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February 26, 2013
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Island educators recognized for promoting inclusive education

Education and Early Childhood Development

Teachers and school staff are working together to make Island classrooms more inclusive, says Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Alan McIsaac.

“It is important to recognize those who make the extra effort to practice and promote an inclusive environment,” said Minister McIsaac. “It’s encouraging to see the valuable work our educators and students are doing to ensure that all students are welcome and respected in the classroom.”

The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development recently recognized educational and student leaders for working to enhance the lives of all students. Inclusive education promotes participation, friendship and interaction and allows for a well-rounded learning experience for all students.

Inclusive education means ensuring all students are educated with their peers and have equitable access to learning and achievement. This also allows other students to respect diversity in school and in society.

To celebrate National Inclusive Education Month, Minister McIsaac presented Island educators and staff with national certificates of recognition from the Canadian Association for Community Living.

The 2013 Inclusive Education Award recipients include:

• Jeanne Gallant, École Évangéline

• Cindy Mendoza, Summerside Intermediate School

• Deidre Scott, Elaine Doucette and Sharon Trainor from Creative Childcare Centre in Charlottetown

• Carolyn Vandaele, Jackie Walker, Donna Neilson, Neena Matheson, Teresa Aiken and Debby Hughes, Montague Intermediate School

• Gladys Kickham, Karen Carmichael, Lori Johnston, and Cathy Taylor-Bridges from Queen Charlotte Intermediate School

• The Peer Helpers Group from Queen Charlotte Intermediate School: Evelyn Yang, Darby Myers, Jenny Dunne, Cassie Francis, Sophie Hale, Alicia Kenney-Rashed, William Li, Jalisa MacLean, Emily McClean, Annika Wiebe, Matthew Connolly, Alex Geldert, Grace Hickey, Megan Clancey, Alexis Craig, Sam Rainnie and Jenny Campbell

“Inclusive Education benefits everyone involved,” said Minister McIsaac. “It provides opportunities for students with disabilities to develop new friendships and a network of peer role models. It also provides opportunities for students without disabilities to develop a greater understanding and respect for diversity.”

Media Contact: Laura Steeves
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