Alberta Youth Heritage Project
Will Sinclair High School, Rocky Mountain House
When English teacher Nona Barker saw a television program that examined the most influential people of the last millennium, she thought the idea might be an interesting one for her English 20 students.
"Why not produce our own countdown by determining the most influential people in Rocky Mountain House's history?… We have at least 200 years to
explore--who knows? We may be surprised at what we find."
The 24 students and their teacher set themselves to researching, writing and producing a video on these influential people. They researched in the local museum, archives, library and newspaper office. They designed, delivered and compiled surveys to find out who people in the community thought of as influential. Arriving at a working list, they began developing interview questions and collected historic photographs that they could use in their production.
They contacted and set appointments with people who would be sources of knowledge about the influentials they had chosen. They studied film and interview techniques, wrote, edited and produced scripts as well as created storyboards to shape the final product. After all of the interviews and documents were completed (and in some cases re-interviewed) they worked through the editing process, arriving at the final product.
Our Town, Our People is a 105 minute-long documentary video on ten influential citizens through the 200 year history. It was presented to the public on May 31, 2001 at the Rocky Mountain House Community Centre.
Lou Soppit, current and long-time mayor
Helen Hunley, former Lt. Governor of Alberta, businesswoman, mayor and MLA
Jack and Angie Edgerton, community builders
William Kirby, Rocky's first postmaster
Martin Nordegg, mining engineer and entrepreneur
Grace Schierholtz, editor of the Rocky Mountaineer
Chief Walking Eagle
John Plathhan, community musician and bandmaster
Will Sinclair, former school board chairman
Alfred J. Hooke, MLA and cabinet minister