeg where he served for 10 years. In 1979 he was transferred to Calgary as the Transportation Manager in the Calgary Distribution Centre. Al had many roles in Calgary including training all employees in Southern Alberta in Leadership Through Quality. One of the highlights of Al's career at Xerox was when he was selected as the Operations person for the 4 man 1988 Olympics Team when Calgary was selected as the host city for the Winter Olympics!

Al retired in 1994 and since that time, he grew the Calgary Chapter of Xerox Retirees from the first 3 in 1989 to over a 100 today. 


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Alan Collins - Edmonton Chapter President

Alan joined Xerox in July 1972 as a service rep, initially specializing on low volume, then to high volume B/W and colour products. Afterwards, he served as a Service Support Coordinator for approximately 15 contractors when Xerox outsourced tasks such as routine maintenance. Alan finished up his career as a colour printing analyst doing sales support, network installs and customer training on DocuColor machines with Fiery, Scitex and Splash front ends before retiring in 2004.

Some of the highlights of Alan's career were 2 President’s Club trips: Hawaii 1974 and Rome 1978. Another was supporting the Commonwealth Games held in Edmonton, also in 1978. 

Alan and his wife Ann and have been married nearly 54 years and have 2 sons.

Since retiring Alan has spent a lot of time doing carpentry and home improvements and for a while, spending time riding his motorcycle which he has since given up. He loves photography and some of his work graces the walls of his home.

Alan and Ann live on an acreage so the summers finds them busy maintaining the property, gardening, and enjoying the benefits of living in a rural area among the birds and wildlife. They are prolific readers and the winter often finds them curled up with a good book and a nice glass of wine!

Brian J. Clark - Calgary V.P.

Brian J. Clark started his career with Xerox in Edmonton on May 1, 1974. He originally supported Low Volume devices, 660/813, 720/914/1000, 3100F, 3400F and Microprinters and was soon promoted to OSR in Edmonton South. A highlight during this early period was participating in the 1978 Commonwealth Games.

In 1981 Brian transferred to Western Distribution Center (WDC) Refurb Operations as a Refurb Supervisor/Manager in charge of the Low Volume cleaning pool, Drum Module Program, Painting Operations, Parts Department and Refurb Plant maintenance group and Safety Supervisor for WDC. He also launched the Western Operations Mechanical Repair Program (MRP) for Western Canada and developed a non Xerox painting facility utilizing the resources left after Refurb’s closure..

Brian moved to Customer Service as Service Manager, assisting Al Norris with some of the planning/testing for the 1988 Olympics. Managed low volume, mid volume, color, decentralized electronic printing and rural areas over the next 11 years. With the introduction of workgroup coaches and downsizing of the Service Manager role Brian moved back into field service assuming the Specialist role for Color Products in Calgary and launching a large number of color products including large production products for Print Shops.

Brian’s final role at Xerox was a Color Production Service Specialist supporting Production Color Products and computer front ends. This culminated with the launch of the million dollar iGen3 Product Printing System

Brian retired in 2008 and in 2011 returned to WDC supporting and managing Western Canada Dustoff Operations until the warehouse closure in 2018.

British Columbia

Jolland Leung - British Columbia Chapter President

After a 44-year tenure with Xerox of Canada Ltd., Jolland recently retired in February 2018. He serves as the BC Chapter President of Xerox Canada Retiree Association.

Jolland has happily married to his wife Sharon for 48 years, has 2 sons, 2 daughters-in-law and 8 grandchildren. With God’s grace all his family members are committed Christians. 



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Doug Beech - British Columbia Chapter Vice-President

Doug Beech joined Xerox in Vancouver in May of 1975. During his career he worked mainly in Customer Service in the roles of Service Rep, Technical Specialist, Service Trainer, Printing System Specialist and Service Manager. In 1995 he relocated to Victoria as Service Manager for Vancouver Island. When Doug retired in November 2008 he was the Service Manager responsible for Vancouver Island, Northern BC and the Yukon.

Doug and his wife Jenny feel very fortunate to live in beautiful Victoria, BC. They will celebrate their 47th wedding anniversary in 2021. They have two sons, one married and living in Wisconsin and one living in Victoria. In retirement Doug and Jenny enjoy cruising the BC coast in their 34 foot power boat “Timeless” and spending time with friends and family. Doug has volunteered as boating safety instructor with Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons and is an active volunteer in other organizations mostly marine related.

Doug is excited to be more involved in the XCRA. It is a great way to reconnect with folks and reminisce about the good old days at the big X.


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