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Gillian Schell

Gillian is a woman of faith who lives her life in service to others. As an educator, Gillian devoted her time toward students who were struggling in the classroom and helped prepare them for the path ahead. She taught at many secondary schools throughout Sudbury and at Cambrian Collage and Laurentian University. As a teacher, Gillian was, for many years, a member of the Council for Exceptional Children and her work with exceptional students earned her the Barbara Konarek Award for Special Education from the Rainbow District School Board. Her service to others extends well beyond the education sector. Gillian chairs the Manitou Intentional Learning Community which offers workshops and events addressing timely issues such as medical assistance in dying (MAID), Impact of Residential Schools, Racism, etc. Gillian Co-Chairs the St. Peter’s United Church Refugee Sponsorship committee and has been assisting a family of 9 from Syria for the past three years. Her understanding of the education system, experience teaching English and knowledge of the community and its resources has blessed this family with an abundance of support. Gillian is kind and supportive mother, mother-in-law and grandmother who takes an active role in the healthy development of her family. As a member of the coordinating committee for the ‘Out of the Cold’ program she helps prepare hot meals for those in need and helped to arrange Naloxone training for volunteers at the St Peters United Church.  Gillian is also active in child and youth leadership at St. Peter’s Church and an active volunteer with Sudbury Youth Orchestra. She is a strong social justice advocate and can be seen at many local events including the December 6th Vigil, Take Back the Night, Celebrate Women and the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards Gala. Gillian has helped to decorate the room for this prestigious event in past years and it is a pleasure to prepare it for this remarkable Woman of Distinction.