An­nual awards rec­og­nize valu­able con­tri­bu­tions

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - COMMUNITY/FEATURES - Peter Rukav­ina

It is the be­gin­ning of awards sea­son not only in Hol­ly­wood, but also at the P.E.I. Home and School Fed­er­a­tion as Jan­uary marks the first in a se­ries of dead­lines for nom­i­na­tions for the provin­cial awards the fed­er­a­tion uses to rec­og­nize ex­cel­lence in pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion.

The Ex­tra Mile Award rec­og­nizes teach­ers and staff who ex­em­plify go­ing the ex­tra mile, above and be­yond the call of duty to sup­port the to­tal well­be­ing of the Is­land’s youth. Two awards are given an­nu­ally, one in the east and one in the west (last year Kate MacSwain at Souris Re­gional and Bar­bie MacQuar­rie at Spring Park El­e­men­tary were rec­og­nized). The dead­line for nom­i­na­tions for the Ex­tra Mile award is Jan. 15; nom­i­na­tion forms and cri­te­ria are on­line at­tramile. The awards are pre­sented dur­ing Teacher-Staff Ap­pre­ci­a­tion Week in Fe­bru­ary.

At the fed­er­a­tion’s an­nual gen­eral meet­ing in April the Vol­un­teer of the Year Award and the Life Mem­ber­ship Award will be pre­sented. The Vol­un­teer of the Year Award goes to a Home and School mem­ber who has made an ex­cep­tional con­tri­bu­tion to the work of his or her lo­cal as­so­ci­a­tion or to the fed­er­a­tion. One award is pre­sented an­nu­ally; in 2015, Tara Hill Burke and Shelly Keenan of Souris Re­gional were the co-re­cip­i­ents. The nom­i­na­tion form and de­tails are on­line at­un­teer.

Life mem­ber­ship in the P.E.I. Home and School Fed­er­a­tion may be con­ferred on any per­son for out­stand­ing ser­vice to the fed­er­a­tion. There is no limit to the num­ber of life mem­ber­ships that may be pre­sented and no re­quire­ment to make an an­nual award. Cri­te­ria for nom­i­na­tion and the nom­i­na­tion form are on­line at

Nom­i­na­tions for both the Vol­un­teer of the Year Award and the Life Mem­ber­ship Award are due on March 4.

Later in the spring, nom­i­na­tions for the School Bus Driver of the Year award (de­tails at and the new School Cross­ing Guard of the Year award (de­tails to be an­nounced) will be ac­cepted; nom­i­na­tions for both will be due on May 15. Mem­bers are en­cour­aged to dis­cuss bus driv­ers and cross­ing guards wor­thy of recog­ni­tion over their win­ter meet­ings.

The Fam­ily of Schools Dis­trict Ad­vi­sory Coun­cils will be hold­ing their first meet­ings early in the new year. If your school has not se­lected a rep­re­sen­ta­tive yet, read the guide­lines at­cils and work to se­lect some­one from your school im­me­di­ately so that your school can be rep­re­sented.

Teacher-Staff Ap­pre­ci­a­tion Week, hap­pen­ing Feb. 14-20, is the week each year when home and schools rec­og­nize the con­tri­bu­tions ad­min­is­tra­tors, teach­ers and staff make to the lives of Is­land chil­dren. Lo­cal as­so­ci­a­tions are en­cour­aged to find ways of say­ing thank-you dur­ing this week. Con­tact the fed­er­a­tion of­fice for in­spi­ra­tion.

A re­minder that the dead­line for pol­icy res­o­lu­tions to be con­sid­ered at the 2016 an­nual meet­ing in April is Jan. 31.

As­sis­tance with writ­ing res­o­lu­tions is avail­able on­line at­o­lu­tions, from the fed­er­a­tion of­fice at or by tele­phone at 902-620-3186 or, toll­free, 1-800-916-0664. Peter Rukav­ina, pres­i­dent of the P.E.I. Home and School Fed­er­a­tion, lives in Char­lot­te­town with his part­ner and their son. His col­umn ap­pears in The Guardian

dur­ing the school year on the first Wed­nes­day of the month. He wel­comes com­ments from read­ers and in­for­ma­tion for the col­umn. He can be reached at or 902-620-3186.

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