George Ermellini Literacy Award

This fund honours the memory of George Ermellini, a dedicated and much-loved TCDSB educator, well known for his commitment to the promotion of literacy within elementary schools. George served as teacher and principal at several TCDSB elementary schools. In 1985, he worked on Special Assignment in the Board’s Curriculum and Special Services Department. His particular commitment to students with special needs is well known. From 1987 to his retirement in 1996 George served as Superintendent of Education. He worked tirelessly with schools across the system and in addition found time to serve on many board, archdiocesan, community and government committees. George is remembered for his warm smile and faith in his fellow educators- a faith that challenged and inspired all with whom he worked.

The George Ermellini Literacy Award is a special fund administered through The Angel Foundation for Learning to support innovative programs in family literacy within elementary schools across the TCDSB. A grant of $500 will be awarded each year.

The George Ermellini Literacy Award will be awarded to an elementary school in the TCDSB based on the following criteria:
• The family literacy program focuses on primary children and is supported by the local school community
• The program is consistent with the philosophy of the Literacy Team Department of the TCDSB
• Support for program and its provider are evident.

Any TCDSB elementary school may apply for this award. Include any supporting materials for your proposed project. Notification of the award to the school will be made shortly after the application deadline.

The selection will be made by the Board of Directors of The Angel Foundation for Learning, upon recommendation of the selection committee. The selection committee will include representatives of the Literacy Team and members of the Ermellini family.

Donations to the George Ermellini Literacy Award may be made to The Angel Foundation for Learning, 80 Sheppard Avenue East, Toronto, Ontario, M2N 6E8. Donations may also be made through our website at

Enquiries regarding the award may be made to Marisa Celenza at 416.222.8282 ext. 2195 or email

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