CANADA'S IT COMMUNITY RECOGNIZES ITS CANADIAN IT HEROES
For Immediate Release
Toronto, May 25, 2001 - As
part of Canada's IT Week celebrations, the Information Technology Association
of Canada (ITAC), in conjunction with Industry Canada, created the Community IT Hero
Award to recognize individuals who have assisted their communities in a
significant way through the use or application of information technology
This awards program had the
grassroots objective of getting communities involved in IT Week, by
identifying and selecting heroes who have made a significant difference in
the lives of people in their communities. The selection committee consisted
of people from communities all across Canada.
Award recipients range from
teachers and students to businesses and community volunteers. All have
contributed countless hours, expertise, knowledge and dedication, in
promoting the use of IT. Here follows a list of Canada's IT Heroes:
Innovatia Inc. - Saint
John, New Brunswick
For innovation, creating
development opportunities, employment and access for the Greater Saint John
community via the Living Lab.
Jim Haywood - Principal,
Inglis Street Elementary School, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Jim is recognized for
setting up a website for the school, promoting interaction between parents
and students and upgrading the school's technology.
John Ehinger - Teacher,
Agassiz Adult Education Centre, Beausejour, Manitoba
Teacher, mentor, computer
lab administrator, community activist, technology trainer.
Knowledge Industry Task
Force (KITF) - Fredericton, New Brunswick
An important industry
organization in New Brunswick. KITF has been effective in increasing the
profile of the Greater Fredericton area with an enviable reputation as a key
IT cluster or technology boomtown. Attracting business and investment into
the community has been a major achievement.
Lloyd Roche - Computer
consultant, Evergreen School Division, Gimli, Manitoba
The main driver of increased
technology and better infrastructure at Evergreen School Division; recipient
of the Prime Minister's award and one from Nortel for his innovative work.
Mary Graham - Librarian,
Hapnot Collegiate, Flin Flon, Manitoba
For her services to children
and young adults and the Hapnot Collegiate web magazine "Error in
Linda Cobham - Teacher, M
Gerald Teed Elementary School, Saint John, New Brunswick
For nearly 20 years, Linda
has integrated technology in her teaching and actively helped other teachers
to do the same.
Merv Tullock - Teacher/
IT Coordinator, Rankin Inlet, Nunavut
Teacher, mentor, volunteer
of time and knowledge in encouraging the integration of IT in the classroom.
Mike Cummings -Teacher,
Grade 6 Inglis Street Elementary School, Halifax, Nova Scotia
For promoting technology and
its application in the classroom.
Mike Kusyk - Teacher, Dr.
F.W.L Hamilton School, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Developed and expanded the
school's website to incorporate better, interactive learning. Projects such
as the Spaghetti Bridge Contests were supported by IT tools educating on
bridge strength and construction, making for fun, interactive learning
NB Easter Seals March of
Dimes - Fredericton, New Brunswick
Delivery agent for the
program called Volnet, which puts technology, tech training and Internet use
in the hands of volunteer agencies throughout the province.
Norman Lee - Volunteer,
Aboriginal Community Cyber Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba
For donating hundreds of
hours of IT expertise to help the Aboriginal community of Winnipeg bridge the
digital divide. His efforts have helped improve literacy, skills, access,
employment, youth training and self esteem.
Orin Durey - Teacher,
Amitnaaq School, Baker Lake, Nunavut
A teacher of Northern
Studies, Durey maintains the network and access for the school.
Pam Candlish - Webmaster,
Author of "Not Deaf
Enough", Candlish spent two years putting information on www.hardofhearingchildren.com for anyone interested in hard of
hearing and moderate hearing loss issues.
Paul Doyle - Teacher,
Vincent Massey Collegiate, Winnipeg, Manitoba
For driving every
technological initiative at the Collegiate and promoting classroom
instruction with the use of technology. Pioneered online course development
and one of his students was first prize winner in the Canadian Home Page
Richard Korotash -
Teacher, Hapnot Collegiate, Flin Flon, Manitoba
The Hapnot Collegiate web
magazine "Error in File".
Rudy Nikkel - Teacher,
Landmark Collegiate, Landmark, Manitoba
coordinator, piloted the IMYM multimedia class in the school.
Shelley Rinehart -
Electronic Commerce Centre, Saint John, New Brunswick
All Rinehart's efforts have
the goal of raising awareness of IT in the greater Saint John community.
Among the many accomplishments, Rinehart developed the first e-commerce
program at UNBSJ, directs the e-comm center, is a speaker and ambassador at
IT events and cyber socials, bringing together the IT community and business.
