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Tribute to Jim Shaw

Shawnigan remembers a passionate alumnus

This weekend, Shawnigan paid tribute to the life and legacy of Jim Shaw.

As part of the School's regular Saturday Chapel Service, many of those who had attended memorial services last week in Calgary shared some of their contributions with the Shawnigan community.

Leading the service, Headmaster David Robertson recalled his friend's personality and values: "Kindness was one of the many things that set Jim apart," the Headmaster said, adding, "Jim, your spirit and inspiration are all around us. And will be forever."

The School also heard from several current Shaw Scholars, with Isabella C. remembering Jim's counsel that "Success is always more fulfilling when it's shared with others."

In addition to tributes from Mr. Robertson and Jay Connolly, the congregation heard musical presentations from music teachers Shannon Tyrrell and Jack Connolly, who shared music they had played for the Calgary gatherings. Ms. Tyrrell performed Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah and the two teamed up to play Jim's favourite song; Second Chance by Shinedown.

Jim Shaw passed away on Jan. 3 after a brief illness. A graduate of the Class of 1977, his philanthropy enriched the School for generations to come.

Shawnigan Lake School is an independent boarding school for Grades 8-12 on Canada's West Coast. Our modern, diverse and innovative programming helps shape the next generation of global leaders.