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Year: 1998 – Province: Ontario

Certificate of Achievement Recipients

Suzanne Fortin

School: École Notre-Dame-du-Rosaire

Principal: Lyse Bourgeois
Grades/Subjects Taught: Elementary, all subjects

Teaching approach:

  • Ensure educational opportunities are available for the most vulnerable members of society. Her students are developmentally challenged and are legally blind or deaf. Many require special supports such as diapers or tube feeding. All are in wheelchairs.
  • Reach out beyond the classroom. For example, she created a special program for adults when she realized that her students had no where to go once they left the school system.

Outstanding achievements:

Created Programme de jour/Project 21, the first Francophone day program for developmentally handicapped adults in Northern Ontario.

Created the Snoezelen Room, a specially equipped facility for children with special needs. This facility gives deaf and blind children sensory experiences through fibre optics, bubble tubes, music, padded cushions, fans and vibrations, and is open to children from the community.

Helps train and mentor staff required for facilities and programs she has created.

Received TVOntario Teacher's Award in 1998 and was featured in a TVOntario documentary.

Received a special award from her community for her efforts helping developmentally challenged children and adults.

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