Everyday Heroes: Mona Blaker, Anne Marie Alexander, Stephanie Harnden, Johanna Denley, and Glenna Francis

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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 Mona Blaker, Anne Marie Alexander, Stephanie Harnden, Johanna Denley, and Glenna Francis.

Mona Blaker

Mona Blaker Mona is an ASD Worker at St. Francis of Assisi. Mona was nominated by a colleague, who said:

There are many ways to describe Mona, funny, compassionate, calm, and strong. Mona is a loving member of our CASA team and demonstrates her love and compassion to the students within the program with her whole being. There are days when things seem overwhelming and Mona just finds the plus side of things and reminds others to do the same. There are so many examples of Mona doing great things at work but there are also so many of her also being the amazing mother , grandmother, Fur Mom to her family. Mona loves being out on the water and surrounded by nature and doing JEEP Girl things. I am grateful for the positive influence that Mona has brought to the students here at St. Francis and also grateful for her friendship.

Anne Marie Alexander

Anne Marie Alexander
Anne Marie is a RECE at St. Joseph CES Bowmanville. Anne Marie was nominated by a colleague, who said:

Anne Marie is always putting herself into the classroom and her students. She is constantly using her creativity and amazing smile to ensure her students feel safe, warm and welcome while having fun while they learn.

Anne Marie is dedicated, loves to connect classroom learning to authentic learning opportunities as well as outdoor learning and never hesitates to reach out to the community to get the best resources she can for her “kiddos”. She also demonstrates resiliency on a daily basis and is a wonderful model for all of our students.

Stephanie Harnden

Stephanie Harnden

Stephanie is a Learning Commons Specialist at St. Paul CES Peterborough. Stephanie was nominated by a colleague, who said:

Stephanie jumped into her roll as an LCS with so much excitement and drive, and that hasn’t wavered in her time with the Board. She shares her ideas and expertise with other LCS so that we can all succeed as a team. She talks about her students with so much love, and she’s always looking for activities and titles to help entertain and educate them. Steph helps run multiple clubs within her school; Reading Club, Student Council, Lego Club, Robotics, and Minecraft Club. She wants her space to have an open door policy (which is easy when the LC doesn’t have walls haha) and she wants every student to know they’re welcome and cared for in the Learning Commons.

Johanna Denley

Johanna Daley
Johanna is a SERT at St. Mary CES Campbellford. Johanna was nominated by a colleague, who said:

True heroes like to be hidden and lead quietly from behind the scenes. This is true of Mrs. Denley! She is constantly working behind the scenes to ensure that each and every student at our school achieves success. From guiding students in understanding the ever changing math scene to providing a safe space where students can come for a break when they need to recharge. Jo goes above and beyond for everyone. Many days she can been caught wearing multiple hats within our school and often takes on the responsibilities without blinking. She is a true team member dedicated to inspiring and leading our school team. Never one to shy away from a challenge, when a student has had a problem, Mrs. Denley will put on her “detective” hat and investigate to ensure that all voices are heard and a resolution is found. Her calm demeanour helps students and staff to take a moment and find the calm before proceeding to solve a problem. If a staff member needs help Mrs. Denley is the first to step up and offer support. From helping staff when they need an extra set of eyes to simply being a friend and sharing a laugh, she is a hero to many of us who watch her. Mrs. Denley we are so blessed to have you at St. Mary’s, your positive attitude, compassionate nature and amazing laugh, help all of us each day to find the sunshine.

Glenna Francis

Glenna Francis
Glenna is a SERT at St. John Paul II CES. Glenna was nominated by a colleague, who said:

Glenna is a perfect example of an Everyday Hero at St. John Paul. She has dedicated 30 plus years to teaching, with the majority of it spent in her passion of being a SERT. Glenna spends countless hours supporting students but also provides daily advice and expertise to her co-workers. She puts her heart and soul in designing individualized programs for students and implementing these programs. You will see Glenna hours after school completing paperwork that she did not do during the day because she dedicates her whole day supporting students. She expresses her passion in giving students the power of reading and sets high standards, allowing learners to strive to try the best that they can. Instilling the attitude to “Never give up” is also important to Glenna. Glenna does all this with a smile on her face. Glenna gives and plays such an important role to St. John Paul II.


We would like to thank Mona, Anne Marie, Stephanie, Johanna, and Glenna for their commitment to creating a culture of faith, hope and love to ensure equity and well-being at our board.