Shawanosowe School receives Biennial Stellar Award

SUDBURY—Shawanosowe School in Whitefish River First Nation is among eight recipients of a Stellar Award. The Stellar Awards are hosted by the Education Coordinating Team chaired by Workforce Planning for Sudbury and Manitoulin. This team consists of representatives from both Sudbury colleges, the university, all four area school boards, Kenjgewin Teg Educational Institute (KTEI) and Employment Support Services for the City of Greater Sudbury. Each team member is asked to nominate an employer who has provided exemplary experiential learning opportunities for students and clients.

Shawanosowe School was nominated by Beverley Roy-Carter of KTEI and Dr. Lindsay Morcom of Queen’s University.

“Shawanosowe School, a Kindergarten to Grade 6 elementary school located on the Whitefish River First Nation, actively supports indigenous learning as part of their mission,” the nomination reads. “Over the past six years, Principal Cheryl Miller-Martin and the team at Shawanosowe School have supported and mentored 13 teacher candidates from the Aboriginal Teacher Education Program (ATEP) in their practicum placements.”

“ATEP represents the strength of a 20-plus year relationship and partnership between KTEI and Queen’s University, which has provided this community based professional teacher education program on Manitoulin Island. ATEP curriculum and pedagogy is based on an aboriginal world view for First Nation and non-First Nation teacher candidates.”

“Shawanosowe School is an exemplary community partner in indigenous teacher education and very deserving of special recognition as a stellar employer supporting experiential learning. ATEP teacher candidates have also selected Shawanosowe School as one of their top preferences to learn from experienced teacher mentors.

“Congratulations and a heartfelt gchi-miigwech is extended by KTEI and Queen’s University to the team members of Shawanosowe School for their outstanding commitment to Aboriginal teacher education in support of teaching and learning excellence for Anishinabek children, families and communities,” the nomination concludes.

Guest-speaker for the awards was Don Duval, CEO of NORACT, who kicked-off the awards ceremony with a presentation on emerging IT jobs of the future, followed  by lunch and the awards presentation. Martin Brouilllard, acting service delivery manager for the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development was on hand to present the awards, held at the Holiday Inn in Sudbury this past Tuesday.