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YES I CAN! Awards

February 23, 2018

​At the 28th annual Yes I Can! Awards, hosted by the Manitoba Council for Exceptional Children, two individuals from SJASD received honourable recognitions.   


The Manitoba Council for Exceptional Children is a non-profit organization dedicated to advocating for children and youth with disabilities. The Yes I Can! Awards are hosted to highlight the outstanding achievements of those students in an array of categories including: school and community activities, academics, arts, athletics, self-advocacy, technology and transition. The event also highlights students and adults who assist in supporting children and youth with exceptionalities. 

On Thursday, February 22, hundreds of guests from across Manitoba gathered inside the Victoria Inn Convention Centre to celebrate the Yes I Can Awards! With two recognitions in our school division, the first was received by Grade 2 student Jaycee R. from Strathmillan School. Jaycee received his award for outstanding athletic achievement. While he requires adaptations for almost all school activities, he approaches all tasks with a positive attitude. Jaycee participates fully in his physical education class and has become skilled at cycling with his Freedom Concepts bike in the school and community. He is becoming increasingly independent in managing his needs and advocating for himself.  Jaycee demonstrates his ability to excel and flourish on a daily basis due to his perserverance and unwavering "Yes I Can" attitude! Congratulations, Jaycee!

yesican2018gail.jpgThe second award of the night was presented to Gail B., an educational assistant at Strathmillan School. Gail received a Certificate of Recognition for her outstanding work in assisting and supporting children in the school environment. She has been working with exceptional children for the past 28 years and her impact on the lives of the students she works with is visible every day. Although these students face many challenges on a daily basis that many of us can't imagine, she does not let her students use this as a reason to give up or stop trying. Gail sets the bar high for all her students and works with the mantra, "You can do this, you've got this, don't give up!" Before long, her students are motivated, determined, and working their hardest to achieve and often surpass their own goals. Great work and congratulations, Gail! 

St. James-Assiniboia School Division is extremely proud of these two award recipients for their achievements to date and is glad to see their hard work highlighted at the provincial level. Thank you to the MCEC and the Yes I Can! committee for organizing such an inspiring and uplifting event, and thank you to all the staff, family members and friends who attended to cheer on and congratulate our award recipients this year!

Winter Divisional Newsletter

December 20, 2017

​CONTACT is published four times a year and shares stories on behalf of all schools in SJASD. From antibullying campaigns to performances at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, this issue is packed with the latest initiatives happening in SJASD. Click the icon below to see the digital issue.

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Warriors win Tier 1 JV Championship

November 22, 2017

westwood jv win.jpgThe Westwood Collegiate JV Boys Volleyball team is heading into the MHSAA Provincial Championship Tournament on a positive note. 

After a successful 9-1 regular season record the boys were optimistic about their chances in the playoffs. They earned a bye in the 1st round and then went on to defeat Vincent Massey in the semi-finals and St. Pauls in the finals to bring home the West Winnipeg Athletic Conference title. Bryce M. was championship match MVP, Easton G. was selected as a WWAC tournament All Star and Bryce C. was selected as the WWAC MVP. 

    This was a historic win as it was the first time since the WWAC was formed that a boys team from Westwood has won a conference volleyball championship. The majority of this year's team has been playing school and club volleyball for the past few seasons together and their experience and familiarity with each other is starting to pay off. The JV Warriors have a record of 41 wins and 5 losses this season, including tournaments. They won the MBCI and Garden City tournaments and were finalists in the Miles Mac and Daniel Mac tournaments. The team is presently heading into the MHSAA Provincial Championships ranked second. Coaches Ken Vince and Kathryn Warner are proud of what the guys have accomplished so far, but realize there is still a lot of work to do to meet their ultimate goal. 

The Warriors will compete November 23 and 25 at Dakota Collegiate with hopes of making it to the final on November 27 at 8 p.m. at Investors Group Athletic Centre. 

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Back Row from the left: Ms. Warner, Kris B., Kyle L., Brayden L., Riley H., Bryce C. and Mr. Vince
Front Row from the left: Ben H., Josh B., Bryce M., Bentley T., Kristjan E. and Easton G.