Inclusion Highlights


Champions of Inclusion Recognized at Annual Conference

Grace Howell
Coaching to Inclusion Conference Co-ordinator


These awards celebrate educators who live, breathe and implement Inclusive Education. They may be active in the inclusion movement but more importantly, their behaviour and the choices they make always:

  • Reflect a positive attitude about the worth, value and ability of all students; 

  • Celebrate all students attending their neighborhood schools.

They celebrate all students learning together with their age-appropriate peers in regular classroom settings and participating in all aspects of the life of their school. They value all students in their schools as contributing citizens and valued friends.


Each year since 1999, recipients have been nominated by peers within their boards of education, and are recognized at the annual Coaching to Inclusion conference in Southwestern Ontario. In 2019, six such awards were presented. Recipients posed for this photo just after the ceremony.


 Champions of Inclusion 2019

2019 Champions, (l to r): Laurie Vereecken, London District CSB; Megan Ritsma, Huron-Perth CDSB; Debbie Dignan, Brant Haldimand Norfolk CDSB; Andrea Longstaff, Huron-Perth CDSB; Allison O'Connor, Thames Valley DSB; Fiona Valiquette, Avon Maitland DSB.

To view the awards booklet, click HERE.