Everyday Heroes: Dennis Girard, Aimee Sleep, Kayla Laviolette, Lisa Heitzner

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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 Dennis Girard, Aimee Sleep, Kayla Laviolette, Lisa Heitzner.

Dennis Girard

Dennis Girard Dennis is the Head Custodian at St. Peter CSS. Dennis was nominated by a colleague, who said:

Dennis is incredibly hard working. There is not a moment in the day where he is not working away at some sort of task. From fixing lights, to sweeping floors, mopping hallways to cleaning touch points and surfaces. He is always willing to help with any job and when you message him or ask for help he’s at your door 5 minutes later ready to solve any problem. He has a great sense of humour and brings joy to the building. Dennis sets a great example of compassion, kindness and optimism to students and staff alike! Thank you for all you do, it does not go unnoticed!”

Aimee Sleep

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Aimee is an EA at St. Dominic CES. Aimee was nominated by a colleague, who said:

“Aimee is the above and beyond kind of person. She is a quick thinker and a major problem solver. She would give students she works with the shirt off of her back if they needed it just to help in their difficult moments. She cares deeply about students, staff, and the community in Lindsay and often goes unrecognized for her extreme efforts in making the days of special needs students go a little smoother and the staff that work with and around them.”

Kayla Laviolette

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Kayla is an ASD Worker at Holy Family CES. Kayla was nominated by a colleague, who said:

“Close your eyes. Picture this. It is Mid-February, snow is blowing. Kids have the zoomies. Christmas seems so far in the past. March break, so far in the future. But, you look up and see Ms. Laviolette, coming into the school with a smile on her face, ready to seize the day.Ms. Laviolette goes above and beyond for our students. Not only does she care for, teach, support and plan for our students with Autism, but she is always one of the first to go anywhere where extra support is needed. Ms. Laviolette takes time and puts effort into building meaningful relationships with all our students and ensures she finds their niche so she can support them the best they can. I have heard a lot of students say Ms. Laviolette is their favourite and I’m sure you can see why!”

Lisa Heitzner

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Lisa is a vice principal at St. Joseph CES Bowmanville. Lisa was nominated by a colleague, who said:

“This person remains happy, helpful to everyone, brings people up when they have a challenging day and is a model of resiliency on a daily basis. Her sense of humor, care and dedication to our students and school community are exemplary.”



We would like to thank Dennis, Aimee, Kayla, and Lisa for their commitment to creating a culture of faith, hope and love to ensure equity and well-being at our board.