Today, the Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB) marks Educational Assistant and Child & Youth Worker Appreciation Day. Educational Assistants (EAs) help to deliver educational programs and provide support to students in our schools, while Child & Youth Workers (CYWs) work with children who face a variety of social, emotional and behavioural challenges.

Our EAs and CYWs play an important role in maintaining safe, equitable and inclusive learning environments for our students and today, we take time to recognize them.

Our WRDSB EAs and CYWs go above and beyond, every day, in the pursuit of supporting our students. Their dedication, patience and passion for their work make it hard to imagine a day of school without their efforts.

“Even in the face of the new challenges presented by COVID-19, EAs and CYWs continue to ensure that every student can feel successful, safe and included in their classroom and school,” said John Bryant, Director of Education. “I am happy that we can take the time to celebrate the efforts of our EAs and CYWs. Teachers, parents and students will all tell you that every student’s experience is improved by their hard work.”

We encourage you to join us in marking our appreciation for our EAs and CYWs – today and every day.