OSSTF Recognizes Staff with Excellence in Public Education Awards

Congratulations to all of the award winners from the banquet hosted on May 4. Read about all of the winners on the Excellence in Public Education page.
Two members who support all schools from the Learning Services Department won Excellence in Public Education Awards from the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF - District 8). Please join us in congratulating Cheryl Otto (Educational Assistant - Student Support Team) and Genevieve Hartman (Educational Assistant - Applied Behaviour Analysis Team). Here is why they were acknowledged:
Cheryl Otto is an Educational Assistant and member of the Student Support Team. Cheryl stands out. Her greatest gift is her immediate connection to the students, staff and administration she works alongside. It is clear that when Cheryl is in a school building she is there to be a team member. She becomes the bridge to connection, which starts with kindness, compassion, resources, wealth of knowledge and experience. Cheryl’s ability to gather people is genuine. She connects and stays connected. It is clear that Cheryl is highly respected by school staff. Cheryl  maintains relationships and often receives updates or questions after she has moved on to another school. Her investment in student and staff well-being lasts far longer than the assignment. Today, relationship and connection matter and Cheryl is testament to that. Cheryl is a mother to 4 boys and a supportive wife to Kevin who is a farmer. She embraces her family’s busy  life, their challenges and successes daily. She is a volunteer for Huron Perth Centre Social Justice Program. Her gathering of people extends beyond the workplace. Cheryl is the first to  volunteer if anyone needs a helping hand.
Genevieve Hartman is a member of the ABA (Applied Behaviour Analysis) Team. She is a kind,  caring, and encouraging individual who has gained a wealth of knowledge over the years. Last September, Genevieve came to our secondary school to support the transition of a  student with Autism entering Grade 9. With her support and expertise, the student was able to make a smooth and positive transition. When we faced challenges, she always came with fresh ideas to try and  she would also prepare resources for us. Her calm and positive personality always left us feeling encouraged after her visit. She deserves to be recognized for her work.