Bailey Lockhart, a Grade 1 student at École Mount Prevost, hit her vice principal Sandra Buckland in the face with a pie on May 17 after being one of the top fundraisers in the school’s Jump Rope for Heart campaign for the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Duncan principals take pies in the face after successful fundraiser

Honour went to top fundraisers

Ben Kingsford and Bailey Lockhart worked hard for the privilege of hitting their principal and vice-principal in the face with pies.

The youngsters, both Grade 1 students at École Mount Prevost, were the top fundraisers in their school’s Jump Rope for Heart campaign for the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation.


When the fundraiser began, school principal Ian Zibin promised, as an incentive, that he and vice-principal Sandra Buckland would allow themselves to be hit in the face with pies from the two students who raised the most money.

Ben raised $901 and Bailey raised $540 of the $5,805 that was raised by the school this year in the campaign, in which students in many schools in the Valley and across Canada ask for pledges from the community for them to jump rope and exercise.

Bailey had congenital heart disease when she was a baby, and Ben’s mother and sister have undiagnosed heart conditions.

Ben said that, with the help of his grandmother Sharon Jackson, he made a video asking for pledges from family and friends and put it online to reach as many people as possible.

He said he also went door-to-door in the community over a 10-day period.

“It was a lot of fun,” he said with a grin after hitting Zibin in the face with a cherry pie in front of the whole delighted school body on May 17.


Before taking the hit, Zibin told the excited students in an assembly in the school’s gym that $5,805 is a lot of money for a group of young people to raise.

“It shows our community spirit and how we can work together for the good of the community,” he said as the students enthusiastically beat out the tune of Queen’s ‘We Will Rock You’ on the floor of the gym.

“Our goal was to raise $3,000 but we went well over that thanks to the hard work of the students.”

Zibin is known for his antics to encourage his students during fundraisers.

Two years ago, when he was the principal of Discovery Elementary School, he ran around the school wearing a tutu and a crown after his students exceeded their goal in a similar fundraiser.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here


Just Posted

VIDEO: Internet famous Yukon-based bhangra dancer explores Vancouver Island

Gurdeep Pandher spreads joy through dance, forms cross-cultural connections amid pandemic

Mary Lowther column: Time to plan the winter garden

Weeds have gotten away on me, I’ve just finished laying out my soaker hoses

Sarah Simpson Column: Finding nature at home

It was time to call in reinforcements.

Shady Lady: legendary Catalina touches down on Cowichan Lake

Two flying boats test the waters west of Youbou

Under new ownership, Cowichan’s Isles prepare for 2020-21

The Isles have gone through some ups and downs in recent seasons

53 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths cap off week of high infection rates in B.C.

Roughly 1,500 people are self-isolating because they either have COVID-19 or have been exposed to it

Unofficial holidays: the weird and wonderful things people celebrate around the world

On any given day of the year, there are several strange, silly or serious holidays to observe

Missing teen visiting Courtenay found safe

She had last been seen going for a walk on Aug. 6

Moving on: Tanev scores 11 seconds into OT as Canucks oust Wild

Vancouver beats Minnesota 5-4 to move into first round of NHL playoffs

Fitness non-profit challenges citizens to invent a game to be physically active

The campaign was launched after a study showed only 4.8 per cent of children and youths in Canada met required standards of the 24-hour movement guidelines

Gene editing debate takes root with organic broccoli, new UBC research shows

Broccoli is one of the best-known vegetables with origins in this scientific haze

VIDEO: U.S. Air Force pilot does fly-by for B.C. son amid COVID border separation

Sky-high father-son visit plays out over White Rock Pier

3 Vancouver police officers test positive for COVID after responding to large party

Union president says other officers are self-isolating due to possible exposure

New mothers with COVID-19 should still breastfeed: Canada’s top doctor

Dr. Theresa Tam made the recommendation during World Breastfeeding Awareness Week

Most Read