Representatives from Brant United Way and the United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk announced this week the total amounts Grand Erie District School Board raised during the 2016 campaign. Together, Grand Erie raised $49,683, and the funds will support member agencies delivering crucial services and programs in all of our communities. This total represents a wonderful effort on the part of our students and staff members.
Grand Erie District School Board was also honoured last week with a big thanks from Brant United Way to acknowledge Grand Erie’s achievement of 100 per cent participation from its Brantford and Brant-area schools and Board offices. Nearly all schools in Grand Erie gave back by hosting events, fundraisers, and through employee giving this past fall.
During an event to announce the total raised for Brant United Way’s 2016 campaign, Director of Education Brenda Blancher presented the inaugural Scott Johnson Memorial Spirit Award, recognizing the legacy of the Grand Erie Principal and United Way campaign cabinet member who passed away last year.
“It was an honour to present this award, which acknowledges the important contributions our students make,” said Blancher. “Scott was instrumental in bridging connections between students, staff and the wider community.”
The award recognized Stephnie Perreault’s Grade 6 class at Walter Gretzky Elementary who planned a number of activities including face painting to raise funds for the campaign this past year.
“Scott Johnson was someone who was a huge believer in his community, and a role model in leading and inspiring others to support and participate in it,” said Brant United Way Executive Director Sherry Haines. “This award is a lovely tie between Scott’s dedication as a Principal and his role with the United Way – I think he’d be proud.”
Achieving participation from nearly all Grand Erie schools was an incredible feat, and a testament to leadership demonstrated at all levels.
“Our students are aware of the need in their community, and want to participate in initiatives to help support it,” said Walter Gretzky Elementary Principal Grant McKinnell. “The United Way is empowering this participation, and has an amazing ability to create change and have a positive impact.”
Caption: Trustee Alex Felsky and Director of Education Brenda Blancher receiving the Big Thanks
Caption: Grade 6 students at Walter Gretzky Elementary were recognized
Caption: Brenda Blancher and Robert Hull, teacher at Walter Gretzky Elementary attending on behalf of Stephnie Perreault, were joined by Scott Johnson’s sisters Susan Johnson and Sharon Roczniak