Letters to the Editor

Retired Comox Valley educator Loch Mawhinney will be missed

Dear editor,

A few comments about the passing of a very special man.

I refer to the sad passing of retired educator Loch Mawhinney. In these times where much of the media focuses on the negative or horrific aspects of humankind I think it appropriate to counter balance that focus and  honour and acknowledge a wonderful community role model.

Loch Mawhinney, in a nutshell, walked the walk regarding helping those less fortunate than ourselves in many, many ways. Besides adopting children, practising his faith, and serving our community and  our school district with notable leadership, dignity and honour, this special man became involved in heart-touching human projects such as L'Arche Comox Valley.

As a leader in Special Education with the Comox Valley School District, he ensured good hiring of caring and knowledgeable leaders, teachers and assistants, always, with Special Needs children's best interests in mind.

In fact, the Comox Valley School District became a leader in the Province in Special Education through the hard work of Loch and Terry James. Loch and his families'  community involvement   promoted thinking of others first.

This in itself is important for all of us to take note of and consider practising. Despite his many accomplishments, he always made newcomers feel welcome and important. And, humour was enjoyed and shared often.

Communities should acknowledge and honour their outstanding citizens who are and were outstanding role models.

I say the Comox Valley was privileged to have had a citizen named Loch Mawhinney amongst us! You  changed many lives for the better, Loch Mawhinney, hence you deserve to be honoured.

Rest in peace.

Hugh MacKinnon,


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