At the Wellington Catholic District School Board meeting on January 16, several kids received praise for their kindness, faith, and sense of community.
A wheelchair ramp was constructed by several St. James Catholic High School construction class students for a family involved in both school and community activities.
Resource teacher Stephanie Zonneveld informed the board that Yvonne MacIsaac, a faithful volunteer in her children's schools and the president of the local chapter of Autism Ontario, experienced a health crisis in 2021 that resulted in the amputation of her leg.
As a result, the woman who resided on the main floor of her home was left without access to a bathroom or the outside without help.
According to Zonneveld, they started a GoFundMe campaign and were successful in getting her an electric wheelchair, a hospital bed, and a wider back door so she could use her deck.
But she was still unable to leave her home, Zonneveld said.
Zonneveld, therefore, asked the staff for any additional help they could provide, and they promptly came up with a plan for the construction class to build an accessibility ramp.
The design work was completed for free by Tacoma Engineering, and on September 27 the class started building.
The job passed all inspections and involved pouring concrete footings and constructing the frame, decking, and railings. More freedom than before is now available to MacIsaac.
This is a tale of the neighborhood coming together, according to Zonneveld.
Sandra Cummings, the school's principal, continued, "This is how we incorporate Catholic religion and spiritual instruction into daily life." "As a faith community, we carry out this activity.”
This was organized by students and instructors, and the students never gave up.
Michael Glazier, the director of education, congratulated the pupils in attendance and presented them with a modest gift of appreciation.
He stated, "We experience faith through service to others." You changed everything for Yvonne and her family. You have wonderful gifts to share.
The board recognized three students with VIP honors for their leadership, academic excellence, and moral character.
Bella Pettipiere was praised for being sweet and religious while attending St. Patrick Catholic School in Guelph.
Pettipiere is a dedicated advocate for social justice causes and works as a street patroller, kindergarten assistant, and office monitor. Officials describe her as a born leader who approaches obstacles with a positive attitude and a strong work ethic.
At the St. Michael Catholic School in Guelph, Ivana Samwhani is a student. According to her school administration, she demonstrates her leadership abilities on the soccer field and has achieved success via teamwork and collaboration.
They described her as kind, gentle, tenacious, and always ready to speak up against injustice and inequity.
Emily Thomason, a student at Mary Phelan Catholic School, has been praised for her generosity, kindness, and extroverted personality. Her school claimed that she had a talent for the arts and that she exudes confidence that rubs off on everyone else.
All of the students were praised and thanked by board chair Vikki Dupuis for serving as good role models in their schools.
She turned to their parents and said, "It might surprise you to hear this about your children. Maybe it's a mess in their room. However, kids are excelling in school, which speaks well of you as well."
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