Board Awards

Celebration of Excellence Policy

Number: II 006
Subject: Celebration of Excellence

Approval Date: September 29, 2008
Effective Date: September 29, 2008
Revised: January 27, 2020

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. Nominations will be retained for 3 years. This does not preclude anyone from being re-nominated in any given year.
  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. Nominations will be retained for 3 years. This does not preclude anyone from being re-nominated in any given year.
  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. Nominations will be retained for 3 years. This does not preclude anyone from being re-nominated in any given year.
  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.
  1. Student Excellence Award: Presented at each secondary school graduation to recognize student excellence for students destined for University, College and the World of Work.
  2. 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.

If you submitted a nominee in prior years and wish to have the individual nominated again, please resubmit your application.

Recipients

  • 2023 – Jan Littlejohn
  • 2022 – Jamie Metcalf
  • 2021 – John Dietrich
  • 2020 – Paul Cox
  • 2019 – Mary Jo O’Brien
  • 2018 – Tom Denomme
  • 2017- Glenda Leusink
  • 2016- Nancy Sabo
  • 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.

If you submitted a nominee in prior years and wish to have the individual nominated again, please resubmit your application.

Recipients

  • 2023 – Lyle S. Hallman Foundation
  • 2022-Mental Health and Addiction Nurse Program
  • 2021 — St. Mary Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows Roman Catholic Church
  • 2020 — Sister Servants of Mary Immaculate
  • 2019 — Langs Community Health and Wellness Centre
  • 2018 — St. Vincent de Paul Store (Cambridge)
  • 2017 — Settlement and Education Partnership of Waterloo Region2015 — Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Council
  • 2016 – – Conestoga College
  • 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.

If you submitted a nominee in prior years and wish to have the individual nominated again, please resubmit your application. Nominations will be retained for 3 years.  This does not preclude anyone from being re-nominated in any given year.

 Recipients

2023

“St. Jerome’s Boy” Dave Kurek

2022

Tom Galloway

2021

Dr. Laura Shoemaker

2020

Michael Dopp

2019

Richard Hepditch

2018

Paul Heinbecker

2017

Most Reverend Daniel J. Miehm
News Release: Distinguished Graduate

Bishop Meihm

2016

Michael Schmitt
News Release: Distinguished Graduate

Michael Schmitt - 2016 Recipient

2015

Dr. Doug Letson
News Release: Distinguished Graduate