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Special Recognition Days

Special Recognition Days


In accordance with Special Recognition Days Policy 455, the UCDSB acknowledges and/or promotes special recognition days that meet two or more of the following criteria:
  • The special day or event has a demonstrable educational value (such as “teachable moments” that can be incorporated in the curriculum before, during, and after the event);
  • The special day or event has a clear connection to the board’s mission, values, strategic plan; or
  • The special day or event is understood to promote the general benefit of the community.

The 2022-2023 Special Recognition Dates are:

 September   8 - International Literacy Day
10 - World Suicide Prevention Day
20 - International IT Professionals' Day
23 - Terry Fox National School Run Day
23 - International Day of Sign Languages 
25 - Franco-Ontarian Day
30 - National Day for Truth and Reconciliation 
30 - Orange Shirt Day

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

October  4 - National Day of Action for Missing and Murdered
      Indigenous Women, Girls and 2SLGBTQ+ People
 5 - International Walk to School Day
 5 - World Teachers' Day
9-15 - Fire Prevention Week
10 - World Mental Health Day
11 - International Day of the Girl
16-22 - National Teen Driver Safety Week
17-21 - Bus Safety Week
17-21 - Local Government Week 
17-21 - National School Safety Week
18 - Child Care Worker & Early Childhood Educator
       (ECE) Appreciation Day
19 - International Pronouns Day
21 - School Bus Driver Appreciation Day
24-28 - Media Literacy Week
27 - Dress Purple Day (children's rights)

Women's History Month 
Canadian Autism Awareness Month
ADHD Awareness Month
K-12 Cyber Awareness Month
International Walk to School Month
Learning Disabilities Awareness Month
November  4 - National Stress Awareness Day 
6-12 - Treaties Recognition Week
 8 - Indigenous Veterans Day
11 - Remembrance Day
13 - World Kindness Day 
14-18 - Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week
20 - Universal Children's Day 

Financial Literacy Month
December  3 - International Day of Persons with Disabilities
 6 - National Day of Remembrance and Action on
       Violence Against Women
10 - Human Rights Day

January 16 - Martin Luther King Day
21 - Lincoln Alexander Day
22 - Chinese New Year/Spring Festival
27 - International Day of Commemoration
        in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust
27 - Family Literacy Day
February 15 - National Flag of Canada Day
20 - World Day of Social Justice 
22 - Pink Shirt Day: Anti-Bullying 

 Black History Month

March  8 - International Women's Day
11 - National COVID-19 Day of Observance
14 - National Pi Day
21 - World Down Syndrome Day
22 - National School Crossing Guard Appreciation Day 
25 - Earth Hour
26 - Purple Day for Epilepsy

National Social Work Month
National Music Therapy Awareness Month
April  2 - World Autism Awareness Day
 9 - Vimy Ridge Day
12 - International Day of Pink (LGBTQ+)
16-22 - National Volunteer Week
21 - World Creativity & Innovation Day
22 - Earth Day
26 - Administrative Professionals Day 

Earth Month
 May  1 - School Principals' and Vice-Principals' Day
1-5 - Children's Mental Health Week
1-5 - Education Week 
 5 - Education Support Staff Appreciation Day
12 - School Communicators Day 
14 - Mother's Day
14 - Children and Youth in Care Day
17 - International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia
        and Biphobia
21 - Ontario Flag Day

29-June 2 - Bike to School Week

Asian Heritage Month
Canadian Jewish Heritage Month
June  5 - World Environment Day
18 - Father's Day
21 - National Indigenous Peoples Day
27 - Canadian Multiculturalism Day

Pride Month
National Indigenous History Month
July  1 - Canada Day
15 - World Youth Skills Day
18 - Nelson Mandela Day
30 - International Day of Friendship
 August  

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