Goodbye, Teach, and thanks!

By Tor Forsberg WATSON LAKE Lila Corcoran looks too young to be retiring. This Tahltan woman is attractive and full of energy, but she is ready to…

By Tor Forsberg

WATSON LAKE

Lila Corcoran looks too young to be retiring.

This Tahltan woman is attractive and full of energy, but she is ready to go on to new fields of endeavour after 15 years in Watson Lake’s Johnson Elementary School.

She is looking forward to travelling, and doing volunteer work with homeless people in Grand Prairie and Vancouver.

Born in Telegraph Creek, Corcoran moved to Fort Nelson for awhile and then to Lower Post to be near her parents.

From there, she moved to Upper Liard, where she now lives, and it was from there she commuted to work at the school in Watson Lake.

That commute was the least favourite part of the job, said Corcoran.

There is nothing pleasurable about driving to work in 50 below, she said.

But watching the kids go through school to graduation was worth it, she added, citing her favourite part of the job.

And the staff was tremendously supportive through several family tragedies she weathered during her years at the school.

They have been like family, always there to help and comfort her in times of grief, said Corcoran.

The school hosted a gathering of teachers, support staff and parents to celebrate with gifts, goodies and tributes, thanking Corcoran for her years of dedication.

Liard First Nation presented her with a necklace; there was a bracelet from the school staff, and a fleece vest with the school crest on it — good reminders of a job well done and much appreciated.

Tor Forsberg lives in Watson Lake.

Just Posted

Without hemodialysis option, Yukon man returns home to die

Terry Coventry said he hopes the Yukon government will consider offering hemodialysis in the future

WYATT’S WORLD

Wyatt’s World

Porter Creek Rams ride strong first quarter to boys Super Hoops win against F.H. Collins Warriors

After two days of competition, the F.H. Collins Warriors are 0-2 in boys play and 2-0 in girls play

Yukon officials issue warning after three fentanyl deaths last month

There were also a handful of overdoses that did not result in deaths

Whitehorse proposes 2.2 per cent property tax hike

The 2020 operating budget passed first reading this week

Dahria Beatty wins bronze at Opa Cup cross-country skiing race in Slovenia

Whitehorse’s Emily Nishikawa was 10th in the 10-km race

RCMP asks B.C. cannabis shop to remove image of Sam Steele

Owner happy to comply with RCMP, but wants more information first

EDITORIAL: Time for the Yukon Party’s opening act

Having a competitive leadership race could be good for the party

City news, briefly

Some of the news from the Dec. 2 Whitehorse city council meeting

Arctic Sports Inter-School Championship draws athletes from as far as Juneau

The three-day event included more than 300 participants from kindergarten to Grade 12

Access road to Telegraph Creek now open

Ministry has spent $300K to date on work to clear rockslide

Freedom Trails responds to lawsuit

A statement of defence was to the Yukon Supreme Court on Nov. 19.

Whitehorse RCMP seeking suspects after robbery at Yukon Inn

Robbery took place in early hours of Nov. 27, with suspects armed with a knife and “large stick”

Most Read