Two Kenora educators have been honoured with awards from the Prime Minister.

“We are honoured to have not one, but two KPDSB staff recognized at the national level,” said Board Chair Cecile Marcino. “The recognition for these two exceptional educators is well-deserved, and as a board of trustees, we are incredibly proud of your achievements.”

Cheri Grandbois of Valleyview Public School has been awarded a Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Early Childhood Education, Certificate of Achievement, an award that recognizes her leadership and exemplary early childhood education practices.

Michelle Parrish won the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence in STEM, Certificate of Achievement, an award that recognizes inspirational STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) teachers who keep students engaged in creative and innovative ways. 

“We’d like to extend our thanks and acknowledgements to everyone who supports students at KPDSB,” said Parrish, on behalf of both her and Grandbois. “From educators, support staff, administrators and families, it is definitely the collective efforts of many that ensure students learn and thrive in our classrooms.”

Kenora MP Eric Melillo joined the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board’s monthly Board meeting on January 11 to speak about the two’s impact on local classrooms, and to announce he has mailed them an honourary certificate from the Parliament of Canada.

“These awards truly signify your leadership and dedication to your positions,” said Melillo. “The commitment you both have for your students and your communities is so greatly appreciated by everyone throughout the region. Congratulations.”

“It’s such an honour to have the privilege of working with the incredible team that we have here at the KPDSB, and certainly, these are two outstanding members that we are so proud of,” said Director of Education Sherri-Lynne Pharand.

It was announced that the two local educators had won the awards back in November.