WOMAN LED CANADIAN SCHOOL IN 1945

The Novermber 29, 1945 issue of the Pentecostal Holiness Advocate carries an article by J.A. Synan, "Bible Institute Opens in British Columbia" (pg. 7).  The Pacific Coast Bible Institute was dedicated with Rev. Harold Paul , superintendent of the B.C. conference in attendance with a local pastor Miss Elsie Cartmell (who was also sect-treas of the new school) and local and regional government representatives.

Leadership for the school was Miss Florence O. Hamilton (Principal), Rev. C.W. Serle (Asst. Principal and Dean), and Rev. J.W. Bruce (Intructor).  The school was located in the center of Chilliwack, in the Fraser River Valley.

Hamilton had graduated from Holmes Bible College, served 17 years as a missionary to China and had previous experience as an assistant principal prior to that.  Searle was an Oxford graduate and Anglican clergy, while Bruce had been a Methodist minister.

This now may constitute the earliest administrative role for a woman in education in the PHC, predating the presidency of Emma Crouch in the 1980's in central Canada and 2011 of Adrian Hinkle to the role of Dean of the Department of Professional Studies at Southwestern Christian University in Bethany, Oklahoma.

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