Local parent receives Parent of Distinction award
Thursday, May 30, 2013 11:33 am
A longtime school council volunteer, Phyllis McCallum-Hunter, was recently honoured with the Parent of Distinction award from the Alberta School Councils’ Association (ASCA).
The award recognizes individuals who demonstrate the ability to promote parental involvement in the public education system, according to the ASCA website.
The site goes on to describe the winners as, “truly exceptional in their dedication and initiative, this individual is a dynamic leader who creates a welcoming and inclusive environment for all partners in education.”
“It was totally unexpected,” McCallum-Hunter said.
“It’s not just me, it’s all the parents,” she added.
Bert Church principal Pam Davidson nominated McCallum-Hunter, who has been the chair for the Bert Church High School Council for the last two years.
“Phyllis is a doer and she makes things happen,” Davidson said.
In her nomination letter, Davidson said McCallum-Hunter, “is an invested parent whose commitment to her children’s school and the city of Airdrie has had a profound and positive impact on our learning community.”
The Parent of Distinction winner has been involved in school councils for all three of her children and at all levels, elementary, middle and high school.
Davidson said she has agreed to remain on the Bert Church School council as a community representative for next year, even though her youngest child is graduating this year.
“Phyllis truly wants our school to be the centre of the community and she pours her heart into her work to help us make it so,” Davidson wrote to ASCA.
“It’s just important for me to get to know people and for them to get to know me so I can share my knowledge,” McCallum-Hunter said of staying on the school council.
“It’s just being a community member.”
McCallum-Hunter was recognized at Bert Church School on May 29, in a school recognition assembly.