Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) - York Region Chapter #543
2022 Yes I Can! Awards
In York Region, a joint CEC Yes I Can Awards Ceremony is held each spring with the York Region District School Board, York Catholic District School Board and the Ontario Council for Exceptional Children. Together we celebrate the accomplishments of students, while recognizing the educators, staff and parents who teach, support and inspire students with exceptionalities.
The Yes I Can Awards honour children and youth with exceptionalities who shine. CEC has recognized the accomplishments of thousands of students since the program started in 1982. Every year, teachers, support staff and administrators are invited to nominate students with special education needs who have demonstrated outstanding growth in the areas of the CEC International categories of:
- School and Community Activities
- Transition to Work / Vocational Training / Independent Living
The Council for Exceptional Children also recognizes educators, parents and businesses, agencies or community organizations who have given outstanding service to the CEC or directly to exceptional children and youth. The adult award categories include:
- Business/Agency/Community Organization Award
- Educational Leader of the Year
- Paraprofessional of the Year Award
- Parent Award
- President's Award
- Teacher of the Year Award
Additionally, the York Region Chapter #543 nominates students and adults for a Provincial Yes I Can Award presented by the Ontario Council for Exceptional Children at their Annual Special Education Conference. For more information about the Ontario Council for Exceptional Children or the awards process or past recipients, please visit the Ontario Council for Exceptional Children webpage.
2022 Yes I Can! Award Recipients
On Wednesday, May 18, 2022, the CEC York Region Chapter hosted its first virtual awards ceremony! We were thrilled to celebrate all the outstanding students, parents, teachers, education staff and businesses with our 2022 Yes I Can Awards ceremony. With over 270 attendees, we presented awards to 155 students and 12 adults. Please see below for highlights of this year's YRDSB adult award recipients.