|DKG QUEBEC TO MARK 60 YEARS BY RECOGNIZING ITS ONLY SURVIVING FOUNDING MEMBER, 100 YEAR OLD MARIANNE DAVIS|
MONTREAL, DECEMBER 1, 2016- Delta Kappa Gamma International (DKG International) was founded in 1929 by Dr. Annie Webb Blanton of the University of Texas in Austin. It is a professional society of key woman educators whose purpose is to promote the professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in educational. Since then the movement has spread across the United States and to Canada, Europe, Latin America and Japan. Today it boasts a membership of some ninety thousand educators.
DKG Quebec was established 60 years ago by 12 exceptional Quebec women educators: Jean Aldridge, Beatrice Andrews, Grace Campbell, Marianne Davis, Margaret Dickson, Evelyn Eaton, Dorothy Ewing, Margaret Kingsley, Barbara Lax, Mary MacLeod, Margaret Nix and Jean Pepler. Marianne Davis is the only surviving founder and she recently celebrated her 100th birthday. Marianne is a retired elementary school educational consultant from the former Protestant School Board of Greater Montreal (PSBGM), now the English Montreal School Board (EMSB).
To celebrate their 60th anniversary, DKG Quebec has renamed their Early Educator Award in Marianne's honour. It will now be known as the Marianne Davis Early Educator Award. The award is to help new teachers build a personal bank of professional books and instructional materials.
Media are invited to meet Marianne Davis at Manoir Westmount, 4646 Sherbrooke Street West in Westmount on Tuesday, December 13 (10:15 am). The winner of the 2016 Marianne Davis Early Educator Award, Carissa Valente of Bancroft Elementary School, will be presented with her award at that time. Last year's winner, Caroline Derome, a music teacher and flautist from the EMSB’s St Dorothy's Elementary School in St. Michel, along with a choir from Westmount Park Elementary School, will perform for Marianne and the other residents of the Manoir.
A musical evening and dinner is planned for Thursday December 15 (5:30 pm) at 6000 Fielding Avenue to recognize Marianne's contribution to DKG Quebec as well as that of six other veteran members. The program will revolve around music from each decade since DKG Quebec’s inception. Caroline Derome, will also be part of this musical program.
The aim of DKG Quebec is to unite women educators with the goal of advancing their professional interest and position. “Our purpose is to support women in education whether through fellowship, networking, mentoring or scholarships,” said DKG Quebec president Bev Townsend, a retired EMSB principal. “We want to support teachers in the classroom and to encourage professional growth. Our challenge is to strive for excellence in education as we stay abreast of the rapid changes in the world.”
DKG Quebec sponsors two scholarships at McGill, the Dr. Mildred Burns Award for Leadership in Education and the Dr. Sarah Paltiel Award for Excellence in Education. Both Dr. Burns and Dr. Paltiel are long time members of DKG Quebec. Four years ago DKG International added McGill as a university site for the DKG International World Fellowship Grant, a grant open to international students studying at McGill.
At the local level, DKG Quebec created the Evelyn Eaton Award, named in honour of the Quebec's first president and a founding member who was a PSBGM French language consultant. The award is to purchase the instructional materials required for an innovative French second language project. The DKG Adult Education Award is presented to one or two students in a yearly rotation with the EMSB and Lester B. Pearson School Board. Plans call for a second Marianne Davis Early Educator Award to be awarded to a young teacher at the LBPSB. DKG Quebec also offers scholarships to its own members returning to university for graduate studies or attending a conference for professional development
Through our Community in Crisis Scholarship we offer financial support to a university student in a community suffering from a social, political or environmental crisis. For two years following the earthquake in Haiti we supported a medical student. Today we support three high school students in Haiti. DKG Quebec also supports Giant Steps in Montreal and international projects such as a school in Nepal and UNICEF's Schools for Africa.
Dinner meetings with guest speakers are held once a month, from September until May, as a way of raising funds. Anyone interested is welcome to attend.
Michael J. Cohen