Peel board Showcase of Excellence highlights week-long celebration of public education

On May 11, the Peel District School Board will host Showcase of Excellence, an evening to honour Award of Excellence recipients for their outstanding contributions to public education. The event is one of the highlights of Education Week 2017, which takes place in Peel schools and worksites from May 1 to 5.

“Education Week in Peel has always been an opportunity to celebrate the wonderful accomplishments of our students, staff and school communities,” says Tony Pontes, director of education. “All of the Award of Excellence recipients have made a real and extraordinary difference for Peel students and families. Their stories remind us of the power each of us has, each and every day, to unlock student passion and potential.”

In addition, the Peel board will honour Gena Norbury, music teacher at Eldorado Public School, with the Education Champion Award for her significant and lasting contributions to public education beyond Peel borders.

“As a teacher and advocate, an organizer and mentor, Gena’s impact continues to echo across the board and far beyond,” says Janet McDougald, chair of the Board. “She is a true Education Champion for her students and her musical passion.”

During Showcase of Excellence, community members, staff, students, and volunteers will be honoured for their dedication to Peel students and education. The following 33 individuals will be presented Awards of Excellence at the event:

Salam Abu-Baker, Classroom Assistant, Barondale Public School
Sondra Anemaet, Teacher, Castlebridge Public School
Sarah Brovold, Teacher, Settler’s Green Public School
Edyta Chlopek, Teacher, Central Peel Secondary School
Tracey Coleman, Volunteer, Alton Public School
David Dadd, Project Manager, Facilities and Environmental Support Services
Subrena De Shane-Gill, Volunteer, Plum Tree Park Public School
Michelle Dominique, Teacher, Churchville Public School
Jennifer El-Refaie, Principal, Kenollie Public School
Jihan El-Talmas, PLASP Director, McBridge Ave Public School
Joe Federico, Building Leadhand, Port Credit Secondary School
Erika Fosbury, Volunteer, Macville Public School
Melodie Fraser, Teaching Assistant, Fletcher’s Creek Senior Public School
Cynthia Gaston, Assistant to Superintendent, Leadership Development and School Support Services
Sara Gawlowski, Student, Somerset Drive Public School
Jacqueline Guishard, Community Outreach Worker, Oakridge Public School
Glenda Harasyn, Teaching Assistant, Erin Centre Middle School
Ruth Hunt, Teacher, Morton Way Public School
Brynne Katsof, Teacher, Royal Orchard Middle School
Gurjit Kaur, Volunteer, Ray Lawson Public School
Katie Levalds, Fresh Start Coordinator, Peel Alternative Schools
Alisa McClure, Teacher, Silver Creek Public School
Stephen McCready, Teacher, Fletcher’s Creek Senior Public School
Shannon Mulhern, Volunteer, Palgrave Public School, Allan Drive Middle School and Humberview Secondary School
Janet Nicolson, Teacher, Erindale Secondary School
Devi Parasram, Vice-principal, Plum Tree Park Public School
Sandra Pellerin, Teacher, Edenrose Public School
Enrique Wilson, Teacher, David Suzuki Secondary School
Jacqueline Wolfe, Head Curriculum, Turner Fenton Secondary School
Tina Zita, Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, Curriculum and Instruction Support Services
Helmets on Kids members Christie Hallett, Sandev Purewal and Jorun Rucels

The Showcase of Excellence will take place on May 11 at 7:30 pm at the HJA Brown Education Centre, 5650 Hurontario St. in Mississauga.

More than 800 individuals were also honoured during Education Week with Awards of Distinction for their contributions to their school or workplace.

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