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Breakfast with the Mayors, Spring 2005

The following is an article written about our Spring 2005 Breakfast with the Mayors event that appeared in the Burlington Post on Sunday, June 19.

Boards honoured for role in shaping students' futures

By Craight MacBridge Special to the Post

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Kelly Hoey, executive director of the Halton Industry Education Council (left), presented outgoing Halton District School Board Education Director Dusty Papke with a business education award. Also pictured is HDSB Associate Director Barry Finlay.

Mayors and other community leaders came out to support partnerships between school boards and industry last Wednesday [June 15, 2005].

The Breakfast with the Mayors event, put on by the Halton Industry Education Council (HIEC), was also a chance to honour two people HIEC chose as important to helping students make informed career decisions.

Outgoing director of education for the Halton District School Board, Dusty Papke, who announced his resignation following a recent fractious school board debate that changed the way the board is to be run, was recognized for his eight years of local service.

Elaine Hine, Halton Catholic District School Board's superintendent of education, curriculum services, also received a business in education award.

Hine was given the award for her work as an advocate for HIEC.

She wasn't about to take any credit, thought, and turned it around to celebrate the achievements at HIEC.

"I can't believe the strides you've made. You've taught me more than I could ever teach you," she said. "It does take a community to give our students the understanding, the options, the opportunities."

HIEC, a non-profit organization, plays a large role in that community, fostering and promoting partnerships between industry, education and the community. The results are seen in apprenticeship and training programs for students, helping them figure out which careers might best suit them.

"Word class" education system

Papke also took his time at the microphone to congratulate HIEC.

"Education in Halton's publicly-funded school system is world class," he said, giving HIEC some credit for that. "It doesn't get better than this."

The reason for Halton's success, he added, is due to the right people and the support and partnerships that exist.

"We can never, ever, take that kind of partnership for granted," he said, going on to thank the business community for partnering with the education system.

He added, "Thank you for the best eight years of my career. I've enjoyed it immensely."

To find out more about the Halton Industry Education Council, visit

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