Kim Horton to receive NSSBA Education Week Partner Award

    DARTMOUTH, NS, April 12 /CNW/ - Kim Horton, vice chairperson of the
Strait Regional School Board, has been selected by the Nova Scotia School
Boards Association (NSSBA) to receive this year's NSSBA Education Week Partner
Award. She will be honoured, along with educators and other partner award
recipients, at the Education Week Awards Ceremony on Monday, April 16th at
2:00 p.m. at the Military Family Resource Centre, CFB Windsor Park in Halifax.
    Horton was elected vice chair of the Strait Board in November 2006, after
serving on the Board for two years. She is a committed and involved board
member who advocates for children with confidence. She strongly believes that
children should not be disadvantaged due to geography. Horton demonstrates a
special interest in this year's Education Week theme, Skills & Learning:
Building our Future/Compétences et Apprentissage: Bâtissons notre avenir! by
supporting the Department of Education's Options and Opportunities (O2)
initiative. She regularly promotes programs that are designed to assist
students to prepare for the labour market and to give them an opportunity for
a fulfilling career. "Kim Horton appreciates the value of hands-on experience
in helping students prepare for the workforce," says NSSBA President Elliott
Payzant. "She is dedicated to student success and the NSSBA takes great pride
in nominating her as our Education Week Partner Award recipient for 2007."

    The Education Week Partner Award was developed by the Provincial
Education Week Committee and recognizes partner representatives who make
significant contributions to the lives of young people. The award enables each
of the five education partners who support the annual awards ceremony 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
    The five partners who serve on the Provincial Education Week Committee
are 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 NSSBA recognizes and thanks the Teachers Plus Credit Union
for their continued support and sponsorship of the event.

    The NSSBA is the provincial voice for school boards, representing
approximately 142,000 students.

For further information:

For further information: Elliott Payzant, president, NSSBA, (902)
682-2662 (H); (902) 491-2853 (O); (902) 541-0116 (C); Sharon Findlay-MacPhee,
communications manager, NSSBA, (902) 491-2856 (O);221-6881 (C)

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