Educators Pat and George Markides of Port Alice are retiring with 59 years of experience.

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North Island teaching couple retire after 59 years in education

PORT ALICE—With a combined 59 years in the education field, George & Pat Markides are retiring as of this spring.

George has been a teacher of industrial education and math and a principal for 35 years, including two years teaching in Stewart and two years as a principal in Port Hardy.

Pat has served as secretary and librarian in Port Alice for 24 years.

Both their daughters were raised in Port Alice and have gone on to take their place in society.  Heather is also in the education field, teaching grade 3 and 4 students in Calgary while working on her Masters, and she has a degree in Anthropology. Colleen served 10 years in the Canadian Coast Guard and is now a constable for the RCMP stationed in Prince Rupert.

As a principal and teacher, George has many special thoughts and memories, always remembering the great home support, the strength of the family-oriented community of Port Alice, and just working with and watching the kids as they grew and changed.

Pat said she has made many friends with close ties in Port Alice, and both agree Port Alice will always be home.

The couple have built a new home and will be moving to Bowser in August. As for their future plans, they will finish their home, do some traveling and enjoy life. Pat also intends to take tapestry classes, something she’s always wanted to do.

The Markides will be greatly missed in Port Alice. Heartfelt congratulations and good wishes go with them into their retirement.

With reporting from Shirley Scott.