RCCDSB support worker wins prestigious award 

Sharon Yandernoll pictured here in a handout photo. (RCCDSB)

A long-time Educational Assistant with the Renfrew County Catholic School Board has been awarded a highly prestigous provincial award for support staff. 

Sharon Yandernoll has been with the board for 32 years and has been awarded The Ontario Teachers Insurance Plan (OTIP) Support Staff Worker Award.

Yandernoll works at St. John Bosco Catholic School in Barry's Bay and the principal there, Julia Graydon, said Yandernoll is one of only two recipients in the province this year.

Graydon said in a statment that she nominated Yandernoll because she is an "extremely exceptional educational assistant and the single most optimistic and positive person I have ever encountered in my career."

"Every day when she comes to work you can see there's an excitement for the new day and that she wants to bring that to the staff and the students," Graydon said. 

"She treats everyone she encounters with the utmost respect and makes everyone who walks through the doors of the school feel welcomed and valued. Her inclination to help in all areas, high expectations of staff and pupils, willingness to learn, her effective strategies and depth of knowledge, and the commitment and love she shows to students are all reasons I chose to nominate her." 

Director of Education with the Board, Jaimie Perry, said in a statement that Yandernoll's "care and concern for her students, colleagues and community, is a shining example of what it means to love unconditionally. We are so blessed to have her on the RCCDSB team."

Yandernoll said in a statement of her own that she was honoured and loves working in education for the reward of seeing students excel at what they've been taught. 

"I'm so honoured to have received this award. Thank you to my nominator Elizabeth Addicott and the amazing staff and school community that I work with, who made this all possible."

The school board said winners are presented with a monetary award and a certificate of recognition for the award, while a video tribue to Yandernoll has been posted online.