Congratulations to Chair Katherine Leverette on being recognized by the Limestone District School Board and the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association for her outstanding contributions to students through her work with the Limestone Learning Foundation. LDSB Trustee Laurie French & Director of Education Debra Rantz presented the OPSBA Achievement Award to Chair Leverette at a recent meeting.
Katherine was one of the first volunteers to join the Foundation when it was created in 1999. She has been an inspirational visionary behind the LLF’s six magnificent gala events during the past ten years, serving as the volunteer Chair of the Gala Organizing Committee for the years 1999-2009. Kath’s charm and vibrancy have drawn together a diverse group of community members to share their talents in our gala accomplishments.
She joined the Board of Directors for the Foundation in 2011. In her third year as chair, Kath is its champion, always focusing on opportunities for students and teachers to extend their learning beyond the curriculum and how we can ‘pay it forward’ for the next generation of students.
Mentorship programs and the ‘pay-it-forward’ direction of many funded projects connects the Foundation with our community members. These values resonate with Kath, who herself, personally plays a role in the development of confidence, skills and enthusiasm in students.
The Foundation gala has grown in size and scope over the years due in large part to Kath’s enthusiastic dedication. This year, the Foundation gala morphed into a large ensemble concert, featuring more than 45 Limestone student performers and artists, raising $100,000 for the Foundation. Kath was a key player behind the concept of the Canadian Crystal Gala and Concert. Her tenacious approach to weave student performances and mentorships with Canada’s sesquicentennial celebrations created yet another new standard for special events in this region.
For three decades, Kath hosted, wrote and produced the radio show, “An Educated Minute,” sharing good news in education to listeners across southeastern Ontario. The 60-second, daily radio feature aired on local radio stations from 1983-2014. This unique feature profiled innovative programs, student and staff successes, and various special events throughout the Limestone district. Students often took part in the process of writing, editing, taping and producing the program. “An Educated Minute” helped to establish a positive narrative in the public domain.
Kath Leverette is diligent in her work and passionate in her commitment to the present and future children of our Board. We are proud celebrate her achievements, and recognize her as a worthy recipient of this prestigious award.