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Cherie Souther Lethbridge’s Cherie Souther grew up in oilfields around the world.

So when the mother of seven children, now aged five to 24, started thinking of returning to school, she looked back to the experiences she had as a child in the Mediterranean and Canada where her father, an engineer, lived and worked. “I got a taste for it growing up,” she explains, “and I thought I’d like to give my own children that experience.”

She met with the Lethbridge College’s career counsellors and realized that a career in Geomatics Engineering Technology – work which could take her back to oilfields to survey and map the land – was the perfect fit. “They really helped me form a picture of what the future could look like,” she says.

Souther started school in the fall of 2011 and is on track to receive her diploma this spring. Her instructors and mentors call her an outstanding student. She says her grandmother and children have been her inspiration.

“My kids are inspirational because they set a good example,” she says, including one daughter who is a Red Seal hairstylist and attended the college, and another who is currently attending the college. “My grandmother was a strong woman who went on to do things she never thought she’d be able to do.”

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Story by Lisa Kozleski, photo by Gregory Thiessen.
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