Victoria Strange is a special education teacher in Revelstoke. She is also one of the founders of LUNA. (Liam Harrap - Revelstoke Review)

Revelstoke teacher supercharges by combining her work and passion

Victoria Strange doesn’t sleep much these days.

Between raising a family, helping organize LUNA, teaching in elementary school and working on a masters degree,

Strange’s life is full of things that supercharge her.

“I have a lot of help,” she said, gratefully. “Noting that collaboration is when amazing things happen.

Strange and her family moved to Revelstoke in September 2015 from Halifax. They came here on a whim, with no jobs and no house to move into.

“You have to take chances in life,” she said.

“Cautious, optimistic risk is good!”

With their two kids in tow, they packed a U-Haul and drove to Revelstoke.

The first thing they did was buy a house, just before the market exploded, Strange said. They lived in the basement during the renovation.

Strange believes you do what you need to do, and when you have a good attitude and work hard, employment will come to you or create a position for yourself.

Though Strange has a teaching degree, she worked in the arts and culture sector for 20 years prior to moving to Revelstoke.

So when the executive director position came up at the Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre, it was a perfect fit.

It was through that position Strange met Miriam Manley, of the Revelstoke Arts Council and they started working to bring LUNA to Revelstoke.

No longer with the gallery, Strange now teaches special education.

She said her students, and her son who is autistic, give her a different perspective on life and make her look for alternative ways to do things.

“You have to think outside the box to teach these kids,” she said.

Krista Stovel is inspired by Strange’s passion, calling her a driving force in the arts community.

“Her work in the arts has been instrumental in raising the profile of Revelstoke as a creative destination,” Stovel said.

When they met, Stovel said she was struck by Strange’s enthusiasm and tireless dedication.

“As an artist myself I know that I have pushed my own practice due to her belief in my potential and her experienced critical eye,” she said.

At the moment Strange is working with the students of Revelstoke on a quilt for LUNA.

Though right in the middle of writing grants for this year, Strange is already thinking about what she will tackle with her students in 2021.



Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.


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

Just Posted

Interior Health reports three additional COVID-19 cases in region

The number of cases in the region since the beginning of the pandemic are now at 492

COVID-19 minimizes Okanagan Regional Library budget increase

Library adapts to pandemic fiscal disruptions

Interior Health continues to tackle COVID-19

IH president Susan Brown says don’t become complacent about pandemic

Conservative opposition critic tours through Kootenay riding on listening tour

Pierre Poilievre, the Tory finance critic, gathering local feedback on pandemic supports, recovery issues

Liam’s Lowdown: Food is everywhere

Turn your garden scraps into tasty treats

3 new deaths due to COVID-19 in B.C., 139 new cases

B.C. confirms 40 ‘historic cases,’ as well

Stranger in truck grabs boy walking home from school in Kelowna

The 11-year-old boy escaped the incident, RCMP are investigating

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87

The court’s second female justice, died Friday at her home in Washington

‘This is a very difficult sentencing’; Judge delays Okanagan manslaughter trial to next week

The courts heard Friday that Bourque “did not intend to cause harm” but that her actions were “reckless”

Emaciated grizzly found dead on central B.C. coast as low salmon count sparks concern

Grizzly was found on Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw territory in Smith Inlet, 60K north of Port Hardy

VIDEO: B.C. to launch mouth-rinse COVID-19 test for kids

Test involves swishing and gargling saline in mouth and no deep-nasal swab

Young Canadians have curtailed vaping during pandemic, survey finds

The survey funded by Heart & Stroke also found the decrease in vaping frequency is most notable in British Columbia and Ontario

B.C. teachers file Labour Relations Board application over COVID-19 classroom concerns

The application comes as B.C.’s second week of the new school year comes to a close

CHARTS: Beyond Metro Vancouver, COVID-19 cases in B.C. haven’t increased much recently

COVID-19 case counts outside of Metro Vancouver have been level since July

Most Read