When we moved here from Rupert in 2012 my husband went over to the rink to sign up for hockey. He came home and said, “I think your old principal is over at PGOSA”. I asked him which one as I had taught in two school districts. He answered, “Peter Kucey.” Peter was my very first principal. He was at the helm of Westwood School in Thompson, Manitoba, the largest elementary school with 1200 students. I taught one of five grade five classes. . Peter was a super principal. He always listened to my ideas and gave me lots of rope to try new things. He also realized that I wanted to be involved in all the extras a teacher does. He would send out a bulletin that would say, “Jacquie Smith will be leading the discussion on so and so” or “Jacquie Smith will be in charge of the year end party. Thank you.” This would be the first I had heard of it.
Peter was fantastic and kind, and encouraging and well versed. He also had an amazing memory. I am so glad that we got to reconnect with both Peter and Pat here in Qualicum.