New principal joins Lady Grey

New principal joins Lady Grey Elementary from Tumbler Ridge

Blaine Broderick is the new principal at Lady Grey Elementary School.

Blaine Broderick is the new principal at Lady Grey Elementary School.

Jessica Schwitek

editor@thegoldenstar.net

Lady Grey Elementary School has a new leader at the helm this year. Blaine Broderick is the new principal, taking over for Janne Arlt who retired at the end of the last school year.

He has spent his career working as a teacher, vice principal and principal in Tumbler Ridge, even though he is actually an import from Newfoundland, and is very excited to be continuing to work with young minds here in Golden.

“I was ready for an adventure, so I headed out west,” said Broderick, who got his first teaching job in Tumbler Ridge in 1999. “No regrets at all. You can’t find a better career than teaching…but I was ready for a new adventure.”

He and his family were ready for a change, so the Broderick family packed up and have made Golden their new home. His three children span the entire Golden school system, with one at Alexander Park, one at Lady Grey, and one at Golden Secondary School.

Of course Lady Grey is where his attention lies at the moment. Even though Broderick is an experienced teacher and administrator, he is taking his time getting to know the school.

“I wanted to make sure I had a solid footing before I took on too much,” said Broderick. In the past, working as a vice principal and principal, he had also spent some time in the classroom teaching. He hopes to do this in Golden as well, but doesn’t want to rush things.

“I love being in the classroom and having that connection with the students…but when you come to a new job it takes time to learn the culture of the school, and of the community,” he said. “Like I said, I want to have a solid footing first.”

Of course he still has plenty of interaction with the students, and considers himself a very involved administrator.

“I’ve always believed that kids all have greatness in them, and it’s our job to help bring that out of them,” said Broderick. “We want to give them every single opportunity that we can.”

Fortunately, Lady Grey has a great team to do just that.

“The faculty here is just great,” added Broderick. “I’m very fortunate to have such amazing and passionate colleagues.”

 

Just Posted

Town has passed the 2021 budget, with a five per cent spending increase. (Claire Palmer photo)
Town council approves 2021 budget and tax rate bylaw

The budget will increase by five per cent this year

A health-care worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Toronto on Thursday, January 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
65 new cases of COVID-19 in Interior Health

Overall, B.C. is seeing a decrease in COVID-19 cases

RCMP are searching for Philip Toner, who is a ‘person of interest’ in the investigation of a suspicious death in Kootenay National Park last week. Photo courtesy BC RCMP.
RCMP identify ‘person of interest’ in Kootenay National Park suspicious death

Police are looking for Philip Toner, who was known to a woman found dead near Radium last week

The southern mountain caribou, an iconic species for the Splatsin First Nation, is threatened with extinction, much to the dismay of the First Nation. (Province of B.C. photo)
Splatsin First Nation concerned over dwindling caribou herd

Southern mountain caribou at risk of extinction, will struggle to recover without habitat protection and restoration action - report

B.C. Labour Minister Harry Bains in the B.C. legislature, May 13, 2019. (Hansard TV)
VIDEO: B.C. to provide 3 days of sick pay for COVID-19 absences

Province will support employers on cost, labour minister says

The community is rallying around Phil Hotzon who needs a new electric tricycle. (Contributed)
Tricycle for Phil: Support pours in for Kelowna man with traumatic brain injury

Phil Hotzon lost his electric tricycle after falling into Mill Creek, fundraiser aims to replace it

The area around the Christie Mountain wildfire that was restricted to the public is no longer restricted effective at 12 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. (BC Wildfire photo)
The area around where the Christie Mountain wildfire took place is officially restricted to the public effective May 12. (BC Wildfire photo)
Christie Mountain wildlife area near Penticton closed to public

The area was damaged in 2020 by the Christie Mountain wildfire

RCMP. (Black Press File)
Major Crimes called in after two bodies discovered on remote road near Penticton

A manhunt involving a police helicopter took place on May 10

A topographic (3D) perspective captured from Google Earth to create a perspective of the approximate proposed cut block outlines on Mount Ida in relation to familiar local landmarks. (Alex Inselberg image)
Salmon Arm council’s concerns eased over Mount Ida logging

Fire chief said proposed cut complements wildfire risk reduction efforts next to industrial park

Vancouver court on Tuesday, March 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Defence lawyers call foul as Crown counsel granted access to COVID-19 vaccines

Defence attorneys are pushing the province to extend inoculation access to workers in courtrooms across B.C.

The Salmo Public Library’s director Taylor Caron with her award. Photo: Submitted
Salmo Public Library director wins provincial award

Taylor Caron has been recognized by her peers for innovation and advocacy

A 30-year-old Kelowna woman is facing potential charges after allegedly driving impaired before crashing into a Mugford Road residence and fleeing the scene on May 11. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
Alleged impaired driver crashes into Kelowna home before fleeing on foot

The crash caused damages to the yard, the surrounding chain fence and the residence’s deck

Most Read