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HEARN e@ca.nl.saint_john's_west 2000-11-27 federal election
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HEARN Loyola
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HEATH e@ca.on.kent_county.wallaceburg.wallaceburg_courier_press 2003-06-04 published
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'Burg native wins national award
Cheryl HEATH Courier Press staff
One of Wallaceburg's homegrown students is now recognized as one of the top teachers in the land.
Kim LEWIS, who hails from Wallaceburg and is now a drama teacher at John McGregor secondary school in Chatham, has been awarded with a Certificate of Excellence as a recipient of the 2002-2003 Prime Minister's Award for Teaching Excellence.
The award, presented by Prime Minister Jean CHRETIEN at a May 15 ceremony, recognizes the efforts of outstanding teachers who provide students with the tools necessary to become upstanding citizens, develop and thrive as individuals, and to contribute to the country's growth and prosperity.
LEWIS was one of only 16 teachers and 10 early childhood educators to be honoured at the national level while 72 teachers and 31 early childhood educators will be presented with certificates by their respective Members of Parliament.
It was a climactic moment in her teaching career, says LEWIS, who is the daughter of “Radio” Ray and Janice AARSSEN of Wallaceburg.
LEWIS, who has been a teacher for 24 years, began her teaching career at Our Lady of Help school in Wallaceburg. She then worked out West and later in Fergus, Ontario, before moving back to the area with her three children 12 years ago.
There weren't any teaching positions available in Chatham-Kent when LEWIS first arrived, but she was interviewed by a Lambton Kent District School Board administrator to whom she promised that he “won't be sorry” if he gave her a chance.
He obliged. LEWIS then began teaching English, but in time, had the chance to teach her true love -- drama.
The program at John McGregor school proved so popular with students over time that the number of classes offered has grown to nine from three, which is quite a feat given that drama is not a required course in the curriculum.
"I can't tell you how fulfilling it is," says LEWIS. "It really is amazing that I get paid to do this."
She says being nominated for the award by both the parent council and school principal Ross DAWE at John McGregor school was an honour in itself.
"I tried to dissuade him (DAWE,)" she says. "He wouldn't hear of it. He insisted on putting this nomination together."
LEWIS notes "there are so many great teachers in our building" that she was awed when she received the call from Ottawa informing her of the win.
"It blew my mind," says LEWIS, adding she and her entire family, including husband Dan, who is an accomplished physical education and math teacher as well as guidance officer at McGregor, enjoyed the five-day trip to the nation's capital.
"It really was invigorating to hear other people who are passionate about what they're doing, too," says LEWIS of the experience of meeting with Canada's top teachers.
Indeed, LEWIS says the event was inspiring as well as a real shot in the arm for her teaching career.
"I kept walking around saying, ‘I've just been inoculated, '" she quips.
LEWIS says her childhood inspired her interest in the dramatic arts. She recalls that her parents were heavily involved in the theatre and they often held cast parties at the family home. In her later years, LEWIS took part in theatrical studies at Wallaceburg District Secondary School and she also joined the Wallaceburg Little Theatre. These days, in addition to her teaching duties, LEWIS directs, organizes and writes several community-based drama programs, including the incredibly successful Stop Bullying production presented in cooperation with the Chatham-Kent Police Service earlier this year.
LEWIS notes her high praise for her students and their commitment to drama.
"The opportunities with drama are endless and the rewards are immeasurable," she says. "My students change the world and that's what it's all about."
LEWIS adds her motto as a teacher is a simple one. She offers her students with a safe environment to test their abilities.
"The biggest word of my career is risk," she says. "I provide a safe environment, which allows for risks. Then I say to students, ‘let's find out what you're capable of.' Success is absolutely a given if you come in here with the right attitude."
Thanks to LEWIS's achievement, her school will also receive a $5,000 donation to be used with LEWIS's direction in consultation with the school.

