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Lacombe’s Warren Kreway releases book chronicling his experiences

Kreway has worked extensively with young people locally and abroad
Lacombe resident Warren Kreway will be holding a book signing on Aug. at the Mary C. Moore Public Library. Mark Weber/Lacombe Express Lacombe resident Warren Kreway will be holding a book signing on Aug. 27 at the Mary C. Moore Public Library. Mark Weber/Lacombe Express

Always broadening his horizons, Lacombe resident Warren Kreway is certainly a man on the move.

For years, he’s been making a profound impact on the lives of countless young people through a number of initiatives, and it’s the kind of work that has kept him continuously inspired.

It’s that sense of inspiration that led him to write a new book — The Wolf-Dog Walking with God’s Children.

To mark the occasion, he’s being hosted by the Mary C. Moore Public Library on Aug. 27 at 3 p.m. for a special author visit.

Kreway will chat about the book and refreshments will be served.

“For many years, I’ve been a big supporter of the community and especially the young people,” he explained.

He drove a school bus for many years and also worked in the local high school for 18 years, too.

“I’ve worked with special needs kids; I’ve worked overseas in Africa and Ukraine. So people kept on saying to me, ‘You need to put this all down on paper’.”

Another major milestone for Kreway was returning to school several years ago to complete his high school education at the age of 65.

Kreway had been approached by Steven Schultz, one of the teachers at Lacombe Composite High School, to help coach the LCHS Robotics Club. Schultz knew that Kreway was an advocate for promoting youth through his work in the Kinsmen and as a bus driver.

Schultz also knew about his background in mechanics and thought it would be helpful in the robotics club.

It didn’t take long for Kreway and the members of the school robotics club to bond.

It also wasn’t long before club members began to challenge Kreway to finish his education, and he took them up on it.

And it was while in school that his ability to write so well was identified. His English 30 teacher had asked him to do an assignment and what was supposed to be a 500-word essay turned out to be a whopping 37 pages.

Kreway was even taken aback by how naturally the process came to him.

“It was never in my vocabulary — until I sat down about a year and one-half ago and thought, what can I do with this? Where can I take it? Because it is a heck of a journey.”

Today, Kreway is thrilled to share the results with others and hopes to inspire them along the way, too. And he isn’t finished just yet.

“The editor and the publisher want two more books,” he added with a smile. “It may be a new journey that I was not expecting in my later years!”

Kreway indeed has a way with youth — he has always connected easily with them and has helped untold numbers to find their way.

As to the book, there has already been an impact.

“It’s beyond words how it has touched people, and how it keeps on escalating,” he said. “I never expected it, and that’s what makes it so special, too.” His old students will also be at the reading to cheer him on, too. ‘They are the inspiration. I just happened to put it into words.

Kreway said the book is about his life, but it’s also about his community and the kids he has worked with. “Young people don’t are what you know — all they want to know, is, do you care?

“It’s also about the wonderful connection between Canada, Ukraine, and Africa and everywhere in between.

“I started a foundation a few years ago called ‘Through the Eyes of the Children’ where I started implementing a school network between the three countries, where students could interact with each other. I realized that one of the biggest problems in our world is a lack of communication and of understanding,” he said.

In the meantime, he’s focused squarely on the future and keeping busy with his mission of simply reaching out. “With love, patience, and understanding, we can make a difference.”

Mark Weber

About the Author: Mark Weber

I've been a part of the Black Press Media family for about a dozen years now, with stints at the Red Deer Express, the Stettler Independent, and now the Lacombe Express.
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