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Ontario Recognizes Safe and Accepting School in Markham-Unionville

Province Celebrating Schools that Create Positive Environments

MPP Michael Chan is delighted to announce that Ontario is recognizing the students, teachers, principals, parents/guardians and other community members at Aldergrove Public School for working together to foster a positive school environment that supports student achievement and well-being.

Each member of Aldergrove’s Safe and Accepting Schools Team is receiving a Premier’s Award for Accepting Schools. The annual award recognizes teams across the province that demonstrated leadership and innovation to promote and maintain a safe and accepting school environment last year.

“I’m very proud of the work of Aldergrove P.S.’s Safe and Accepting Schools Team to promote a positive school environment for students here in Markham-Unionville. It is the efforts of such dedicated teams that help to make this such a wonderful community.”
— Michael Chan, M.P.P., Markham-Unionville

“We see our school as the hub of our community. We continue to work to make our school an inclusive and caring space for all of our students and families based on the principles of social justice and equity. We are working to create the kind of Canada and world that we want by inspiring critically reflective, dynamic and compassionate citizens to lead us into the future.”
— Principal Jeevan Chanicka, Aldergrove P.S.

Aldergrove P.S.’s team received an award for recognizing how essential their culturally diverse student and family populations is to promoting a positive school climate. By inviting students and community partners to become more involved in efforts to improve school life, the safe and accepting schools team found it easy to organize various activities.

Team members include:

  • Dev Parekh – Student
  • Reedah Hayder - Student
  • Jeewan Chanicka – Principal
  • Wendy Wright – Teacher
  • Sripriya Rajan – Community Partner
  • Nasir Safi - Parent
  • James Dark – Non-Teaching Staff Member

Supporting safe and accepting school environments is part of the government's plan to build Ontario up. The four-part plan includes investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.

“Congratulations to all of the recipients of the Premier’s Awards for Accepting Schools for creating positive and inclusive school environments. We know how important safe and accepting environments are to help students reach their full potential.”
— Liz Sandals, Minister of Education


  • Every school in Ontario is required to have a Safe and Accepting Schools Team.
  • Since 2004, the government has invested more than $490 million to support school boards and communities to create safe and inclusive schools by funding programs such as bullying prevention and intervention programs as well as adding staff to schools including child and youth workers, social workers and psychologists. In 2015-16, Ontario will invest an additional projected $65 million to create safe and inclusive schools.
  • Promoting well-being is a key goal of Ontario’s renewed vision for education.


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