News Director note: Previously, the article had wrongly stated Christine Todd created a rock painting Facebook group, which wasn’t the case. Energeticcity apologizes for any frustration or confusion this has caused.
This month’s Co-op Community Champion is the principal of Baldonnel Elementary and has a knack for painted rocks.
Co-op highlights people in Fort St. John who should be recognized for their work in the community. Anyone looking to nominate a community-minded person in need of recognition, head to Energeticcity’s website.
Christine Todd was described as a ‘super mom’ by the individual who nominated her and has spent the last 25 years in Fort St. John.
The Burlington, Ontario native started her teaching career by applying to as many jobs as possible as there were many jobs available.
“I got a small part-time job in Newfoundland at a port town that probably no one else applied for. So I went to Newfoundland, and I taught there for two years. But they were amalgamating all the school boards. Lots of people lost their jobs.”
“I had to apply all over again, and I applied to 40 jobs.”
Todd was hired at Dr. Kearney Middle School as a learning assistant and was there for 11 years. She was then the vice-principal C.M. Finch Elementary for four years and kept the same position at Duncan Cran Elementary for seven years before being hired at Baldonnel.
Todd has a similar story to many professionals in the city. She arrived after signing a one-year contract with School District 60 and stayed.
“I love it here. I just love the sense of community that is in Fort St. John. And, I love my career, and I’ve met, I don’t know, hundreds, thousands, of kids.”
Todd has also been heavily involved in the community throughout the years, including raising over $10,000 for Relay For Life and volunteering for a few years as a luminary chair.
“I have volunteered for many years for our local dance association, helping to raise money for local dancers. I was on the Thyroid Cancer Canada board for three years and a volunteer for 8 years. I am the media rep for thyroid cancer Canada for northern BC and Alberta. I belong to the Eastern Star, a local group that helps people in the community,” said Todd.
With the students on her mind during the COVID-19 pandemic, she started brainstorming ways to engage with them while being socially distant.
“I just started painting some rocks, and then a couple of other teachers at school did some as well. And then we decided that we’re going to drop them off in the driveways of some of the students.”
Todd had to travel to Ontario for a recruiting job with the district during this time, so two staff members dropped off the rocks.
After trying to put smiles on students’ faces, Todd kept painting rocks and placing them in different locations around the city.
“I don’t know; I just really liked painting the rocks.”
Todd created a Facebook page, ‘FSJ Kindness Rocks,’ to let residents know what rocks she’s working on and sometimes leaves hints to where the rocks can be found.
If you find the rock, you can post to Todd’s Facebook page and keep or pass it on.
Co-op’s Community Champion highlights people in Fort St. John who should be recognized for their work in the community. Anyone looking to nominate a community-minded person in need of recognition, head to Energeticcity’s website.
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