Premier’s wife to be new principal of Squamish high school 

Nancy Campbell, wife of B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell, is the new principal of Howe Sound Secondary School.

In interviews with the media she has said that she plans to commute between Vancouver and Squamish. However, she does plan to look for a place in Squamish in case work keeps her late or road conditions prevent her from travelling.

Campbell, 57, has taught at both elementary and secondary schools and has been a vice-principal in the Vancouver School District for the past five years, working at Templeton and Churchill Secondary Schools.

In a rare speech in Whistler at the Liberal party’s biennial convention she said education has always been her passion. And she said it is one her husband has always encouraged her to pursue.

For the most part the Campbells’ careers have not crossed. However, Nancy Campbell’s office at Churchill was firebombed in an incident the police never solved. Her husband’s office was also attacked.

Campbell is fluent in French and she has also worked at schools with significant First Nations populations.

She has a Master of Education in Administration and a BA with a French language major, both from UBC.

In other moves in the district, Patricia MacKenzie is the new principal of Signal Hill Elementary in Pemberton. She is returning to the district from Fort Nelson after a six-year absence. Signal Hill principal Paul Lorette will move to Brackendale Elementary as principal and the current Brackendale principal, Ian Kent, will move to Mamquam Elementary as principal.

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