The Fort McMurray Public School District is flying their flags at half-mast to honour a woman who served over 35 years in the division.
Lorna Tollman was known as a strong voice as President of CUPE 2425 for over 25 years, and was an educational assistant for the district for over 35 years, before her recent passing.
FMPSD Superintendent Doug Nicholls tells Mix News Tollman was a positive impact on the lives of many students and colleagues that she worked with.
“It speaks volumes, the unfortunate loss of Lorna and the impact it’s had in our schools and with our staff. Anyone who’s known Lorna for any period of time has just appreciated what she brough to the district, to their own lives, both personally and professionally.”
Nicholls adds in his over four year in the region, he’d never seen anyone make as much impact on the community as Tollman had.
He says she always had the best interests of her colleagues and students in her heart.
“She always had the employees of CUPE and others in her thoughts and actions. Very committed to the district, tremendous pride to the district and a presence we will certainly miss in the district.”
A funeral service for Tollman will be held at St. John’s Church on Saturday at 10:30 a.m.
A reception at Dr. Clarke School will take place after the service.