Blaine Calkins was born in 1968, at Lacombe, AB. He was raised on the family farm north of Lacombe by his parents, Bev and Gord, and by his Grandparents, Don and Bessie. Blaine has a younger brother and sister.
Blaine graduated from Lacombe Composite High School in 1986. While growing up, Blaine participated in many different activities, including Beef 4-H, Army Cadets, Minor Hockey, Minor Baseball and was a member of the High School Golf Team.
In 1987, Blaine started attending the University of Alberta. It was here that he met his future bride, Barbara, in 1990. Blaine graduated in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science with Specialization in Zoology. During the summer months, Blaine worked as a fishing guide in the Northwest Territories on Great Bear Lake. After graduating, Blaine took a seasonal job with Alberta Fish and Wildlife as a fisheries technician collecting data for Walleye (Pickerel). After the experiment was completed, Blaine attended Lethbridge Community College and acquired a Certificate in Conservation Law Enforcement with Honours. During the summer of 1994, Blaine worked as a Park Ranger at Miquelon Lake Provincial Park. After graduating, Blaine worked as a National Park Warden in 1995 before returning to Alberta Parks in 1996 at Jarvis Bay/Sylvan Lake, and in 1997 was the Ranger-in-Charge at Red Lodge Provincial Park. In the winter months, Blaine kept busy by working on service rigs in the oilfield.
1997 was a turning point year for Blaine, as it was the year he was married to Barbara, and started school at Red Deer College to get his Computer Systems Technology Diploma, which he finished in 1999. Blaine started working at Agriculture Financial Services Corporation in Lacombe in the summer of 1998, and worked full time once finished College in 1999. He worked at AFSC until 2001,...