TORONTO, March 25, 2014 /CNW/ - At the Regular Meeting of the Board on
March 25, the Peel District School Board announced the names of four
new schools expected to open in fall 2014—two of which will be named
after retired Canadian astronaut, Chris Hadfield, and the late former
South African president, Nelson Mandela.
"We're very excited to open four new elementary schools in Peel, and
especially honoured to have two of them named for such inspirational
leaders," says Janet McDougald, chair of the board. "Hadfield's
achievements in space and on Earth have encouraged people to push
boundaries and strive for the impossible, and Mandela's unwavering
devotion to democracy, equality and learning continues to inspire
around the globe. Both of their visions and influence will be reflected
in all aspects of school life."
Hadfield, now retired, flew as the first Canadian mission specialist,
the first Canadian to operate the Canadarm in orbit, and the only
Canadian to ever leave a spacecraft and float freely in space. During
his final mission, which ended in spring 2013, he gained popularity
around the globe by chronicling his time aboard the space station. His
tweets, photos and conversations from space inspired students around
the world to learn more about space and Earth.
"Education and opportunity for young Canadians are very important to me
personally, and top-notch schools are at the very centre of that," says
Hadfield. "As a proud product of a Southern Ontario education, I
commend the Peel board on their past excellence and their imperative to
constantly improve, as evidenced by the Bring Your Own Device program.
I look forward to the school's opening, and to the generations of
Canadians that will learn, grow and prepare for life inside its walls."
Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary and
philanthropist who served as president of South Africa from 1994 to
1999. His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid by
tackling institutionalized racism, poverty and inequality, and
fostering racial reconciliation through democracy. He passed away in
December 2013, but his legacy lives on in all of us.
"Mandela's democratic vision was about making it possible to give our
youth a fighting chance - that is, the opportunity to try. Education is
still the foundation of this opportunity. The most basic building block
that holds that foundation together is still education," says Sello
Hatang, chief executive of the Nelson Mandela Foundation. "At the dawn
of the 21st century, in a world where knowledge truly is power and
education is the key that unlocks the gates of opportunity and success.
We all have a responsibility as parents, as caregivers, as educators,
as leaders and as citizens, to instil in our children the critical
drive for literacy and learning so that we can give them the chance to
fulfil their dreams. The Peel board is doing exactly this through its
pursuit of educational excellence and the honouring of the legacy of a
Nelson Mandela Public School will be located at 10125 Chinguacousy Rd.
in Brampton, and Chris Hadfield Public School will be located at 465
Fairview Rd. in Mississauga.
The board of trustees also approved the naming of two additional
Countryside Village Public School, located at the intersection of
Wardenwood Drive and Dolbyhill Drive in Brampton
Ross Drive Public School, located at 40 Ross Dr. in Brampton
The Peel board serves more than 153,000 students in kindergarten to
grade 12. Operating 242 schools in the municipalities of Brampton,
Caledon and Mississauga, the Peel board is the largest employer in the
SOURCE: Peel District School Board
For further information:
Media contact: Janet McDougald, Chair of the Board, 905-278-1402
Reference: Brian Woodland, Director of Communications, 905-890-1010, ext. 2812