Plumtree School - Old Prunitians
Chris Rose : Milner 1948 to 1953
In May 2002 the Therapy Centre for Autism in
Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada was re-named in honour of Chris Rose, who
subsequently sent the following note :
"I have been in B.C. since 1964, first in Vancouver where I was involved with
education of the deaf and hard of hearing and moved to Kamloops in 1970 to
start a programme here but the following year, was appointed principal of a
school for mentally challenged students. This became a well known programme in
Canada with the development of a second programme for adolescents. In 1979, I
received an International Rotary Scholarship to get an M.Ed. at Birmingham
University, came back and was appointed Principal of an Elementary School and
continued until my retirement in 1996. During this time, I taught Special
Education courses at the University of B.C. summer schools and also for
Canadian Teachers Overseas in Trinadad and Tobago.
I was asked to get a defunct program for children with autism going two weeks
into my retirement. Within two years, the school was flourishing with 20
students and families moving from Vancouver to take advantage of the programme
for their children. The school continues to grow but I am now only involved
with organizing the Centre's international conferences. I am at the end of my
first term as School Trustee and will probably run for a second term.
Family wise, I have been married to my Norwegian wife Gine, for 40 years. We
have three children, Martin, a film animator who teaches animation at Emily
Carr in Vancouver, Nick, a geological engineer who is an associate of an
engineering consulting firm in North Vancouver, and Sarah, who works for the
YMCA in early childhood education here in Kamloops. Between them, they have
given us 5 grand children."
We congratulate and salute Chris for this great achievement and are proud to
see an OP do so well in life.
Chris can be contacted at
The Centre's web site is at