Bowmore Road Public School will join seven other Toronto-area schools this year that have been honoured with an Outstanding Principal Award.
The Learning Partnership, a national organization, will present principal Thelma Sambrook with the award at a ceremony to be held Feb. 26.
“What good work can we do from the start of the day to the end of the day,” Sambrook asks of the staff and students at the school in Coxwell Avenue and Gerrard Street area.
“The focus is on making every day a special day.”
Sambrook’s vision of doing good work each day can been seen in the hard work of her staff and students as they advocate making the area an accessible neighborhood.
“The work we do at the school focuses on a more inclusive world,” Sambrook said. “We consider social justice an important issue.”
As a collaborative author, Sambrook helped write the story of Luke Anderson, a quadriplegic who chronicles his tale of being an able-bodied young man until he sustained severe spinal injuries during a mountain biking trip in the British Columbia interior.
“The profits from the book go to creating greater accessibility in the City of Toronto,” Sambrook said.
The students at Bowmore Road Public School have been inspired by Sambrook’s book, and through the Me to We Foundation, an advocacy group that offers people better choices for a better world, they began to canvas their community, spreading the word on the importance of creating and maintaining an accessible neighborhood.
“The students feel empowered when they contribute to change,” Sambrook said.
“I feel the world is in good hands.”
She said having fun and participating in the community are important Bowmore Road.
“We encourage the children to engage the community and have fun,” Sambrook said. “We want the kids to like school and the work they do. It is very rewarding to see the students shine and be able to share their accomplishments family and the community.”
There is a strong emphasis at the school that promotes a focus on people.
“The tone in our building is quite positive,” Sambrook said.
“I get to work with talented educators. I am inspired by their hard work and I focus on highlighting their achievements.”
She said Bowmore’s staff and students share in the award.
“The (Outstanding Principal Award) is not just an award for me,” Sambrook said.
Sambrook will join 51 principals across the country this month when she receives her award at a gala dinner.
While the acknowledgment as a leader in education is honourable, her focus will always remain on the great work her staff and students put forth every day, she said.