Pat Hamilton

Pat Hamilton

Surrounded by family and friends, Pat passed away on Friday, March 10, at Lions Gate Hospital, after a lengthy illness. Pat was born in Belfast, Ireland, to Brigid (nee Campbell) and Robert Hamilton. She left Belfast during what she called “The Troubles”, and had many stories about life in Northern Ireland in her youth. Pat was educated in Catholic schools in Belfast, and attended Queen’s University there, where she got her Bachelor’s degree in scholastic philosophy. She taught at St. Dominic’s Girls School in Belfast before coming to British Columbia in August of 1973 to teach as a volunteer at Prince George College for three years, her first co-ed teaching experience. Pat moved to North Vancouver in June of 1976 and began teaching at St. Edmund’s Elementary School that September, eventually becoming Principal there. While in that position, she pursued a Master’s degree in Education Administration at the University of Oregon in Eugene during her summer breaks. During her career as teacher and school administrator, Pat was passionately committed to providing every child with the best possible education, regardless of their background or ability. She will be remembered by St. Edmund’s alumni for her love of teaching mathematics, and her favourite reminders that “Your reach should exceed your grasp”, “God is in the details”, and “It’s not rocket science”. Always the teacher, Pat enjoyed sharing her in-depth knowledge of history, particularly as it pertained to Ireland. She retired from teaching in June, 2006, but always had a soft spot in her heart for St. Edmund’s School and Parish. Despite having met many health challenges, from serious childhood illness to severe injuries due to a catastrophic automobile accident, Pat enjoyed life fully. She loved to spend time with her many friends, travelled extensively, enjoyed the theatre, music and art, and was an avid reader. Pat was predeceased by her parents Brigid and Robert and her brother Rory (Bernadette). She is survived by her brothers Richard (Jackie) and Sean (Angela) and their families, cousins Richard MacDonald and Peg (Norman) McCormick and their families, and Rory’s family. Pat will be dearly missed by her family and friends.

Purdy’s Orders

Purdy’s Orders

Hello St. Edmund’s Families,

Easter Purdy’s catalogs have already been sent home. Our Christmas Purdy’s Fundraiser earned $1440 for our school, and we are hoping we can earn $560 with the Easter Fundraiser to make it an even $2000! Our shopping window is relatively short due to our 2 week Spring Break. Closing date to place your orders is Monday, March 13th. However, if you are planning to order by catalog, you must order by Friday, March 10, and submit your order form and payment to the office by that date. You may pick up your orders on Tuesday, April 4 after school in the small hall, or anytime after that from the office.

Here are the order instructions.

TO ORDER ONLINE:
– Go to www.purdysgpp.com
– Log in if you are a returning customer or register if you are a new customer
– A search bar will pop up once you have logged in. Type the following number into the search bar: 22052
– Click “JOIN GROUP”
– Click “SHOP ONLINE”
– Click on the order form
– At the Additional Information line, type in the child you are connected to.
– Enjoy shopping!!

SHOP BY CATALOGUE:
– Browse through the catalog
– Fill out the order form attached to the catalog
– Add 5% sales tax in line D on the order form
– Return the order form together with cash or cheque made payable to: St. Edmund’s Elementary School
– Last day for catalog orders is Friday, March 10.

There are more catalogues available at the school office if you like to distribute them to you co-workers, friends, neighbours or family. You may also use the SEND INVITES tab, and send the online catalogue linked to our school via e-mail.

Thank you for supporting St. Edmund’s School. If you have any questions please contact me via e-mail at beata11@hotmail.com!