Heather Friesen Awarded 2022 OISE CPL Award of Excellence
Heather Friesen, Head, Curriculum Innovation & Professional Learning, has been awarded the 2022 Continuing and Professional Learning (CPL) Award of Excellence from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) of the University of Toronto. This award was established to recognize an outstanding OISE CPL Sessional Facilitator who consistently demonstrates excellence in instructional practice and inspires the OISE CPL Community to engage in meaningful professional learning experiences.
Heather was nominated and selected by OISE Continuing and Professional Learning staff as a respected leader with a reputation for professional generosity, who readily extends professional expertise and education insights to create and advance the IB program at OISE Continuing & Professional Learning, and who serves as an inspirational leader in the IB community and is deeply committed to mentoring the leadership and practice of others.
The Award was announced during the CPL Virtual Fall Forum on Saturday, October 22, 2022. Heather received a plaque of recognition, which will be displayed in the OISE Continuing and Professional Learning Office, and a donation of $200 which will be directed to Indspire, an organization that provides bursaries and scholarships for Indigenous youth to access post-secondary learning opportunities.
Noting that the award recognizes how Heather uses her talents to inspire and build up others as teachers, Mona Malone, Chair of the Branksome Hall Board of Governors, remarked, “[This is a] wonderful honour and Branksome benefits greatly from Heather’s leadership.” Principal Karen Jurjevich also celebrated the news, stating the award is “well-deserved and the Branksome Hall community is very proud.”
Congratulations, Heather, on this wonderful recognition of your outstanding contributions as an educator, mentor and school leader.
We wish to acknowledge this land on which Branksome operates. For thousands of years, it has been the traditional land of the Huron-Wendat, the Seneca, and most recently, the Mississaugas of the Credit River. Today, this meeting place is still the home to many Indigenous peoples from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work and go to school on this land.