Halton District school board announces a new award to acknowledge unsung heroes.

News 100 greenBy Staff

May 2, 2016


Halton District School Board announces a new award program launched this week by Trustees to recognize and honour “unsung heros”.

The Inspire Awards are designed to acknowledge the contributions and effort of ‘unsung heroes’ including staff, students, school volunteers, parents and community members. Anyone can be nominated for an Inspire Award and nominations can be made by anyone from any organization. The Inspire Awards launch today (May 2, 2016), as part of Education Week in Ontario, held May 2-6.

Through the Inspire Awards, Trustees aim to recognize all voices as a way to celebrate recipients who support staff and students through caring and innovative ways. Nominees can be honoured for their work in a number of areas including achieving diversity and equity, promoting 21st Century learning, encouraging environmental protection action, and supporting student achievement, among other themes. Specifically, this award will be given to an individual or group, formally or informally associated with the Halton District School Board, who has through their actions fulfilled the following criteria in an exemplary way:

• demonstrated caring, initiative, innovation, creativity;
• inspired others; and
• supported students and contributed to their achievement.

Kelly Amos

Board Chair Kelly Amos.

“We are thrilled to introduce the Inspire Awards to recognize those who go above and beyond to support our students,” says Board Chair Kelly Amos. “The definition of inspire is to excite, encourage or fill someone with the urge or ability to do something positive. In keeping with the Board’s multi-year plan, Trustees felt it was important to encourage and recognize the many unsung heroes who either work or volunteer in many capacities to support student achievement and learning in the Halton District School Board.”

Inspire Award nominations will be reviewed by a committee of Trustees. Each nomination will be evaluated on its own merit. The award recipient can choose to accept the honour during a Board of Trustees meeting or by any other way of their choosing.

Nomination forms, general information and Frequently Asked Questions can be found on the Halton District School Board website, www.hdsb.ca, under the ‘Boardroom and Trustees’ tab on the homepage.

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