Hopewell teachers get OBE awards
Four Hopewell public school teachers have won awards for their contributions to the arts in the Ottawa Board of Education school system.
Marcelle Belanger, Marilyn Carter, Diane Croteau and Allison Woyiwada were chosen by the board’s advisory committee on the arts for “exemplary service to students under extremely difficult conditions,” said Hopewell principal Marg Dempster.
Some Hopewell classes had to be relocated to the Bronson Centre on Bronson Avenue in 1996-97 while the school was undergoing major renovations.
“Although this move caused tremendous upheaval, these teachers still maintained school arts programs, decorated the school, and organized many concerts,” Dempsey said.
She added that the hospitality of the Centretown community greatly facilitated the relocation, especially the nearby Boys and Girls Club.
The awards were presented at a recent meeting of the OBE trustees.
— John Leefe