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Congratulations to Crimestoppers Winners


TCDSB congratulates Loretto Abbey student Amiya Reis for winning a Crimestopper Student of the Year Award. The award ceremony is being held on May 9th.


Amiya is an excellent role model and displays good leadership qualities. The grade 12 student is involved in the Safe School’s Ambassadors Program, and previously member of student council. She has helped many students with problem solving skills and makes students feel welcome. She makes sure that grade 9 students are having a safe and easy transition into their new school. Her friendly approach and advice helps the new students feel at ease. She is very respectful, thoughtful, sensitive, considerate and an extremely hardworking student who follows every rule with no problems.


During the school’s bullying awareness week she organized bullying awareness assemblies and virtue of the month activities. Her daily announcements over the P A consisted of facts and solutions to raise awareness on how students can get help if they are bullied.


She also helped raise funds for Sick Kids Hospital and many other charities.  Amiya is a given student and she has accumulated over 200 hours of community service, including volunteering with St. Francis table, which provides meals to single parents, refugees, the unemployed, transients, ex-convicts and people living in our city’s streets, parks and alleys. During the Halloween for Hunger campaign she with other students helped organize non-perishable food items which were donated to the North York Harvest food bank for the less fortunate. She is a member of Abbey’s leadership group where she makes sure everyone is safe in this school community.


The Crimestoppers School of the Year is being presented to St. Marcellus Catholic School. The school is being recognized for the many initiatives in place that nurture a safe and welcoming learning environment with the current focus on internet safety and cyberbulling. In addition to holding presentations for students, the school worked to raise awareness within the parent community as well. The Catholic School Parent Council identified Cyber Bullying and Internet Safety as an area of need, and as a result, with the support of a Parent Reaching Out (PRO) Grant, Martin Douglas was invited as a keynote speaker at the school’s Cyber Bullying Parent Engagement Evening.  In preparation for the parent evening, students participated in creating a template for a mug which reflected Internet Safety, Cyber Bullying, Social Media and creating a Safe and Caring school.  This exercise allowed for all students to learn more about being kind to one another both online and in each other’s presence.  The one that was chosen became the design for the mug that was the takeaway for parents who attended the evening event.  In addition to this, we combined the anti-cyberbullying with our Bell Let’s Talk Mental Health Strategy. Students were all invited to make speech bubbles that were later posted throughout the school, along with their mug designs depicting powerful messages of online safety, inclusion, kindness, encouragement and love.


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