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Heather White Receives Inaugural Dibbon Leadership Award

December 19, 2012

On Friday, December 7, 2012 the inaugaural Dr. David Dibbon Leadership Scholar was awarded to Heather White, a doctoral student in the Faculty of Education. The award was presented at the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Directors of Education (NLADE) conference at the Capitol Hotel during the conference luncheon.

The Dr. David Dibbon Leadership Scholar Award was established by his family, friends, colleagues and students to commemorate the life and work of Dr. Dibbon, Dean of the Faculty of Education, 2008-2010. The Scholar Award is awarded to a doctoral student in educational administration who holds Dr. Dibbon's ideals.

Dr. David Dibbon was a stellar family man, educator, administrator, leader and friend. He was committed to research focused on improving schools and school systems in Newfoundland and Labrador and elsewhere. He had great dreams of what public education could be. He was passionate about enabling schools to become better places for students to learn and for teachers to work. He was a transformational leader and change agent committed to collaborative partnerships and teamwork. He had a gift of innovative thinking, a visionary spirit, and the tenacious patience required to successfully lead meaningful educational reform.

Heather White, the newly appointed Dr. Dibbon Scholar noted, "In many ways, I feel myself to be carrying on his legacy in my own humble way - a midwife of his vision of improving the working lives of teachers and leaders and in turn improving school environments for students as well as society at large. I stand on the shoulder of giants, of which he is surely one."

The award was presented to Heather White by Dr. Dibbon's wife, Janice Cooper and his two daughters, Katherine and Lauren Dibbon.