Congratulations to Lillooet Secondary School teacher Kim Halayko for her nomination for the Premier’s Award for Excellence in Education. It’s a positive reflection on her as a teacher, on LSS as a school and on the Gold Trail School District.
Fittingly, Ms. Halayko was nominated for the Diversity and Inclusion Award, which means she strives to ensure all learners are welcome and valued; provides students an opportunity to understand our diverse society; supports students to treat others with dignity and respect; fosters an environment that helps students develop a sense of personal self-worth and initiative; and promotes an understanding of physical health and well-being.
We were struck by Ms. Haylako’s commitment to the values of respect, dignity, inclusion and understanding when we covered last spring’s Naskan Uxwal (I’m Going Home). There was Kim Halayko, literally walking the talk, as she arrived at the Old Bridge with other participants in the emotional journey from Kamloops to Lillooet.
If we’re lucky, we have one or two special teachers to look back on with appreciation and affection for their support, encouragement and inspiration (for us, it was Al Hodgins). We expect that today’s Lillooet Secondary School students, when they look back years or decades from now, will remember Kim Halayko and the difference she made in their lives.
The election is now in full swing but let’s take time to say a big Thank You to candidates who are not seeking re-election and who served as advocates, representatives, problem solvers and community leaders. Thanks also to their families for supporting their efforts in what is too often a thankless task. Our good wishes for the future go to Councillors Kevin Aitken and John Courchesne (he may be back in the SLRD!), SLRD Directors Debbie Demare and Mickey Macri (16 years on the board!); Lytton Mayor Jessoa Lightfoot and Councillors Ian Hay and Huntley Smith; and Area E School Trustee Mavourneen Varcoe-Ryan.