It all began with Bill Milenthorpe, a Rotary member and local teacher/principal came up with the idea approximately 15 years ago; recognize educators by awarding them with the "The Excellence in Education Award". This award is unique. It provides the Rotary Club and the entire school community the opportunity to recognize those individuals who do great things for our children. The award is open to teachers, teacher assistants, secretaries, librarians, custodians and other staff, parents, students and volunteers.
Berta Briggs, local Rotarian and Chair of the Award committee describes the criteria. “To be nominated (one per city school), the person must exemplify the Rotary Four Way Test by the way in which they perform their daily tasks.
Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
The following recipients were recognized for their extraordinary commitment to education at the June 11th meeting of the Rotary Club:
Dallas Zielke Sacred Heart
Julie Couto & Cindy Roy Clear Vista
Jenelle Van Os WCHS
Kristy Strong Norwood
Victoria (Tori) Lemieux C.B. McMurdo
Irene Cranston Centennial
Laura Lucas Parkdale
Diane Hart Q E Junior High
Kristy Strong, Family School Liaison and Youth Coach describes the importance of receiving the award
“Receiving the Rotary Excellence in Education award is an absolute honor and I am humbled to be recognized for the work that I do as a Family School Liaison Worker at Norwood School. Education has always been an integral part of my life and I strive to make a positive difference in the lives of the students and families that I work with. This award intensifies my passion to support students and families. I hope to continue to foster success for all students in our community. I would not be able to support the success of our students and families without the incredible staff and volunteers I work with. I feel privileged to work with so many individuals that genuinely want to help students and family. I am lucky to wake up each day knowing that I will be surrounded by amazing children, youth, families and staff. Thank you for awarding me with the Rotary Excellence in Education Award. I am proud to do the work that I do!”