Stephen Ibaraki - Head of
Research, Capilano College, British Columbia
Ibaraki has spent his entire
career in the IT Industry and worked consistently on the leading edge of
technology. He received the World Computer All Star award early on and has
continued winning awards since. He could easily ride his talent and expertise
to fame and fortune, yet the majority of his time, effort and resources go to
his students. An instructor at Capilano College in North Vancouver, Stephen
has consistently received the highest teaching evaluation scores. He has also
earned the Top Teacher Award. He has freely shared his research with Capilano
College, enabling it to become a world leader in technology education.
Throughout his career Stephen has excelled. Yet what is so unique about him
is the amount of time and effort he freely gives to help others. Whether it
is in the classroom or on a consulting assignment he never misses an
opportunity to help others understand how things work in the world of
Tom Copeland - Service
Provider, Cobourg, Ontario
Copeland has been
instrumental in bringing Internet service to Northumberland County when large
ISPs were not interested in providing rural service. He also established the
region's first Community Access Program.
Ability Online - Toronto,
For empowering young people
with special needs, giving them wings via technology.
Anja Haman - President,
Wired Woman Society, Vancouver, British Columbia
Haman is recognized for
leading Wired Woman Society, extending its visibility and providing an
environment that effectively allows women to achieve personal and
professional success in the industry.
Alan Beilman - IT
Coordinator/ teacher, Joseph H. Kerr School, Snow Lake, Manitoba
Due to Beilman's
contributions, the school and community have progressed from almost no IT
resources to being recognized as one of the top 30 most innovative schools in
the country by Industry Canada.
APTICA - Atlantic
Members of this committee
are teachers, supervisors, retirees, who have all volunteered their time and
resources to improve the Atlantic provinces.
Brian Harvey - Webmaster,
Nova Scotia Council, Scouts Canada, Nova Scotia
For playing a major
community role in demonstrating the potential of IT to get the most out of
scarce resources in a volunteer organization serving youth. His volunteer
work, using technology, has resulted in the spread of information about the
youth service programs of Scouts Canada.
Carol Knock Logan -
Halifax Regional School Board Southdale North Woodside, Nova Scotia, and
Craig White - Avalon East School Board, Newfoundland
One of the first "Intel
Teach to the Future Master Teachers", Logan and White have spent
many hours in training and passing on their training to other teachers. They
have overcome many obstacles including lack of funding for teacher out
-of-classroom time, access to remote schools and strikes.
Don Whitty - Mosaic
Technologies, Miramichi, New Brunswick
Whitty is recognized for
establishing and growing the New Brunswick Community College Miramichi
Mutlimedia Centre of Excellence. The Centre's programs are designed to train
graduates with the technical and business skills necessary to start their own
advanced training technologies companies, thereby helping to develop an
industry in New Brunswick, and specifically, within the Miramichi community.
Whitty is also credited with starting the Miramichi Distributed Learning
Centre, establishing partnerships and projects with industry leaders in the
field of on-line learning, and contributing to the growth of the industry in
Eel Ground First Nation
School - Eel Ground, New Brunswick
Eel Ground won a silver
award in the leadership category of the International cyber fair school
competition for learning through web projects. Their students united the
school and community through story telling projects with elders. Their work
can be seen at www.cyberfair2001.org
Dr. Jane Fritz -
Professor and Dean, Faculty of Computer Science, UNB Fredericton Campus, New
For her extraordinary effort
in the pursuit of elevating IT within the province of NB, especially through
the establishment of the information systems professional legislation.
Tanis Clayton -Teacher,
Frontenac School, Winnipeg, Manitoba
For introducing many students,
parents and colleagues to technology. Over the past few years, Clayton has
been instrumental in involving students and their parents in a
learning-on-line program. Each student in Gr. 5 at Frontenac School gets to
take a computer home for three weeks to learn how to use the internet and the
computer more effectively. Other projects - such as technology buddies,
pairing up students in Grade 1 and Grade 5; teaching colleagues and students
how to do playmation - animation of plasticine objects with the assistance of
a webcam of digicam; or coordinating online studies - have made learning and
teaching fun and practical.
More information pertaining
to IT Week and IT Heroes is available at http://itweek.ca. If your organization or
community is interested in profiling any of these IT Heroes, we welcome the
opportunity that you would provide in giving them more recognition for all
their efforts in promoting IT in the community.
ITAC is the voice of the
Canadian information technology industry. Together with its partner
organizations across the country, the association represents 1300 companies
in the computing and telecommunications hardware, software, services, and
electronic content sectors. This network of companies accounts for more than
70% of the 512,000 jobs, $116.4 billion in revenue, $4.4 billion in R&D
expenditure and $30.8 billion in exports that IT contributes annually to the
For further information:
Linda Oliver Tel: (613) 238-4822 ext 222 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community IT Hero
Awards - ITAC