My journey from 1956 to 2011
Birth of Arturo Canales - San Antonio Texas
Mother dies right before Christmas 1966
Confused. Skipping school, running with gangs, staying out all night.
Entered High School. Barely made it out of Junior High.
Confused and looking for a family. Found it with the gang.
Teacher speaks to me.
Take the plunge. Changing my lifestyle.
Decided to seek out God for guidance.
Join the drill team and start practicing during the Summer. Year around participation.
Seek help from teachers. They help me until I graduate.
Father starts drinking and doesn't stop until his death in 1990.
Poor and in school. Lunch program and night job help feed me.
Father doesn't pay the bills. Living in a home without water or electricity. Getting water in buckets from a nearby park and electricity using extension from next door.
Worked washing dishes to help make it. Buying my own clothes, food, and gas.
08/01/1969 - 08/01/1974
Aunt helps me get a one room place in an old 3 story house. It keeps me away from trouble.
Old patterns left behind.
I decide I need to renew my relationship with my family in order to get my own life in order and move forward.
Decide I need to give up the gang life.
The Marine Corps is my answer to leaving San Antonio and getting out of my old past life.
Enlightenment - Life Changing
Find that loving someone does not include assuming their problems.
Marine Corps teaches me how to lead
My education starts with one night course at Saddleback University in California
Introduce life lessons. Combine all the parts to make a whole.
Learn to be happy and I don't need to have others drag me down.
As a manager, husband, father, and friend.
High School Graduation, Associates in Computer Programming, Bachelors Degree in Information Technology, and Masters in Technology and Education
Put my life's worth of knowledge to practice
Throughout my career I have practiced this, but this year I have made an extra effort.
Continuous Process Improvement (CPI) efforts involvement with Government IT Dept.
Going to work at local school as volunteer teacher 1 day a week.