WRPS Staff and Volunteers Honored at Appreciation Night

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After a two-year hiatus, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, administrators and staff from the Wetaskiwin Regional Public Schools Division were able to honor staff and volunteers at the WRPS Appreciation Night on May 26. at the rustic wedding barn.

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“This year, my fellow administrators and I had the opportunity to visit most of the schools in the Wetaskiwin Regional Public Schools,” said interim board chair Karen Becker. “We have been very impressed with the students and the exceptional commitment and service that all of our staff provide to our students and their parents.”

To begin the presentations, five Community Recognition Awards were handed out.

The first went to Dave Pockrant, who was nominated by Pipestone School for his “tireless volunteering” efforts.

Pockrant spends hours building and maintaining the school’s public skating rink and ball diamond.

“Always driven to serve children, Dave’s actions support the need for children and families to have places for active and fun living in their community,” said administrator Kyle Dorchester.

Shave Cross was nominated by Buck Mountain Central School in recognition for coaching the school’s basketball teams.

“Shane has been an integral part of our junior and senior basketball program for 12 years,” Dorchester said.

In addition to coaching the junior girls through an undefeated season, he coached the senior boys and mentored the new junior boys coach as well as free basketball outreach and hospitality camps.

“In addition to coaching the sport itself, it has become an integral part of our school culture,” Dorchester said. “Through coaching, he is a strong mentor to our young students as well as students who are struggling to attend school…He taught our kids a lot about basketball, but even more about commitment towards a team, dedication and passion for a game. He inspires confidence and courage in the students he works with and is a positive role model for all.

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Parkdale School named Norma and Gordon Canfield of Calvary Baptist Church for all they did to provide students and families with Christmas hampers and summer backpacks for those who would go without other.

The final community award went to the Wetaskiwin Family Chiropractic Clinic, also nominated by Parkdale School for providing Christmas gifts to families who would otherwise go without and for supporting the school with school supplies and clothing. winter for students.

Cathy Wyley, teacher from Lakedell School, Samantha Ritchie, teacher from Parkdale School, Judy Miller, teacher from Buck Mountain Central School, and staff from Pigeon Lake Regional School for their crisis response (see full article on page 2). .

Tammy Winfield of Winfiled School was recognized for her 30 years of service.

The event ended with several honored retirees: Cheryl Ross, Darlene Jones, Denice Murray, Glenda Galloway, Sandra Wilson, Stuart Wilson, William Scott and Marty Kautz.

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