School District wins diversity award from Chamber of Commerce

Superintendent Tom Longridge presented the school district’s latest award to the board this week.

Superintendent Tom Longridge presented the school district’s latest award to the board this week.

School District 72 recently won this year’s Campbell River Chamber of Commerce Business Awards of Distinction Diversity Leadership Award, and Longridge showed up at Tuesday’s public meeting with the award to thank the board for their efforts in promoting diversity district-wide.

“This is the third such award we’ve gotten over the last number of years for one thing or another from the Awards of Distinction, and it’s our second one in regard to our organization’s diversity,” Longridge said, “and I think I should commend the board for that.”

Longridge added that diversity has long been a priority for the school district, “both in its employment practices as well as what it provides students in our school district.”

The Board of Education’s governance policy on “Diversity, Equality and Equity,” can be found on the district’s website under the “Board of Education,” “Governance Policies & Bylaws” section.

The district’s operational procedure on “Diversity and Human Rights,” is posted on the district’s website in the “Operational Procedures” section under “District Administration.”

Last year’s winner of the award was the Campbell River Immigrant Welcome Centre.

Longridge accepted the award on behalf of the school district at Business Awards ceremony on Oct. 1 at the Tidemark.