About Albert McMahon Elementary School
Albert McMahon is a busy and vibrant learning environment, offering a well-rounded program of academics, fine arts and athletics to a population of approximately 440 students from Kindergarten to Grade 6. We are situated in a growing neighbourhood and we welcome new students regularly. Visitors to our school routinely comment on our excellently-behaved and courteous students. We take pride in our inclusive school culture, and we have programs in place to meet the needs of all students. Albert McMahon's behaviour support program is entitled the S.H.A.R.P. Program, an acronym for Safe, Helpful, Accountable, Respectful and Positive. The Peer Counselling program involves training senior students in communication and leadership skills. The Peer Counsellors act as friends, helpers and resource people to students in the school. In addition, students who help others benefit by developing a greater sense of responsibility, self-confidence, and an understanding of others. Extra-curricular sports are popular at McMahon, with cross country running, basketball, volleyball, and track and field teams.
Who is Albert McMahon?
Albert McMahon was often referred to as one of the "builders" who made Mission. A local businessman and industrialist, he held various positions within the community to chart its development, including the Mission Dyking Board, the Dewdney Alouette Regional District and the Assessment Court of Revision.
McMahon was also actively involved in many programs contributing to education and athletics. He established two annual scholarships for Mission's grade 12 students, and gave his money generously to support athlete's, teams, and students.
Because McMahon dedicated so much of himself to the community he was awarded Citizen of the Year, the Mission Rotary Club Paul Harris Award, and he was the 12th person in the district to receive the status of Freeman! In his life time he received every possible citizenship award that this community acknowledges.
McMahon was also known for playing the alto sax. He played for more than 40 years, starting with a dance band at the legion in 1944, he continued to play for tea dance audiences until 1995.
Albert McMahon died on August 13th, 1997. He will always be remembered as " highly respectable and known for his community involvement and dedication."