President’s Award

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Vision, commitment, dedication, selflessness. These are the qualities that give us the inspiration to take up the role of trustee. The sense of accomplishment in our work as trustees very much comes from our personal and private recognition of a job well done. And sometimes it comes from public recognition by our peers.

The Ontario Public School Boards’ Association represents all trustees engaged in public education in this province. Our Association wants to honour some very special colleagues – the trustees who have stood by their vision and selflessly given of themselves to the students and parents of Ontario for more than 25 years.

We are privileged, on behalf of all trustees in the province, to present the OPSBA President’s Award in recognition of 25 years of service in public education. The President’s Award, formerly known as the Dinosaur Club Award, was established at the Fall Northern Region Conference in October 2001.

Online Nomination Form

The nomination deadline for the 2022 President’s Award is December 16, 2021.

Terms of Award

Induction ceremonies are held at OPSBA’s annual Public Education Symposium in January. The President’s Award will be forwarded to boards of recipients not attending this event.

Nomination Information Checklist


This invitation is open to trustees who have not yet received this award, and who have completed 25 years or more of service.


      Years of Service

Colleen Schenk

Avon Maitland DSB



Lynn Scott

Russell Reid

David Shields

Ottawa-Carleton DSB

Algoma DSB

Renfrew County DSB





Graham Lidstone

John Hendry

Algoma DSB

Waterloo Region DSB



2018 Joyce Bennett Thames Valley DSB 29

Bruce Schieck

Susan Moziar

Upper Grand DSB

Upper Grand DSB


Judy Saunders

Gale Simko-Hatfield​

Trillium Lakelands

Greater Essex County DSB



2015 Ron Oikonen​ Lakehead DSB​ 28
2014 Judith Bishop ​Hamilton-Wentworth DSB 25

​Debra Edwards

Wanda McQueen

Saunders Porter

Doreen Dewar

​Simcoe County DSB

Algoma DSB

DSB Ontario North East
Rainbow DSB


Lora Campbell

Rosemary Pochopsky

Randy Sheppard

DSB of Niagara

DSB Ontario North East

Near North DSB



Recipients of the Dinosaur Award

      Years of Service
2002 Bob Whitehead Algoma DSB 31
  George Seaton Connell & Ponsford DSAB 25
  Dalton Clark DSB of Niagara 32
  Helen Hall DSB of Niagara 29
  Ray Mulholland Hamilton-Wentworth DSB 29
  Reg Woodworth Hamilton-Wentworth DSB 30
  Roy Wilfong Kawartha Pine Ridge DSB 48
  Richard Whittington Lambton Kent DSB 41
  Angeline Desbiens Missarenda DSAB 30
  Ruth Thompson Peel DSB 26
  Gord McBride Rainy River DSB  
2003 Samuel J. J. Clements Hastings & Prince Edward DSB 25
  Bill Mokomela Lakehead DSB 25
  Duncan Longwell Lambton Kent DSB 25
  Irene Atkinson Toronto DSB 26
  Art Buckland Upper Canada DSB 26
2004 Tom Kilpatrick Greater Essex DSB 25
  Bill Castagne Missarenda DSAB 26
2005 Bill Dawes Keewatin-Patricia DSB 25
  Elaine Crawford Limestone DSB 25
2006 Albert Schaffer DSB Ontario North East 27
2007 Armand Giguere Caramat DSAB 25
  Peter Jaffe Thames Valley DSB 26
  Kerry Peacock Campbell Children’s SA 26
  Terry Swanson Nakina DSAB 33
2009 Thelma Goodfellow Hastings & Prince Edward DSB 26
  Juergen Leukert DSB Ontario North East 25
2011 Heather Bozzer DSB Ontario North East 27
  Beryl Ford Peel DSB 27
  Gerri Gershon Toronto DSB 26
  Dave Penny Keewatin-Patricia DSB 28