November 13, 2012

Briefing - November 13, 2012

Free for All Foundation thanks Peel Board for support of Shape Our Future Basketball Camp

Trustee David Green, who also serves as executive director of the Free for All Foundation (FFAF), thanked the board and its Social Work department for its contribution to the success of the FFAF Shape Our Future Basketball Camp to help at-risk youths make a difference in the community. FFAF prepares youth to fully participate in civic life by supporting youth engagement and empowerment.

Peel board Maintenance Services donates $14,000 to school nutrition programs

On Saturday, September 22, 2012, Maintenance Services employees, contractors and suppliers participated in the tenth annual Grip It and Rip It Invitational Golf Tournament. Peel board trustees expressed its sincere appreciation to Maintenance Services for once again donating the proceeds from their annual golf tournament to provide $14,000 to support school nutrition programs. Since the inaugural Grip It and Rip It Invitational in 2003, Maintenance Services has donated over $100,000 to nutrition programs in Peel schools.

Principal Dawn Addison receives distinguished National of Trinidad and Tobago Canada Award

Trustees congratulated Dawn Addison, Principal of Morning Star Middle School, on being selected as one of five Trinidad and Tobago nationals to receive the Distinguished National of Trinidad and Tobago Canada Award for her significant contributions to her school
community through projects that support mental health, self-esteem and healthy activities.
Trinidad and Tobago's High Commissioner to Canada, Phillip Buxo, presented the awards at the High Commission's Republic Day Reception in Ottawa.

Peel board Stand Up for student mental health video earns Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention Media Award

The Peel board’s student mental health video, Stand Up, was selected by the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP) to receive the CASP 2012 Media Award. Trustees congratulated the Special Education and Communications departments for developing the video, designed to increase awareness of mental health issues in our schools and interventions that can make a difference. The Stand Up video was launched at Starting Point in August and is available as an online resource to our schools and communities at

Peel students receive scholarships from Canadian Federation of University Women Brampton

Trustees congratulated the following 12 students for being selected by the Canadian Federation of University Women Brampton to receive CFUW Brampton Scholarships to assist with their university tuition. Our Peel winners were recognized for their academic achievement and their demonstrated commitment to school activities and to community involvement.

Virginia Hang, Bramalea Secondary School
Alexandra Rett, Brampton Centennial Secondary School
Jena Velji-Ibrahim, Central Peel Secondary School
Jaskaran Boparai, Chinguacousy Secondary School
Priya Pithia, Fletcher's Meadow Secondary School
Nirali Patel, Harold M. Brathwaite Secondary School
Jenette Cole, Heart Lake Secondary School
Leena Chudasama, Louise Arbour Secondary School
Gillian Armstrong, Mayfield Secondary School
Tujuanna Austin, North Park Secondary School
Jenna Haji, Sandalwood Heights Secondary School
Kulsoom Khan, Turner Fenton Secondary School

Appointment to Special Education Advisory Committee

Trustees approved the appointment of Jennifer Knight as the representative for  Easter Seals to the Special Education Advisory Committee.

Secondary principal promotion process
The board approved the following individuals to be considered for promotion to secondary principal, as vacancies occur:

Arthur Brent Coakwell, Meadowvale Secondary School
Paul Freier, Roy McMurtry School
Peter Koehnen, West Credit Secondary School
Patricia Whyte, David Suzuki Secondary School

Elementary principal promotion process
The board approved the following individuals to be considered for promotion to elementary principal, as vacancies occur:

Zbigniew Anuszkiewicz, Camilla Road Senior Public School
Lucy Fields, Dorset Drive Public School and Jefferson Public School
Tina Middlebrook, Herb Campbell Public School
Shari Nickle, Garthwood Park Public School

Elementary vice-principal promotion process
The board approved the following individuals to be considered for promotion to elementary vice-principal, as vacancies occur:

Shereen Amin Rofaiel, Elmbank Junior Middle Academy, Toronto District School Board
Norine Blanch, Palgrave Public School
Lindsay Carr, Cheyne Middle School
Sumeeta Chhina, Massey Street Public School and Carberry Public School
Paula da Silva, Royal Orchard Middle School
Natalie Gonsalves, Hillcrest Middle School
Saira Hussain-Salman, Student Success School Support Programs, Toronto District School Board
Jason Ieraci, Hillcrest Middle School
Tracey Lai Thom, Clifton Public School
Ciera Murphy, Fairview Public School
Michele Nelson Cummings, Leadership Development and School Support Services
Haemalya Parasram, Churchill Meadows Public School
Amarjit Rai, Ridgewood Public School
Karen Rocca, Aloma Crescent Public School and Birchbank Public School
Sandra Takyi, Miller’s Grove Public School and Shelter Bay Public School
Kelly Taylor, Madoc Drive Public School
Aamer Zuberi, Eagle Plains Public School


Trustees recognized the contributions and years of service of the following staff who are retiring:

Carol Blackwell, office manager, retired Nov. 1
Robert Dyke, computer support technician, retired Oct. 31
Maurine Gillberry, psychoeducational consultant, will retire Dec. 30
Marianne Goerk, teacher, will retire Jan. 31
Kenrick Mohan, head custodian, will retire Feb. 1
Torfeh Parker, teacher, retired Oct. 31
Millie Smaldon, office manager, retired Oct. 19
Muriel Stevenson, principal, will retire Dec. 31
Bill Thompson, teacher, will retire Jan. 31


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