Photo: Bonnie Hope, Board member and Past Board Chair of Prairie Spirit Schools Foundation and current Vice-Chair of the Prairie Spirit School Division Board, worked alongside Deanna J. Greyeyes during her time as a Trustee.
Deanna J. Greyeyes was a Trustee on the Prairie Spirit School Division Board from 2012 until 2016 and is fondly remembered as having the ‘big picture’ of education as a basis for her decisions. Sadly, she passed away in November of 2018. Her memory and legacy of her contributions to her community and our School Division will continue to live on through the Prairie Spirit Schools Foundation Legacy and Memorial Giving Program. On her behalf a donation was made and requested that in honour of Ms. Greyeyes commitment, dedication and support of the students and schools in the Prairie Spirit School Division her name be added to the commemorative plaque that is on display in the Prairie Spirit School Division office in Warman.
The Foundation’s Legacy and Memorial Giving Program was designed to support professional development within the Prairie Spirit School Division, a way for members of the community to give back and to recognize and/or memorialize contributions made by others. When a minimum donation of $500 (gathered from a group or individual and/or done cumulatively) is made to this program the donor’s choice of honouree’s name is added to the Foundation’s commemorative plaque and an acknowledgement of this generous gift is sent to the recipient or their family.
Bonnie Hope, Board member and Past Board Chair of Prairie Spirit Schools Foundation and current Vice-Chair of the Prairie Spirit School Division Board who worked alongside Ms. Greyeyes during her time as a Trustee fondly recalls her as not only a fellow Board member, but as a friend. “Deanna kindly gave of her time and knowledge. This program not only provides an opportunity to recognize and honor her for all of her contributions but leaves a lasting legacy in providing additional professional development opportunities for those in our School Division,” said Hope.
In addition to a personal or group donation to the Foundation’s Legacy and Memorial Giving Program, when a donation to any SARCAN in Saskatchewan is made anyone can designate the value of their bottle return ‘funds’ using the word “LEGACY”. The funds are then placed in the Legacy and Memorial Giving Program and designated for use in professional development opportunities for educators in our School Division.
“It is our purpose as a Foundation to enhance and enrich the learning opportunities available to not only our students but to those supporting our students within our School Division. By creating an opportunity for additional resources, training and tools to assist educators we know it can have a positive and significant impact on students,” said Michael Wright, Board Chair, Prairie Spirit Schools Foundation. “An ‘In Memory’ or ‘In Honor’ donation is a special way to pay tribute to a special friend, family member, teacher or colleague who has passed away or a unique and meaningful way to honor someone and truly make a difference within our community.”
More information on the Foundation’s Legacy and Memorial Giving Program can be found on the Foundation’s website at www.prairiespiritschoolsfoundation.ca.