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Support staff workers celebrated for outstanding contribution to education


Waterloo ON (October 24, 2020) - OTIP (the Ontario Teachers Insurance Plan) is pleased to recognize two support staff workers for their outstanding contributions to the education community. 

Nominated by their colleagues and selected by a panel of OTIP judges, this year’s OTIP Support Staff Worker Award recipients play an integral part in their education team and are an important part of student success.

“The OTIP Support Staff Worker Awards recognize the vital role that educational support staff workers play within schools across Ontario,” says Vic Medland, CEO of OTIP. “It gives me great joy and honour to recognize these two leaders for their exceptional work and dedication to the education community.”

Congratulations to:

  • Ann Marie Fortino, St. Thomas More Catholic Secondary School – Office Professionals, Custodial and Maintenance category
  • Sharon Yandernoll, St. John Bosco Catholic School – Educational Support category

Ann Marie Fortino is described by her colleagues as a natural leader who shows incredible devotion to the staff, students and to her role as the Head Clerical in the Student Services Department at her school. She goes above and beyond to make a difference, greets every person with a warm smile, and is a true advocate for every single student who walks through the doors of St. Thomas More. Ann Marie is also highly involved in extra-curricular activities both within the school and the community at large. She is a coach, a mentor; she participates in every prom and graduation ceremony; and she is actively involved with the Hamilton Walk for Muscular Dystrophy.


Sharon Yandernoll is a true collaborator who makes the students and staff at St. John Bosco Catholic School feel welcome, appreciated and supported. In her role as an Educational Assistant, Sharon is always eager to learn new strategies, tools and resources to provide the highest level of support to her students and co-workers. She is particularly creative at adapting learning strategies for students using technology, and always finds a way to create alternative learning programs if a student is having difficulty. Sharon is actively involved within the school community, having taken on the extra role of school librarian, assisting with the organization of hot lunches, and spearheading fundraisers. 


View more information on the OTIP Support Staff Workers Awards

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