Above: Grand Erie Trustees recognized Gimaa LaForme and Chief Hill with Learn Lead Inspire awards during the Nov. 27 board meeting.

Learn Lead Inspire Awards Recognize Chiefs’ Positive Impacts 

TUESDAY, DEC. 5, 2023


imaa (Chief) R. Stacey LaForme of Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation and Chief Mark Hill of Six Nations of the Grand River were honoured during November’s regular board meeting with Learn Lead Inspire awards. The presentation of the awards was a chance to recognize the outstanding work each has contributed over the years, advocating for and enriching the educational experiences of Indigenous learners across Grand Erie, and for their leadership in helping the board work towards commitments to reconciliation. 

“As leaders focused on people and community, Gimaa LaForme and Chief Hill have helped us understand reconciliation on a much deeper level, and the ongoing work that is required of us in education,” said JoAnna Roberto, Director of Education. “They have done so consistently with trust, friendship and mutual respect, and it’s an absolute honour to recognize their inspiring leadership paths.” 

Gimaa LaForme and Chief Hill are also former Grand Erie students, having attended Hagersville Secondary School and Brantford Collegiate Institute and Vocational School respectively. Each chief is now concluding terms heading their elected councils, following many successful years of political leadership. 

The Learn Lead Inspire award celebrates students, staff members, volunteers and community members who have made significant contributions and commitment to our school communities, aligning with the Board’s mission to build a culture of learning, well-being and belonging to inspire each learner.

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