BONNYVILLE, AB (February 19, 2021) – It is with great sadness that the Lakeland Catholic School Division (LCSD) Board of Trustees and Senior Administration announces the passing of Will Baker, principal of Holy Cross Elementary School in Cold Lake. Will passed away on February 17, 2021, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. His loss is being felt across the Lakeland Catholic community, but especially at his school. His leadership and legacy is ingrained in their halls and in their hearts.
Will’s Catholic faith was his compass and it guided him in everything that he did. He was a servant leader in all of his words and actions. Many of his colleagues will recall him teaching students that “Conscience is God’s voice in your head and in your heart.” He had an ability to connect with children through firm and loving discipline.
Will began working with LCSD in 2002 as principal of Mackenzie School at CFB (Canadian Forces Base) Cold Lake. He stayed there until its closure in 2007. He became principal at the new Holy Cross Elementary School in December 2007. In 2011, Will won the prestigious Learning Partnership’s award for Canada’s Outstanding Principal. This is a nationally recognized award and an executive leadership training program that honours the unique and vital contribution of principals in publicly funded schools in Canada.
Will was well known for his strong relationships with all people in the school: staff, students, and families. He took the time to get to know everyone and he genuinely cared for all.
Those who had the privilege of working with Will would tell you he had a passion for mentoring and developing beginning teachers. His legacy in LCSD can be seen in a large number of teachers who are as faith-filled and passionate about education as he was as a result of his leadership. Lakeland Catholic Schools will deeply miss Will Baker and will be forever grateful for his steadfast leadership and commitment to excellence throughout his career with the Division. May the Lord take him home and may his family receive peace and comfort during this difficult time.
For more information, please contact:
Amanda Wildman, Communications Officer
Lakeland Catholic School Division
(780) 813-0538 (cell)
(780) 826-3764 (office)