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February 2016
February 2016
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Applause! is the monthly recognition of significant achievements and contributions by staff, students and community partners at a York Region District School Board Public Board Meeting.
Recognition of achievements is based on alignment with the organizational goals outlined by the Trustees’ Multi-Year Plan in combination with the criteria set out in Staff Awards and Student Awards policies.

2015 Governor-General’s Awards for History

2015 Governor-General’s Awards for HistoryAndrew Yin, a Grade 11 student at Bayview secondary School won the 2015 Governor-General’s award for History. He received his medal from Governor-General David Johnston in a ceremony at Rideau Hall in October. Andrew’s winning essay explored the impact of World War Two as a catalyst for social change in the lives of Canadian women. His essay was selected from over 700 entries and placed first in the English language category. The contest is open to grade 10 and 11 students in Canada. Andrew was in grade 10 when he submitted the essay.





Government of Canada History Awards for Students

Promoting Philanthropy and Team SpiritCarmen Li, a Markville Secondary School student, has been the recipient of the Government of Canada History Essay Award - two years in a row! The essay competition is open to grade 10 and 11 students from across Canada.  Students are invited to respond to one of five significant historical events posed by the organizers and submit their response in essay format. Carmen chose to write about the role of women in World War II, as the 75th anniversary is commemorated. Carmen exemplifies the attributes of the Modern Learner: taking initiative and demonstrating innovation by selecting a topic that has equity at its root yet is still relevant in our ever-changing society. Her award is testament to her excellent ability as a communicator who develops her own ideas and thoughts while producing an engaging essay that highlights our country’s past. In both 2014 and 2015 Carmen received the top prize - a cheque from the Government of Canada for $1000.

Promoting Philanthropy and Team Spirit

Promoting Philanthropy and Team SpiritScott Young, a member of the Accounting Services team, is also known around the Aurora Education Centre as a vocal promoter of various charitable initiatives and team building activities. Scott began working in the York Region District School Board in 1987 in Caretaking Services, moving to Accounting Services in 2001. 
Over the years, Scott has been a devoted advocate for a variety of charities including United Way, Right to Play, Yellow Brick House, the Heart & Stroke Foundation, the Special Olympics and 360 Kids. As part of his work with 360 Kids, he raises awareness and funds for youth homelessness by supporting its ‘spend a night on the street’ event.  Scott shares his philanthropic nature with others at EC-Aurora by helping to organize fundraising events throughout the year to support these and other causes.
In addition, Scott believes in the importance of team building and workplace camaraderie. He has organized trips for staff to Blue Jays games, coordinated staff recreational sports leagues and promoted jersey days. As an Eco Representative, Scott also motivates staff to participate in events that support environmental sustainability.
Scott’s continued efforts to improve the lives of others is representative of the great work happening in schools and departments across the district.

North Star

North StarMarkham Gateway Public School teacher Jared Yoshiki is February’s North Star. Below is the nomination sent by her colleague Sumit Thakur:

Jared Yoshiki has been part of our staff for the last 5 years. He has held the roles of a classroom teacher, our technology lead teacher, and a SERT.  Jared is definitely one of the most helpful and positive educators I have met.  I cannot recall a time where he has not had a warm and welcoming smile on his face. He always goes out of his way to help in any way he can.  As a technology lead teacher, he spends countless hours supporting colleagues with the use and maintenance of their technology. He keeps us up to date on any information that would be helpful to us, and shares what he knows with generosity. If he doesn't have the answer, he will quickly research out and get back to us in a timely manner.  He is always willing to help out, whether it's part of his "role" or not. I don't think it's possible for him to have a bad day and that in turn makes all those who work with him feel positive and happy as well. He shows excitement and enthusiasm every day, even when being asked about the location of the iPads or the laptop cart for the 3rd time in an hour!  His innovation has helped develop many tools that make our jobs that much easier. He created an electronic system for us to book and manage our student-led conferences, which was such a time saving tool. He also created our Google calendar so that we could communicate and share information in an easy format. I genuinely feel that he wants to do anything he can to make our environment and our work easier and manageable. This all in turn creates a positive atmosphere to work in and supports our school's morale and well-being. I absolutely know that Jared deserves to be recognized with a North Star for the amazing contributions he makes to all of us!


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