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Archived — Recipient Bios

Year: 1999 – Province: Ontario

Certificate of Achievement Recipients

Brenda Gale

School: Riverdale Collegiate Institute

Principal: Linda Grieve
Grades/Subjects Taught: Guidance, English, mathematics, drama, co-op

Teaching approach:

  • Help students from visible minorities, who are economically disadvantaged or who have fallen behind to continue high school with a new sense of purpose and to proceed towards university.
  • Provide supplementary training in skills such as essay writing, communications and critical thinking, work and study habits and job search skills to level the playing field for students who are typically at a disadvantage in the school system.

Outstanding achievements:

Beginning with a six-week post as co-ordinator, Ms. Gale has overseen the growth of the University of Toronto's Summer Mentorship Program into a large and successful program that helps Aboriginal and Black students to move from high school to pursuing degrees in medicine, law, social work and engineering.

The program started with seven students in 1994. Today it serves more than 100. Ms. Gale has played a lead role in the expansion of the program, starting with medicine and growing to include a number of faculties.

Graduates from the program have improved and sustained their academic performance:

  • a high percentage, 70 percent, go on to university
  • past graduates are pursuing professional degrees in medicine, health sciences, law, dentistry and engineering
  • several have had research work published in national journals.
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