REVEREND JO-ANN HILLS -
Born right here in North Battleford Union hospital Jo-Ann was raised on the family farm north of Maymont, where she attended school for 12 years. She was active in the Maymont, North Battleford and Saskatoon figure skating clubs. She was raised in the United church and was a candidate for ministry from the then Battleford presbytery. She has a Bachelor of Education from the U of S and a Master of Divinity From St. Andrew’s College in Saskatoon. In 1998 she was ordained at the Saskatchewan Conference Annual meeting held here in North Battleford. She has chaired the Rosetown and Prairie Pine Presbyteries as well as chairing the Saskatchewan conference Education and Student’s committee. She has served three previous pastoral charges in her 24 years of ministry; Wiseton-Dinsmore Pastoral Charge, Rosetown Pastoral Charge and Watrous Young Pastoral Charge. She has been married to Don for 21 years and they now have two cats down from the several hundred pound pets (horses) they have had in the past says Don.
Reverend Jo-Ann Hills
September 1, 2022
VALORIE HIGGS - was born, raised and attended school in the Battlefords. In 1972 Valorie married Randy Higgs and together they raised 3 children, Amanda, Carmen and Riley. After high school she began work at the Battlefords Union Hospital, and then she changed careers and spent several years with the Battlefords Co-op working in the Deli Department as the Manager. In 2001 it was time to pursue another interest and she joined the Advertising staff at Battlefords Publishing where she was promoted to Sales Manager. Before joining the 3rd Ave United Church as the Office Co-ordinator Valorie worked at the Saskatchewan Baseball Museum in Battleford. Valorie enjoys working with people, cooking and gardening. She is an active member of the Northwest Historical Society acting as secretary. Another special interest she has is the “Leave a Legacy”project to preserve the memory of the original Saskatchewan Hospital.