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Awards Programs

Former Hamilton-Wentworth DSB Trustee Judith Bishop accepts the OPSBA President's Award in 2015.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 four dedicated people who demonstrated their own commitment to public education and showed us the way. We congratulate the 2016 recipients in memory of Jack A. MacDonald, Fred L. Bartlett, Bernardine Yackman and Dr. Harry Paikin. These awards were announced at the 2016 Annual General Meeting held in Ottawa in June.

Online Nomination Form (for 2017 Awards)

The nomination deadline for all 2017 OPSBA Awards, except for the Bernardine Yackman Memorial Award, is:
Friday, April 7, 2017 at 5 p.m.

The nomination deadline for the Bernardine Yackman Memorial Award is:
Friday, June 16, 2017 at 5 p.m.


Jack A. MacDonald Award of Merit

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 Zachary Misener, Stratford Secondary School, Avon Maitland DSB.

OPSBA Award of Excellence and Achievement Award

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 Felicia Waboose, Elder, Lakehead DSB.

OPSBA's Achievement Awards were presented to Laura Shannon, Lyndy Stajkowski and Felicia Waboose of Lakehead DSB.

Bernardine Yackman Memorial Award

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.

President's Award

The President's Award recognizes persons with 25 years of service in public education. There were no recipients in 2016.

Dr. Harry Paikin Memorial Award

This award is given to an active or retired public school trustee for outstanding service as a public school trustee. This year's recipient of the Dr. Harry Paikin Memorial Award was Roy Wilfong, former Trustee, Kawartha Pine Ridge DSB.

Fred L. Bartlett Memorial Award

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. There were no nominations for this award in 2016.

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