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47 March 2017 | Professionally Speaking Governing Ourselves informs members of legal and regulatory matters affecting the profession. This section provides updates on licensing and qualification requirements, notification of Council resolutions and reports from various Council committees, including reports on accreditation and discipline matters. governing ourselves SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS PAYING TRIBUTE TO FUTURE TEACHERS Joseph W. Atkinson Scholarship for Excellence in Teacher Education Recipient: Krista Bradshaw, teacher candidate in the concurrent education program at Queen's University Krista Bradshaw understands how daunting university can be for a young person. As a "guide" on campus at Trent University in Peterborough, she helped numerous students struggling with their post-secondary transition. Known to be conscientious and inspir- ational, with a passion for rock-climbing, Bradshaw is trained in safeTALK suicide alertness and knows how to have conver- sations about career paths and mental health. One student who was considering dropping out of university said that Bradshaw gave her renewed confidence to continue her studies. In this leadership role, the teacher can- didate supported students in registering for courses, connected them with services and planned orientation events for hundreds of people. She guided students through academic and social adjustments, and assisted them with goal setting, time management and navigating challenges. Bradshaw enjoyed her placement in a Grade 2 classroom where she incor- porated experiential learning into her lessons to cater to the students' individ- ual needs and interests. Her history professor said that in her last 10 years of teaching over 800 students, Bradshaw stood out as an especially intel- ligent, engaged and hard-working student who is eager to debate in productive and respectful discussions. Bradshaw, who completed an Honours degree in history and is now completing a B.Ed. at Queen's, has received many awards and distinctions. She was a member of the Dean's and President's Honour Rolls, a recipient of a Tim Hortons Scholarship for post-secondary education and received awards in storytelling competitions. Ontario College of Teachers Scholarship — Primary/Junior or Junior/Intermediate Recipient: Maria Sinclair, teacher candidate in the consecutive education program at Western University Forward-thinking. Dependable. Resourceful. A patient woman with a good heart. This is how Maria Sinclair is described by those who know her. She's also seen as knowing how to use what she learns in the classroom and apply it to real-life situations. This has served her well during her practicum in a Grade 4/5 classroom where she brought in First Nations artifacts as part of a First Nations inquiry lesson. Sinclair has been volunteering for sev- eral local Indigenous organizations and education venues including the Museum of Ontario Archeology. Joseph W. Atkinson Scholarship recipient Krista Bradshaw (middle) with Angela De Palma, OCT, Council Chair, and Michael Salvatori, OCT, CEO and College Registrar. The Ontario College of Teachers Scholarship Program recognizes and supports excellence in teacher education. This is done through the awarding of three annual scholarships to assist in the education of future teachers.

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