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UCDSB Trustee Innovation Awards

Nominations for the 2018 Trustee Innovation Award will open soon. This award program offers the opportunity to nominate a deserving UCDSB employee for innovative work practices that make our students and our system better. The award is given each year to recognize individual excellence and innovation in the workplace and to inspire others to think outside the box and find new ways to better serve our system and move our students forward.

Past winners have included: an artistic custodian who painted a wall in a calming room to help students relax and regroup; a secondary teacher who created an innovative Makerspace area so students could grow and develop skills through robotics, 3D printing and other specialized learning; and a science teacher who creates a chemistry and physics "playground" for his students through unique experiments in his lab.

Nominations are open until May 30, 2018. Winners will be chosen by the selection committee in the late spring, and announced in September, a week before the second board meeting of the new school year, when the awards will be presented.

To find out more about the awards and how to nominate an employee, please see the links below:

Link to a Description of Trustee Innovation Award and Online Nomination Form

Link to the news release on last year's awards ceremony: 2017 News Release

Link to a video introducing the 2016 awards by 1st Vice Chair Caroll Carkner: See the Video

Learn more about innovation by viewing videos on past winners at the following links:

2016 Award Winner Trina Boychuk

2016 Award Winner Ron Francis

2015 Award Winner Stephany Stamos

2015 Winners Carrie Gilmour and Melissa Ringler

2015 Award Winner Lisa Chitty

2015 Award Winner Andy Carruthers

To gain a better understanding of what innovation is all about, please see the following videos:

Generating Electricity with Soccer Ball : An innovative idea to address problems with lack of energy in the Third World.

Where Good Ideas Come From : A presentation on how to create environments in which innovation thrives.

We look forward to receiving your nominations and celebrating the accomplishments of innovative employees working for the Upper Canada District School Board.

To submit a nomination, or for more information, please contact Caroll Carkner, 1st Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees at or by phone at 613.222.7332 (cell).
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