Using the chair she sits in every school day to greet students as they walk to and from school

Comox school honours ‘really cool lady’

Highland Secondary School students made an elderly woman cry on Valentine's Day.

Highland Secondary School students made an elderly woman cry on Valentine’s Day.

Tinney Davidson arrived Friday to a packed gym with hundreds of Highland Secondary School students standing and waving.

Davidson was invited to the assembly to thank her for creating a positive impact on students as they walked to and from school every day.

Art and math teacher Charlotte Hood-Carter arranged for the monthly assembly to include Davidson, although she said she can’t take the credit for the idea.

“It all started with one kid in my math class who said, ‘Ms. Tanner, there is a really cool lady who lives down the street who sells hats for cancer. What should we do?’ ”

Over the past seven years Davidson has turned her chair around to face the window in her home on Guthrie Street and greet students as they walk to and from school.

While most students just wave back, some students like Ginger Long go the extra mile and introduce themselves to Davidson.

“One day I made cupcakes for my science class and I thought to take one to her. We gave her one and we just kept visiting.”

Davidson has been knitting hats for the past few years, selling them to people who pass by. The money she makes off every hat is donated to the hospital.

“I have a granddaughter who had a very severe form of cancer and she had to go through chemo and radiation,” Davidson said Friday. “She has long brunette hair and I though she would lose it. So I knitted some hats that she could change as her mood changed.”

Davidson’s granddaughter lived, and so did the donations to the hospital. Davidson has brought over $600 to St. Joseph’s General Hospital.

Students made Valentine’s Day cards, painted a banner in her honour and made a short video to share their appreciation for her.

Among the tears of joy, Davidson said she is extremely happy with what the students created.

“I’m overwhelmed, happy and grateful. My happiness is having children wave at me.”


Just Posted

Summer seasonal farmers’ markets now open in the Comox Valley

Downtown Courtenay and Cumberland hosting outdoor markets

North Island College issues brief statement on bomb threat

Threat forced college to close all campuses for one day

Injured humpback whale spotted near Comox

Fresh gash on juvenile possibly caused by boat prop

France doubles up Croatia 4-2 to win World Cup

Played in Moscow Russia, latest Fifa World Cup marks the highest scoring final since 1966

Greenwood Trunk sewer line construction continues

Work on Ryan Road portion of project Monday

Activists protest outside Kinder Morgan terminal in kayaks, canoes

Tsleil-Waututh elder Ta’ah Amy George led the water ceremony from a traditional Coast Salish canoe

Canadian soccer fans brace for World Cup final between France, Croatia

First ever final for the Croatians, while it’s France’s third, going into match as betting favourite

B.C. Lions claw their way back to score 20-17 victory over Winnipeg Blue Bombers

The Bombers, who beat the Lions 41-19 last week in Edmonton, fell to 2-3 with the loss

High winds, lack of rain suggest no breaks in sight for B.C. wildfire season

There were 11 new wildfires across the province over 24 hours, BC Wildfire Service officials say

Former B.C. flight attendant protests sexual harassment outside YVR, asked to leave

Mandalena Lewis said she was handing out pamphlets outside YVR terminal when asked to leave

Belgium finishes 3rd at World Cup, beats England 2-0

France and Croatia will play in the final on Sunday at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow

Masterchef Canada winner opens catering company in B.C.

19-year-old Masterchef Canada winner Beccy Stables has moved to the Okanagan.

Most Read