Everyday Heroes: Anita Shantz, Michelle Collins, Kim Glassford, Doug Cartwright, Naomi McCarthy

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We are honoured to present this week’s Everyday Heroes for the 2022/23 school year.

Every week we celebrate PVNC staff members who have been recognized by a parent, student or colleague as an Everyday Hero. Every school and every department in our Board has an Everyday Hero who expresses their kindness, courage and love through simple, ordinary actions that uplift the lives of the people around them and the students we serve. An Everyday Hero is a caring adult, an empathetic colleague, somebody who simply makes going to work each day worthwhile.

This week we are celebrating Anita Shantz, Michelle Collins, Kim Glassford, Doug Cartwright, Naomi McCarthy.

Anita Shantz

Anita Shantz Anita is a student monitor at St. Francis of Assisi. Anita was nominated by a colleague, who said:

“Anita Shantz is an overtime hero in our St. Francis CES community where she is both a dedicated parent volunteer and an inspirational student monitor. She arrives at school BY 7 am EACH DAY to run our school’s Nutrition program. This entails preparing and distributing healthy snacks for each class before the staff and students arrive. Anita spends much of her limited spare time shopping for food needed for the program. It takes a great deal of time and effort to purchase and prepare daily snacks for 515 students. Our students benefit greatly from always having a delicious variety of healthy snack within reach. These reasons alone would be enough to nominate Anita. But that’s not all! After volunteering an hour of time before school each day, she then switches to the role of Student Monitor in a St. Francis junior class. Anita works tirelessly to provide the support needed for several students so that they may enjoy successful days at school. She has done a wonderful job mentoring many students in this class and countless others encountered through her yard supervision times. There is no doubt that Anita’s role as a Student Monitor is challenging but she does all of her work with a joyful smile and an obvious sense of purpose. Anita Shantz works tirelessly to serve our community and we hope she knows how much she is appreciated.

Michellle Collins

Michelle Collins
Michelle is an EA at Monsignor o’Donoghue CES. Michelle was nominated by a colleague, who said:

“Michelle is an outstanding Educational Assistant. She works tirelessly to ensure success for the students she serves. She is a leader and uses her voice to advocate on behalf of students and colleagues while demonstrating a strong example. She has used her experience to mentor new Educational Assistants and new staff members at the school. She cares deeply for the students that she serves on a day to day basis.

Kim Glassford

Kim Glassford
Kim is an EA at Holy Family CES. Kim was nominated by a colleague, who said:

“We have been blessed this year to work with Kim in our Kindergarten classroom. We wanted to recognize Kim for her incredible dedication and for the amazing job she does with the students she works with. Kim goes above and beyond to provide enriching and developmentally appropriate activities for each child she works with. You can clearly see that she cares for her students and makes sure they know how much she enjoys working with them. Kim spends her own time creating activities for the students she works with and is constantly thinking of ways to help her students as well as other students in our class. When Kim is not working with her student, she will jump right in and help other children who need assistance without being asked, she just seems to know where and when she is needed and takes the initiative. Kim is an invaluable part of our little Kindergarten team, she is reliable, dependable and ambitious!! Thank You Kim for all you do! Love, Julia and Sue

Doug Cartwright

Doug Cartwright
Doug is a custodian at St. Paul Lakefield. Doug was nominated by a colleague, who said:

“I would like to nominate Doug as he is always going over and beyond what is expected of him. Our school is always spotless and safe. He ensures the walkways are cleared and he will message the staff if the roads are icy on the way to work. He will even assist in helping students and step in if he is needed. He always has a smile on his face and a joke to lighten the mood. He will look for any way to repair things around the school and never complains about any task. It was such a blessing that he came to our school.

Naomi McCarthy

Naomi Mccarthy
Naomi is an EA at Good Shepherd CES. Naomi was nominated by a colleague, who said:

“Naomi is a pleasure to work with, she comes to work always ready, willing and able to help her co-workers as well as support any student in need. She develops a meaningful connection with all who meet her, whether they are students, faculty or even outside agencies coming to visit. Naomi shares her knowledge and experiences with staff to help guide them in any situation that might arise. Naomi’s sense of dedication to our students and the school community is exemplary. We at Good Shepherd are truly blessed to have her on our team.


We would like to thank Anita, Michelle, Kim, Doug, and Naomi for their commitment to creating a culture of faith, hope and love to ensure equity and well-being at our board.