I was born on January 16th, 1964, and originally named Kelly John Douglas. As my birth parents were both young teenagers, as was common, I was given up for adoption. Eventually I was officially adopted by Pat and Bernadette Clarke, farmers from Uptergrove, Ontario, Canada, and my name officially changed to Gregory Patrick Clarke - the only name I ever remember answering to.
I went to Uptergrove Public School, Twin Lakes Secondary School in Orillia, the University of Waterloo (BMath, 1988) and University of Western Ontario (BEd, 1988). I became a high school Mathematics and Computer Science teacher where I have worked for the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board since. In my last ten years, I was part of a special project developing online activities to help students with mathematics, housed at http://mathies.ca
In November 2017, I did the Ancestry DNA test, and along with the Ethnic mix (47% Great Britain ; 29 % Ireland/Scotland/Wale ; 10% Iberian Peninsula ; 6% Europe South) - I also had matches to some cousins I never knew - including a 1st and 2nd cousin (who turned out to be a 1st cousin once removed!). After applying for a copy of my original birth certificate, and discovering the actual names of my birth parents (Dwight Ashley Douglas + Pauline Denise Marcoux) - I was able to find out exactly how I was related to these new cousins, and discovered that in fact, I had a full sister and full brother (my parents stayed together and got married!), and a half-sister (from my dad). Emails, phone calls, and eventually meeting face to face has now reunited me with a family I never knew I had.
On June 30, 2018, I retired from education, after a very enjoyable and fulling career of thirty years. I am now the Music Director for Guardian Angels parish in Orillia, Ontario, Canada, as well as the webmaster for the Ontario Association for Mathematics Education (http://oame.on.ca), which I have done for the majority of my teaching career, and plan to continue for the foreseeable future in my retirement. In between church music and website work, I'm now enjoying the freedom to explore lots of family tree branches, and working with WikiTree.
Related to that - I have created a number of WikiTree apps, you can view them all on my Apps home page
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