(Pictured, Top row: Trevor Boyd, Emily Reilly, Culturally Responsive Mentor/Coaches; Nevin Jackson, Coordinator of Diversity. Seated: Claudette Lanteigne, Administrative Assistant; Patsy Paul-Martin, Facilitator of First Nations)
The Chignecto-Central Regional Centre for Education believes that everyone has the right to be treated with respect and dignity, and to learn, teach, and work in a setting free from persecution and prejudice. For this reason, our region was among the first in Nova Scotia to hire staff in the area of Race Relations, Cross Cultural Understanding, and Human Rights.
Our Diversity Team consists of Nevin Jackson, Coordinator of Diversity, Patsy Paul-Martin, Facilitator of First Nations, Trevor Boyd and Emily Reilly, Culturally Responsive Mentor/Coaches, work with our students and staff to promote tolerance and understanding of diversity and multiculturalism.
The primary roles and responsibilities are directly connected to supporting our region in areas associated with race relations, cross-cultural understanding and human rights. Although a broad spectrum, each team member works diligently to enhance the various relationships that exist within our large and diverse region and the communities that we serve.
Active in 15 of our schools, our eight African-Nova Scotian Student Support Workers with the Coordinator of Diversity provide ANS learners from elementary through to high school, with classroom, other academic, social and home liaison supports. As well,Student Support Workers spend time helping to facilitate learning and understanding for elementary students, and aiding middle and senior students with things like course selection, career exploration and secondary schooling choices. Often Student Support Workers extend their work well beyond the walls of the classroom, offering advice and support regarding relationship and cultural identity issues, and attending extracurricular activities and community events.
Our First Nations students receive support from of our Facilitator of First Nations and a Home/School Liaison Support Worker. Based at Hants East Rural High, the Support Worker helps to bridge the achievement gap between the high school and the local First Nations Community. The Support Worker focuses on finding appropriate resources for the 80-100 students he supports in the areas of academics, social needs and work habits. He also works to educate the entire school population about issues of culture and diversity, providing learning materials for teachers and bringing First Nations guest speakers to the school to share their knowledge. Our Facilitator of First Nations brings the broader concept of social justice to schools across our board. The Facilitator provides and supports the inclusion of First Nations content and themes throughout the curriculum, at all grade levels and provides direct service to the schools in our region with the majority of First Nations students.
CCRCE would like to acknowledge and thank the band councils in our region for the continued support they offer First Nations students through in-school First Nations Support Workers.
- Coordinator of Diversity
- Facilitator of First Nations
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