Superior Heights teacher named a Paul Harris Fellow at surprise ceremony

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Jill Inch (left) accepts her Paul Harris Fellow recognition award from Al Bonney (middle) and Brian Robertson (right) from Rotary International.

The Paul Harris Fellow recognition is one of the highest awards given by Rotary International and on Tuesday April 11, Jill Inch, teacher at Superior Heights Collegiate and Vocational School, was named a Paul Harris Fellow in a surprise presentation attended by local and Rotary International representatives, Superior Heights staff and many of her students.

Jill was presented the award “in appreciation of tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among peoples of the world.”
Mrs. Inch teaches the Canadian and World Issues class at Superior Heights and each year, she and her students chose significant international causes to learn about and fundraise for.

This fall was the fourth year Mrs. Inch and her World Issues class focused on the eradication of polio. Prior to that, Mrs. Inch placed her focus on the elimination of land mines and she and her students over eleven years dedicated themselves to that cause.

Jill Inch, teacher at Superior Heights, surrounded by many of her World Issues students at Rotary presentation held in her honour.

Mrs. Inch has raised thousands of dollars for the End Polio Now initiative, a fundraising effort which Rotary International also supports. This year alone, the Superior Heights World Issues class raised nearly $4000 for the End Polio Now campaign, thanks to the hard work of students and Mrs. Inch, and through the generous donations of classmates, staff, family and the school community.

Rotary Past District Governor Al Bonney was on hand to present Jill with her Paul Harris pin and commemorative certificate. He reminded those present that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation matches every dollar raised with two dollars so that the nearly four thousand dollars raised by Superior Heights will in fact become close to $12,000.

Jill Inch holds her Paul Harris Fellow recognition award surrounded by her World Issues students and Rotarians including Melinda Mills, President of Rotary SSM (front row, left)

Mrs. Inch thanked everyone for the acknowledgement and made it a point to say that these initiatives are the success they are because of the strong support she has received from her school colleagues, both local Rotary associations and her students.