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Kitsaki loses long time friend and colleague, Cheryl Moline

Last August, Kitsaki staff were saddened to hear of the death of long-time friend and employee Cheryl Moline.

Cheryl had worked as Director of Accounting with Kitsaki since 2001. She had been diagnosed with cancer in April 2015, and started taking chemotherapy that summer. She dealt with the treatment with the same determination and optimism that she used to approach life. Her husband Elden, who has also made major contributions to Kitsaki over the years supported her immensely over the coming difficult months of her life, but in the end Kitsaki will have to carry on without her.

When she passed away, on August 23, 2016, she and Elden had been married for a few months short of 32 years.

"Cheryl was well-respected at Kitsaki," says CFO Al Solheim. "She did a great job for us that extended far beyond just excellent accounting services". She was our most knowledgeable computer person and kept our business up to date with current technology. She played a major administrative role in Kitsaki's involvement in the construction of the I1K powerline and had helped guide the accounting for the La Ronge Hotel and Suites and Northern Lights Foods. No matter the challenge that Kitsaki took on Cheryl was always up to the task of ensuring the accounting was done properly and that the audit files were maintained to perfection.

Born in Smeaton, SK. in 1953, Cheryl moved to La Ronge with her parents Stirling and Geneva Gibson at the age of three when her grandparents Harold and Lilla Gibson bought a fishing camp there. Stirling started by driving a bus, and bought the Imperial Oil franchise a couple of years later. Cheryl's brother Curtis later took over the oil business. She grew up attending local schools, graduating from Churchill High School in 1971. During her high school years, she joined a friend to work part-time at a local mine, Anglo Rouyn.

Cheryl was very involved in the community. A good figure skater, she taught for a while as a teenager until a back injury put an end to that. She was at one time a competitive curler, and served on the executive of the local curling club.

In 1972 Cheryl moved to Whitehorse, Yukon and for the next year or two she worked briefly as a stewardess, and at a mine as a secretary. Two years later she was back home. She gravitated towards accounting, and in 1977, started her own accounting practice. She had a natural skill in accounting and was always organized and a perfectionist.

When Elden moved to La Ronge in 1978 as a partner with Woodhouse Tucker Moline, she went to work for him. She proved so valuable that in 1981 when he sold his partnership, he and Cheryl effectively became partners in Elden Moline, CA. "Cheryl was a very organized person, which is good in this line of work," he said.

"We got along well," he says. So well, in fact, that in 1984 Elden and Cheryl were married. "We had a great relationship," said Elden.

When Elden took up old-timer hockey with the Rusty Hookers, she worked with that team on the administrative side.

They continued working together until 2000 when Elden sold the business to MNP, although he continued to work for them.

The following year, Cheryl started working for KMLP. Her title was Director, Accounting and Business Support Services. Not only did she direct all the accounting; she was also very talented in the area of computer setup, and often advised member companies on their computer requirements. She was vital to the support for businesses such as the La Ronge Hotel and Suites, when it was owned by Kitsaki. She provided great support to the Wild Rice Industry and was instrumental the accounting services required when Kitsaki took on a major role in the construction of the I1K powerline across Saskatchewan. Kitsaki has a lot of businesses and it takes a very skilled and organized person to keep the records straight. Cheryl was the perfect person for that challenge.

She was with Kitsaki for 14 years, until June 2015 when she was forced onto sick leave. But she loved the work so much that, in spite of the best advice, she continued to be available to provide any advice and to help in any way. That kind of dedication is hard to find, and in a company that is comprised of many companies, hers are proving large shoes to fill.

Kitsaki Management offers heartfelt condolences to all Cheryl's family members. She is a great loss, both personally and to the company.