FAREWELL TO LO­CAL ICON

Whitsunday Times - - FRONT PAGE -

PAM Gra­ham helped over­see the ed­u­ca­tion of thou­sands of Whit­sun­day chil­dren.

The for­mer Can­non­vale State School prin­ci­pal, of some 16 years, passed away on April 21.

Pamela Sta­cia Gra­ham, or Pam as she came to be known, was born on Novem­ber 23, 1940 in Ju­lia Creek.

The fourth in a fam­ily of eight sib­lings, she moved around out­back Queens­land be­fore even­tu­ally set­tling in Bowen in 1944.

Her pas­sion for learn­ing saw her at­tend Teacher Train­ing Col­lege when she fin­ished grade 12 and so be­gan a life­long ca­reer.

Pam be­came the prin­ci­pal of Can­non­vale State School in 1989.

It was a post that would en­dear her to the com­mu­nity and lead her to call the re­gion home.

In the work­place she was known as a pro­fes­sional who was in­no­va­tive and com­pas­sion­ate, and was ad­mired and re­spected among her peers.

Dur­ing her time as Can­non­vale prin­ci­pal she pushed to im­prove the school’s fa­cil­i­ties in­clud­ing work­ing with the P and C to add a pool, ten­nis courts, air con­di­tion­ing in ev­ery class­room and en­sur­ing com­put­ers be­came a part of the school.

She be­came an in­au­gu­ral mem­ber of the Whit­sun­day Zonta Club, spend­ing time as both pres­i­dent and area di­rec­tor.

Pam was de­scribed by fam­ily as some­one who put her heart and soul into ev­ery­thing, who left noth­ing un­fin­ished and let no op­por­tu­nity go to waste; some­one who was in­tel­li­gent, in­quis­i­tive, lov­ing, car­ing and so­cial with a great sense of hu­mour.

Close friend Mary Roberts de­scribed Pam as “an icon in the com­mu­nity who was ad­mired and re­spected by all who knew her”.

“Per­son­ally, she was a close friend whom I looked up to as a pro­fes­sional, as­tute and car­ing per­son, but also for her op­ti­mistic, pos­i­tive and stoic at­ti­tude to life over the last seven years de­spite the chal­lenges of fail­ing health.”

Pam is sur­vived by her sib­lings, Ellen, Mau­reen, Bob, Shirley, Tom, Di and Chris as well as her many lov­ing nieces and neph­ews.

She will be sorely missed.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

AN HON­OUR: Pam Gra­ham was prin­ci­pal at Can­non­vale State School for 16 years.

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