Tom was inspired to donate $7,000 to the fund shortly before his passing in early 2011. Tom and his wife, Victoria, made this contribution at the 1st Bud and Spud Fundraiser in October 2010. Why $7,000? As Tom explained, it was $1,000 for each year he attended Elmwood High. Then you must ask how is it that he spent 7 years in high school? I hope I have remembered his answer with all the details. He explained, ‘I came from Lord Selkirk school and started in Grade 9 at Elmwood. I wasn’t the best student, a bit restless, a bit of a handful for some of the teachers. But, the teachers always made me feel welcome. Like many students in the early 60s, I left school after Grade 11 to apprentice as an electrician. However, I kept some ties at Elmwood, and was encouraged to attend part-time, which I did. Unfortunately, during my time as an electrician, I was electrocuted badly, which resulted in memory loss. Consequently, I was forced to re-learn many things, including school-work, and had to take some steps backwards in my learning before I could again go forward. During this time, I married Victoria, who also as a teacher, encouraged me to continue to work toward my high school graduation. Well, all together, it took 7 years. The teachers of Elmwood were always there for me, and now I want to give something back.’ Tom went on to explain that after graduating, he had a successful career as an air traffic controller.
Not all good stories are about donating large sums, some of our smaller sums are just as important:
Another Lord Selkirk/Elmwood High alumni Donated $100. His life had obviously taken many turns, and was now ‘retired’ and living in a small apartment, grateful that his life had turned around, and that he was able to contribute $100 ‘for the kids of Elmwood.’ This was a lot of money for him, but he was glad to do his bit when he heard of others making contributions.
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