NEWS RELEASE – New Strathmore K to 9 School – Name Announcement
The Board of Trustees is very pleased to announce the name for the new school currently under construction in Strathmore.
Earlier this school year, a naming committee was established consisting of parents and other community members to gather input and recommend possible names for the new school to the Golden Hills Board of Trustees. The naming committee followed an inclusive process that reflected upon Strathmore’s history, local geography and other potential considerations that may be of significance when considering a name for the new school.
After careful discussion, the committee recommended a short list of possibilities to the Board of Trustees. Golden Hills’ Board is very appreciative of the work of that committee and, based on their recommendations, has unanimously passed a motion to name the new school George Freeman School. The Board of Trustees recognizes this as an excellent opportunity to recognize one of Strathmore’s local citizens who has had a significant and positive long term impact on the Strathmore community and our Golden Hills schools.
George Freeman was a long time Strathmore resident and is well known to many in our community:
- Mr. Freeman was born at the CPR Headquarters in 1923 and joined the Canadian Army in 1942. During his time in the Service he was a part of the first wave of D-Day invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944. He was an Honorable Discharge from the Canadian Army in 1947 and received the award of Knight in the French National Order of the Legion of Honor for his efforts in Europe
- Mr. Freeman was well recognized as a volunteer for numerous community organizations, such as Chief of the Strathmore Volunteer Fire Department for 17 years
- Mr. Freeman has been awarded The Order of the Bighorn, the Queen's Jubilee Medal, and recognized as Strathmore Citizen of the year twice
- Mr. Freeman was connected to local students in our schools through a lengthy volunteer history with the Royal Canadian Legion (Remembrance Day Services) and as an employee and volunteer with Ducks Unlimited
The Board would like to extend their appreciation and thanks to the naming committee and to all those who participated in the school naming project.