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Dr. Helen MacDonald Collaboration and Facilitation Scholarship Recipients

September 2016

 

For Immediate Release

 

Dr. Helen MacDonald Collaboration and Facilitation Scholarship Recipients

 

The PEI Home and School Federation is pleased to announce that the following members have been awarded the Dr. Helen MacDonald Collaboration and Facilitation Scholarship: Deanna Bellamy, West Royalty Elementary School, Leanne Feehan, Mount Stewart Consolidated School, Bobbi Ford, Donagh Regional School and Shannon Johnston, Gulf Shore Consolidated School.

 

Fall programs focus on variety of topics: Learn about scholarships, school lunch programs, semi-annual meeting and leadership training

Each new leader of a successful organization has the benefit of standing on the shoulders of those who have come before them. This fall, we have established the Dr. Helen MacDonald Collaboration and Facilitation Scholarship in honour of the first president of the PEI Home and School Federation.

In recognition of her focus on bringing people together to “obtain the best for each child in Prince Edward Island” we are offering support to a new generation of leaders who will continue her work of bringing parents, guardians, teachers administrators and staff to the education table.

The scholarship covers the full tuition costs for candidates to obtain a Collaborative Leadership and Facilitation Certificate from the University of Prince Edward Island. For more information see http://peihsf.ca/scholarship.

Free Screening of "Cafeteria Man" on September 19

The PEI Home and School Federation is presenting a free screening of the film Cafeteria Man on Monday, September 19, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the Culinary Institute Lecture Theatre at 4 Sydney Street in Charlottetown.

Cafeteria Man asks the question “How can we reform school food programs so that they serve more nutritious and tasty meals for our kids, and are also more sustainable for our communities?”

Dr. Helen MacDonald Collaboration and Facilitation Scholarship

In all our work as Home and School members we try to keep in mind that our first and fundamental objective is to promote the welfare of children and youth in the home, school and community. – Dr. Helen MacDonald, The Guardian, 1954

Dr. Helen MacDonaldDr. Helen MacDonald, the founding president of the PEI Home and School Federation, was deeply committed to the central role that collaboration between home and school plays in public education.

From her involvement in School Improvement League in the 1940s, to her role in helping found the provincial Federation in the 1950s, to her tireless work, over many years, to “obtain the best for each child in Prince Edward Island,” collaboration and facilitation were ever at the heart of Dr. MacDonald’s work.

2016 School Bus Driver of the Year Awards

The Prince Edward Island Home and School Federation presents two annual awards to school bus drivers for their service in keeping students safe as they travel to and from school each day.  This year they were awarded to Bruce MacKay from Gulf Shore Consolidated and Ronnie Drummond from Somerset Elementary.

Glowing letters of support were included in the nomination packages for Bruce and Ronnie.  They are well known, loved and respected members of their school communities.  They take their responsibilities very seriously to ensure the safety of students. 

 

Tuesday, June 7, 2016  - Bruce MacKay, Gulf Shore Consolidated School

Here are excerpts from letters of support written by students, parents and school staff for Bruce….

Working on change together. Embrace these learning opportunities for the good of all Island children

The past six months has seen dramatic and potentially systemic changes to education governance and the public school system. A new model for education was first introduced last fall and by the end of June, the English Language School Board will be completely dissolved, there will be no trustees and no superintendent, and the final meeting of the School Board will be held on June 14.

2016 School Crossing Guard of the Year

For the first time, the Prince Edward Island Home and School Federation presented a School Crossing Guard of the Year Award.  The inaugural award recipient, Shelby McInnis, works at Souris Regional School.  A special celebration was held on Monday, May 30th during Parachute Safe Kids Week which is being celebrated acrosss Canada, May 30 - June 5.

2016 Provincial Heritage Fair Home and School Award Winners

The Provincial Heritage Fair was held Thursday, May 19, 2016 at the Confederation Centre of the Arts and we are happy to announce the winners of the PEI Home and School Federation Special Prizes, awarded to projects that “focus on the total well-being of children, including health, safety and learning.”

Delegates enjoy productive meeting. Still time to nominate someone for the School Bus Driver of the Year Award

On April 9, 132 delegates and guests from 35 Home and School Associations attended the 2016 Annual General Meeting of the PEI Home and School Federation. Highlights of the meeting included a “Success Story Speed Dating round table”, a visit to UPEI’s Fablab and a workshop to brainstorm different models of education. There was open and honest discussion throughout the sessions and many diverse voices were heard.

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