I have often said, if I could land myself a paying career as a professional student, I would be one very happy girl! Although that is not likely to happen, getting recognized for my passion for parent engagement and learning did, and I am very honoured. The Always Learning Awards were initiated by Avon Maitland District School Board Trustees six years ago as a way of acknowledging members of the whole school community: staff, students, parents, volunteers and community members to honour those who make an outstanding contribution to the board and its schools.
I did not know the board had made a video (below). Suffice it to say, it was an emotional evening. I wish to thank and dedicate my award to all parents who continue to do all that they do, both at home and at school, to help make our children’s learning a better experience for all.
Tracy Bachellier, Community Volunteer at Hamlet Public School
“Tracy has been a longtime supporter of public education. At Hamlet Public School she was a member of School Council, the Chair for three years running and was always working to improve the lives of students. She also chaired the Stratford Regional School Council for two years and in so doing brought diverse councils together. She attended several conferences around Ontario to expand her understanding of the power of School Councils. She was a member the Parent Involvement Committee from its inception and led the group to their first Avon Maitland Ignite Parents event held at the Arden Park last year celebrating education in a variety of ways. Tracy was also an active member of the writing committee for “Involving Parents in the School: Tips for School Councils” which can now be found in schools throughout Ontario. Tracy was also an active community member during the Stratford Accommodation Review Committee Process. This is a mere sampling of the many ways that Tracy Bachellier has been involved in public education, but there is one commonality in all of the projects that Tracy has undertaken and that is to support parents so children thrive. For that reason Tracy has been selected as a recipient of an Always Learning Award.”