From Soroptimist International of Central Alberta
‘Bullying Ends Here’ is a one hour presentation for youth or adults and aimed at all forms of bullying including cyberbullying. ‘Bullying Ends Here’ is requested around the world for its award winning presentation and proven results to not only change lives, but save them!
In Tad’s words, “I have been requested to speak to schools all around the world. I will go anywhere, at anytime, to spread this important message. “ 900,000 reached, 50,000+ emails received, 51 lives saved, 940 presentations.
In January, Tad was recently awarded the Order of Merit of the Police Forces by the Governor General of Canada. We are encouraging educators, teachers, counsellors and more to attend and hear him first hand, and hopefully have him speak at their school in Central Alberta. Women and men are welcome and we hope they will purchase their tickets today, to celebrate International Women’s Day, watch some amazing women win our awards, and hear a fabulous speaker.
Check out Tad’s TEDx presentation… It’s an incredibly compelling story of survival.
Lacombe Teacher Receives Prime Minister’s Award
Government of Canada News Release
Steven Schultz, a Grades 10 – 12 Mechatronics-Robotics teacher at École Secondaire Lacombe Composite High School has been awarded a Prime Minister’s Award, Certificate of Excellence.
Mr. Schultz will be celebrated at an awards ceremony with the Prime Minister on May 28 in Ottawa.
The Prime Minister’s Awards for Teaching Excellence honour outstanding and innovative elementary and secondary school teachers in all disciplines. Recipients are recognized for their leadership and exemplary teaching practices as well as for their commitment to help the next generation of Canadians gain the knowledge and skills they need for future success in a world inspired by ideas and driven by innovation.
From robotics to beekeeping, Mr. Schultz shares his wide-ranging passions with students and engages them through hands-on projects and activities that have inspired a surge of interest in STEM fields in central Alberta.
The Prime Minister’s Awards, offered at the Certificate of Excellence (national) and Certificate of Achievement (regional) levels, carry cash prizes of $5,000 and $1,000 respectively. Each recipient receives a letter and a certificate signed by the Prime Minister.
Certificate of Excellence Recipient
General Science, Chemistry, Electro-Technology, Agriculture, Green Certificate
Beekeeping, Mechatronics-Robotics, grades 10–12
École Secondaire Lacombe Composite High School, Lacombe, Alberta
“Steve is helping to shape Lacombe one child at a time. His energy and drive are matched only by his sincere commitment to helping his students.”
— President, community environmental association
Steven Schultz started a robotics program 15 years ago, that has since involved hundreds of students at 10 schools. He shares his project-based approach, and STEM and robotics activities, with teachers and students in schools and orphanages around the world.
A great listener, Steven finds the positive in any situation, encouraging students, regardless of ability, race or gender, to pursue their passions and strengths. Inspired by multiple intelligences theory, he uses project-based learning strategies to help students gain confidence and improve performance.
In the classroom
- Goes beyond the curriculum with EcoVision environmental projects—building a tropical greenhouse, establishing a two-acre garden and launching a composting program—that allow students to develop leadership, communication and innovation skills not possible in the classroom.
- Pioneered a robotics team for young people to learn programming, design, mechanics and electronics skills; has led to considerable interest in STEM subjects in central Alberta.
- Integrates technology to enhance teaching and learning: computer-assisted instruction supplements classroom time in electro-technology and robotics course; Netflix and YouTube videos sustain beekeeping course over the winter, when students can’t access the hives.
- Leads international trips to extend learning: students learned about recycling, biodiversity and Indigenous culture in Costa Rica, and developed lesson plans in Kenya.
- Secured partnerships with a college leading to mechatronics and robotics program for high school students, and another college to develop the first-of-its-kind high school Green Certificate beekeeping program; students then launched the urban beekeeping program with municipality.
- Has been part of Science 30 curriculum development team for Alberta Education for 25 years, developing and testing innovative diploma exam questions, and reviewing and marking exams.
- Classes are continually above provincial averages; less than one percent of students have failed his courses over 25 years, including diploma-level courses in chemistry and science.
- School named Canada’s Greenest School in 2018 (tied for first); robotics team regularly earns spot in world championships; Steven named 2018 Citizen of the Year by local chamber of commerce.
Charcoal grills restricted within all Sylvan Lake Town Parks
If you’re planning on heading to Sylvan Lake for the May long weekend, take note:
Charcoal grills (barbecues), are now banned from all Town of Sylvan Lake parks and green spaces. In particular, the restriction impacts lakefront parks.
“We understand picnicking and barbecuing is a popular activity when visiting Sylvan Lake; however, the growing presence of charcoal grills creates both operationalchallenges, and potential safety concerns.” – Lee Furlotte, Parks Manager
Improper disposal of charcoal briquettes results in a greater risk of fire, personal injury, and damage to park infrastructure and vegetation. With a new ban on charcoal grills, the Town of Sylvan Lake is better able to provide a safe and enjoyable outdoor space for everyone.
At this time, the Town of Sylvan Lake is working on an update to the existing Fire Bylaw, and intends to focus on educating visitors and users to Sylvan Lake parks of the new regulations throughout the 2019 spring/summer season.
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