Former Abbotsford mayor George Peary reflects on a lifetime of changing lives and building communities across the world when he takes the stage at University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) on Wednesday, Oct. 12.
Peary is the latest speaker in the President’s Leadership Lecture Series. The free presentation begins at 4 p.m. in lecture theatre B101 on the Abbotsford campus, 33844 King Rd.
A former Abbotsford mayor, city councillor, and school principal, Peary started his career in Saskatoon and Whitehorse before moving to the Fraser Valley. He has always been active in his community – no matter the geographic location – and innovative in his approach to education.
He taught business courses at UFV in Abbotsford and in Chandigarh, India and is currently the principal of Dasmesh Punjabi School in Abbotsford.
Peary was recognized by UFV with an honorary doctor of technology degree in 2016.
“In some ways, UFV and I have walked paths that have intersected at different points over the past 40-plus years,” he said.
“On the runway of life, I am getting closer to takeoff, but UFV still has most of its runway ahead of it. Institutions have much longer lives than people and I hope that my commentary will be a little reassuring to those who invest an hour or so with me.”