Gina Nelson, a Home-School Liaison Worker with the Lloydminster Public School Division, was presented with the Arbos Award for Distinguished Support of Education and the Teaching Profession last month by the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation (STF). This award honours individuals who are not members of the STF, but have made significant contributions to education and to the teaching profession through their advocacy and support.
This award is given at the discretion of the STF Executive. Gina was nominated for this award by her peers and said she’s honoured for being recognized for the work she does.
“This award is bigger than me and it’s bigger than LPSD – it’s a win for Lloydminster,” she said. “Without the help and collaboration with my partners in community organizations, I wouldn’t be able to assist and meet the needs of families.”
As the Home School Liaison Worker for the past eight years in LPSD, Gina strives to build a positive partnership between school and home in order to support children’s development and learning. She also works to link families to more specialized help and support with community organizations when necessary.
Superintendent of Education Brent Thomas said Gina’s willingness to go above and beyond to help meet the needs of families is something that’s evident in her every day.
“The fact that her nomination came from her colleagues, and is based on the work she does to promote student success, speaks to her role within our organization,” Thomas said. “I think receiving the Arbos Award recognizes the job she does for the kids.”
Lloydminster Teachers’ Association (LTA) President Derek Armstrong echoed Thomas’ sentiments, saying the LTA is extremely proud of Gina for being the recipient of this award.
“A lot of different people, not just teachers, make a difference in the lives of children,” Armstrong said. “Gina’s depth of reach in our school communities is essential to the success of so many students. Her talents and skills are recognized through this award, and many colleagues in LPSD schools are grateful for her contributions towards education and the teaching profession.”
Director of Education Todd Robinson noted Gina embodies what this award is all about.
“It takes a community working together to help develop the young minds of our students, and Gina is an important piece of that community of support,” Robinson said. “As a division, we’re very proud of Gina, the work she does with our families, and her accomplishments.”