The sign for Cairine Wilson Secondary School briefly displayed the wrong spelling, showing the name Carnie Wilson instead. Carnie Wilson is the lead singer for the band Wilson Phillips, popular in the ‘90s. Cairine Wilson, in comparison, was the first female Canadian senator.
Cairine Wilson Secondary School is named after the first female Canadian senator..
But due to a mix-up before back-to-school, the sign at the front of the school instead paid tribute to 1990s Wilson Phillips singer Carnie Wilson.
The school isn’t being renamed after the pop singer and it was just a humorous misstep, said trustee John Shea.
Shea spent several years lobbying to have the previous sign updated; it was installed in 1975.
When the new sign went up on Aug. 31, it only took a day for the emails and calls to start coming in.
“What can you think but just laugh?” Shea said. “It was hilarious; it was obviously an honest mistake.”
He said that the sign change was an easy fix and there was no additional cost to make the correction.
The quick fix was made on Sept. 1, so students and teachers returning to school on Sept. 4 were greeted by the proper name – though photos of the original sign had already made their way around via social media.
And it didn’t take long for the tweets to make their way to Carnie Wilson herself.
“I'll Hold On to the pretend honor forever !! Much love.... Carnie,” the singer tweeted in response to the photo.