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Waterloo Region early childhood educator Lisa Tonner wins ETFO Arts and Culture Award

August 13, 2019

TORONTO - The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) has presented Waterloo Region Designated Early Childhood Educator (DECE) Lisa Tonner with its 2019 Arts and Culture Award for her work in inspiring and empowering young girls as a volunteer with the Girl Guides of Canada.

The award is presented to an active member of ETFO or group of members to recognize involvement in arts and cultural activities for children in either the classroom or community.

For the past eight years, Lisa has taken a lead role as unit leader with the Girl Guides of Canada. Her mission has been to engage local young girls in activities that provide outdoor challenges and explore the arts, sciences, global awareness, community awareness and social issues. Through various initiatives, these girls have also explored important issues such as bullying, body image, self-esteem and local community challenges.

Lisa has led evening tours at the local food bank/fire hall, arranged groups to participate at a local church with milk bag mat-making for Haiti and has organized full weekend overnight camping trips and outdoor skills training weekends. She's also planned Mom and Me camp sleepovers for her youngest members. In 2017, Lisa was part of a team that took 20 young members to Switzerland for 10 days of activities and site-seeing.

"Lisa has spent countless volunteer hours to organize programming and activities that provide a safe environment for young girls to develop life skills, challenge themselves and make a different in their community and broader society," said ETFO President Sam Hammond. "Lisa's work deeply reflects ETFO's priority to empower and improve the status of girls and women locally and internationally."

The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario represents 83,000 elementary public school teachers, occasional teachers and education professionals across the province. ETFO's Building Better Schools education agenda can be viewed at www.buildingbetterschools.ca.