Clearview board chair Cheri Neitz, right, with author Douglas Hugh Gillard, who received the 2017 Clearview Award of Merit. SANDY CLARK, FOR THE STETTLER INDEPENDENT

Clearview honours Aimee Roste and Douglas Hugh Gillard at their annual Recognition Night

Edwin Parr nominee and 2017 Clearview Award of Merit recipient, among those recognized.

Each year as the academic session comes to a close, the Clearview Public Schools board honours staff for their commitment, besides recognizing the Edwin Parr nominee and presenting the Award of Merit to a former staff or student for their outstanding work in the field. This year was no different.

On Wednesday, June 7, Clearview recognized Edwin Parr nominee Aimee Roste, and presented Douglas Hugh Gillard with the 2017 Clearview Award of Merit.

Speaking of the occasion, Superintendent Peter Barron said, “Honouring our nominee for the Edwin Parr Award, Aimee Roste and Clearview’s Award of Merit winner, Hugh Gillard, was very special. Acknowledging the commitment of our staff who have served the students of Clearview so well was also a highlight.”

According to Barron, no matter what the occasion, it is always most special to bid farewell to Clearview’s retirees who are moving to another stage in life.

“This year we said farewell to two outstanding employees – Dan Kinakin and George Nichols. Both of these gentlemen have provided extraordinary service,” Barron stated.

Over the year, Clearview has grown in many significant ways, Barron said.

“The introduction of Star Reading has provided our staff with important data regarding literacy levels of our students; the collaborative response model is an invaluable tool and structure that supports learners who are experiencing difficulties; and each of these initiatives is making a positive difference for student success,” Barron added.

Clearview has been committed to building relationships within the school communities, and to that effect, this year they have met with local government officials, local realtors and presented at the Rotary Club, besides building relationships with the Town of Stettler and the County of Stettler in working to rehabilitate the field and track behind William E. Hay.

“Forging these strong connections with the community strengthens all of us,” Barron commented. “As this school year comes to a close, I think about how proud I am of our staff and our accomplishments this year.”

According to Barron, Clearview’s partnership with Red Deer College has made quite a difference for the educational assistants who have taken their courses.

“I’ve been very pleased to attend each Grade 9 Farewell and Grade 12 Graduation, and I wish all of our graduands all the best whether they’re pursuing further education or choosing to enter the workforce right away,” Barron said.

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