Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 Impact Awards of Excellence.
Impact Awards of Excellence are given to TLDSB staff members who are recognized by peers, as well as students, parents, and the community as having a significant impact on their school or worksite.
The following TLDSB staff members are this year’s winners:
Administration Impact Award of Excellence
Dean Burke is the winner of the 2020 Administrative Leadership Impact Award of Excellence. Dean believes the biggest impact that we can have as lead learners is to model the importance of relationships by creating positive, welcoming, nurturing, and safe learning environments for all. Starting his career in education teaching in Marathon and Longlac at Superior North Catholic District School Board, Dean honed his leadership skills and was offered an administrator role at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Elementary School. Dean then came to TLDSB in 2017, and has been the principal of his childhood elementary school, King Albert Public School, for the past three years
Christa has won a 2020 Administration Impact Award of Excellence. Since she was a little girl, Christa told people her dream job was to be a vice principal – and this dream came true when she accepted the position at Fenelon Falls Secondary School 10 years ago. Christa loves waking up every morning knowing that she will be able to have a positive impact on students and the school community. Her philosophy is all about “knowing the whole child, truly listening, and always acting in the best interest of every single student.”
Co-Curricular Impact Award of Excellence
Iggi has won a 2020 Co-Curricular Impact Award of Excellence. Iggi has been teaching science for over 20 years. He came to TLDSB in 2003, and is currently the head of science, chemistry, physics and robotics at Gravenhurst High School. Iggi believes the way he teachers is guided by the opportunities and challenges he provides for his students. “Kids need to feel they can succeed with perseverance. Kids need to feel like their contribution matters. They can contribute to a project in so many ways, they just need a sense of belonging.”
Teaching Impact Award of Excellence
Pam Koekebakker is the winner of a Teaching Impact Award of Excellence for 2020. Pam has been teaching students for the past 30 years, starting her career at the North York Board of Education, where she taught science and was head of equity. She then joined Trillium Lakelands District School Board in 2002 after moving to Bocaygeon. Pam held various roles within the board, and has now been working at IE Weldon Secondary School for the past 14 years, where she teaches multiple subjects including science, biology, photography, and yearbook. Connecting with students means a lot to Pam. She loves the opportunity to have an influence on young people who are learning to think and become adults in a complex world.
Support Staff Impact Award of Excellence
Jennifer has won a 2020 Support Staff Impact Award of Excellence. Beginning her career as an early childhood educator running an after-school program at Gravenhurst Public School, Jennifer has since taught in both a toddler and preschool classroom, run summer camps, and was responsible for an early years program for families and their children. Jennifer has been an early childhood educator at Muskoka Beechgrove Public School for the last eight years, in a Kindergarten classroom, where she works one-on-one or in small groups to help students succeed and achieve their goals.
Alice has won a 2020 Support Staff Award of Excellence. She has had a special impact on TLDSB, working in various schools as a custodian for the past 10 years. Currently working at Leslie Frost Public School, Alice’s favourite part of her day is getting to see students at the beginning of her shift. One of her jobs as a custodian is training any new casual custodians. She takes this job seriously, and believes all custodians play an important role in TLDSB schools, working together as a team. On her spare time she loves to spend time with her grandchildren.