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Empower Simcoe recognizes local students, educators with awards

Fieldcrest Public School student among recipients of Inclusion Excellence Awards recognizing 'inspiring role models'
2018-07-10 SCDSB office RB
The Simcoe County District School Board building in Midhurst is shown in this file photo. | Raymond Bowe/BarrieToday

Each year, Empower Simcoe presents awards to individuals who promote and exemplify an inclusive school environment.

Nine Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) students and staff recently received Inclusion Excellence Awards to acknowledge and recognize their ongoing efforts.

The recipients are:

  • Sarah Byl, special education facilitator, SCDSB
  • Joanna Cappuccitti, applied behaviour analysis co-ordinator, SCDSB
  • Justina Debney, special education resource teacher, Bear Creek Secondary School
  • Arianna Goarley, student, Innisdale Secondary School
  • Anita Kent, special education consultant, SCDSB
  • Katherine Lindros-Ivey, special education resource teacher, Lake Simcoe Public School
  • Stephen McClelland, principal, Couchiching Heights Public School
  • Anne Miller, applied behaviour analysis co-ordinator, SCDSB
  • Niki Tokhi, student, Fieldcrest Public School

“Empower Simcoe is honoured to recognize these deserving SCDSB students and educators fostering inclusion, equity, and a sense of belonging within their respective school environments every day,” says Empower Simcoe chief executive officer Dr. Claudine Cousins. “Their commitment to inclusion in education for students with intellectual disabilities and their families makes them most deserving recipients of the 2023 Empower Simcoe Inclusion Excellence Award.”

“These students and educators are inspiring role models who are exceedingly worthy of this recognition,” states Chris Samis, SCDSB superintendent of student achievement (kindergarten to Grade 6) and special education. “They have had a profound and lasting positive impact on countless students and families within the SCDSB.”