OSSTF/FEESO - Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation

OSSTF/FEESO - Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation

March 17, 2015 13:55 ET

CORRECTION FROM SOURCE: Tristan Gill, Academie Catholique Ange-Gabriel, Wins Provincial Education Award

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - March 17, 2015) -

This document corrects and replaces the press release that was sent on March 16, 2015. This year's theme should have read "Transforming character(s)….". The corrected version follows.

Editors note: There is one photo accompanying this press release.

Tristan Gill, a student at Académie catholique Ange-Gabriel in Brockville, is the recipient of the highest honour that the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF/FEESO) can bestow upon a student-the Student Achievement Award (in honour of Marion Drysdale).

Gill won the French category in the prose or poetry division of this prestigious award for his entry entitled, La transformation de tous. He was supported by his Special Education Assistant Pastel Andress.

"The judges were taken by the hopeful and encouraging sentiment of Tristan's writing as well as his unique approach to the assigned theme," said OSSTF/FEESO President Paul Elliott.

This is the 27th consecutive year in which the Federation has presented the Student Achievement Awards (formerly known as the Marion Drysdale Awards). This year each winning student was awarded with a cash prize of $1,000 and a framed certificate.

The awards were presented for poem or essay submissions in five prose/poetry categories:

  • intermediate grades 9-10 academic;
  • intermediate grades 9-10 applied/essential;
  • senior grades 11-12 university;
  • senior, grades 11-12 college/workplace;
  • French.

And for creative entries there are three categories:

  • intermediate visual art;
  • senior visual art; and
  • French or English video/audio/animation.

Entries are judged at four successive levels: school, district, regional and provincial. The competition is open to all Ontario public high school students. This year's theme was "Transforming character(s)…."

The contest is named after Marion Drysdale who died of cancer in 1983 just after retiring from the position of secretary to the general secretary of OSSTF/FEESO. Drysdale was noted for her keen interest in reading and history.

A booklet containing all the winning student submissions can be obtained on request from the OSSTF/FEESO provincial office. A professionally produced DVD about the students and their work is also available.

OSSTF/FEESO, founded in 1919, has 60,000 members across Ontario. They include public high school teachers, occasional teachers, educational assistants, continuing education teachers and instructors, early childhood educators, psychologists, secretaries, speech-language pathologists, social workers, plant support personnel, university support staff, and many others in education.

To view the image accompanying this press release, click on the following link: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/Gill1.jpg

Contact Information

  • Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation
    Randy Banderob
    Executive Assistant
    416.751.8300