Award of Merit
Upper Canada District School Board trustee, Carol Carkner and vhair of the Board Jeff McMillan presented Gordon Zubyck with the Director’s Award of Merit.      Courtesy photo

BROCKVILLE — The director of education Stephen Sliwa announced the most recent recipients of the Director’s Award of Merit during the Nov. 22, board of trustees meeting at the UCDSB.

The Director’s Award of Merit is presented quarterly to employees who bring the best of themselves to the workplace on a regular basis throughout the year, contributing to a positive, productive, and caring workplace in which employees support each other to achieve important goals for serving and supporting students and schools. Through their efforts and actions, these employees inspire students and colleagues alike, by demonstrating the spirit of the UCDSB’s mission, vision, and values.

Gordon Zubyck, teacher, at Russell High School is being honoured for his passion and dedication to teaching. He leads many workshops and seminars throughout Ontario, sharing the latest research data on many facets of education such as physical literacy, elearning, literacy and student success. He has co-authored the Teaching Games for Understanding Targets Games resource for CIRA Ontario and is currently writing Training the Brain Through Play, a resource that supports the development of executive functioning skills through physical activity.

Zubyck introduced the “Revolution” at RHS, an approach that provides all students with the opportunity to be physically active, thus promoting healthy, active living for life.

He convenes the UC Cup X-country Running and Track and Field qualifiers for his region and is heavily involved in establishing and nurturing RHS’s relationships with local organizations and members of the community, such as being an organizer of the Russell Run (in it’s 9th year) and being part of the the school’s entry of a float in the Russell Christmas Parade.