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Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows Educator Recognized with National Inclusive Education Award

Summary: 
Laurie Meston awarded National Inclusive Education Award for being a champion of inclusive education in the Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows school district.

Laurie Meston, Acting Superintendent in School District 42, Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows will be receiving a National Inclusive Education Award from the Canadian Association for Community Living and Inclusion BC. Mrs. Meston began her career with the district at a time when inclusion in the school system for students with special needs was a brand new model. In a variety of roles such as district consultant, vice principal, principal, Director of Student Support Services, Deputy and Acting Superintendent, Mrs. Meston has translated her belief, that all students must be supported to fully participate in all aspects of school life, into concrete policies and practices. For the past 30 years she has continuously demonstrated her enthusiasm to go above and beyond what is expected in order to ensure a welcoming and inclusive learning experience for all students by:

  • teaching demonstration lessons in classrooms, modeling adaptations and modifications of the curriculum, especially for students who challenge schools the most;
  • acting as a liaison between schools and homes when issues arose;
  • creating a district Inclusive Education Committee comprised of parents, educators, trustees, community members - one of the first in the province;
  • ensuring that all students participated in all school field trips, annual education trips, school events;
  • creating an atmosphere where community services and school services work together to support all students in their learning.

A colleague of Mrs. Mestons’s says, “Few educators live and breathe School District 42’s vision: ‘For every individual to feel valued and for all learners to reach their full potential’, in the manner of Laurie Meston. She pushes the envelope, thinking, striving for solutions that will see children have equitable access to learning and achievement.”

Mrs. Meston will receive the award at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre on June 12, 2014 at 8:30am as part of the Inclusion BC conference. Media are welcome to attend.

Contact:

Karen DeLong, Director of Community Development
604.777.9100 x. 530 (office)
kdelong@inclusionbc.org
 
Vanessa Elton-Smith, Communications Coordinator
604.777.9100 x. 503 (office)
veltonsmith@inclusionbc.org
 
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