I just received a letter from the Ontario Public School Board Association congratulating me on being this year’s Fred L. Bartlett Memorial Award recipient. I was nominated for this prestigious award by Trustee, Lynette Geddes of the Avon Maitland District School Board. The Fred L. Bartlett Memorial Award is awarded annually to an active or retired member of the teaching profession celebrating his or her outstanding contribution to education throughout Ontario.
Presented annually since 1970, this award is given in memory of the late Fred L. Bartlett, an outstanding teacher and trustee in Ontario. In addition to the following academic accomplishments, Mr. Bartlett served for many years as a trustee on the Kingston Board of Education. He was also active at the provincial and national levels, serving as President of the Canadian School Trustees’ Association and the Ontario Urban and Rural School Trustees’ Association.
Born in Madoc, Ontario, Fred Bartlett was educated in Colborne and Toronto and taught English, History and Physical Education at Toronto’s Jarvis Collegiate. In 1947, after serving as the Director of Physical Education for the City of Toronto’s elementary and secondary schools and as Director of the Physical and Health Education branch of the Ontario Department of Education, Mr. Bartlett was named the first Director of the Queen’s University School of Physical and Health Education. (OPSBA, 2013)
The presentation of the award will be held locally at an upcoming board meeting, or function as arranged by the AMDSB. Award recipients will also be recognized on June 8th at OPSBA’s Annual General Meeting and Program.
I feel honoured to have been chosen as this year’s award recipient. I would like to sincerely thank Lynette Geddes for her continued support of my work with the dHL, and for nominating me for such a distinguished award. I am so very grateful.
Elementary Teacher, AMDSB
Founder of the Digital Human Library
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