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St. Michael’s (Pincher Creek) Teacher Recipient of National French Immersion Award - Oct 23,2014

Holy Spirit Catholic School Division is pleased to announce that Dominique Plouffe-Chandler, a teacher at St. Michael's School in Pincher Creek, has been selected as the 2014 recipient of the Prix d'Excellence André Obadia, presented by the Canadian Association for Immersion Teachers. This national award recognizes one Canadian teacher for excellence in immersion teaching.

"Dominique epitomizes French immersion teaching and is a gift to our program in St. Michael's," states Chris Smeaton, Superintendent of Schools.  Division French Language Consultant, Wendy Urquhart, adds, "Many of us, students and fellow teachers alike, have been inspired by Dominique's passion for French."

St. Michael's School is also very proud of Madame Plouffe-Chandler.  As Principal Don Kuchison explains, "Dominique is a very deserving recipient of this award.  She has always placed the academic success of her students at the forefront of her teaching practice.  Everyone in our learning community shares in her joy as recipient of this award."

Madame Plouffe-Chandler notes that she is greatly honoured to have been selected as the recipient of the award, "It is a reflection of the passion for French Immersion that has existed at St. Michael School, Pincher Creek for the past 32 years." Dominique also adds, "I would like to commend the hard work of our students, the dedication of their parents, the ongoing support of Mr. Kuchison, our principal, and the generosity of the Pincher Creek community at large who have in been immensely supportive of our program. I feel truly blessed to share my passion for teaching and promoting French language and culture, alongside such extraordinary partners. Merci de tout coeur!"

Madame Dominique will be honoured at the upcoming Canadian Association for Immersion Teachers Conference, which will be held from October 23-25, 2014, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Please join the Holy Spirit Catholic School Division in congratulating Madame Dominique for being selected as the recipient of the, Prix d'Excellence André Obadia.


For more information about this press release, please contact:

Chris Smeaton, Superintendent
St. Basil Catholic Education Centre
Phone: (403) 327-9555


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