(PAIN COURT, ON) – As part of their 20th anniversary celebrations, the eight French-language Catholic school boards in Ontario and their organization, the Association franco-ontarienne des conseils scolaires catholiques (AFOCSC), paid tribute to Julie Simpson, a volunteer with the Conseil scolaire catholique Providence, with an award of merit recognizing her commitment and dedication to students.
“We are truly blessed to have such dedicated professionals at the Csc Providence. Through her Christian leadership, Mrs Simpson makes a huge difference in school life and with staff members and students,” Joseph Picard, Director of Education at Csc Providence, said. “It is through the commitment of extraordinary people like her that our students achieve superior academic performance and the highest graduation rate in the province. We would like to extend our warmest congratulations to Mrs Simpson for this well-deserved recognition.”
The award is part of the Recognition Tour, honouring outstanding leaders whose professionalism, dedication and everyday generosity make it possible for French language Catholic school boards to offer the best education in French in Ontario.
This first edition of the Recognition Tour has attracted a great deal of interest. In a few weeks last spring, more than 120 nominations were submitted and the Providence Board’s Julie Simpson was one of sixteen recipients selected.
“When Julie Simpson’s children started going to school at École catholique Sainte-Catherine, Julie decided to get involved as a volunteer,” said Lucie Crête, who nominated Simpson. “Since then, she has supported the school council as a community member, actively participated in fundraising events, and has run the Healthy Snacks program. Thanks to her, the students are able to get high quality, healthy food. An incomparable volunteer, she finds time to do countless things for the school as well as working full time. It would take a whole village to do everything Julie does for her school.”
Simpson received the award before a crowd of more than 300 students and members of the extended school community in the gym at École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Catherine, in Pain Court.