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For Immediate Release
April 25, 2019

Seven Individuals to Receive Awards at the NLTA Convention


The Bancroft Award, named in honour of James Frederick Bancroft, the first President of the NLTA, was established in 1980 to mark the 90th anniversary of the Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers’ Association. The Award recognizes outstanding service at the branch level of the NLTA.

Donna Reddick of the Conception Bay South Branch is recipient of the Bancroft Award for 2018.

Donna became involved with the NLTA early in her career. She attended her first meeting in 1988 and as soon as her career was established she volunteered to be the NLTA School Rep. She became involved at the Branch Executive level, where she held the positions of  Treasurer, Vice- President and President. She co-chaired the Retirement Committee and the Social Committee from 2011-15. Teachers had not been attending Branch meetings or functions and there had not been a Branch Retirement Banquet for many years.

In 2013, when Donna took over as President, it was a turning point for the Branch. While teaching, completing a Master’s Program, and a single mom, she took on the role of reorganizing the Branch. She motivated others in the Branch to get involved and was instrumental in helping “breathe life back into the Branch”. She attended the NLTA Convention for five years and in 2015 Donna was successful in being elected to Provincial Executive and served in that capacity until her retirement.

Donna retired in 2018 after 33 years teaching.

Janice House of Taylor’s Brook Branch is a recipient of the Bancroft Award for 2019.

Janice has held numerous positions at the Branch level including Treasurer, Communications Officer, Vice President, and President. She chaired the 2003 and 2005 Resolutions Committee, and served on the Branch Nominating Committee, Branch Education Week Committee, Steering Committee for Joint Council, and Liaison Committee for the Western School District. In 2009 she was responsible for initiating a Grievance Process with the Western School District.

Janice was responsible for planning various Branch meetings with NLTA representatives including Mid-Career Financial Planning, Teacher Wellness and Professional Development. As President of the Branch, Janice has hosted numerous social gatherings and Branch meetings at her home and has led various projects on behalf of Taylor’s Brook Branch.

Janice retired in 2018 after 31 years teaching.

Paul Sheppard of Bay Robert’s Branch is recipient of the Bancroft Award for 2019.

Paul has been a teacher for over 29 years and was President of the Upper Trinity South Branch from 1998 till 2004. He took over the role of President of the Bay Roberts Branch in 2016. Before taking over the roles as President he also served as Secretary, Treasurer, New Teacher Rep, Communications Officer and School Rep for both Branches. He served on the Membership Benefits and Services Provincial Standing Committee and took part in the CBC production “Inside the Classroom”.

Paul has attended numerous Conventions in his position as Branch President. He has been a key contributor or organizer of teacher appreciation socials for the Bay Roberts, Baccalieu and Carbonear Branches and planned the teacher appreciation social. He has also been involved with Education Week, Speak-offs, and Retirement Banquets and attended Joint Council in his capacity as Branch President.

Paul currently teaches at Holy Redeemer Elementary in Spaniards Bay.


The Barnes Award, named in honour of Dr. Arthur Barnes, the first Minister of Education in the province who, in 1928, initiated a number of teacher conferences to promote excellence in education, was established in 1987 to recognize outstanding professional development services provided by teachers at the special interest council level.

Heather Godden from the Teacher Librarians NL Special Interest Council is recipient of the 2018 Barnes Award.

A teacher librarian for over 30 years Heather is recognized for her dedication and commitment to the continued existence of teacher librarian professional development in the province. When the Learning Resources Special Interest Council was disbanded, Heather remained committed to ensuring that teacher librarians from across the province remained connected and a Teacher Librarian NL Special Interest Council (TLNL) was eventually formed.

Her devotion and leadership in promoting the work of Teacher Librarians is evident in the numerous reports, proposals, meetings and presentations she has been a part of over the years. She has been a contributor to curriculum development in the province, has advocated for children’s increased access to school library programs run by teacher librarians and was successful in launching the BURB© carts and reading materials. She was instrumental in ensuring that teacher librarians receive a common planning time, she ensured outreach to others across the province and has mentored many other teachers responsible for library programs.

Heather retired in 2018 from her position at Beachy Cove Elementary School in Portugal/Cove/St. Philip’s.

Boyd Perry from the NL Counsellors’ and Psychologists’ Association is recipient of the 2019 Barnes Award.

A teacher for over 20 years, Boyd has led numerous projects on behalf of school counsellors and psychologists. He was President of the NL Counsellors’ and Psychologists’ Association Special Interest Council and successfully led two provincial conferences, as well as co-hosted the National Counselling and Psychotherapy Conference in 2017. He is an advocate for mental health awareness and has spoken publicly and presented on the issues of teen anxiety and bullying.

Boyd initiated several projects to promote school counsellors including the annual School Counsellor of the Year Award and the School Psychologist of the Year Award. He also designed and implemented the “Talk to Your School Counsellor Campaign”. Boyd is NL representative on the School Counselling Chapter of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapists Association, a Steering Committee member of the Federation of Associations of Counselling Therapists and was a Steering Committee member of the Community Coalition for Mental Health.

Boyd is currently the School Counsellor at Holy Heart High School in St. John’s.


The Special Recognition Award was instituted in 1990 by Johnson Inc. to recognize the 100th anniversary of the Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers’ Association. The award is presented annually to an active member of the NLTA who has made a major contribution to the cultural, social and/or community life of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Karen Skinner of Humber Branch is recipient of the 2018 Special Recognition Award.

Karen has been involved in numerous community projects for many years and becomes the heart and soul of any project she takes on. She is a founding member of the Forget-Me-Not Campaign that is dedicated to commemorating all veterans and ensuring we never forget the sacrifices of those who fought for and/or served our country. She was instrumental as a volunteer with the Corner Brook Winter Carnival, the Corner Brook Regional High School graduation, Cancer Relay for Life, Canada Winter Games, the Danger Tree and Soldier project, as well as the Remember the Fallen, Commemorate a Hero Project.

Karen’s fundraising projects have involved canvassing community and business donations, ticket sales, auctions, bake sales, social events, car washes, golf tournaments, and bingo, to name just a few. Karen is known as a fantastic organizer, very detail oriented, has excellent managerial and leadership skills and she excels in bringing people together. Her talents and skills as a “volunteer event planner” are well known and sought after.

Karen teaches at Corner Brook Regional High.

Alice Bridgeman of Bay Roberts Branch is recipient of the 2019 Special Recognition Award.

Alice has organized regional heritage fairs, organized and judged public speaking events, student workshops for visual and performing arts, and assisted with the Young Citizens programs. Throughout her time doing community and volunteer work she has actively sought support from various organizations and community groups to fund prizes for students, especially during the Heritage Fairs, to encourage student participation and their interest in keeping their family heritage and stories alive.

She has been active in assisting individual schools with art projects, especially those schools that did not have the advantage of an Art Teacher. Alice has been involved with the performing arts doing everything from makeup, to stage setup, to assisting with adjudications of student performances. Besides all her community and cultural involvement,  Alice also finds time to be a Lay Reader and Communion Minister with the All Hallows Parish. She was a recipient of the NLTA Bancroft Award in 2014 for outstanding service at the Branch level.

Alice retired in 2018.

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For further information contact:
Lesley-Ann Browne, NLTA Communications, Tel: 709-682-3751 (cellular);