02 2016

The Learning Partnership honours Nova Scotia champions of public education

June 2nd 2016
On June 8, three exemplary Nova Scotia leaders, Dr. Stan Kutcher, Rod McCulloch and Gerry Walsh, were named Champions of Public Education by The Learning Partnership for their contributions to advancing public education at the 2016 Halifax Champions of Public Education Tribute Luncheon.

The event, which was emceed by Mayor of Halifax Mike Savage, brought together more than 100 business, government and education leaders at the Prince George Hotel, including the former Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, the Honourable Myra Freeman.
  Dr. Stan Kutcher is the Sun Life Financial Chair in Adolescent Mental Health and the Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre in Mental Health Policy and Training at Dalhousie University and IWK Health Centre. Dr. Kutcher was honoured for his commitment and contributions to mental health work in over 20 countries as a renowned global expert in adolescent mental health and leader in mental health research, advocacy, training and policy.
Akela Peoples (left) and Dr. Stan Kutcher (right)
Rod McCulloch and Gerry Walsh are co-founders of the Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon, the largest participatory event in Atlantic Canada, with over 13,000 runners and walkers. They have inspired thousands of youth to pursue healthy and active lifestyles through participation in the Doctors Nova Scotia Youth Run. Under their tenure, the Doctors Nova Scotia Youth Run has become a huge success and family affair, engaging not only children but their parents as well. The run is a great event for kids to celebrate active, healthy living, while promoting the key message that physical activity can be fun.

Akela Peoples, Rod McCulloch, Gerry Walsh and Craig Thompson (from left to right)

“Adolescent mental health and physical health support social emotional learning for youth and are foundational to academic achievement and skill development,” says Akela Peoples, President and CEO of The Learning Partnership. “We are honoured to celebrate the personal and professional efforts of Dr. Stan Kutcher, Rod McCulloch and Gerry Walsh, who directly and positively impact the young minds and hearts of students across Nova Scotia.”
At the event, The Learning Partnership also recognized educators Janice Graham-Migel and Cameron DeBaie of the Halifax Regional School Board for their exceptional efforts to lead, motivate and inspire children in the classroom every day.
In this past year alone, close to 11,000 Nova Scotia students have benefitted from The Learning Partnership’s programs. All proceeds from this Tribute event will go toward expanding its reach in the province through its character awareness and literacy program, Turning Points, as well as its experiential learning programs, Take Our Kids to Work Day and Entrepreneurial Adventure—two initiatives that directly align with Nova Scotia’s current Action Plan for Education to help students become more career-ready.
The Learning Partnership would like to thank our partners who make the event possible: Scotiabank, BMO Financial Group, KPMG Canada, Morneau Shepell, Stewart McKelvey Law, GWL Realty Advisors, CGI Group Inc., Deloitte Canada, Teachers Plus Credit Union, Bell Aliant, Mercer/Marsh, Pink Larkin, Emera and Clearwater Seafoods, Steven Wolff/Rosalie Fine, Ron Smith/John Carter.