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Assistant to deaf and blind students receives award

By: Sudbury Northern Life Staff

 | Jun 15, 2014 - 9:50 AM |
St. Charles College deaf/blind intervenor Eileen Kennedy receives the 2013-14 Sudbury Catholic District School Board Chairperson's Award from board chair Jody Cameron. Supplied photo.

St. Charles College deaf/blind intervenor Eileen Kennedy receives the 2013-14 Sudbury Catholic District School Board Chairperson's Award from board chair Jody Cameron. Supplied photo.

A St. Charles College educational assistant who works with deaf and blind students was recently presented with the Sudbury Catholic District School Board's Chairperson's Award.

This award is given to a person or persons who make outstanding contributions to the board.

Eileen Kennedy, who has been with the board for 27 years, is what's known as a deaf/blind intervenor. She was nominated by several of her school co-workers as well as board office staff.

“In her role as an intervenor, she constantly strives to find unique and fun ways to encourage these most challenged students to communicate. She researches best practices and activities that will help these students find success in the classroom,” said Sudbury Catholic board chair, Jody Cameron.

“She is dedicated to preserving and ensuring the dignity of her students, and her disposition and open-hearted kindness is admired by all who have had the pleasure of working with her.”

Ever humble, Kennedy said educating her students takes a real team effort.

“Over the years, I have worked with some amazing board administration and teachers,” Kennedy explained.

“I would also like the trustees and administration of our board to know that our Intervenors and EAs have been envied all across the country. I've had the pleasure of speaking at conferences in Winnipeg and Vancouver and have come to know that we are valued here more than anywhere. You respect our knowledge and experience, and we truly appreciate that.”

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