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RRDSB recognizes volunteers and employees 2022

RRDSB recognizes volunteers and employees
Posted on 06/07/2022
Bus Driver of the YearAt its June 7, 2022 regular Board meeting, the Rainy River District School Board announced the recipients of the Recognition of Service awards, honoring the 2022 Employees of the Year, Bus Driver of the Year, Volunteers of the Year, and Community Partner of the Year.

Rachel McQuaker, Communication Assistant, and Laurie Brown, Education Assistant, from Donald Young School, along with Kyla Beckett, an Education Assistant at Fort Frances High School Intermediate, were named Employees of the Year. Ms. McQuaker and Ms. Brown were recognized for generating a sense of community within the school by organizing spirit days, dances, and the school’s Winter Carnival. Ms. Beckett was recognized for going out of her way to help and support all students. Students say she has a "superpower" for knowing when they are having a rough day or need assistance.

The Bus Driver of the Year award was presented to Albert Bedard, who drives for First Student in Fort Frances. He was noted for being kind and patient and ensuring the safety of the students he transports to and from school daily. If the bus is cancelled due to inclement weather, Albert is diligent about calling the families to notify them of the cancellation and when it would be running again.

Caren Fagerdahl, Cathy Robinson, Jane Trivers, and Vicki Ogilvie from the Church of the Holy Spirit were named Volunteers of the Year for their assistance with the breakfast program at Robert Moore School. These ladies volunteered their time once a week for the first half of the school year to ensure the students had a nutritious start to the day.

The Community Partner of the Year was presented to Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung Historical Centre for being instrumental this year in re-engaging students with the culture and history of their community. Being back to in-person learning, staff at Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung Historical Centre actively reached out to educators and students from Grades 2-12 to develop and implement age-appropriate, curricular experiences to enhance learning opportunities for students.

Board Chair Raymond Roy noted the Selection Committee was pleased to see so many nominations submitted for the Recognition of Service awards this year and thanked those who took the time to nominate deserving individuals from their school communities.

“We are so grateful for the commitment and dedication of the staff, community partners, bus drivers and volunteers who continue to give their time, energy and expertise to support our school communities,” said Mr. Roy.

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