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Gander Collegiate honoured with 2018 Provincial Inclusion Award


‘This is our award’

GANDER, N.L. – Principal Greg Drover stood before the students of Gander Collegiate and raised the school’s new award with visible pride and honour.

At an assembly on Monday, June 11, the school was awarded the 2018 Provincial Inclusion Award for Newfoundland and Labrador.

Drover spoke before officially receiving the award, noting that he had only heard of the announcement five minutes before the assembly began. He was moved by the recognition.

“Every day I walk through the halls of this school and see what people call inclusion,” Drover said. “We go to drama class, and if you can’t perform you become a tree so everyone’s included. I see students having trouble tying their laces and other students bending over to give them a hand. I go to hockey and see a student score the first goal of their life and the stadium erupts.

“I had always heard of this award and always knew that Gander Collegiate should’ve been there. This is your award, this is our award.”

Pam Anstey, executive director of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association for Community Living, presented the award and inclusion flag.

Anstey says the school was chosen after Community Living heard praise from former teachers and she investigated the matter herself.

“Here inclusion is more than just some official policy implemented by the school. What I learned is that inclusion happens at Gander Collegiate because of the students,” Anstey said. “I must say, it was quite impressive to us.”

Of the 258 schools in the province, Gander Collegiate is only the eighth to receive the award.

Mayor Percy Farwell also attended the assembly and spoke before students and staff. As both mayor and a Collegiate alumni, Farwell was happy to hear the school received the recognition.

“The school has been very well known for its academic success, but being recognized for something like this speaks so much more,” Farwell said. “It speaks to the core of what our school is all about.”

kyle.greenham@ganderbeacon.ca
 

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