Crawford Bay school welcomes Rod Giles as principal

Giles returns to work after retiring in 2014

Rod Giles returns to the Kootenay lake school district after a five-year absence. Photo submitted

This week is back to school for students around School District 8, which means familiar routines for those returning and for others new faces and new places. For Rod Giles, the new principal at Crawford Bay Elementary-Secondary, it means a return to the Kootenay Lake school district after his retirement in 2014.

Giles originally started in the district in 1997. Many students and families will recognize him as the long-time principal at Adam Robertson Elementary in Creston where he created a warm, engaging, inclusive and collaborative school community for 14 years. Giles also spent four years at Canyon Lister Elementary before retiring to travel across Canada and to New Zealand.

Born and raised in New Zealand, Giles completed his masters of education specializing in curriculum and instruction, earned his bachelor of education from the University of Victoria, diploma of physical education from University of Otago, New Zealand and a diploma of teaching from Christchurch Teachers College, New Zealand.

Giles also held a recent admin position in Fort Chipewyan, Alta. (225 kilometres north of Fort McMurray) this past year, a completely different experience from visiting his family’s kiwi orchard in New Zealand to arriving in Fort Chipewyan mid-winter, where it was -41 C.

“Rod has a passion for students, and is an engaging, relationship-building, caring and welcoming person,” the school district said in a news release. “As an individual who provided support for Crawford Bay’s school when the community experienced the tragic and unexpected loss of one of its teachers, Rod’s presence in the school will be a warm and welcoming start to the new school year.”

Derek Apple, vice-principal at CBESS, is currently on leave.

Just Posted

UPDATED: Man pleads guilty in Baker Street death

Miles Halverson is guilty of manslaughter in the death of Matt Reeder

Nelson to hold open house on Railtown development

City will present plans and ask for input on specific areas of Railtown

Rossland chocolatier plans move to cannabis edibles

Council approves zoning change to accomodate processing facility

Nelson climate change strike set for Sept. 20

The strike marks the start of a week of related events

October is Plastic Free Month in Nelson

City will examine its own plastic use and encourage public to do the same

‘I shouldn’t have done it,’ Trudeau says of brownface photo

Trudeau says he also wore makeup while performing a version of a Harry Belafonte song

35 of 87 dogs in 2018 Williams Lake seizure were euthanized due to behavioural issues, BCSPCA confirm

The dogs did not respond to the behaviour modification and remained terrified of humans

B.C. ‘tent city’ disputes spark call for local government autonomy

UBCM backs Maple Ridge after province overrules city

B.C. drug dealers arrested after traffic stop near Banff turns into helicopter pursuit

Antonio Nolasco-Padia, 23, and Dina Anthony, 55, both well-known to Chilliwack law enforcement

B.C. MLA calls on province to restrict vaping as first related illness appears in Canada

Todd Stone, Liberal MLA for Kamloops-South Thompson, introduced an anti-vaping bill in April

Chilliwack woman wins right to medically assisted death after three-year court battle

Julia Lamb has been the lead plaintiff in a legal battle to ease restrictions on Canada’s assisted dying laws

B.C. bus crash survivor petitions feds to fix road where classmates died

UVic student’s petition well over halfway to 5k signature goal

Most Read