Principal George Peary joined the staff of Dasmesh Punjabi School in January 2014 after many years of school and community service.Mr. Peary arrived in Abbotsford in 1973 and spent twenty-eight years as a school administrator in the Abbotsford School District. He was Principal of WJ Mouat, Abbotsford Junior, and Yale Secondary School. He was also the founding Director of the Career Technical Centre, an innovative partnership between the School District and the University of the Fraser Valley.Mr. Peary served on City Council for twenty years, including a term as Mayor of the City of Abbotsford from 2008 to 2011.After leaving politics, Mr. Peary went to work as a Sessional Instructor in the Business Department of the University of the Fraser Valley. This assignment led him to the Punjab!
Mr. Peary and his wife, Sylvia were asked to teach on the UFV campus in Chandigarh, the capital city of the Punjab in 2012 and 2013. When he returned from India, the Dasmesh Punjabi School Board asked him to work at the school for six months. He is still here!
Mr. Peary has brought a wealth of school administrative experience and an extensive background in community service to Dasmesh. The school has continued to flourish under his leadership. Indeed, the school’s profile in the community has grown with such events as the 2016 Abbotsford BC Summer Games. The Dasmesh staff and students played a major role in the success of the Games Accreditation Centre.
Mr. Peary has dubbed Dasmesh a “special place.” He loves the school and all that it represents. When he welcomes the staff and students to school at the front door every morning, he really means it.
Mr. Peary was honored by the University of the Fraser Valley at their convocation in 2016. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Technology by the University for his pioneering work in establishing the Career Technical Centre and his years of community service.
Mr. Peary greatest thrill in accepting this special award was the knowledge that he was following the footsteps of the beloved Dalip Singh Gill, our school’s founding Principal and guiding spirit who was also recognized by UFV in this way. As Mr. Peary states, “I work at Dasmesh every day to help our school achieve the vision that had for it more than thirty years ago. This great man inspires me every day.”