Education leader and school principal awarded for their contributions to public education

    TORONTO, Nov. 20 /CNW/ - Tonight at a ceremony at the Toronto Sheraton
Centre Hotel, the Ontario Principals' Council (OPC) will honour two
individuals for their ongoing support and dedication to public education in
    The OPC Outstanding Contribution to Education Award will be bestowed upon
Dr. Avis Glaze. Avis has spent 38 years in education as a teacher, guidance
counsellor, education officer and Director of the Kawartha Pine Ridge District
School Board. She served on the Ontario Royal Commission on Learning, was
chosen by the Canadian government to assist with educational reform in South
Africa, has worked with educators in the United States and the Caribbean and
has chaired the Harry R. Gairey Scholarship Fund, enabling outstanding black
students to attend university.
    In 2004, Avis became Ontario's first chief student achievement officer
and CEO of the Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat. She has worked with the OPC
on several initiatives, including the implementation of the Leading Student
Achievement project, transforming the way that principals work to support
teaching and learning.
    The Honorary Life Membership is awarded to those who have provided
exemplary service by advancing or upholding the purpose of the OPC. It is
being awarded to Lisa Vincent, OPC President in 2007-08. Lisa has spent 26
years as a teacher, department head, curriculum coordinator, vice-principal
and principal. She has been a member of the provincial OPC Executive for five
years, adding a strong presence at the table with her extensive knowledge of
secondary curriculum issues as well as her expertise in special education,
cooperative education and leadership.
    During her term as President, Lisa worked tirelessly on behalf of her
colleagues in dealing with many issues including the Falconer Report, the
implementation of Bill 212, the Leadership Strategy, the Institute for
Educational Leadership and the Learning to 18 Working Table. She will co-chair
the 10th World Convention of the International Confederation of Principals,
being held in Toronto in 2011.
    "Principals, vice-principals, teachers, parents and students throughout
Ontario have benefited from the outstanding leadership that these two
individuals have provided," said Laura Hodgins, President of the Ontario
Principals' Council. "We are honoured to grant these awards tonight, and I
thank Avis and Lisa for their contribution to public education in Ontario."

    The Ontario Principals' Council is the voluntary professional association
representing 5,000 principals and vice-principals in Ontario's public
elementary and secondary schools. Established in 1998, OPC advocates on behalf
of public education and provides professional supports to its Members. In
2011, the OPC will host the 10th World Convention of the International
Confederation of Principals in Toronto.

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