Former school trustee passes away

Nancy Orr was a trustee in the old Terrace School District from January 1968 until March 1977 and from December 1981 until November 1987.

  • Apr. 13, 2014 5:00 a.m.

A FORMER school trustee has passed away.

Nancy Orr was a trustee in the old Terrace School District from January 1968 until March 1977 and again from December 1981 until November 1987.

She passed away in Oliver, B.C. April 1 at the age of 91.

In an article in The Terrace Review published in November 1987, at the end of her second period on the school board, Orr recounted some of her  trustee work.

“Terrace has been one of the best school districts all along. Caledonia was one of the first schools in the province to have a computer lab,” she said in that article.

“At first, school trustees weren’t paid for their work; it was considered an honour to work for the community’s best interests,” Orr added.

She was also chair of the school board for a term.

Orr was also involved in the formation of Northwest Community College by sitting on its first board.

She continually pressed to have more night time adult education courses scheduled in the area.

She was also involved in the construction of the REM Lee Theatre, and was rewarded as a result with two lifetime passes to attend theatre events.

In addition to that recognition, Orr’s community involvement was recognized by having a city street, Orr Place, on the Bench, named in her honour.

While in her 60s, Orr enrolled in post secondary courses at Simon Fraser University and at Kwantlen College where she studied journalism.

She then wrote for The Terrace Review in the late 1980s and into the early 1990s.

A resident of Terrace beginning in the early 1950s, Orr was married to Leonard Orr, who passed away in 1986.

The couple had five daughters.

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