Inclusion Excellence awards

SCDSB staff members honoured with Inclusion Excellence award
Posted on 07/06/2022
Heather Barker and Hailey Mills-Knapp, special education consultants for the Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB), and Rachel Vieira, special education resource teacher at Maple Grove PS, were recently presented with Inclusion Excellence awards from Empower Simcoe. 

The Inclusion Excellence awards are presented annually to both educators and students who promote and exemplify an inclusive school environment.

“Heather, Hailey and Rachel truly represent the values of inclusion, equity and excellence, and demonstrate them in their work with students with special education needs and their families," says Empower Simcoe CEO Claudine Cousins. “Their commitment to inclusion in education makes them most-deserving recipients of the 2022 Empower Simcoe Inclusion award.”

Chris Samis, SCDSB Superintendent of Student Achievement (K – 6) and Special Education, adds: “These educators have had a profound and lasting positive impact on countless students and families within the SCDSB. They are inspiring role models who are exceedingly worthy of this recognition.”

Photo of Chris Samis, Heather Barker, Hailey Mills-Knapp, Jamie Hall
Heather Barker and Hailey Mills-Knapp are presented with their Empower Simcoe Inclusion Excellence awards.  
l to r: Chris Samis, Heather Barker, Hailey Mills-Knapp, Jamie Hall (Empower Simcoe Marketing and Communications Manager)

Photo of Jamie Hall, Rachel Vieira
Rachel Vieira is presented with her Empower Simcoe Inclusion Excellence award.
l to r: Jamie Hall, Rachel Vieira

This initiative links directly to the SCDSB’s Strategic Priorities in the areas of community and equity, diversity and inclusion.

Sarah Kekewich, Manager of Communications
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