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The CSPGNO honours its employees

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The French Public-school board honoured its employees this week.

Education director Sebastien Fontaine says the Conseil scolaire public du Grand Nord de l’Ontario honoured many of its retiring members at their meeting this week.

Fontaine thanked the retiring staff members for their outstanding commitment to students and their remarkable contribution to the school board.

He adds the board also presented three other awards, The Stars of Congeniality, Commitment and Innovation to three staffers recognizing their commitment to French Public education in Ontario.

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The Board salutes the following employees and wishes them health and happiness in their well-deserved retirement.

Pauline Beaulac                                                        Michel Bélanger

Jean Bertrand                                                           Tina Butkevich

Michelle Duquette                                                   Nathalie Fortier

Marc Gauthier                                                          Denise Gould

Thérèse Lafortune                                                   Thérèse Legault

Guy Lehoux                                                              Jeannette McGraw

Gisèle Pelland                                                           Nicole Pilote

Colette Rhéaume                                                     Nathalie Ritchie

The Board also recognized the merit and exceptional performance of certain staff members for their contributions to the development of children and youth in CSPGNO schools. Three awards of excellence are presented annually to recognize the work of staff members who, through their attitude and efforts, uphold the school board’s mission, vision and values and thus contribute to its success.

The Étoile de l’accueil (Star of Congeniality) Award is presented to a CSPGNO employee who exemplifies the school board’s values in the workplace and beyond, in particular the values of respect, appreciation and collaboration. The 2022 Étoile de l’accueil award is presented to Vickie Boucher, secretary at É. p. Foyer-Jeunesse in Hanmer. Hospitality means well-being. Ms. Boucher is always willing to help out to ensure the well-being of those around her. She is always ready to help a student who comes to her office, a parent who is looking for information or an employee who needs a service. Ms. Boucher has a knack for connecting with the people around her.  Her joie de vivre is contagious and her energy and good humour inspire her peers to do the same.

The Étoile de l’engagement (Star of Commitment) Award is presented to a CSPGNO employee who displays openness, integrity and ongoing commitment in work-related duties and beyond. The 2022 Étoile de l’engagement award is presented to Ms. Michelle Beach, a teacher at École publique des Villageois in Elliot Lake. Ms. Beach has distinguished herself in her school community by organizing several initiatives not only at her school, but also at É. s. Villa Française des Jeunes.  Her unconditional commitment and passion for education is evident and creates a healthy and supportive environment for all. Thanks to her creativity and her many innovative ideas, Ms. Beach knows how to interest students in order to get them to surpass themselves and to have fun in their learning. Her dedication and desire to go the extra mile make her an exceptional role model.

The Étoile de l’innovation (Star of Innovation) Award is presented to a staff member in recognition of leadership and innovative work processes. The 2022 Étoile de l’innovation award is presented to Ms. Suzette Roy, facilitator of the “En français s.v.p!” program. Over the past two years, Ms. Roy has transformed the delivery of her sessions exceptionally well in order to meet the needs of the children. She has developed fun and educational virtual sessions to connect with future students. She has also developed a website where parents can access the program’s schedule and resources at any time. Ms. Roy is an excellent ambassador for the board and an asset to the CSPGNO family.

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