By Abigail Popple, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, RMG

Local Alice Olson gathered with family and friends to celebrate her 101st birthday on Monday.

When asked how it felt to turn a year older, Olson joked, “The same as it did last year. I don’t feel any different.”

Originally from Sunnynook, Alberta, Olson moved to Valemount in May of 1956. She already had five kids at the time, and had another six after moving to the village – 11 children total.

That October, she moved into the house where she still resides. She built the house with her husband, Pete, and the help of neighbours.

“I love it here,” she said.”I told Pete I’d never move away from Valemount once I moved in.”

Olson’s advice for others is to accept life’s ups and downs. 

“Just take life as it comes, and you’ll be all right,” she said. “That’s about all you can do.”