School District #27 superintendent Mark Thiessen lived up to his part of a challenge Friday after Cataline Grade 7 student Jacob Telford spearheaded his school raising $2

Superintendent loses locks for Childhood Diabetes

Superintendent loses locks after students raised $2,200 for Childhood Diabetes

Jacob Telford isn’t about to let Type 1 Diabetes slow him down.

He was diagnosed in 2007, and has fundraised for the Canadian Diabetes Association over the last two years.

A Grade 7 student at Cataline elementary school in Williams Lake, Jacob spearheaded a fundraising campaign in November and raised $1,780 on his own. His school also fundraised, bringing the total to $2,200.

The campaign ran for a couple of weeks in November because the healthcare company Nova Nordisk Canada, said it would match funds raised during the month of November.

To augment his efforts, Jacob went door-to-door collecting donations, hit up family and friends, and took his cause to School District #27.

He made a presentation to the staff, but also had a private meeting with his former teacher Mark Thiessen, who became the superintendent this year.

“Mr. Thiessen closed the door when my dad brought me to the meeting,” Jacob said before the hair cutting started. “I asked him if I raised money would he get his head shaved and he said anything over $1,500 he would.

Jacob posed that if we raised over $2,000 would Thiessen be willing to lose his eyebrows, but heard “no,” at that point Thiessen’s wife Tracie drew the line.

On Dec. 14, Thiessen showed up at the school to keep his part of the bargain.

The haircutting took place in the school gymnasium, with most teachers and students watching the proceedings.

As Jacob began to cut the superintendent’s hair with electric clippers, the students giggled and cheered, “awesome, awesome.” As the Thiessen’s locks fell to the floor, the children began singing, Soft Kitty and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.

Smiling Thiessen said, “no turning back now,” as principal Mike Grace shaved a cul-de-sac around Thiessen’s head.

Two other students — Sara Turko and Marco Rigoni — were recently diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes and the two joined in with the hair cutting. Chris Armstrong teaches at Cataline and Nesika elementary schools and volunteered to have his head shaved as well because of the Cataline students’ fundraising efforts at the Terry Fox run.

Thiessen praised Jacob for his efforts.

“He took the challenge on and raised all the money,” he said.




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

Just Posted

Emergency crews respond to MVI on Horsefly Road

One person was extricated from his pickup truck and transported to hospital

PHOTOS: Robbie Burns Night celebrates lakecity’s Scottish heritage

It was a night for Drambuie, the pipes and good company

Local delicacies on the menu for this weekend’s Wild Game Banquet

The always popular, and delicious, event, goes at the Elks Hall at 98 1st Ave. S. in Williams Lake

Local leaders set to attend resource industries annual forum in PG

17th Annual BC Natural Resource Forum will take place Jan. 28 to 30

VIDEO: Feds look to help 126 Canadians quarantined in China for coronavirus

China has confirmed more than 4,500 cases of the new virus, with more than 100 deaths

Sap thief taps Saanich park maple trees, faces hefty fine

One tree found with four taps in Mount Doug Park

B.C. reports first coronavirus in Vancouver region

First patient visited Wuhan, China, reported symptoms

Uber threatens legal action to ‘defend its right’ to operate in Surrey

‘I have no concerns,’ Mayor Doug McCallum replies

Victoria resident says WestJet employee uttered racist comment, refused to let her on plane

Customer claims she was told ‘You guys can’t handle your alcohol’ by WestJet employee

Bystander who tried to help dog being attacked not liable for its death: B.C. tribunal

Owner of dog killed tried to get $5,000 in damages from man who tried to save it

INFOGRAPHIC: See how fast your B.C. city grew in 2019

The province’s fastest-growing municipalities were located on Vancouver Island

Landowner hearings begin for Trans Mountain expansion in Alberta

Detailed route talks start in Spruce Grove, in B.C. communities soon

Alessia Cara to host and perform at 2020 Juno Awards

Multi-platinum Canadian singer-songwriter also up for six awards, including Artist of the Year

Most Read