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HEATH e@ca.on.kent_county.wallaceburg.wallaceburg_courier_press 2003-07-16 published
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Man's sentence offends family
Cheryl HEATH Courier Press staff
Things didn't always come easily for William Bob HETHERINGTON, know to Friends and family as "Bobby," but he is nonetheless described as a "happy go-lucky" sort of person.
On January 25, 2002, Bobby was walking across the Murray Street bridge when he somehow lost his footing and ended up laying on the road. The Chatham-Kent Police Service knows that much is true as a witness flagged down a cruiser to report the sighting. The motorist then headed back to where the man was laying. It was at that moment when the witness saw another motorist drive over Bobby.
According to the coroner's report, the 39-year-old was killed instantly. The now 48-year-old motorist took off, but was later tracked down and charged with a number of offences, including impaired driving causing death.
HETHERINGTON's family in Wallaceburg, including older sister Diana and elder brother Ron, arranged for his funeral with the assistance of Kevin CAVANAGH of the Haycock-Cavanagh Funeral Home. Bobby, who had never married and did not have children, had been searching for work ever since Libby, known as The Glass, closed in 1999.
Up until recently, the HETHERINGTON family did not know of the fate of the man who ran over Bobby. They had not received any information from the courts about the accused's court appearance. Then, a few weeks ago, Diana HETHERINGTON was working at her job as a security guard when a friend came by with a copy of a Chatham newspaper, which detailed the sentence handed to the man charged in her brother's death. The motorist, Harvey SEARLE, was given 20 months of house arrest on the charge of impaired driving cause of death. SEARLE was also given two years of probation and a four-year driving prohibition.
Diana couldn't believe her eyes. She had imagined the perpetrator would be facing a couple of years in jail. It hadn't crossed her mind that the accused would be allowed to continue going to work while serving a sentence at his own residence.
"We figured he wouldn't have gotten a slap on the hand and sent home," she says. What she finds particularly ironic is society largely condemns impaired driving, but once convicted, drivers tend to face lenient sentences meted out by the courts.
"Police work hard to get those drunk drivers off the streets and the judge just sends them home," she says. "There is no justice here."
Diana says her family is also saddened to note light sentences for impaired-driving related deaths are relatively commonplace.
"It happens all of the time," she says. "The HETHERINGTON family is not alone."
The sentence meted out to the man who took Bobby's life brings no comfort to the HETHERINGTONs. Indeed, Diana notes the driver's apology, which was read in the courtroom, has not been seen or heard by the HETHERINGTON family.
Family friend Dan JANSSENS echoes Diana's sentiments and says the lenient sentence handed to SEARLE highlights the need for reform to the justice system.
"I definitely think they should enforce the law a bit more -- not that it's going to help Bobby."
Diana, who was closest to Bobby, notes the family has also grieved the loss of their mother, who died of breast cancer when Bobby was a teenager, a brother who died from heart-related complications and the family patriarch a few years ago.
The type of sentence given to the man responsible for Bobby's life suggests the court system ascribes little value to human life, says Diana.
"Bobby was just a happy go-lucky guy. He was always laughing and happy," she says.
Family members are still attempting to set aside enough money to purchase a grave-site marker for Bobby, whose remains are resting beside his brother.
Brendan CRAWLEY, a spokesman for the Ministry of Attorney General's office, reports Chatham-Kent's Victim/Witness Assistance Program was set up after the initial charges against SEARLE were laid.
Nonetheless, a protocol was in place. According to Ministry documents, the Crown was following orders to remain in contact with the victim's girlfriend. It seems it was assumed all pertinent court information would be passed along to Bobby's family members, says CRAWLEY.
"I suppose that it wasn't the case," he says, noting it is unfortunate.
CRAWLEY adds the Crown was seeking a jail term of between 18 to 24 months for SEARLE, but the judge chose to mete out the sentence as presented.

