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June 22, 2018 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

June 25, 2018

I want to take this opportunity to celebrate the recent academic success of a few of Horizon’s students. Bruno School Grade 12 student, Kallin Kehrig, has been awarded the following scholarships at the University of Regina: the Circle of Honors scholarship ($20 000, over four years), the Archbishop O'Neill Memorial scholarship ($1000), and the Faculty of Science 10th Anniversary scholarship ($4100). Lake Lenore Grade 12 student, Drew Bauml, earned a $2000 scholarship from CMI Terminal Ltd. In Naicam. Drew will be studying Agriculture at St. Peter's College this fall. St. Brieux Grade 12 student, Hailey Dmytrow, earned the Poelzer Family Foundation Bursary, worth $4000, which will be applied to her tuition at the University of Saskatchewan, where she will be studying Business. Their success, along with the success of our other students and scholarship winners this year, is a great recognition of the hard work and determination of Horizon students, and the support they receive from staff in our schools. I also want to congratulate Nokomis School for receiving the Best Buy Canada School Tech Grant, which provides $10,000 to purchase technology for use in the school. Nokomis is one of 13 elementary schools across Canada to receive this grant in 2018. Thank you to Ms. Erin Richard for making this happen for our kids.

The last of our Learning Improvement Plan (LIP) review meetings took place this past week. Although I was unable to join, Superintendent of Learning Services, Crandall Hrynkiw, and Superintendent of Student Services, Darrell Paproski travelled to William Derby School, Lanigan Central High, Lanigan Elementary, LeRoy School, and Muenster School on Monday, and to Punnichy Community High School and Lake Lenore School on Wednesday. With these meetings concluded for another year, I want to take the opportunity to thank our school administrators and staff for their work to constantly improve the programs and services offered in our schools.

While LIP review meetings took place, I was conducting interviews for the role of principal at Nokomis School and Ituna School. I was joined in these interviews by Deputy Director, Randy MacLEAN,and the Trustee for each school – Ms. Jolene Koopman at Nokomis and Mr. Jim Hack at Ituna. We met with several great candidates and I look forward to sharing more in the days ahead.

On Monday evening, I travelled to Englefeld to take part in the final meeting of the Englefeld Protestant Separate School Division Board of Education. I have been very proud to serve as Director of Education for EPSSD, and have benefitted greatly from the guidance of their Board. Thank you to EPSSD Trustees for being exemplary representatives of your community for so many years. It has been a privilege working with you, and I am very excited to welcome Englefeld School into the Horizon family this fall.

On Tuesday, my Director’s Leadership Team (DLT) of school administrators and central office personnel met at Manitou Beach for our final meeting of the 2017-18 school year. We had an opportunity to share details of the 2018-19 budget, which will be shared widely in the coming days. We also had the opportunity to say goodbye to a number of DLT members who are moving on to new chapters in their lives. DLT members celebrating their retirement are Patsy Knafelc of Englefeld School and Dale Hrytzak of Kelvington High. DLT members leaving the principalship and moving to new or previously held opportunities in their careers are Yvonne Chorney of Wynyard Elementary, and Ryan Bulych and Brittany Frick of Ituna School. Each of these fine individuals is leaving their schools in a better place for all their work as a leader, and I wish them nothing but the best in the years ahead. I also took time to thank our entire DLT and the school and division staff for everything they’ve done over the course of this year.

On Thursday, June 21, Horizon held our second annual flag raising ceremony to commemorate National Indigenous Peoples Day. Representatives from our four partner First Nations – Day Star, Fishing Lake, Muskowekwan, and George Gordon – joined members of our Board and central office staff to raise their flags and the Reconciliation Flag to honour our commitments to the Truth & Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action. Thank you to Crandall Hrynkiw and his team, including Coordinator of First Nations & Métis Education Services, Lester Gardiner, Administrative Assistant, Shelley Schell, and Curriculum Coach, Larry Mikulcik for their work to coordinate this very special event. You can see pictures and more information on the day on our website at

Last Thursday, I travelled to Dallas, Texas, site of the 2018 NHL Draft, to accept the NHL’s E.J. McGuire Award of Excellence on behalf of the Humboldt Broncos. It was a humbling experience and a reminder that the world is wrapping its arms around our communities in our time of need. This followed members of our Humboldt Broncos team travelling to Las Vegas on Wednesday to be honoured at the NHL Awards ceremony where Humboldt Broncos late head coach, Darcy Haugan, was honoured with the Willie O’Ree Community Hero Award. His wife, Christina, accepted the award with a beautiful and inspiring speech that truly honoured his legacy. Through all of the grief and trauma we have experienced over the course of the year and especially in April, there has been no shortage of support from our communities, province, country, and world. As Ralph Waldo Emerson stated, “Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude”. We will be forever grateful and as Roy T. Bennett said, “Being grateful does not mean that everything is necessarily good. It just means that you can accept it as a gift.”

Have a great week, everyone. Stay “Horizon Strong”.

- Kevin

Kevin C. Garinger, B.Ed, M.A.Ed
Director of Education/CEO
Horizon School Division No. 205