Abbotsford, BC — Community involvement in the Abbotsford School District has been a long and valued tradition. Last year, the Board of Education established the annual Community Matters Award, to formally acknowledge the support of those community partners and personnel involved in our schools. Last spring, 11 nominations were received for the inaugural Community Matters Award, with the Abbotsford Rotary Club, Abbotsford Food Bank and the Kiwanis Clubs of Abbotsford and Clearbrook recognized for their efforts and support of students in the district.
The Community Matters Award recognizes community partners – organizations or individuals – who have exceeded their service mandate in making a significant contribution to students in the Abbotsford School District. The award is presented annually at a public meeting of the Board of Education.
“There is a tremendous legacy of community involvement in our schools,” acknowledges Board Chair Cindy Schafer. “Many organizations contribute resources and/or countless hours of volunteer service to enable our students to achieve success in school. This is exemplified by Abbotsford Rotary, Abbotsford FoodBank and the Kiwanis Clubs of Clearbrook and Abbotsford, our first recipients of the Community Matters Award.
“We are now asking for nominations for our next Community Matters Award. We are looking to the community to consider nominating those organizations they believe worthy of recognition,” says Chair Schafer.
For full criteria and nomination details, see the district website at www.sd34.bc.ca/board/CommunityMatters.
Nominators are asked to provide:
• Their name, email address and phone number
• Name of the nominee, and contact email and phone number
• A letter from the nominator outlining the reasons for the nomination
Previous nominees who are not award recipients may be re-nominated. Nominations can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or dropped off or mailed to the school district administration offices at 2790 Tims Street (behind city hall). Closing date for nominations is 4pm, Monday, January 18, 2016.
The Community Matters Award for 2016 is tentatively scheduled to be presented at the March 8th public meeting of the Board of Education.