Creston's Phil Thomas and former Creston resident Art Fletcher recently received Canadian Cancer Society awards. Pictured (from left): B.C. and Yukon division CEO Barbara Kaminsky

Creston's Phil Thomas and former Creston resident Art Fletcher recently received Canadian Cancer Society awards. Pictured (from left): B.C. and Yukon division CEO Barbara Kaminsky

Canadian Cancer Society awards former Creston educators

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The Canadian Cancer Society held its Southern Interior region volunteer summit on Sept. 22 in Trail.

B.C. and Yukon division CEO Barbara Kaminsky welcomed the 80 volunteers, gave a very encouraging update on the achievements of the society and presented awards for outstanding service. Two of the worthy recipients were former staff members of Prince Charles Secondary School.

Art Fletcher was principal of the high school in the early 1970s, before moving to the Interior and then retiring in Kelowna. Since his retirement, Fletcher has volunteered at the Kelowna office daily, and is known as their “Google” person for his vast knowledge.

Retired English teacher Phil Thomas taught at PCSS while Fletcher was there, and continued into the 1990s. Thomas was recognized for his tireless efforts for the Creston Relay For Life, developing the now famous human hope sign, incorporating the singing of You’ll Never Walk Alone, and including many local youth in the organizing and selling of the luminaries.

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