12th Annual BRPS Retirees’ Luncheon
Each December the retired staff of Blind River Public School meet for a luncheon. The one held on Wednesday, December 6 marks number 12!
The gathering of friends includes teachers, secretaries, educational assistants, principals and anyone who had the opportunity to work in our school. The numbers vary according to travel plans, weather and commitments but range from 24 to 35 generally.
Each year’s event is photo-documented wonderfully by Valerie and Lindsay Carter. We have an awesome library of formal and candid photos thanks to these two. Colleagues who are unable to attend the event thoroughly enjoy receiving the pictures as a way of keeping in touch.
The original event was planned by the “hockey pool crew” which included Charmaine Pitre, Pat Fortino and Bob Bouchard. Recently our friend John McWilliams has been added to the team.
The event is quite low keyed with time to share news as well as important information others might benefit from, and to enjoy a few laughs. The luncheon has been catered to by the St. Saviour’s Anglican Church ACW group for the past 10 years so it has always included a wonderful meal followed by draws for some “give aways”, a tradition started by our friend Ola Meawasige.
Many of us find this gathering to be the unofficial start to our festive Christmas season and we look forward to it enthusiastically! Each meeting seems to be the best one yet. Perhaps we just treasure our time together more. Regardless, our annual luncheons are awesome!