Maxine wins an EO Leadership Award

May 27th, 2015 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

We are thrilled to announce that our nominee Maxine Brown-Simpson, an LBS Instructor at Dixon Hall who participated in AlphaPlus’ March webinars to share her experience with using Evernote in her multi-level classroom, has won an Employment Ontario Leadership Award in Innovation.

Maxine was nominated by our staff member Monika Jankowska-Pacyna, who coached Maxine in using digital tools in the classroom  including Evernote  as part of the IT coaching services offered by AlphaPlus.

“I am so excited! Collaborating with Maxine and her learners was an incredibly rewarding experience for me. I learned so much about the realities of working in the literacy field and the struggles many literacy learners and instructors face everyday. I had a chance to witness the amazing transformation in Maxine and her learners. The learners are becoming stronger and more independent. They are quickly progressing on their learning path and their confidence and self-esteem are growing every day,” said Monika, when the award winner was announced.

Also in support of Maxine, Monika added: “This award recognizes an innovative instructor who didn’t give up, who even when she wasn’t comfortable with the technology, pushed her own limits and made this transformation possible! I feel very lucky to have been be a part of this initiative and I am very proud of what Maxine and the learners were able to accomplish. This award is a fantastic conclusion to our coaching partnership!”

From left: David Fulford (Assistant Deputy Minister, Employment and Training Division), Maxine Brown-Simpson (LBS Instructor at Dixon Hall) and Monika Jankowska-Pacyna (Projects Coordinator at AlphaPlus).


From left: Antoinette (LBS Learner), Fatuma (LBS Learner), Haris Blentic (Executive Director at Dixon Hall), Maxine Brown-Simpson and David Fulford.

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To learn more about Maxine and her innovative work, visit Nominating Maxine for an EO Leadership Award