After years of helping guide education in Sun Peaks’ Maria Cannon has retired from the board of the Sun Peaks Education Society (SPES), which operates the Sun Peaks Secondary Academy (SPSA).
Cannon has played a key role in pushing for education options in Sun Peaks since before the SPES was founded in 2010. She has served as a director and served as president twice.
“I think the great thing with the board is that it has always been a great group of individuals who are passionate and committed to the vision of a community based school,” Cannon said.
She added she’s proud of being able to work alongside the other members to bring education to Sun Peaks.
“Being able to work together with such a great group of people and the community not only to establish a school here but also to keep momentum.”
Other highlights include seeing kids arrive in the classroom for the first ever school day on the mountain and the first graduation ceremony.
Since its inception, SPES has raised more than $800,000 and has worked hand-in-hand with SD73 and the Sun Peaks Mountain Resort Municipality.
Despite leaving the board Cannon will stay busy and engaged in education as she takes a position on a newly formed School District 73 (SD73) steering committee.
With a permanent Sun Peaks school now on the capital list for SD73, the committee will assess short and long term goals for the school.
In the added free time Cannon said she hopes to spend more time with her own child.
“On a personal note for us now it’s always family first. The focus is on our son who’s in grade 10.
“I’m feeling really so fortunate that we have this amazing opportunity for our child to go to school in our community from K to 12,” Cannon said. “It’s an incredible place to live and an amazing mountain lifestyle.”