2021-2022 OCDSB Employee Recognition Awards

2021-2022 OCDSB Employee Recognition Awards: Richard Latour and Nyk Morrigan
Posted on 06/13/2022

The Director’s Citation Award and Employee Recognition Awards are an annual opportunity to appreciate and celebrate the work of OCDSB staff, and the positive impact they have had on students, colleagues, and families across the District.

We are pleased to share that two staff members from our school community have been recognized this year.
Congratulations to Richard Latour, Principal, for receiving the 2021-2022 Director’s Citation Award, and to Nyk Morrigan, Educational Assistant, on being recognized with the 2021-2022 Excellence in Equity Award!

 

As Principal of Dunning-Foubert Elementary School, Richard Latour excels at building relationships, fostering understanding, and remaining committed to the needs of staff, students, and families. Dunning-Foubert receives many students in care from local group homes, and building trust and collaboration with them has been a priority of Richard’s since the very beginning. His dedication and compassionate work allows vulnerable students to have a voice, be heard, and feel cared for. Richard has had a very positive impact on the lives of many children, lifting them up and going out of his way to make them feel safe and supported. Richard has not only demonstrated the importance of building relationships with students in care, but has also transformed the school into a central hub in the community. Richard knows most of the school’s 500+ students by name, along with the names of their siblings, parents, and caregivers. Every day he models the impact positive relationships can have, approaching each challenge with a team-oriented mindset and working in collaboration with educators, parents, guardians and other school-based professionals. He believes not just in supporting the community, but in building community. Students and families alike appreciate Richard’s warm and caring nature!

 

Nyk Morrigan works tirelessly to create a Culture of Caring at school, across the OCDSB, and within the extended community. Nyk’s biggest priority is to ensure students have a sense of belonging, and that they feel safe and supported. Every Wednesday evening, Nyk facilitates Gender Joy, a Google Meet drop-in for Trans/Gender Diverse students. In this space, students can speak freely and openly about the issues they face and the things that are on their minds. Nyk also operates Dunning-Foubert’s Rainbow Room, running weekly drop-ins for students who are part of the 2SLGBTQIA(+) community. This space promotes an inclusive culture where students can explore work from Queer Indigenous artists, 2SLGBTQIA(+) authors, musicians, and other artists, while also showcasing and expressing their own identities. Nyk is also incredibly supportive of students with special needs, those who are vulnerable, and those facing mental health challenges. Nyk collaborates extremely well with colleagues and provides a safe space for educators to develop their understanding of the 2SLGBTQIA(+) community, and the diverse needs of students in our schools. Every single day, Nyk makes a tremendous difference by promoting a safe and caring environment for all!

 

To learn more about the awards and the other recipients, visit the OCDSB website.
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