Jill Rumble Elementary school

Jillian Rumble Elementary School – Let’s Make It Happen!

The Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board is seeking public input in selecting a name for a new school located on the site of former Dr. J Edgar Davey Junior Public School.  There is a campaign underway to name the new school located at 99 Fergusson Avenue North, in honour of former YWCA Hamilton CEO Jillian Rumble, and the Rumble family is asking for your help.
Jill Rumble came to Hamilton from Australia in 1973 on a one-year placement for the YWCA. She never left, deciding to make Hamilton her permanent home and the YWCA a focus of much of her life.  She worked at the YWCA on Ottawa Street and MacNab Street as Branch Manager and in a variety of other positions. She served as Chief Executive Officer of YWCA Hamilton from 1992 to 2003, and in 2003, celebrated her 30th anniversary with YWCA Hamilton.  As the CEO of the YWCA Hamilton, she was part of several community, local, and national committees and events. Her focus was always on providing programs and services for women and their families that make a positive difference in their lives.

Jill was recognized for her contributions with many awards and recognitions for her service to the Hamilton Community, including the Athena Award and Gallery of Distinction.  Jill passed away May 5, 2004 after a lengthy battle with ALS (Lou Gerig’s Disease).
Jill Rumble shared the HWDSB’s vision of a future where all students are valued and can achieve their full potential.  Through her commitment to various community agencies, most prominently the YWCA and the Rotary Club, Jill worked on numerous community oriented projects.  This work covered a gamut of programs to empower youth and women, including programs fostering literacy and mentoring. 

The HWDSB has set up an online survey to get suggestions from community members.  The short survey asks for a name suggestion as well as name rationale, and the Rumble family is asking community members to complete this survey in Jill’s name before the deadline of February 8th, 2010.  The survey can be found at:


In addition to completing the survey, community members can submit name suggestions by mail to Corporate Communications, 100 Main Street West, Hamilton, ON L8P 1H6.

Finally, the Rumble family has created a Facebook group entitled “Jillian Rumble Elementary School- Let’s make it happen!” in which supporters are encouraged to join.


Jill was a friend to many, a leader in the community, and a wonderful co-worker for employees and volunteers at the Hamilton YWCA. The Rumble family would like those stories shared with the School Board and is grateful for your support.


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