A Chosen Path: From Mocassin Flats to Parliament Hill

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The day he was elected mayor of Chetwynd, B.C., was a special one in Frank Oberle's life. As a youth he had made his way across the battle-scarred landscape of Germany, the bombs of Dresden still ringing in his ears. As a teen he had crossed the Atlanticin the bowels of a derelict freighter, finally reaching the refugee barracks at Halifax. With bleak prospects on the eastern seaboard, he made his way across Canada to find work in the remote Queen Charlotte Islands. And that was the beginning of a newlife that eventually saw Oberle rise from self-educated immigrant to politician.The first volume of Frank's autobiography, Finding Home, recounts his youth and his journey to British Columbia. The second volume continues his remarkable story, tracing his path from mayor of Chetwynd to member of Parliament for Prince George-Peace River. Now, more than a decade removed from that heady time and place, FrankOberle combines reflection and the perspective of retirement to shed light on what is right and what is wrong in our political world.

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Born in Forchheim, Germany, Frank Oberle immigrated to Canada in 1951. Heworked at many jobs, including logger, gold miner, rancher, and town mayor, before serving six consecutive terms as a member of Parliament-the first German-born Canadian to serve in cabinet. Frank lives near Nanoose, B.C., with his wife, Joan. They have four children and seven grandchildren.

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