It’s a family affair: the Pocza family

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Terry Pocza, General Business Administration 1975

Delorey Pocza Hagel, Business Administration – Accounting 1983

Rod Pocza, General Business Administration 1975, Distinguished Alumnus 2002

Harvie Pocza, Business Administration 1985

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When alumni of Lethbridge College are asked to describe their experiences at college, they often give a fairly standard reply: They loved the atmosphere of the smaller class sizes, they loved their instructors and they continue to maintain relationships with fellow classmates.

That is indeed the case for four members of the Pocza family who grew up in Lethbridge. Rod, Terry and Harvie earned their diplomas in General Business Administration, while sister Delorey earned her General Business Administration Accounting diploma.

Delorey left home at a relatively young age and got a job making telephones before applying to the college as a mature student. Immediately after graduating, she was hired by the Treasury Branch working in both Calgary and Edmonton. An opportunity became available with Revenue Canada where she started out as a small business auditor and then shifted to work as an appeals officer. She retired in 2000 and is now living in Calgary. She has two sons.

Harvie was an outstanding athlete in both baseball and hockey. After being drafted by the Washington Capitals, he played a handful of games with the NHL club but most of his four-year pro hockey career was with the Hershey Bears, where he and the team won an AHL league championship. After retiring from hockey, he came back home, earned his college diploma and, like his sister, went to work with Revenue Canada. He was a trust accounts examination officer. He retired from that job, has his own tax service business in Calgary and is the father to a son and a daughter.

Rod and Terry are close in age and took the Business Administration course together. Terry ventured into real estate initially then got into the oil industry working with Amoco, Crestar, Pengrowth and finally Enbridge, where he was the senior director of business development. He is now retired in Calgary and has two daughters.

After graduation, Rod started out in the sporting goods department at Woodward’s but later got into the volatile business of natural gas marketing, working for such companies as Amoco (now BP), Nexen, Pan Alberta Gas, Mirant Canada, Eagle Energy and Lehman. He currently is the senior vice president of the Canadian office of Twin Eagle and plans to retire at the end of the year. Like all of his siblings, Rod lives in Calgary – in fact just down the block from Terry – and is the father to two daughters and a son.

Delorey says she speaks for everyone in the Pocza family when she says that choosing the Business Administration route afforded all four siblings the versatility to discover what was going to be the best option for their personal long-term goals.

Are you a multi-generational Lethbridge College family? If at least three members across one or more generations attended Lethbridge College, let us know by emailing WHMagazine@lethbridgecollege.ca. We’d love to profile you in It’s a family affair.

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