Our GNS Heroes are individuals who have made outstanding and extraordinary contributions to the development, advancement, promotion and achievement of the school. They have been courageous risk-takers, shown nobility of character, honesty, passion, integrity, patience, selflessness, caring, and humility. They have been noteworthy leaders as well as great supporters of others, working in harmony to bring balance on the path of higher learning.
As early as 1977 at both Glenlyon and Norfolk House schools, mounting pressures of different types, generated the notion of amalgamation as a thought-provoking idea. In May 1980 a directive was given to both schools to “investigate the possibility of coordination between the two schools” and this started a concerted effort by members of both communities to expand and enhance the possibility of working together. Many hours of investigation, planning, developing proposals, and making decisions, eventually culminated in the completed ratification of The Norfolk House and Glenlyon School Society on 5 March 1986.
With shared similar philosophies, combining the two schools created a natural alliance whereby educational opportunities for the students could be expanded and enriched. In the first years of amalgamation members of the Glenlyon Norfolk community shared a special experience in which Peggy Wilmot played a vital role.
Peggy was an incredibly CARING person. In 1983, formerly of Balmoral Hall in Winnipeg, she was appointed Headmistress of Norfolk House and became Norfolk’s educational leader in the amalgamation process.
Peggy, along with Keith Walker became the Founding Heads of the new Glenlyon-Norfolk School. Through their cooperative partnership Peggy and Keith were able to provide strong and united leadership, while both retaining responsibility for his and her own campus.
Upon their recommendation mid-way through this first year, a search for one Head of school started in early 1987. Peggy and Keith handed over the reins of the senior campus to David Brooks, while returning to their junior campuses full time. Peggy also undertook responsibility for curricula across the whole school and was instrumental in helping to provide much of the vision and knowledge for the foundation of the co-educational senior school.
Peggy remained in a close alliance with Keith and David, as they continued to support each other’s leadership roles during the formative years of the new school until their respective retirements — Peggy retired in 2000.
Throughout the years Peggy’s connections to former staff, students, parents and Board members remain a valued resource for our community as it continues to successfully grow into the future.
Peggy is truly a Hero of GNS.