April 13, 2018

Peel board highlights public education with week-long celebrations, recognition of over 1,000 award recipients

The Peel District School Board will host hundreds of celebrations, activities and events across its 257 schools and worksites to celebrate Education Week from April 23 to 27. On April 30, the Peel board will host Showcase of Excellence, an evening to honour Award of Excellence recipients for their outstanding contributions to public education. The theme for this year's Education Week is We Inspire.

"There are many reasons to honour the work that takes place in our schools and worksites every day. Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate public education and the wonderful accomplishments of our students, staff and members of the community," says Peter Joshua, director of education. "Award of Excellence recipients are leaders in their roles and have truly gone above and beyond to make a lasting impact on the communities we serve. Their stories remind us of the power each of us has, each and every day, in every role, to inspire success, confidence and hope in each student."

During Showcase of Excellence, community members, staff, students and volunteers will be honoured for their dedication. The following 33 recipients will be presented Awards of Excellence at the event:

​​​​​​ ​ Name​​​​​​​ Title Location
Yaa AgyemangTeaching AssistantNorth Park Secondary School
​​Shaheer AliStudentFairwind Senior Public School
Bill BrownFacilities ManagerAll Caledon schools
Betsy CallananTeacherRay Lawson Public School
Catharine ChamberlainVolunteerJohn Fraser Secondary School
Barbara CoganTeacherMeadowvale Village Public School
Danielle DenreyerTeacherSouthFields Village Public School
Dan DonelleHead CustodianRowntree Public School
Kathy FooteTeaching AssistantBalmoral Drive Senior Public School
Elena GalvanCommunity Outreach WorkerBrian W. Fleming Public School
Robert Gardner

Nominated in a teaching role at Centennial Sr. Public School

Current role: Vice principal at Palgrave Public School and Ellwood Memorial Public School
Lesley GrahamOffice AssistantJudith Nyman Secondary School
Nora HachemiSchool Settlement Response WorkerWe Welcome the World Centre, Communications & Community Relations
William IoannouTeacherHewson Public School
Barbara JensenTeacherSouthFields Village Public School
Ruvanya KasturiarachchiStudentJohn Fraser Secondary School
Aaliyan KhanStudentBrampton Centennial Secondary School
Eyitayo Kunle-OladosuStudentHarold M. Brathwaite Secondary School
Jillian LewisTeaching AssistantCalderstone Middle School
Mohit MahiStudent

Nominated as a Centennial Sr. Public School student

Currently a student at North Park Secondary School  

Fayha NajeebStudentJohn Fraser Secondary School
Margaret PeckTeacherForest Avenue Public School
Joanne RedheadPrincipalLancaster Public School
Daniel and Nicholas SequeiraCommunity MembersCISESS - Special Education
Matt ShchukovskyTeacherLorne Park Public School
Wendi SpeckCommunity MemberAlton Public School
Lionel TavaresHead CustodianDavid Leeder Middle School
Linda TaylorVolunteerRiverside Public School
Nijaanth ThayalanStudentNorth Park Secondary School
Jim ToveyCouncillor, Ward OneCity of Mississauga
Jessica ViauStudentPort Credit Secondary School
​Serena Virk Teacher Sawmill Valley Public School


The recognition event will feature student artwork, catering by Rick Hansen Secondary School hospitality students and staff, and a photo booth led by the Kenollie Public School grade 5 and 6​ photography team. There will be live performances by students from Fletcher's Meadow Secondary School, Fallingbrook Middle School, and Alton ​and Ross Drive public schools. The presentation of the awards will begin with a duo performance by a student and staff member from Thomas Street Middle School.

Showcase of Excellence will take place on April 30 at 7:30 p.m. at the HJA Brown Education Centre, 5650 Hurontario St. in Mississauga. The event can be watched live on the Peel board's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/peelschools.

More than 1,000 individuals were also honoured during Education Week with Awards of Distinction for their contributions to their school or workplace. Schools and worksites will use social media to showcase their Education Week celebrations and events using the hashtag #WeInspire. 

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​Media contact: Navneet Sahota, School Communications Specialist, 905-890-1010, ext. 2626, navneet.sahota@peelsb.com  

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