Kindergarten teacher stunned by candle honour

Georgina “Gina” Kerr was sure they made a mistake when she was told she would be honoured.

Georgina “Gina” Kerr was sure they made a mistake when she was told she would be honoured at the Vernon Secondary School graduation ceremony last Saturday.

Though she was a graduate herself in 1972, she had not had much contact with the high school since.

Kerr spent 27 of her 30-year career teaching Kindergarten — she taught 20 kindergarten classes in Lumby before moving to Vernon. She only taught at Silver Star Elementary School for one year (2005-2006). She then taught at BX Elementary for six months before moving to Ellison Elementary. She retired from Ellison in 2011 and moved to Creston. She travelled to Vernon for Saturday’s ceremony.

“I was gobsmacked because they remembered me and I was only at Silver Star [a feeder school for VSS] that one year,” said Kerr. “I’m just absolutely thrilled and honoured to be apart of the ceremony.”

It is a tradition at VSS to honour one teacher from each grade — kindergarten through grade 12 — who had a positive impact on the graduating class. Kerr was the selected kindergarten teacher this year and was the first of 13 teachers who lit a candle at the ceremony last Saturday.

“I used to tell the kids that they all had a sparkle,” said Kerr.

After seeing her 2005 kindergarten class graduate high school, she said she hopes they continue to sparkle.

To report a typo, email:



Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Stevenson pushes Eagles past Vipers

Surrey 2 Vernon 1 in overtime at Bauer Showcase

Birds being fed in Vernon parking lot not a great idea

Vernon wildlife control services owner says feeding ducks and geese, or any wildlife, is bad

BX Falls Trail closed for sedimentation removal

Starting Tuesday, Sept. 25, the RDNO will be closing the lower section of BX Falls Trail.

Vernon fourth in Royal Rumble volleyball

20-team Douglas College volleyball tourney

Retired Vernon broadcaster ‘a common sense’ choice for council

Gord Leighton, a former Prince George councillor, is seeking a seat on Vernon council

Weekday weather update

A look at your Okanagan-Shuswap weekday weather for Sept. 24

Edmonton cannabis company revenues more than triples to $19.1 million

Aurora Cannabis revenues more than triple in fourth quarter

B.C. pharmacist suspended for giving drugs with human placenta

RCMP had samples of the seized substances tested by Health Canada

Seattle one step closer to NHL after arena plan approved

Seattle City Council unanimously approved plans for a privately funded $700 million renovation of KeyArena

Village Gallery welcomes Erin Foggoa

Erin Foggoa’s work is on display throughout September and October

Harvest Moon to light up B.C. skies with an ‘autumn hue’

It’s the first moon after the autumn equinox

Hockey league gets $1.4M for assistance program after Humboldt Broncos crash

Program will help players, families, coaches and volunteers after the shock of the deadly crash

New arts council formed in Lake Country

Get to Know Us Extravaganza is Sept. 29

Most Read