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Buckham to be remembered; fundraising event planned

Carswell, formerly the athletics director at Valleyview, is leading fundraising efforts for the Jack Buckham Team 73 Leadership Award, which will provide two bursaries each year to School District 73 students
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Jack Buckham will be honoured during a celebration of life ceremony on Saturday, July 2, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Sagebrush Theatre.

A social event will follow in the South Kamloops secondary gym.

“He was such an impact in our community for so many years,” said Kevin Carswell, a friend and colleague to Buckham, who was 78 when he died last June. “He mentored so many coaches and teachers, and not just within the school system.”

Buckham was an educator, coach and mentor for many years at both Valleyview secondary and Kam High.

Carswell, formerly the athletics director at Valleyview, is leading fundraising efforts for the Jack Buckham Team 73 Leadership Award, which will provide two bursaries each year to School District 73 students.

On July 2, a dinner will take place from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Grand Hall at Thompson Rivers University.

Tickets are $50, with $25 from each ticket sold going to the bursary fund. For tickets, go online to eventbrite.ca and search for Jack Buckham.

Carswell is asking for donations that can be used for a silent auction. Call him at 778-220-5432 or email him at mrcarswell@royallepage.ca.

All proceeds will go toward the award fund.

“Through the COVID situation, it’s been tough to hold celebrations of life,” Carswell said. “We’ve finally nailed down a date to celebrate Jack.”

For those who cannot attend the fundraising dinner, cheques can be made out to B.C. Interior Community Foundation, which is managing the fund.