James M. Hill Memorial Principal to Receive Prestigious Award

Posted: January 31, 2018

Heidi Ryder is someone who leads by example with her creativity and innovative way of thinking. Being the lead administrator in a High School with over 500 students is sure to be a challenge, but Heidi has embraced the opportunity and has won over her students and staff. Everyone in the building means something to her and she treats everyone with equal respect. Therefore, it is no surprise that Heidi has been named one of Canada’s Outstanding Principals for 2018 by the Learning Partnership organization.

As principal of James M. Hill Memorial High, Heidi has changed the entire culture of the building, making it a place where students want to be every day. She has developed so much positive energy by spearheading the “Tommie Pride” campaign. A prime example of this is her involvement in purchasing and distributing t-Shirts with the Tommie Pride emblem on the front for all students and staff in the building. Nowadays, at various school based events and throughout the city, JMH students are seen proudly wearing these shirts.

With her positive attitude and approachable manner, Heidi has been able to invoke change for the better at James M. Hill and create a sense of belonging in her school community. She has the best interest of her students and staff at heart. This extends well beyond the building walls, as you will not only find her supporting various events in the school, but rest assured you will find her at just about every extra-curricular event or fundraiser that her students are involved in beyond the school day.
To receive her award, Heidi will be flying to Toronto and attending an official ceremony on February 27th. She will also attend a five-day leadership course at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.

On behalf of Superintendent Mark Donovan and the entire ASD-N staff, “Congratulations Heidi on this well-deserved honour”