The Ontario Public School Boards' Association Awards Program strives to recognize some of the outstanding contributions made by individuals across Ontario to our educational system. While it is impossible to honour all those special people who make a difference, the recipients of these awards represent the many people who work behind the scenes and make our schools and educational system better.
The OPSBA awards honour dedicated people who demonstrated their own commitment to public education and showed us the way. We congratulate the 2017 recipients of these awards, which were were announced at the 2017 Annual General Meeting held in Blue Mountain in June.
The nomination deadline for all 2018 OPSBA Awards, except for the Bernardine Yackman Memorial Award was:April 5, 2018 at 5 p.m.
The nomination deadline for the Bernardine Yackman Memorial Award is:June 14, 2018 at 5 p.m.
The recipient of this student award is selected on the basis of a sound academic record throughout their career, accompanied by outstanding community service and leadership. This year's Award of Merit was presented to Riley Beam, Chippewa Secondary School, Near North DSB. A Certificate of Recognition was awarded to Rachel Stripp, Pineland Public School, Halton DSB.
These awards are presented by local boards to volunteers for outstanding, exemplary and/or unique contributions to the overall well-being of the school or community through in-school, board-wide, extra-curricular and/or volunteer activity. This year's Award of Excellence was presented to Eileen Haven, Executive Secretary, Lakehead DSB.
OPSBA's Achievement Awards were presented to Eileen Haven, Sheila Marcinyshyn, Kelly Matyasovszky and Martha McClelland of Lakehead DSB.
The Bernardine Yackman Memorial Award honours a trustee who has served a Northern Ontario public school board. Nominations are reviewed at the end of June and presented at the Northern Region Meeting and Program in October. Judging for the award takes place in September. The 2017 recipient was Trustee Wanda McQueen, Algoma DSB.
The President's Award recognizes persons with 25 years of service in public education. The 2017 recipient was Trustee Gale Simko-Hatfield, Greater Essex County DSB.
This award is given to an active or retired public school trustee for outstanding service as a public school trustee. There was no recipient in 2017.
The Fred L. Bartlett Memorial Award is given to an active or retired member of the teaching profession for outstanding contribution to education in Ontario. This may consist of constructive participation in education affairs over a number of years or for work on some recent and specific project which has had provincial impact. The 2017 recipients were Sonya White, Stacey Giffen and Jennifer Jager, Itinerant Teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Upper Grand DSB.