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8TuesdaySeptember32013EducationAwardsByRENEFRANCOEURTheSouthSlaveDivisionalEducationCouncilSSDECpresenteditsExcellenceinEducationAwardsfor2013lastweekduringastaff-inser-viceconferenceinHayRivertokickoffanewschoolyear.MarnieVilleneuveofFortSmithwontheprogramstaffaward.ANorthern-bornandtrainedteacherVilleneuveteachesatPaulW.KaeserPWKhighschoolandhasbeenselectedrepeatedlybyhercolleaguestositontheCen-tralExecutivefortheNWTTeachersAssociationwhereshecontinuestoserveandwasalsooneof70teacherschosenbytheSpeakeroftheHouseofCommonstoattendtheTeachersInstituteonCa-nadianParliamentaryDemoc-racyin2011.AsamemberoftheSS-DECsHomeworkandStudentSkillsInitiativeVilleneuveco-authoredtheinitiativespublicationHelpItsHome-workTimeParentsHandbookandisastaunchsupporterofNorthernandAboriginaledu-cationstatedarecentpressrelease.Sheisadedicatedcom-mittedteacherwhoexcelsinbuildingrelationshipswithherstudents.Shemaintainstheseconnectionsoncestudentsleaveherclassandsheac-tivelydrawskidstoschoolonenominatorwroteinaboutVilleneuve.TheSweetgrassStationEdu-cationandOutreachProgramfromWoodBuffaloNationalParktookhomethepartnerineducationawardrecognizingthecooperationandhardworkofParksCanadastaffwhenitcomestodeliveringthischal-lengingandintensiveprogram.Theon-the-landwildernessprogramhasruninpartner-shipbetweenParksandtheFortSmithDistrictEduca-tionAuthoritysince2010.ItteachesstudentsabouttheimportanceofprotectingthelandwaterandhistoryofthePeace-AthabascaDeltainWoodBuffaloNationalParkthroughanumberofhands-onactivities.Theprogramismadeupoftwoconsecutivefour-daycampswhereatotalof50-60studentsjourneytoSweetgrassStationaremotespotonlyaccessibleaftera1.5hourbusridefollowedbyaboatrideforoveranhouranda12-kmbackpackinghike.Parkscontributesmorethan800hourspreparingtheexcur-sioneveryyearandahandfulofPWKteachersalsoputinextrahourstoacquirefoodandsuppliesforthecamphireboatsanddevelopanddeliveron-siteprogrammingthatin-corporatestraditionalknowl-edgefromlocaleldersaswellasmodernscience.Theprogramcontinuestogrowandthe2013sessionwillseeparticipationfromAlbertaschoolsinFortChipewyanandFortMcMurray.SSDEChandsouttheex-cellenceineducationawardseveryyearbasedonsubmit-tednominationsprocessedbyaselectioncommittee.Theyarepartofthecouncilsgoaltoformallyrecognizeexem-plarycontributionsmadebystaffparentsandcommu-nitymemberstogiveSouthSlavestudentsbetterlearningopportunities.TheconferencealsofeaturedspecialguestCrisTovanianinternationallyrecognizedconsultantwriterandeduca-torfromColoradowhotack-leschallengesinthemodernclassroom.Teachersprincipalsandsup-portstafffromHayRiverFortSmithFortResolutionLutselKeandKatlodeecheFirstNationgatheredonAug.28and29totakepartinTovanisworkshopswhichfocusedonengagingalllearnersandbringingnewskillsandprac-ticestotheboardforoptimizedstudentsuccess.SouthSlaveCouncilhonoursexcellenceineducationPhotoStevenLeeTheSSDECpresentsitsExcellenceinEducationAwardsfor2013.LefttorightRobKentParksCanadaKandisJamesonSSDECMarnieVilleneuvePWKhighschoolRichardZaidanParksCanadaandCurtisBrownSSDEC.NEWDODGEDARTNEWDODGECARAVANNEWDODGERAM16980from19988from25498fromCantmakeitduringbusinesshoursVisitYellowknifechrysler.comwhereourentireinventoryisonlineComeondownto340OldAirportRoadwhereoursalesteamiscommissionfreeYELLOWKNIFECHRYSLERYellowknifeChrysler-NewandUsedCarsTrucksandSUVsinYellowknifeNorthwestTerritoriesTOLLFREE-866.528.6950LOCAL-867.873.4222FROMTHENORTHBuyacarandyourtravelcostairfareorgasispaidforbyYellowknifeChryslerAskusformoreinformation...NEWDODGERAM