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Certificates: Transit / Skytrain “First Rider’s Club” x 2 (1994)

Certificates: Transit “First Rider’s Club” / Skybridge connecting New Westminster with Surrey
Certificates: Transit “First Day” Surrey Skytrain Extension, 1994

Note: also have Seabus 1st day certificate, will update this archive upon finding

Note: there is a chance i wasn’t actually on these rides… 

Certificate: Graduation, Adult High School (Alpine School District, Utah), 1988

Invite: Graduation, Adult High School (Alpine School District, Utah), cover

In the event you doubt my credentials, I present prestigious documentation for your perusal… Hey, I can’t seem to find the certificates for the invitation to the ceremony (which I did not attend), so a blurry snapshot will have to do for now as evidence.

Invite: Graduation, Adult High School (Alpine School District, Utah), inside (blurry)

Noting I have more to say about this and how I left high school a couple weeks into “senior year” and in rolled at Utah Technical College, later Utah Valley Community College, later several other name changes… and took an assortment of classes about photography, ceramics, mountaineering, anthropology and creative writing.

As it goes, attending this then-little college with an interesting eclectic mix of ages, interests, attitudes etc. was a fantastic decision. More to say another time, perhaps when I add the actual certificate and other related materials.

Artifacts (youngtime): Chief Scout’s Award – evidence / letters, photos, certificate – 1983

from left Dave Olson, various RCMP and Judge, Bob Olson front, Brad Coleman far right – receiving Chief Scout’s award, 1983

In Canadian Scouts, the highest accolade one can achieve is the Chief Scout’s Award. Requires a whole load of badges and tasks and whatnot – sorta like the US Eagle Scout i suppose.

Anyhow, as it goes, most Scouts earn this on their way out and onto Ventures (the next age bracket group) but diligent as i am, earned at a young age (was told youngest ever but no way to verify) and attended the ceremony (requiring special permission apparently) along with older brother Bob and pal Brad Coleman. 

What follows are artifacts and evidence from the event and award.

(As obvious) this is a letter from Governor General who is apparently the Chief Scout of Canada) acknowledging earning of eponymous Chief Scout’s Award.

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Report Card: Grade 7, Prince Charles Elementary / Surrey, 1982-83

Report Card: Grade 7, Prince Charles Elementary / Surrey, 1982-83 / grades and remarks
Report Card: Grade 7, Prince Charles Elementary / Surrey, 1982-83 / cover

See also: Class Photos, vol. 2 – Prince Charles Elementary, 5-6 + extras

Report Card: Grade 6, Prince Charles Elementary / Surrey, 1981-82

Report Card: Grade 6, Prince Charles Elementary / Surrey, 1981-82, part 1
Report Card: Grade 6, Prince Charles Elementary / Surrey, 1981-82, part 2

See also: Class Photos, vol. 2 – Prince Charles Elementary, 5-6 + extras

Report Card: Grade 5, Prince Charles Elementary / Surrey, 1980-81

Report Card: Grade 5, Prince Charles Elementary / Surrey, 1980-81 cover and signatures
Report Card: Grade 5, Prince Charles Elementary / Surrey, 1980-81 / grades and remarks

See also: Class Photos, vol. 2 – Prince Charles Elementary, 5-6 + extras

Artifacts (youngtime): Dave making words, ca 1980

Artifacts (youngtime): Dave making words at school, ca 1980

Report Card: Grade 4, Harold Bishop & Prince Charles Elementary / Surrey, 1979-80

Report Card: Grade 4, Harold Bishop Elementary / Surrey, 1979-80 / cover and remarks
Report Card: Grade 4, Harold Bishop Elementary / Surrey, 1979-80 / grades and remarks

Changed schools from Harold Bishop to Prince Charles when family moved…

Report Card: Grade 4, Prince Charles Elementary / Surrey, 1980 / grades
Report Card: Grade 4, Prince Charles Elementary / Surrey, 1980 / cover and remarks

Artifacts (youngtime): Drawings of pigs and farms (and a buffalo), ca 197x

Drawing: Pig head, David Olson, Age 7, Surrey, BC
Drawing: Pig head, David Olson, Age 7, Surrey, BC

Fascinated by pigs of all kinds from a young age, i made scrapbook, drawing, plans for ownership, and learned the names and habits of everykind of swine from peccaries, to warthogs, to javelina. My sports-teams are always named after pigs (street hockey and fantasy sports to be more accurate) and i invented characters including “Super Pig” with appropriate uniform. I also raised a family of guinea pigs (until devoured by a ruthless opossum). Evidence of these other projects are scattered elsewhere, whereas in this post, i share various sketches of pigs, farms and a buffalo – made when 7 years old.

Drawing: Pig head 2, David Olson, undated (likely 1977)
Drawing: Pig head 2, David Olson, undated (likely 1977)

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Report Card: Grade 3, Harold Bishop Elementary / Surrey, 1978-79

Report Card: Grade 3, Harold Bishop Elementary / Surrey, 1978-79 / cover and remarks
Report Card: Grade 3, Harold Bishop Elementary / Surrey, 1978-79 / grades, remarks etc.

See also: Class Photos, vol. 1 – Harold Bishop Elementary, K-4

Artifacts (youngtime): Guildford (Surrey, BC) Pals and Gangs, 197x

Artifacts (youngtime): with pal Chris Goodman (note Peterbuilt hat) / he’s still awesome

Note: after moving from Lansing, Michigan to Surrey, BC in 1974/5, we lived on 154th St. in Guilford area on a dirt road with a rented house which backed into a whole bunch of forest. I attended Harold Bishop elementary school before moving to Whalley (95 ave.) in middle for Grade 4.

In the nearby woods, my friend Chris Goodman and I found a huge stash of lumber (also note in there was a few burnt out old houses in a field across from us) we salvage things and made large dangerous tree houses. I recall we played wide-games in the forest as well as epic street hockey games at the dead end by a new doctor’s office.

This area was quickly developed with a big new library and a massive mall.  The building still exist though the house is long gone, the roads paved etc. etc.

Artifacts (youngtime): “Guildford Goodguys Gang” (Surrey, BC) Pals, 197x (noting brother Bobby, Gordie…)

This was around the time I did the Pig Express newsletter and wrangled up various gangs of “good kids” for activities and what not. Realizing now this was *important* because there was a lot of dangerous characters around the neighbourhood including the one who shall not be named.

Report Card: Grade 2, Harold Bishop Elementary / Surrey, 1977-78

Report Card: Grade 2, Harold Bishop Elementary / Surrey, 1977-78 / cover and remarks
Report Card: Grade 2, Harold Bishop Elementary / Surrey, 1977-78 / inside with grades, remarks etc

See also: Class Photos, vol. 1 – Harold Bishop Elementary, K-4