April 18, 2016

Peel board Showcase of Excellence highlights week-long celebration of public education

​On April 21, the Peel District School Board will host Showcase of Excellence, an evening to honour Award of Excellence recipients for their outstanding contributions to public education. The event is one of the highlights of Education Week, which takes place from April 18 to 22.

"Education Week in Peel has always been an opportunity to celebrate the wonderful accomplishments of our students, staff and school communities," says Tony Pontes, director of education. "All of the Award of Excellence recipients have made a real and lasting difference for Peel students and families. Their stories remind us of the simple acts that create a shared experience for each and every one of us to inspire."

During Showcase of Excellence, community members, staff, students, and volunteers will be honoured for their dedication to Peel students. The following 26 individuals will be presented Awards of Excellence at the event:

Laura Badovinac, Teacher, Royal Orchard Middle School
Seema Bajpai, Teacher, Central Peel Secondary School
Michael Bartalos, Principal, Huntington Ridge Public School
Susan Bell, Teacher, Louise Arbour Secondary School
Peter Boeckh, Teacher, Fletcher's Meadow Secondary School
Kimberly Cadarette, Community Member, Applewood School
Brenda Cliche, Teacher, Fallingbrook Middle School
Michelle Craig, Teacher, David Leeder Middle School
Colleen Fitzgerald, Teaching Assistant, Caledon Central Public School
Meenakshi Goyal, Volunteer, Ray Lawson Public School
Beth Jones, Teacher, Central Peel Secondary School
Rachel Marshall, Team Leader - Share Point, Learning Technology Support Services
David Matthews, Office Assistant, Adult Education Centre North
Melanie Mulcaster, Teacher The Valleys Senior Public School
Alecia Okonkwo, Teaching Assistant, Sir Winston Churchill Public School
Jina Park, Volunteer, Briarwood Public School
Greg Pearson, Vice Principal, Peel Alternative School - South
Rianna Ramana, Student, Roberta Bondar Public School
Laura Richards, Teacher, David Leeder Middle School
Blair Salvisburg, Volunteer, Ridgeview Public School
Bryan Shone, Community Member, Alternative Programs
Betty Starr, Volunteer, Alton Public School
Barry van Dompseler, Teacher, Castlemore Public School
John Walker, Community Member, Alternative Programs
Diana Wang-Martin, Teacher, Glenforest Secondary School
David Yaciuk, Principal, Agnes Taylor Public School

More than 850 individuals will also be honoured during Education Week with Awards of Distinction for their contributions to their school or workplace. 

The Showcase of Excellence will take place on April 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Board Room of the HJA Brown Education Centre, 5650 Hurontario St. in Mississauga.

Schools across the Peel board will celebrate Education Week with their own events and activities. View a list of activities here​.


Media contact: Brian Woodland, Director, Communications and Community Relations, 905-890-1010, ext. 2812, [email protected]  

Reference: Avishka Juta, Communications Assistant, 905-890-1010, ext. 2098, [email protected] 

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