Recently retired CBC news anchor Peter Mansbridge is officially a graduate of Stratford Northwestern Secondary School.
Principal Emma Watts invited Mansbridge to speak at the high school’s commencement on Friday, November 10th at the Avon Theatre. That night 192 SNWSS graduates were getting their diplomas while Mansbridge was awarded an honorary high school diploma.
During his speech, Mansbridge pointed out to the audience that he never graduated from high school. Mansbridge posted on Instagram a photo of the diploma alongside the caption, “Honoured to finally get my high school graduation last night at Stratford’s Northwestern Secondary! Thrilled to be an honorary member of the Class of 2017!”
Mansbridge, quoted in the Stratford Beacon Herald Saturday, said, “It’s kind of a big deal for me. I’ve got all kinds of honorary university degrees, so this is kind of nice and to have it from (Stratford), from what is our home now.”
Stratford Northwestern is proud of all of its graduates. And now we can call this recently retired CBC anchor an official Avon Maitland Alumnus.
School employees will have an opportunity to explore Indigenous issues at their upcoming Professional Activity Day from an internationally acclaimed Anishinaabe journalist. Dr. Niigaan Sinclair is originally from St. Peter’s (Little Peguis) Indian Settlement near Selkirk, Manitoba, and is an Associate Professor and current Head of the Department of Native Studies at the University of Manitoba. He is a regular commentator on Indigenous issues nationally on CTV, CBC, and APTN and internationally in The Guardian and Al-Jazeera America.
In 2017 Niigaan will be publishing the first book-length study of Anishinaabeg literary history. He is also the Editorial Director of The Debwe Series with Portage and Main Press.
Niigaan is the Son of Senator Murray Sinclair: a Canadian politician, former judge, First Nations lawyer, and the chair of the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
The Learning Goals of the day from a variety of workshops being offered include:
- To increase their knowledge and awareness of Indigenous cultures, histories, traditions, and perspectives and enhance your capacity to support Indigenous learners more effectively.
- To engage with local Indigenous communities, and/or organizations to explore the successes and challenges experienced by Indigenous learners.
- To learn about incorporating culturally appropriate pedagogy into practice to support Indigenous student achievement, well-being, and success.
Since 1989 Avon Maitland (unlike most school board across the country) has had the advantage of working in partnership with the Foundation for Education – a charitable organization whose core mission is to bring enriching opportunities to students over-and-above what curriculum or resources can provide.
The Gala Auction, held last Saturday at the Revival House in Stratford, is now in its 23rd year and is the Foundation’s major fundraiser that helps fuel their work. It is estimated that over $25,000 was raised thus making certain that 200+ crucial workshops will continue to enhance over 6000 students in the Avon Maitland district throughout year.
Avon Maitland would like to thank the Foundation staff, Board of Directors and volunteers for their tremendous commitment to helping make school life for students of Avon Maitland as enriching and rewarding as possible.
We would also like to thank the many sponsors and item donors that made the Gala the success that it was.
Though the Foundation provides administrative support, fund development consultation, grants and programming to Avon Maitland, the Gala was specifically about the ART | LIFE workshops they provide.
For more on these workshops, please check out this 3-minute video:
Approval of the Consolidated Financial Statements for the 2016-2017 Fiscal Year
The Board approved the recommendation from the Audit Committee to accept the draft Consolidated Financial Statements for the period September 1, 2016 to August 31, 2017, as presented by the Financial Services Management Team and the External Auditors at the November 14, 2017 Audit Committee meeting. The Consolidated Financial Statements present the financial position of the Board at August 31, 2017.
Future Board Meetings
(at Education Centre unless otherwise noted)
- November 28, 2017 – 6:00 p.m. Committee of the Whole, Open Session, 7:00 p.m.
Student Advisory Committee, 7:30 p.m. Regular Board Session
- December 12, 2017 – 6:00 p.m. Committee of the Whole, Open Session, 7:30 p.m. Inaugural and Regular Board Session
Future Meetings/Events with Trustee Representation
(at Education Centre unless otherwise noted)
- Audit Committee: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 – 4:30 p.m.
- HPSTS: Thursday, November 16, 2017 – 4:00 p.m.
- PIC: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 – 6:30 p.m.
- Student Advisory Committee: Tuesday, November 28, 2017 – 7:00 p.m.
- AODA: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 – 4:00 p.m.
- Joint Health & Safety Committee: Thursday, November 30, 2017 – 1:30 p.m.
- SEAC: Wednesday, December 6, 2017 – 4:00 p.m.