News

New Denver school ‘hurting’ after Slocan Lake tragedy

Lucerne elementary secondary school in New Denver has about 100 students. Lily Harmer-Taylor, 19, who died in the weekend boating tragedy on Slocan Lake would have graduated in a few weeks. - Courtesy Arrow Lakes School District
Lucerne elementary secondary school in New Denver has about 100 students. Lily Harmer-Taylor, 19, who died in the weekend boating tragedy on Slocan Lake would have graduated in a few weeks.
— image credit: Courtesy Arrow Lakes School District

The principal of Lucerne elementary secondary in New Denver says his school is “hurting” after the weekend canoeing accident involving youth who were enrolled there.

In a statement posted on the school’s website, Drew Neilson told parents that they are “doing everything reasonably possible” to help students and support affected families.

Lily Harmer-Taylor, 19, who was weeks away from graduating from the school was pulled from a canoe that capsized Saturday afternoon on Slocan Lake but died in hospital. A dive team is still looking for Jule Wiltshire-Padfield, 15, Hayden Kyle, 21, and Skye Donnet, 18.

Neilson said they are working with the school counsellor and counsellors to ensure appropriate levels of support both students and those who work with them.

“We are also providing school space for parents or others in the community who would like to connect with each other or counsellors,” he wrote. “In responding to tragic events it is important to remember that as parents and teachers we are patient and understanding.”

He encouraged parents to contact support workers if they were concerned about their children, themselves, or anyone else.

“As a school community we will do our best to continue the daily routines and practices that are important to the stability and comfort of our students,” he added.

“I want to extend to you the love and sorrow our staff have for all families and community members who are facing this terrible event.”

He thanked first responders, searchers, and hospital staff. “We also deeply appreciate the support shown by the community to us as a school staff and are reminded of the beauty of humanity as we see you all supporting each other.”

Lucerne has about 100 students.

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Teacher strike cheques in the mail
 
Pay more for Columbia River, minister tells U.S.
 
Forest faces off with toad populations in Summit Lake
Shipping company names new ship after the city
 
(VIDEO) Hundreds pay respects to former finance minister Jim Flaherty
 
McDonnell named Nelson’s top citizen
Haunted Halloween house helps the hungry
 
First snowfall at Whitewater
 
Rotary connector trail extension enhances Rails to Trails project

Community Events, October 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Oct 30 edition online now. Browse the archives.