Mom was born in Saskatchewan, the second oldest of five children.
She attended Normal School in Saskatoon and began her teaching career on the Prairies. She told us stories of her one room school house, spanning all grades. Her least favourite task was getting up at dawn in the Prairie winters to light the fire. She thought teachers have it pretty easy today.
She moved to BC and taught at Woodlands School. Later she started a school for special needs children in the basement of our house on Dublin Street in New Westminster.
She went on to be the Principal of two school in Coquitlam, Sunny Cedars and Sunny Park for special needs students. Her grandson Sean was quite surprised when he started to Kindergarden and found out a man could be a school Principal.
Our parents loved Birch Bay and bought a cottage there in the 1950s. We spent summer holidays and weekends there with family and friends.
Mom and Dad loved San Francisco and would load my brother and I and our cousins into the car for our twice yearly trips. Jim always wanted a hamburger with nothing on it.
After retirement she was able to take the trip she'd always dreamed of. Europe with her longtime friend from Normal School, Naomi Barnsley. And of course spend more time at Birch Bay with her family and friends.
Mom loved reading and was never without a book on the go.
She was an avid sports fan. Her beloved Canucks never won the Stanley Cup but she'd go back for more every season.
Thanks from all of us for everything you've done over the years for our family and friends. We couldn't have asked for a better mother and role model.