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CMSD82 Internal Release – Sad News – Skip Bergsma – June 11, 2015  (PDF Format)

Coast Mountains School District has lost a highly respected leader and educator, and a good friend.  Skip Bergsma passed away on June 10, 2015 in Terrace after a brief illness.

Skip spent most of his career working in Terrace schools beginning in 1961, starting as a Math teacher at Skeena Secondary and Cassie Hall Elementary and serving on the executive of the Teachers’ Association.  He held the positions of Vice Principal at Skeena Secondary, Caledonia Secondary and Principal at Thornhill Junior Secondary, before becoming Director of Instruction then Assistant Superintendent of Schools, a position he flourished in until his retirement in 1998.

Skip was a consummate professional, handling staffing challenges during both fast growing times and declining enrolment times in the district with a capable hand and a steady focus on people and their needs.  He was known for keeping in touch with teachers and he took a particular interest in seeing new recruits grow and mature as teachers in the district.  He also followed their careers as they moved on.

Skip was instrumental in helping to develop the goals of the Concert Society in our schools and community.  He took a great interest in the REM Lee Theatre and the performances they were able to attract and he also promoted school band programs.

He was an avid traveller, swimmer, fisherman and hunter.  Skip’s favourite time of year was the fall and he particularly loved to visit the school in Stewart and do a bit of hunting on the way home.  Sometimes he was successful!

Skip will be remembered as a leader in our schools, our district and our community.  Even in retirement he took the lead in establishing the local chapter of the Retired Teachers’ Association and served as President and many terms as Past President.

Skip was always available to listen and help people, and he made people feel valued and appreciated. His steadfast spirit drew people to him as he mentored a generation of teachers, teacher leaders and administrators.

The school district shares a great sadness with the Bergsma family on the loss of this wonderful individual.

Thank you Skip for everything you did for so many people over so many years – you will be missed.

Service arrangement details will be shared once available.


Katherine McIntosh
Superintendent of Schools



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