Statement Banner

, MLA Rossmere
April 18, 2013

Springfield Heights Resource and Administration Team

Mr. Speaker, I rise today, during Education Week in Manitoba, to honour a group of outstanding educators from the River East Transcona School Division. Earlier this year, the Manitoba Council for Exceptional Children recognized the Springfield Heights School resource and administration team with a Yes I Can! award. These awards celebrate the achievements of children and youth with exceptional needs, as well as the educators who support them.

The Springfield Heights School resource and administration team has spent seven years working together to ensure that every student can access the educational tools they need to succeed both in the classroom and beyond. The enthusiastic group is always developing new strategies and creative approaches that put children first so that all students may benefit.

The Springfield Heights student services clinical unit includes psychology, social work, speech and language, as well as reading and occupational therapy. The school also integrates specialized initiatives for students with exceptional needs, including a program that helps develop word formation and prompts students to learn to read.

Education is about supporting and encouraging children and youth to reach their full potential. During Education Week it is important to thank all those who work towards the success of our children. Teachers, administrators, students, parents and the community all play important roles in our schools and in the lives of young Manitobans.

Mr. Speaker, it is an honour to be able to recognize the Springfield Heights School resource and administration team today. They have worked tirelessly to ensure children’s diverse educational needs are met and exceeded. I would like to ask all members of the Legislative Assembly to join me in thanking the team for their dedication and commitment to our children, and the innovative ways they help students learn.

Mr. Speaker, I would like to request leave to include the names of the Springfield Heights resource and administration team into the record. Three resource teachers are in the gallery with us today: Alison Kuran, Kelly McLellan-Page, Karen Boily. The additional members of the team are: Nellie Pauls, Jenni Foubister, Kelsey Shalay, Kristy Peterson, Michelle Sopher, Vice Principal Scott Lysack, and Principal Mario Beauchamp.