That goddess was Marika Jaansoo (now Marika Jaansoo-Owston), BA 66, a student majoring in History at Sir George Williams University, one of Concordia’s founding institutions.
“A chance to meet her arrived when fate placed us in a small-sized conference group for discussions,” Owston’s essay continued. “I shopped for a second-hand volume of Norse sagas because I suspected the Goddess was Scandinavian. In an act of bravery fuelled by my ardour I put my gambit into motion and immediately put my life on a new course.”
Five years later, in 1967, the pair married and in 1974, moved to Vancouver, B.C. All told, they have been together for 58 years. The couple have three children and seven grandchildren.
“We’re very busy,” laughs Jaansoo.