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The Jack Henshaw Award 2021

This award honours Jack Henshaw, a tireless supporter and champion of the local, affordable and accessible General Interest and Seniors Daytime programs offered by the Toronto District School Board. It is awarded to someone who has shown a similar commitment to lifelong learning and has made a significant, sustained contribution to the ongoing success of these programs.

The recipient of the award may be an instructor, administrator, adult learner, school trustee or other active supporter of the programs. Nominations may be made by email using the nomination form attached below.

Nominations are now closed. A winner will be announced in the coming months.

2020 Jack Henshaw Award Recipient

On behalf of the Continuing Education Department, we are pleased to announce the recipient of the 2020 Jack Henshaw Award goes to Henry Godzik, an experienced Learn4Life ballroom and Latin dancing instructor!

From the many submissions that were received, here are just a few of the sentiments sent by his learners:

  • “A very knowledgeable and enthusiastic teacher whose humour engages the students, making the learning experience enjoyable”. 
  • “Even though Henry has taught dance with the TDSB for many years, his approach is fresh and interesting and he continues to try new things to improve the experience for his students.” 
  • “His depth of experience and knowledge in dance is boundless, ranging from the origins of specific dances to the social mores of modern ballroom dance. His instructional style is clear and consistent and he ensures that all students understand before moving on. Henry emphasizes the social, physical and mental benefits of ballroom dancing for everyone. He creates a climate that engages students by organizing end of session potlucks and by giving information about dance opportunities in the community. He encourages all students to dance with different partners during the class, creating a supportive, encouraging group committed to helping each other.”

Henry was a clear winner, as his learners described his immense commitment to lifelong learning, something which Mr. Henshaw tirelessly supported. Thank you to everyone that sent in submissions.



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