When Stephanie Pennesi retired in June after 31 years as a French teacher and librarian at Guelph’s June Avenue Public School, she left with more than just memories. Pennesi was recognized with the CAA School Safety Patrol Supervisor of the Year award for her role as a dedicated patrol safety advocate for the past 29 years.
Pennesi was nominated by Guelph Police officer, Sherry Pettapiece and teacher, Dianne Chadder for her years of dedicated service. Pennesi is described as someone who can always be counted on, and who always makes sure CAA School Safety Patrollers are wearing their vests, are on time and are conducting themselves in a safe manner. Over the years, she has demonstrated leadership by identifying potential issues and proactively working to correct them.
“I believe that Stephanie is the most dedicated safety patrol supervisor that has ever been involved in the program,” says Constable Sherry Pettapiece. “My partner once told me that each patrol team is only as strong as their patrol supervisor and when I think of Stephanie, I realise that this statement couldn't be more true.”