02 2016

The Learning Partnership honours Nova Scotia champions of public education

June 2nd 2016
Halifax, NS – June 2, 2016 – The Learning Partnership will honour three exemplary Nova Scotians, Dr. Stan Kutcher, Rod McCulloch and Gerry Walsh, at the 2016 Halifax Champions of Public Education Tribute Luncheon on June 8, 2016. The event, which will take place at Halifax’s Prince George Hotel from noon to 2 p.m., will include leaders in business, government and education.
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 is being 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.
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.
“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 will also recognize 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.

About the Learning Partnership
The Learning Partnership is a national charity dedicated to building stakeholder partnerships to support, promote and advance publicly funded education in Canada. We do this through five key deliverables – innovative student programs, executive leadership for educators, knowledge mobilization and policy, tribute celebrations of excellence and ongoing collaborations across Canada. Since 1993, more than 6.1 million students have participated in The Learning Partnership’s programs.

High resolution photos of the 2016 Champions of Public Education Halifax Tribute honourees are available online:
For more information, please contact:
Bernadette Celis-Clarke
Communications Manager, The Learning Partnership