The OPSBA Achievement Award recognizes the outstanding contributions of non-teaching staff, parents, volunteers and community partners involved in education in the member boards. This award provides an opportunity to raise awareness and promote the importance of celebrating excellence and the necessity of recognizing the work of all members of the education community.
Outstanding, exemplary and/or unique contributions to the overall well-being of the school(s) or community(s) through in-school, board-wide, extra-curricular and/or volunteer work or contributions.
The award and process is intended to support and enhance the present individual member boards' awards programs and at the same time raise the profile of the OPSBA awards program in the local boards, schools and communities. Each member board will decide whether or not to participate. Each participating board will call for nominations from within their own district area according to the above award criteria. Determination of the recipient is accomplished in conjunction with the local board's awards selection committee(s) and process. OPSBA supplies the certificates, on request from the local boards, to a maximum of four.
Each participating board may then submit one recipient's nomination to the central OPSBA awards process and committee for determination of the association's recipient of the OPSBA Award of Excellence. The award plaque will be prepared by OPSBA and supplied to the local board for presentation at the appropriate board determined occasion and location.
Award of ExcellenceEileen Haven
Award of MeritMartha McLelland
Parent volunteer, Agnew H. Johnston Public School, Lakehead DSBVolunteer and SEAC Member, Lakehead DSBVolunteer and SEAC Co-Chair, Valley Central Public School, Lakehead DSB
Elder, Lakehead DSB
Breakfast Club Supervisor, Algonquin Avenue PS, Lakehead DSB
Chair, School Community Association, Valley Central School, Lakehead DSB
Volunteer, Lakehead DSB
Resource Member of the Aboriginal Education Advisory Committee, Lakehead DSB
Parent Representative on the Aboriginal Education Advisory Committee, Lakehead DSB
Carlos Santander Maturana
Parent Volunteer and Champion, Peel DSB
Chair of the Special Education Advisory Committee, Lakehead DSB
Educational Assistant, Westgate Collegiate and Vocational Institute, Lakehead DSB
Sylvia Coral O'Meara
Aboriginal Family Support Worker - Thunder Bay Indian Friendship Centre, Parent/Guardian Member of Aboriginal Advisory Committee, Lakehead DSB
Parent/Guardian Member of the Aboriginal EducationAdvisory Committee, Lakehead DSB
Gail I Wanonkiw
Custodian II, Hammarskjold High School - Lakehead DSB
Teaching Professor - Lakehead University, Co-Chair of Aboriginal Education Advisory Committee - Lakehead DSB
Cafeteria Manager - Sir Winston Churchill C. &. V. I.- Lakehead DSB
Child & Youth Worker - C.R. Gummow Public School- Kawartha Pine Ridge DSB
Volunteer - Dr. Emily Stowe Public School- Kawartha Pine Ridge DSB
Educational Assistant - Crestview Public School - Lakehead DSB
Donator & Alumni - Sir Winston Churchill C. & V. I. - Lakehead DSB
Social Worker - Cultural Coordinator for New Experiences Program - Children's Centre, Thunder Bay - Lakehead DSB
Volunteer - Kingfisher Lake Outdoor Education Centre- Lakehead DSB
Volunteer - Wanup Public School - Rainbow DSB
Volunteer - Greensville School Council- Hamilton-Wentworth DSB