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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.

Be part of the superpower. Diverse group set to come together at AGM on April 9.

The Annual General Meeting of the PEI Home and School Federation, happening this Saturday, April 9, 2016 in Charlottetown, will see a diverse group of people with interest in public education gathering to discuss, question, share and deliberate.


The group will include parents, guardians, teachers, administrators, and staff from the Island’s schools joined by government ministers and staff, union representatives, retired educators, education advocates, and, for the first time, members of our peer organizations in Newfoundland & Labrador, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.



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