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Board Awards

Celebration of Excellence Policy

Number: II 006
Subject: Celebration of Excellence

Approval Date: September 29, 2008
Effective Date: September 29, 2008
Revised:

Policy Statement:
As a Board that appreciates and recognizes the achievements of our staff and students and the contributions made by stakeholders in our Catholic education system, we wish to foster a culture of celebration of excellence.
Accordingly, the following Board of Trustees awards will be presented annually:
1. The Chair’s Award: presented to a person or persons in the school system who has contributed significantly to Catholic Education. It is given annually in recognition of outstanding contribution made to the Catholic school system serving the students, staff and greater community of Waterloo region or to the betterment of Catholic Education in Ontario in general. Awarded at the Staff Recognition event.
2. The Community Partner Award: presented annually in recognition of outstanding contribution made by a community partner or agency to the Catholic school system serving the students, staff and greater community of Waterloo Region. Awarded at the Staff Recognition event.
3. The Distinguished Graduate Award: presented to a graduate of more than 10 years from our school system who has demonstrated outstanding examples of the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations. Awarded at the graduation exercises of the recipient’s Secondary School or other appropriate public venue.
4. The John Sweeney Scholarship: presented in recognition of John Sweeney’s Catholic leadership and his contribution to our system, our community and our province. Presented to a graduate attending St. Jerome’s University who demonstrates academic excellence, the qualities such as perseverance, loyalty, integrity, commitment and a balanced involvement in their school, church and civic community. Awarded at the graduation exercises of the recipient’s Secondary School.
5. The Student Trustee award: presented to a student trustee who has fulfilled the one year commitment to the term of office. Awarded at the graduation exercises of the student trustee’s Secondary School.
6. Student Excellence award: Presented at each secondary school graduation to recognize student excellence for students destined for University, College and the World of Work.
7. On-going recognition: Trustees will support and recognize achievement at any of the school sites within the system through letters of congratulations, presentations or public acknowledgement as appropriate.

The Chair’s Award is presented to a person (or group of people) in the school system who has contributed significantly to Catholic Education. It is given annually in recognition of outstanding contributions made in serving the students, staff and greater community of Waterloo Region and/or to the betterment of Catholic Education in Ontario in general.

Recipients

  • 2015 – Joni Grundy
  • 2014 – Marianna Worth
  • 2013 – Michelle Flood and Mary Stevens
  • 2012 – Bruce Cameron
  • 2011 – Gai Brown
  • 2010 – Theresa Horan
  • 2009 – Jeannie McCarroll
  • 2008 – Angela Davis
  • 2007 – Thomas Forestell, Mervyn J. Villemaire, Charles Van Alphen
  • 2006 – Deb Zettel-Schmitt
  • 2005 – Allan Hoch, Jennifer Rodrigues, Louise Ervin
  • 2004 – Gary Leduc
  • 2003 – Pat Brannigan, Michael Schmitt
  • 2002 – School Sisters of Notre Dame / Sisters of St. Joseph
  • 2001 – Dave Schnarr, Bill Brazeau, Pat Cannon, Warren Grafton, Horst Schweinbenz
  • 2000 – Fr. Fred Scinto, C.R.
  • 1999 – Ann O’Donnell-Beckwith
  • 1998 – Bob Anderson

 

The Community Partner Award is presented annually in recognition of outstanding contributions made to Waterloo Region’s Catholic Schools by a community partner or agency serving the students, staff and greater community of Waterloo Region.

Recipients

  • 2015 — Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Council
  • 2014 — Strong Start Charitable Organization
  • 2013 — Barrday Inc.
  • 2012 — Junior Achievement of Waterloo Region
  • 2011 – Nutrition for Learning
  • 2010 – Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada
  • 2009 – Rex Barger
  • 2008 – Reid’s Heritage Homes
  • 2007 – Congregation of the Resurrection in Waterloo Region
  • 2006 – Region of Waterloo Public Health
  • 2005 – Waterloo Region Catholic Schools Foundation
  • 2004 – St. Jerome’s University
  • 2003 – Waterloo Regional Police Service
  • 2002 – Catholic Family Counselling
  • 2001 – Waterloo Region Catholic Community Foundation

The Distinguished Graduate Award was established in 2005 under the Board’s “Celebration of Excellence” policy. It is presented annually to a graduate of 10 or more years from Waterloo Region’s Catholic Schools who has provided an outstanding example of the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations in action. The award is presented at the graduation exercises of the recipient’s Secondary School or another appropriate public venue.

