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Death of former librarian Yvonne Baumann

vendredi 8 décembre 2017   (1 Comments)
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Jennifer Armstrong, Principal of La Châtaigneraie's Primary School, contacted the Alumni Office to share the news of Yvonne Baumann's passing. Yvonne was the Primary School librarian at La Chât from 2001 to 2012. Two of her former colleagues, Glen Pasternak (former Vice-Principal of the Primary School and Year 5 teacher) and Liz Forrester (former Year 2 teacher) sent in the following tribute:

Yvonne came to the La Châtaigneraie Campus in September 2001. The new Primary School librarian had arrived! 

Her very name evokes fun, laughter, an outrageous sense of humour, but more seriously, a person who was totally committed to her job, who loved the children in her care and who always had a vision for the future and where she wanted the library to go.

Yvonne's positive encouragement instilled in her students a love of reading and nurtured in them a curiosity about their world. Thanks to her irrepressible enthusiasm, "Arts Week" became an integral and stimulating part of the school year involving students, teachers and parents in a huge celebration of the arts.

Yvonne was an excellent cook and baker. Anyone who has tasted her chocolate cake will attest to that! She and her husband Martin enjoyed entertaining, especially in their beautiful home, L'Ancienne Ecole in Robiac, France. It was her place to relax and enjoy its peaceful surroundings.

The future should have been a long and exciting retirement. She and Martin loved to travel. A new grandson had just been born into the family. However, it was not to be. For 16 long months, Yvonne fought a particularly aggressive form of cancer in the same way that she had lived: with irrepressible humour, great courage and determination.  She had said many times over the previous months "I've had a rich life, 62 exciting years".

Yvonne passed away in the early hours of 29 November, with Martin and their family at her side. Our thoughts are with them at this difficult and sad time. The void she leaves is immense.



Robert Vilkelis says...
Posted vendredi 22 décembre 2017
I arrived at La Chât for Year 1 in 2002, and I stayed until I graduated from Primary in 2009. I remember Yvonne so fondly - we had so many wonderful conversations. She was passionately dedicated to what she cared about, authentic with who she was, and generous in spirit and in the listening she shared with us. Even when I had only a single digit to my age, she spoke and listened to me with the respect and attention as one would an adult. I remember the time I gave her a piece of pumice from Italy, which she kept at her computer, and I fondly recall the times I successfully got out of Gym class to work on a Mesopotamia presentation in Class 4. She was always there for us. I'm thankful for what she brought to my life, and to the lives of so many. May she rest in peace, and may her spirit for imperishable passion and unyielding curiosity live on.

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