Faye Haley to receive the NSSBA Education Week Partner Award

    DARTMOUTH, NS, April 16 /CNW/ - Faye Haley, chairperson of the Tri-County
Regional School Board, is the 2009 recipient of the Nova Scotia School Boards
Association (NSSBA) Education Week Partner Award. She will be honoured at the
Provincial Education Week Awards Ceremony on Monday, April 20 at the
waterfront campus of the Nova Scotia Community College in Dartmouth at 2 p.m.
Provincial Education Week runs from April 19-25. This year's theme is Bringing
Arts to Life/Les arts vivants.
    "Faye Haley is a strong advocate of the arts in our public school
system," says NSSBA President Ron Marks. "Her contributions to the arts enrich
the lives of all students and community members in her area. NSSBA is proud to
present our Education Week Partner Award to Faye." Haley's involvement in the
arts began in secondary school and continued through her university career at
Acadia. She is a former drama teacher of over 25 years who served as advisor
to the drama club, was a member of the provincial steering committee to
develop drama courses in Nova Scotia and is an avid volunteer in variety shows
and local productions. Her recent contributions to the arts include one half
of the popular comedy duo Mert & Gert, member of the board of directors of the
Digby and Area Theatre Society, the Digby and Area Arts Council and a member
of the organizing committee for the Maud Lewis Festival. She participates in
various functions with Basin Productions, a local theatre company, and
volunteers with the Scallop Days Queen Pageant, including the talent
competition. Faye has also been an active member of the NSSBA. For the past
decade she has attended the annual general meetings, presented at various
conferences and seminars and has served on the Lead and Achieve committee.
    Education Week partners include the Nova Scotia Federation of Home and
School Associations, La Fédération des parents acadiens de la Nouvelle-Ecosse,
the Nova Scotia Teachers Union, the Nova Scotia Department of Education and
the Nova Scotia School Boards Association. The awards recognize partner
representatives who make significant contributions to the lives of young
people and enable each of the five education partners to recognize a member
who has contributed significantly to student achievement. The emphasis is also
on the member's particular interest in the Education Week theme.

    The NSSBA is the provincial voice for school boards. It has been serving
school boards since 1954.

For further information:

For further information: Ronald G. Marks, president, NSSBA, (902)
752-1323(H), (902) 491-2852(O), (902) 396-7519(cell); Sharon Findlay-MacPhee,
communications manager, NSSBA, (902) 491-2856 (O); (902) 221-6881(cell)

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