Alumnae Achievement Award Winner 2011
This year we honour Kit Pearson from the Class of 1965.
Kit is a world renowned writer and winner of numerous literature awards. She was born in Edmonton and grew up there and in Vancouver. While at Crofton House School, Kit was a boarder in Douglas House. After leaving CHS, Kit received her B.A. from the University of Alberta, her Masters in Librarian Sciences from UBC and an M.A. from the Simmons College Center for the Study of Children's Literature in Boston.
Kit worked for ten years as a Children's Librarian in Ontario and BC and completed her first novel 'The Daring Game'. She is now a full time writer with many books to her credit. Her books have been published all over the world. She has won fourteen awards for her writing including the governor General's Award for 'Awake and Dreaming'.
Kit lives in Victoria, a few blocks from Ross Bay Cemetery, one of the settings in 'Awake and Dreaming'.
Conversation with Kit Pearson
Kit Pearson says she harboured a deep secret during her years at Crofton House School. None of her friends or fellow students knew, but Kit wanted to be a writer. She dreamed of one day writing a book and kept a diary during the time she was at our school. Kit says she loved the campus and enjoyed her time at Crofton House. The school allowed her to be herself and she always felt accepted and supported here.
Memories of Crofton House School fill the pages of Kit's stories. Many teachers and former students believe they can see themselves in her books. Kit has been given many awards for her writing but she says receiving the Alumnae Achievement Award is her greatest honour.
Kit's advice to current Crofton House students is believe in yourself and your talents and don't let other dissuade you from your dreams.