All three fire stations in the South Dundas Fire Department held open houses on Saturday, October 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. complete with tours, free souvenirs and barbecue munchies. Fire Chief Chris McDonough said the open houses were a a great success and that he’s “looking forward to doing it again next year.” At the Williamsburg location the local children were having fun climbing into, out of, and on the fire trucks. From all appearances, they were loving every minute of it.
Brian and Tracey Shaver, organizers of the 2015 Ball Hockey for Easter Seals Tournament are calling the event a “huge success.” “We raised over $5,700 for Easter Seals,” said Brian Shaver, “the second largest […]
As reported in an earlier edition of The Leader, the Iroquois Waterfront committee is working on a questionnaire to determine what residents opinions are on future changes to be made to the Iroquois waterfront.
A follow-up email from the committee was presented at South Dundas council’s April 17th meeting in which the committee requested “that financial support from council be approved to cover the cost of reproduction and mailing of this questionnaire with covering letter to all households in the Iroquois Ward.”
The committee suggested that “collection be achieved by having respondents drop off their completed questionnaires at the Iroquois Public Library or at Iroquois Sears Travel.”
It was also pointed out that the questionnaire had been “reworked” by committee member Keith Poore and subsequently accepted by the committee as a whole.
Poore, it was revealed, had also created a “web-based version for use by those so inclined” at http://app.fluidsurveys.com/surveys/poorek/iroquois-waterfront/.
In addition to updates and requests concerning the questionnaire, the committee also offered council an “interim report” with suggestions for both the waterfront trail and the public beach.
“General clean up of brush along the shoreline and the installation of more benches with adjoining shade trees” was recommended for the waterfront trail.
The Iroquois beach recommendations included: “clean up of adjoining ditches including removal of hazardous timber bridge; refreshment of sand on the western portion of the beach; drain opening in parking area and addition of parking dividers to restrain joyriding; install flower boxes recycled from the shopping mall; and initiate a water-weed removal program in the enclosed swimming area.”
Dan Summers, son of the late Jack Summers and his wife, Christine (Blok) and stepson of the late Art Martell, has achieved a very significant honour. He has been named one of Canada’s Outstanding Principals.
The announcement was made February 7, 2013, by the South Slave Divisional Education Council (SSDEC), where Summers is principal of Deninu School in the North West Territories.
He will travel to Toronto to receive the national award from The Learning Partnership at a formal ceremony.
A graduate of Timothy Christian Elementary School who also attended Seaway District High School in Iroquois, Summers completed high school, university and his teacher’s training in Alberta.
The SSDEC stated that “We believe that Principal Summers was selected for this award because of his excellent leadership in improving learning outcomes at Deninu School. Since his arrival in 2009, he has implemented a variety of research-based strategies for maximizing achievement…that have been a great success.”
The SSDEC also said that Summers has shown himself from the outset to be “up to the challenge,” an educational leader who “embraced high expectations with vigor. The improved Deninu School results have also contributed to the success of the region in its efforts to close the achievement gap between aboriginal and non-aboriginal students.”
Notified of his award selection, Summers commented that he felt that his success was the result of the “strengths of each of my staff and the all hands on deck attitudes. I have never once felt we are eight separate schools, DEAs and a Central Office. Rather, it’s always seemed to be to be one big effort.”
As a further indication of his educational achievements as both teacher and principal, Dan Summers and his entire Deninu staff were also awarded the NWT 2012 Premier’s Award of Excellence.