Parent Advocate and Principal Awarded for their Contributions to Public Education

Tonight at a ceremony at the Toronto Sheraton Centre Hotel, the Ontario Principals’ Council (OPC) will honour two individuals for their ongoing support and dedication to public education in
Annie Kidder will receive the OPC Outstanding Contribution to Education Award, while Doug Acton will receive the Honorary Life Membership Award.
The Honorary Life Membership is awarded to those who have provided exemplary service by advancing or upholding the purpose of the OPC. Doug Acton has been a member of the OPC since its establishment in 1998. He served on the Provincial Council and the Executive, and was the President in 2004-05. Doug was instrumental in partnering with Ontario’s Lieutenant Governor in establishing the twinning initiative, which has linked over 100 public schools
in Ontario with 100 aboriginal schools. Public schools involved in the program have established pen pals, provided books and learning materials and set up aboriginal awareness weeks to educate their students about the aboriginal culture and its people.
The OPC Outstanding Contribution to Education Award will be bestowed upon Annie Kidder. Annie is the Executive Director of People for Education, a parent advocate group working to preserve publicly-funded education in Ontario. Its yearly school surveys track the effects of funding and policy changes on the education system, and have been instrumental in providing
timely, comprehensive data on the state of Ontario schools. The award emphasizes the increasingly important partnership between school leaders and parents as we continue to advance student achievement.
“Principals, vice-principals and students throughout Ontario have benefited from the outstanding leadership that these two individuals have provided,” said Ian McFarlane, President of the Ontario Principals’ Council.
“We are honoured to grant these awards tonight, and thank Doug and Annie for their contribution to public education in Ontario.”