Leadership Recognition

“Leadership in the OCDSB is the demonstration of personal initiative to achieve a positive outcome.”


Hilson students have numerous leadership opportunities such as Hilson Ambassadors, kindergarten helpers, Lunch helpers, Milk Monitors, Reading Buddies and through our sports teams and clubs.. As Hilson Ambassadors, student volunteers choose from a variety of leadership opportunities such as preparing and saying morning announcements,  organizing spirit days, giving school tours, and welcoming parents and visitors during school events. Our students also have the opportunity to participate in all board-wide sports programs – cross country, soccer, bordenball, basketball, volleyball and track and field.   We acknowledge student contributions in our classrooms, school announcements, our principal’s report to school council, and school leaving awards ceremony. We recognize student leadership by incorporating their suggestions into our planning. When students propose or create various leadership opportunities for themselves, we attempt to support their ideas and initiatives.


Our staff members have a wealth of professional qualifications including Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Arts, Fine Arts, Administration, as well as additional qualifications in Special Education, English as a Second Language, French, Visual Arts, Guidance, Reading and Computers in Education. They have actively participated in numerous Board-wide professional development activities in literacy and numeracy, and we recognize their initiative by providing and supporting opportunities for further professional growth. We also recognize staff leadership via personal interactions with one another, letters of thanks, school announcements, school newsletters, assemblies, performance appraisals, and our monthly principal’s report to school council.

All Hilson staff members are dedicated to making major contributions to student development in many various areas. Many leadership examples are visible during class time or at recesses. Students are supported in their initiatives by Teachers, Educational Assistants, Early Childhood Educators, Office and Custodial staff when applicable. Students are also very well served by our extended support team which include a group of very caring professionals such as our Speech and Language Pathologist, Social Worker, Psychologist, Therapists and Consultants. All of the Hilson staff work collaboratively to foster a real sense of acceptance, belonging and community for all of our students and their families.


Last year volunteers contributed hundreds of hours of support for the benefit of students in our school. Our dedicated school council meets monthly and contributed $12,000 in support of student and staff related activities and resources such as: Arts presentations, transportation to events, books for the resource room and library, sports equipment and student agendas. As invaluable partners, we thank our parents, guardians and volunteers on an on-going basis, and look for opportunities to acknowledge them such as school announcements, the principal’s report to school council, school newsletters, and the annual volunteer appreciation event.


For more than 30 years Hilson and the Children’s Centre have combined services in an effort to meet the needs of young families and children in our community. The local Starbucks on Richmond Road has adopted our school through their Make a Mark Program. Every winter, our students enjoy skating at Iona Park. Thanks to the many community volunteers who help make this possible. We recognize our community partners through school announcements and signage, school newsletters, monthly assemblies, local newspaper, principal’s report to school council, and thank you cards. We value their commitment to improving student learning and we hope to be able to reach out further in our community. We appreciate our partners’ support in education.


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