New West education assistants recognized with inclusion awards

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A team of educational assistants at New Westminster Secondary School were recently recognized for their contributions to education.

Jenine Grass, Ann Negrin and Sarah Negrin, who work together at NWSS, were among six B.C. educators who were recently named as recipients of the 2019 National Inclusive Education Awards, which honour teachers, support staff and educational leaders who are doing amazing things to ensure that all students, especially those with special needs, are given full access to education and included in all aspects of school life. They received their awards at Inclusion B.C.’s annual conference.

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According to Inclusion BC, the trio’s advocacy for inclusion, and their compassion and dedication, are transforming the lives of the students at the school.

New West parent Laurie Scouten is very thankful for “extra hearts and voices” that make such a difference in her daughter’s education.
“It started with trust, a connection, a professionalism and a dedication,” she said in a press release.
 
The National Inclusive Education Awards are presented annually in partnership with Inclusive Education Canada to recognize individuals or groups nominated by their communities who initiate or support unique opportunities that enrich inclusive educational experiences. The local education assistants were recipients in the Inclusive Support category.

“Jenine Grass, Ann Negrin and Sarah Negrin make meaningful inclusion happen every day,” said a press release. “As educational assistants in the Foundations for Success Program at New Westminster Secondary School, they provide support and help students engage with school programs and with the larger community. Their advocacy and dedication have transformed the lives of the students and their school.

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