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An immeasurable loss

Shawnigan mourns the passing of Jim Shaw

Shawnigan Lake School is in mourning after the passing of a dear friend and supporter.

Jim Shaw passed away on Jan. 3 after a brief illness. He was 60 years old.

"Words cannot express the sadness that I feel at the loss of my great friend," Shawnigan Headmaster David Robertson said. "Jim's passion for all things Shawnigan is legendary and we will all miss him greatly."

A member of the Class of 1977, Jim Shaw served for eight years on the School's Board of Governors. His contributions to Shawnigan, including the Shaw Scholarship Program, the Shaw Centre for Science, and the Jim & Kathryn Shaw Library, forever changed the face of the School.

"He's always had a deep respect for Shawnigan," Jim's wife Kathryn said in a Black and Gold Magazine feature story last year. "He's always had the Shawnigan in him."

An article in the Globe and Mail  outlines Shaw's meteoric ascendancy to the top of the Canadian media industry. As well, this obituary in the Calgary Herald touches on some of Jim Shaw's many passions, including fishing, football and art. It also tells of his numerous philanthropic ventures, including his generous support of Shawnigan Lake School and providing assistance to those in need across Canada.

The Headmaster will lead a large contingent of the Shawnigan community to Calgary for Friday's Celebration of Life.
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Shawnigan Lake School is a co-educational boarding school on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. The school is home to nationally-ranked academics, arts and athletics, with 100 per cent of graduates accepted to university.