Nomination Form

To complete the nomination form, please follow one of the two options:

  1. Download the Microsoft Word version nomination form to your computer by “right-clicking” the mouse and choose “Save Target As..“.
    1. Complete the form and save it to your computer.
    2. E-mail the completed form to barb.pilsner@wcdsb.ca
  2. Open the Adobe Acrobat (PDF) version nomination form.
    1. Complete the form and print it.
    2. Fax form to: 519-578-5291 or
      Mail form to:
      Waterloo Catholic District School Board
      Executive Administrative Assistant to the Director of Education
      35 Weber St. W., — Unit A
      PO Box 91116
      Kitchener, ON, Canada N2G 4G2

Nomination Form: Microsoft Word | Adobe PDF

Recipients

2016 Recipient

Michael Schmitt - 2016 Recipient

Michael Schmitt – News Release: Distinguished Graduate

2015 Recipient

Dr. Doug Letson 2015 Recipient

Dr. Doug Letson – News Release: Distinguished Graduate

2014 Recipient

Dr. Katherine Bergman -2014 Recipient

Dr. Katherine Bergman – News Release: Distinguished Graduate

 2013 Recipient

Mary Jo Fedy - 2013 Recipient

Mary Jo Fedy – News Release: Distinguished Graduate

2012 Recipient

Fr. Toby Collins – News Release: Distinguished Graduate

2011 Recipient

Sister Barbara Paleczny

2010 Recipient

David Eby -2010 Recipient

David Eby –  News Release: Distinguished Graduate

Award Speech

2009 Recipient

Rev. Paul Voisin - 2009 Recipient

Rev. Paul Voisin – News Release: Distinguished Graduate

Award Speech

 

2008 Recipient

John Milloy - 2008 Recipient

John Milloy – News Release: Distinguished Graduate

2007 Recipient

Lisa LaFlamme - 2007 Recipient

Lisa LaFlamme – News Release: Distinguished Graduate

2006 Recipient

Dr. Brian Orend -2006 Recipient

Dr. Brian Orend – News Release:Distinguished Graduate

2005 Recipient

Justice Patrick Flynn -2005 Recipient

Justice Patrick Flynn – News Release: Distinguished Graduate

Award Speech

The John Sweeney Memorial Scholarship is presented in recognition of John Sweeney’s Catholic leadership and his contribution to our system, our community and our province. The award is presented annually to a graduate of Waterloo Region’s Catholic Schools who is attending St. Jerome’s University and who demonstrates academic excellence along with qualities such as perseverance, loyalty, integrity, commitment and a balanced involvement in their school, church and civic community. The award is given at the graduation exercises of the recipient’s Secondary School.

Click here to view the Scholarship Terms and Nomination Sheet

Recipients

  • 2015 – Jaime Simons (St. David Catholic Secondary School)
  • 2014 – Erin Hutter (St. Mary’s High School)
  • 2013 – Ligia Salajan (Resurrection Catholic Secondary School)
  • 2012 – Melanie Garrett, St. Mary’s High School
  • 2011 – Rachel Decleir, Resurrection Catholic Secondary School
  • 2010 – Brittany Winterkorn (St. Mary’s High School)
  • 2009 – Breanne Hennessey (St. Mary’s High School)
  • 2008 – Ian McKellar (St. David Catholic Secondary School)
  • 2007 – Elizabeth Watkins (St. David Catholic Secondary School)
  • 2006 – Rachel McNeil (St. Mary’s High School)
  • 2005 – Laura Paprocki (Resurrection Catholic Secondary School)
  • 2004 – Charmaine Champion (St. Mary’s High School)
  • 2003 – Annie Denomme (Resurrection Catholic Secondary School)
  • 2002 – Kathy Sisak (Resurrection Catholic Secondary School)
  • 2001 – Shawna Thompson (Resurrection Catholic Secondary School)