News • Posted by mcollins on May 22, 2007

Chairís Award Winner
Kathy Bennett Guidance Assistant, Leadership and Peer Support Coordinator Cairine Wilson Secondary School
& Community Award Winner
Barbara Troutman Grade 8 Teacher
Cedarview Middle School

The Chairís Award is presented annually for the
substantial contributions of an Ottawa-Carleton District School Board staff member and or a community member to the achievement of the aims and objectives of the Board over an extended period of years.

Kathy Bennett is the 2007 Chairs Award winner. She has done an outstanding job contributing to the Cairine Wilson Secondary School and the OCDSB communities. Her incredible dedication to students and her daily examples of selflessness continue to amaze the students and staff members around her.

Kathy has single handedly created and maintained Students on the Leading Edge (SOLE). SOLE is a leadership group at Cairine Wilson that makes significant contributions to the Orleans community by way of volunteerism.

Through SOLE, she has made it her responsibility to make sure that
students actively participate in local charitable events such as the
Childrenís Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Telethon, the Canadian Cancer Society, and Ama Joni, a school-based group that is raising money to support students in a small African village by building a new school and providing additional water wells.

Kathy is the perfect example of how to be a better human being. Everyone who has ever worked with her knows that the OCDSB is a better school district for having such an employee and she is an important and vital member of her school team.

Barbara Troutman is the 2007 Community Award   winner. It is granted in recognition of outstanding efforts of a member of the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board community in developing an initiative that directly supports the well-being of our students.

Barbara Troutman has influenced the attitudes of young people towards those in the community challenged by disabilities. Her brother, a mentally challenged adult, has been a frequent visitor to Cedarview Middle School.
Doug joins students and staff in the classroom and at the Walk-a-Thon to supports Total Communication Environment which has supported adults with developmental disabilities and special communication needs since 1979. Barbara received full staff support, engaged eight hundred students, and trained one hundred adult volunteers to supervise the event.

Students and parents learn about the valuable contributions mentally
challenged adults bring to their communities and the respect all members, whatever their abilities, should be treated with. As a result of Barbaraís leadership, Cedarview students raised over $96,000 to complete construction of a residential home for mentally challenged adults.

Barbaraís commitment to, and leadership in, volunteerism has been evident over an extended period of time and has heightened awareness among thousands of young people that community counts.

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