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National awards for the school board and learning foundation

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board and The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation have received national recognition for two initiatives launched during the 2010-2011 school year. Nominations were submitted to the BRAVO! Awards program of the Canadian Association of Communicators in Education (CACE).

Congratulations to Maribeth deSnoo, Executive Director, The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation, for receiving an Award of Excellence in the Special Event category. The Agribition for Grade 4 Students, was an event held in October 2010 to (re-)introduce Grade 4 students to agricultural and farming practices, past and present, in order for them to fully appreciate how food is produced today. The judges commented that the nomination contained detailed goals and objectives that were outlined explicitly with well-supported conclusions. They added that the submission was powerful, all-inclusive and persuasive.

Congratulations to Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer and Erna Sorensen, Curriculum Coordinator, Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, for receiving an Award of Distinction in the Electronic/Interactive category. The online booklet, Planning for Grade 9 . . . Taking the Next Step, was created as an online booklet containing detailed information for students and parents about making the transition from Grade 8 to 9. The judges commented that the nomination hit the mark, was focused and directly applicable to students and parents. They added that the evaluation methodology was logical, well-grounded and detailed.

The CACE BRAVO! Awards are a source of both individual and group prestige. The awards program showcases Canada’s best work in the field of educational communications. BRAVO! Awards of Excellence, Distinction and Merit are presented annually at the CACE conference. Excellence is equivalent to gold, Distinction to silver and Merit to bronze. Entries are judged by an independent panel of communications professionals based on research, planning, execution and evaluation.

The awards were presented at the annual conference of the Canadian Association of Communicators in Education last week.

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“It is an honour to receive national recognition. I am very proud of the staff who worked on these projects,” remarked Dwayne Inch, Chair of the Board. “At Hastings and Prince Edward DSB, we are committed to providing the best programs and services to help each student reach their full potential. Being recognized for excellence by external sources confirms that we are on the right track.”

“It’s a great honour for us to win this award and to be recognized at the national level for our work. The purpose of The Learning Foundation is to enhance education for our students, and this is an excellent example,” stated Elaner Pound, Chair, The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation.

Information about the Canadian Association of Communicators in Education
Canadian Association of Communicators in Education (CACE) is a national association of professionals committed to encouraging and enhancing excellence in communications in education. CACE is a bilingual organization offering a national conference, regional workshops and networking opportunities for its members across Canada. Students are the beneficiaries of our efforts as we support teaching and learning through effective communication strategies. Working together, CACE members increase awareness and understanding of the important management role played by communicators in education.

CACE members are communications professionals working in school boards, school board associations, universities, colleges, teacher organizations and provincial education ministries. CACE establishes and maintains standards and promotes a code of ethics to contribute to improved communication policies and practices in education.

CACE is directed by a volunteer board of directors, elected annually from within its membership.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Maribeth deSnoo, Executive Director, The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation, 613-966-1170, extension 2205, mdesnoo@hpedsb.on.ca

 

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