By on October 26, 2011

A commemoration ceremony was held at Osoyoos Elementary School on Monday, October 24, to remember the lasting contributions of Chris Hambleton.
Hambleton was a former teacher-librarian, computer and music teacher at Osoyoos Elementary school before eventually becoming the vice-principal of the school from 2002 to 2009.
In September of 2009 he transferred to Tuc-el-Nuit Elementary School in Oliver to begin working as the principal. He passed away at the age of forty-three last March.
To honour his memory the library was re-named the Chris Hambleton Learning Commons and a plaque was unveiled that looks over the newly renovated and refurnished kindergarten to Grade 3 reading area.
Bo McFarlane, principal of Osoyoos Elementary School, said Chris was popular with both the teachers and students of the school and was a not only a good friend to him, but also a genuine and caring person who loved to laugh.
“He knew the importance of literature in the lives of children,” said McFarlane during his short, but personal speech. “The Chris Hambleton Learning Commons needs to be a place that captures the values that he stood for – life-long learning, laughter, literacy and family and friends.”
Teachers, friends of Hambleton and members of the Parent Advisory Committee were present for the unveiling.
“Today is world-wide reading day and we thought it was a good day to do this,” McFarlane said. “This was very much a (collaborative effort) between me and the teachers and the Parental Advisory Committee (PAC)… We want to have a place that will make kids want to come and read great books; that’s how he would have wanted it. We’re just continuing his work.”
Although unrelated to the dedication ceremony for Hambleton the PAC has contributed $3,500 to Osoyoos Elementary and provided a new carpet and primary-level books for the Learning Commons.
The plaque was designed by local artist Bob Anast and is inscribed with Hambleton’s favourite quote:
“The greatest leaders are like the best conductors; they reach beyond the notes to reach the magic in the players.”

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