Everyday Heroes: Amy Melanson, Iman Deal, and Kim Nickle
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 Amy Melanson, Iman Deal, and Kim Nickle.
|Amy is a teacher at St. Thomas Aquinas CSS. Amy was nominated by a colleague, who said:
“Mrs Melanson is an everyday hero to the students at this school. She gives freely of her time and talent every day. Most recently she took on the role of Director in our musical that was presented at the Flato Academy Theatre in Lindsay. She was not only directed over 35 cast members, stage hands, and crew, she choreographed, designed the set, painted, created costumes, directed the band as well as played in the band. Her thousands of hours of dedication to the students of this school goes above and beyond. I am very proud, as a colleague to work with her and watch how she interacts with her students every day.”
||Iman is the chaplaincy leader at Holy Trinity CSS. Iman was nominated by a colleague, who said:
“Iman Deal is a remarkable chaplaincy leader. She is professional, generous, faith-filled and very caring. She always operates with the well-being and success of others as the foundation for her decision-making and practice. She has a very honest and down to earth demeanor, and she maintains an excellent rapport with all members of the school community – it is impossible to not love Iman. She has a sincere interest in the people she serves and works selflessly to meet their needs. Iman tirelessly ministers to the Holy Trinity Community; she is a support for staff and students in crisis; she leads us in prayer; she coordinates supports for families dealing with food insecurity or financial hardship; she teaches students about the importance of caring for the marginalized by leading them in social justice initiatives, and she is a strong bridge between our school and the Parish. The beauty of Iman’s approach is she always does her work quietly, without judgement, and from a place of love. She focusses on possibilities rather than challenges – she is a glass half full person. It is challenging encapsulating such a wonderful person in so few words – we love her. I would confidently assert that Iman Deal is many ways an Every Day Hero.”
||Kim is a secretary at Good Shepherd CES. Kim was nominated by a colleague, who said:
“Whenever you think of Good Shepherd Catholic School, you likely think of Kim Nickle, our school secretary. She is organized, flexible, detail-oriented and able to solve the most complex of problems with ease. Kim loves her job and always makes sure everyone is always taken care of in the school community. She possesses a natural ability to build rapport and relationships with everyone she meets. As one staff member recalls, “I remember the first time Kim called me I was teaching in the classroom in June and her cheerful reassuring voice immediately brought me to ease. I continue to see daily that this was not just a once meeting but it was a true reflection of Kim as a person”. She models kindness, compassion and empathy as she serves the staff, students and school community. She works tirelessly all day to provide various types of support school wide, from helping colleagues with paperwork to ensuring all teeth lost over the school day make it home safely. We are very lucky to have such a thoughtful and hardworking person and friend on our team.”
We would like to thank Amy, Iman, and Kim for their commitment to creating a culture of faith, hope and love to ensure equity and well-being at our board.