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Board Meetings

June 16, 2009

Partnership Appreciation Event

On June 2nd, 2009 we held our first annual Partnership Appreciation Night.

It has become increasing apparent that we have solid, respectful partnerships with many agencies, organizations, businesses, police associations, non-profit groups and government representatives. Our students, teachers and school communities benefit from the expertise, perspective and financial contributions of these varied partners.

We extend a heartfelt THANK YOU to all who attended our first Appreciation Event, please see list below.

A student panel presented to those in attendance.  These students represented grade 5 to 12+, and were eloquent and entertaining ambassadors for Bluewater.  Their speeches highlighted the student perspective for our partner agencies.  It was encouraging for our partners to hear first hand how their involvement does impact directly on the student experience.  

Students in attendance were: Luke Albert, Aly Dobbin, Chelsey Dykstra, Courtney Hawksworth, Kim Liverance, Kaley Machie, Emma-Cole McCubbin, Kara Nagle and Stewart Oatway.

Speeches addressed the Environmental Specialist High Skills Major and our outdoor education experience, Supervised Alternative Learning, Mental Health, Healthy Dating, French Immersion, and the Transportation Specialist High Skills Major.

In response, two of our dedicated adult volunteers shared their perspective. Ron Devisser and Jennifer Sells have devoted countless hours to projects directly connected to students.  Ron spoke of the many ways that students experience different kinds of success in schools and the importance of the community support to create varied opportunities.  Jennifer highlighted the many exemplary partnerships with Bluewater; e.g. Let’s Learn, Keystone, Children’s Alliance.  She indicated the powerful partnerships with our Board are indicative of how people in Bruce and Grey have learned to work together to maximize our resources and our support of children and their families.

Students prepared the food, served the food, entertained the guests, and spoke eloquently. It does take many villages in Bluewater to educate a child.

A list of Partners celebrated at this event is attached to this report.

Submitted to:
Bluewater District School Board
June 16, 2009           
For further information please contact
Jean Stephenson, Superintendent of Student Success   

List of Partners Celebrated at the June 2nd, 2009 Partnership Event

Bluewater Education Foundation
Lougheed Fisheries Ltd
Bluewater Regional Science & Technology Fair Committee
Mary Kay Cosmetics
Bruce Peninsula OPP
Member of Parliament
Bruce Power
Member of Provincial Parliament
Bruce Pre-school Resource
Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
Bruce-Grey Catholic District School Board
Muncipality of Brockton
Bruce-Grey-Huron-Perth- Georgian Triangle Training Brd.
Muncipality of Georgian Bluffs
Business Enterprise Centre
Muncipality of Grey Highlands
Canadian Mental Health Association
Muncipality of Huron-Kinloss
Canadian Parents for French
Muncipality of Meaford
Chamber of Commerce Economic Development
Muncipality of the Blue Mountains
Children Aid Society of Bruce
Muncipality of West Grey
Children Aid Society of Grey
Municipality of Arran-Elderslie
Children's Hospital for Eastern Ontario
Municipality of Kincardine
Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation
Municipality of Northern Bruce Peninsula
Municipality of South Bruce
City of Owen Sound
Closing the Gap
Ontario Federation of Agriculture
Collingwood OPP
Ontario Parks Canada
Community Care Access Centre
Owen Sound Music Festival
Community Living Kincardine & District
Owen Sound Police Service
Community Living Owen Sound
Parks Canada
Community Living Walkerton
Passport to Prosperity
Community Living Wiarton
Pine Hill
E-Terra Lodge
Power Workers Union
Family Y
Regional Health Services
Gay Lea Foods
Regional Support Associates
Georgian College
Retired Teachers
Grey Bruce Training and Development
Grey County OPP
Salon Sisu
Grey Pre-school Resource
Saugeen Conservation Authority
Grey Sauble Conservation
Saugeen Economical Development Corporation
Grey-Bruce Autism
Saugeen First Nation
Grey-Bruce Children's Alliance
Saugeen Shores Police
Grey-Bruce Children's Water Education Council
School Community Council
Grey-Bruce Public Health
Grey-Bruce Regional Health Centre
Grey-Simcoe Foresters - Militia Coop Program
South Bruce OPP
Hair, Body & Soul
Thames Valley Children's Centre
Hallman Motors
Town of Hanover
Hanover Honda
Town of Saugeen Shores
Hanover Police Service
Town of South Bruce Peninsula
Hudson's Auto Centre Ltd.
Township of Chatsworth
Josie’s Clothing
Township of Southgate
KC Automotive Parts
Walkerton Music Festival
Keystone Child, Youth and Family Services
West Grey Police Service
Lamont’s Automotive & Machine Shop


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