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MONTREAL, OCTOBER 5, 2011 – The sun was shining in the Plateau on Tuesday, October 4 when Bancroft Elementary School’s Nacera Krim was selected as a winner of Grand & Toy’s “A Day Made Better” contest.

Nominated by Principal Dorothy Ostrowicz in June for her uncanny dedication to her students and Bancroft Elementary School, Krim, the only Montreal teacher to win the award and one of 17 across Canada, was surprised with a new ergonomic chair and $1,500 worth of essential classroom supplies which was donated by Grand & Toy and Learning for a Sustainable Future.

“She gives so much to the Bancroft community. She’s an excellent teacher, a passionate and compassionate person who loves and cares for the children. Her passion and compassion really comes through in her classroom,” said Ms.  Ostrowicz. “When you speak to the children, the one thing that always comes across is that she’s kind, caring and makes learning for them a genuine experience and to her, the children are family. That’s what makes her special; I thank all my teachers every day. We’re extremely lucky to have such a great team and once in a while, it’s just the right way to thank her for doing all that she does at Bancroft.”

“This is a surprise that I never thought I’d ever receive. When people tell me thank you, I’m very happy, but what happened to me today, it’s special, it’s really really special. It means a lot,” said Ms.  Krim. “By doing that, this is for my students too. They are a part because they are always interested in the work, they deserve it. I’m the one being honoured, but my children do a lot. We can just guide them, the work they are doing, it is us guiding them, but this is for all the children. Today I’m on cloud nine. I’m so happy. If someone would have told me that one day this would have happened, I would have never have believed it. Wow!”

Krim became the third teacher from the English Montreal School Board to win this honour. In 2010, Catherine Legault from Royal Vale Elementary School in N.D.G. and music teacher Esther Gonzalez from St. Dorothy Elementary School in St. Michel received the same award.

“A Day Made Better” is a pillar of Grand & Toy’s corporate social responsibility strategy that focuses on fostering and supporting the education of underprivileged children from JK to Grade 12. The initiative is modelled after parent company OfficeMax’s program, which also surprised 1,000 winners on October  4.
Grand & Toy is one of Canada’s leading office solutions providers.  Learning for a Sustainable Future is a not-for-profit, registered charitable organization that was established in 1991 to integrate sustainability education into Canada’s education system. 


Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213