Congratulations to the following recipients of awards presented at the SCA annual general meeting.

Meredith Caisley Award - Sr Leonie O’Neill, Canterbury
Fellows Award - Mary Flaherty, Otago
Conference Accolade Award - Francesca Eathorne, Canterbury

The Fellows Award for Excellence in is awarded to Mary Flaherty of Dunedin. In 2006, the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Speech Communication Association the current Fellows of the Association gifted beautiful Matai and greenstone bookends to be awarded annually to a teacher who was a member of the Association demonstrating excellence in teaching.  Nearly ten years later the Fellows revised the regulations and simplified the process. That is how this year we have a recipient – Mary Flaherty of Dunedin. The following extracts are taken from a letter accompanying the nomination from a former student and now teacher that Mary Flaherty taught and inspired.

“A wide range of students with varying ages and abilities benefit from Mary’s tutelage, from six and seven year olds through to all the prefects at a local high school, to businessmen and women as well as students with special needs such as dwarfism and autism. Mary always adapts her teaching style and maintains high energy in creative lesson to best cater for her students. ….Mary has a number of Diploma students which she helps achieve high standards…Mary inspired me to become a teacher….Mary Flaherty is an ideal candidate to receive Fellows Award for Excellence in Teaching as her high energy teaching style enables her students to reach the best of their abilities.

Many examples of attention and high standards of a caring teacher were received to further this nomination. Unfortunately Mary was not at the PDS to receive the award but it will be presented to her on behalf of the Fellows by Sarah Entwistle who kindly agreed to undertake this task.

Sr Leonie O'Neill receiving the Meredith Caisley Award from SCA President Dianne Jones.