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Three Staff Standouts

There are a million ways to measure the impact educators and staff members have on students: those moments a student lights up in the midst of a lesson, the safety they show when they talk to a trusted adult, or perhaps a new skill they feel empowered to learn.

Awards and community recognition is another.

And while we could create a very long list of people we feel are deserving of awards around here, we wanted to feature three members of our community who have been recognized this year for all they’re doing.


Jenny Chang – NWSS Librarian

Jenny Chang took on an important role at NWSS over the last two years: transitioning a long-standing catalogue of books and learning tools from the old school, and setting up the brand new Learning Commons space at the beautiful new secondary school.

This year Jenny was named the BC New Teacher-Librarian of the Year, as awarded by the BC Teacher-Librarians’ Association.

And, as she’s currently steering an update to some of the online tools the library is using, we know there’s lots to come from her as we look forward!


Jessica Lambert – Educational Assistant at Skwo:wech Elementary

The difference Jessica is making in the lives of her students and peers got a very public nod this year. Jessica was nominated for her leadership and contributions to the school through CTV’s “Community Coffee Break” segment … winning the staff at the school a lovely addition to the staff room, and having a short moment on screen as she accepted the honour and prizes.

You can watch that moment here: https://bc.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=2380171

We love seeing people like Jessica be recognized for the hard work and care she puts into her school community.


Tina Smith – Youth Care Worker at Glenbrook Middle School

Tina Smith’s contributions to her students and school community were recognized at the New West Youth Services’ Youth Awards this year, under the “Adult Ally” category.

She works hard to support students in those pivotal and transitional middle school years, and we know she’s a valued member of the Glenbrook Middle School community and of our district!

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