An education in Whistler 

Bob Daly
  • Bob Daly

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"She was very proud of the school being named after her."

Those days had their challenges too. Daly recalls the community struggling with an economic recession which left many of the parents of his students out of work.

The silver lining, said Daly, was the great turn out when volunteers were needed.

"During the time when there wasn’t a lot of work… we would get loads of men to come out and volunteer and ski with groups of kids and it was just a wonderful thing," he said.

It is also a time he now looks fondly back on as he recalls the antics of students who now have their own children under his watchful eye.

Daly stayed at the school until 1985, when he was moved to Pemberton to be principal of the high school. He stayed at that school for two years before being appointed principal at Pemberton’s elementary school.

But after just one year there the school board asked him if he would return to Myrtle Philip.

In 1988 to took over the reins again and watched as the school experienced a boom in population.

He left in 1991, just before the Myrtle Philip School relocated to its present home.

But like a cat who always find his way home Daly returned to Myrtle Philip in 1997 after six years at Stawamus Elementary in Squamish, where he met his wife, teacher Sheila Kirkpatrick.

"Coming back in 1997 I certainly noticed a change in he demographics," said Daly.

"A tremendous number of people were professionals.

"The thing I noticed is that our parents are not petty at all and those who have been extremely successful value the hard work that other people do, so if they see their child’s teachers working hard on behalf of their child they are very appreciative of it.

"Along with the high expectations there is a high degree of appreciation when they see that people are working hard to take care of their children and they express it.

"If you work hard and you do a good job it is a appreciated and to a person in a care-giver role that is a really important part of it.

"…When children enter the doors here those are very well cared for children. Virtually all of their needs are being met, whether it is the physical needs the health, the food, the clothes, or the emotional.

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