Cathleen (Kay) Eddison left high school at the age of 16 — more than 70 years ago — for a job as a BC Tel switchboard operator.
"Times were tough then," Eddison, the youngest of five children, told the Vancouver Sun. "You needed a little pull to get a job like that in those days."
Eddison never looked back. Over the next few decades, she worked for the provincial Ministry of Health, married and raised a family.
But she always regretted not finishing her schooling.
Now 89, Eddison is set to become the oldest high school graduate in British Columbia — and maybe in all of Canada — on Wednesday.
"My family is so proud of me, it's almost embarrassing," she told the National Post from there Agassiz, B.C., retirement home.
Her son, Paul Eddison, 65, calls his mother "sharp as a whip."
"We are so absolutely proud of her," he said. "It's just been a dream come true for her and us too."
Eddison and her classmates, 80-year-old Adriana Peters and 70-something Maureen Baker, returned to their studiesRead More »from 89-year-old great-grandmother to become B.C.’s oldest high school graduate