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Year: 1997 – Province: British Columbia
Certificate of Achievement Recipients
Edith Illes has spent her entire career looking for trouble and then doing what she can to make it go away. Right out of teacher training for example, she spent two years teaching on a reserve where the school had no running water. Since joining the staff at Signal Hill Elementary School in Pemberton, she has taught a young boy recovering from a gunshot wound to the head and then a class of students with behavioural problems, which she reached through food. She integrated food preparation into the curriculum and then cooked with the class each Friday afternoon. Her services will continue to be valuable as the school struggles to meet the needs of a rapidly growing community. Signal Hill's classes are all filled to bursting with students from a wide variety of backgrounds.