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HERRON e@ca.nb.fundy-royal 2000-11-27 federal election
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HERRON John
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HETHERINGTON e@ca.on.kent_county.wallaceburg.wallaceburg_courier_press 2003-07-16 published
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Man's sentence offends family
Cheryl HEATH Courier Press staff
Things didn't always come easily for William Bob HETHERINGTON, know to Friends and family as "Bobby," but he is nonetheless described as a "happy go-lucky" sort of person.
On January 25, 2002, Bobby was walking across the Murray Street bridge when he somehow lost his footing and ended up laying on the road. The Chatham-Kent Police Service knows that much is true as a witness flagged down a cruiser to report the sighting. The motorist then headed back to where the man was laying. It was at that moment when the witness saw another motorist drive over Bobby.
According to the coroner's report, the 39-year-old was killed instantly. The now 48-year-old motorist took off, but was later tracked down and charged with a number of offences, including impaired driving causing death.
HETHERINGTON's family in Wallaceburg, including older sister Diana and elder brother Ron, arranged for his funeral with the assistance of Kevin CAVANAGH of the Haycock-Cavanagh Funeral Home. Bobby, who had never married and did not have children, had been searching for work ever since Libby, known as The Glass, closed in 1999.
Up until recently, the HETHERINGTON family did not know of the fate of the man who ran over Bobby. They had not received any information from the courts about the accused's court appearance. Then, a few weeks ago, Diana HETHERINGTON was working at her job as a security guard when a friend came by with a copy of a Chatham newspaper, which detailed the sentence handed to the man charged in her brother's death. The motorist, Harvey SEARLE, was given 20 months of house arrest on the charge of impaired driving cause of death. SEARLE was also given two years of probation and a four-year driving prohibition.
Diana couldn't believe her eyes. She had imagined the perpetrator would be facing a couple of years in jail. It hadn't crossed her mind that the accused would be allowed to continue going to work while serving a sentence at his own residence.
"We figured he wouldn't have gotten a slap on the hand and sent home," she says. What she finds particularly ironic is society largely condemns impaired driving, but once convicted, drivers tend to face lenient sentences meted out by the courts.
"Police work hard to get those drunk drivers off the streets and the judge just sends them home," she says. "There is no justice here."
Diana says her family is also saddened to note light sentences for impaired-driving related deaths are relatively commonplace.
"It happens all of the time," she says. "The HETHERINGTON family is not alone."
The sentence meted out to the man who took Bobby's life brings no comfort to the HETHERINGTONs. Indeed, Diana notes the driver's apology, which was read in the courtroom, has not been seen or heard by the HETHERINGTON family.
Family friend Dan JANSSENS echoes Diana's sentiments and says the lenient sentence handed to SEARLE highlights the need for reform to the justice system.
"I definitely think they should enforce the law a bit more -- not that it's going to help Bobby."
Diana, who was closest to Bobby, notes the family has also grieved the loss of their mother, who died of breast cancer when Bobby was a teenager, a brother who died from heart-related complications and the family patriarch a few years ago.
The type of sentence given to the man responsible for Bobby's life suggests the court system ascribes little value to human life, says Diana.
"Bobby was just a happy go-lucky guy. He was always laughing and happy," she says.
Family members are still attempting to set aside enough money to purchase a grave-site marker for Bobby, whose remains are resting beside his brother.
Brendan CRAWLEY, a spokesman for the Ministry of Attorney General's office, reports Chatham-Kent's Victim/Witness Assistance Program was set up after the initial charges against SEARLE were laid.
Nonetheless, a protocol was in place. According to Ministry documents, the Crown was following orders to remain in contact with the victim's girlfriend. It seems it was assumed all pertinent court information would be passed along to Bobby's family members, says CRAWLEY.
"I suppose that it wasn't the case," he says, noting it is unfortunate.
CRAWLEY adds the Crown was seeking a jail term of between 18 to 24 months for SEARLE, but the judge chose to mete out the sentence as presented.

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