George Ermellini Literacy Award


This award 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 boards, 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.

Description of Award

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.


This award will be granted to an elementary school in the Toronto Catholic District School Board 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 TCDSB; and
  • Support for the program and its provider are evident.

Selection Process

The selection will be approved by the Board of Directors of The Angel Foundation for Learning, upon the recommendation of the review committee. This committee will include members of the Ermellini family. The selected school will be notified shortly after the application deadline. Selected schools must wait 3 years before applying again. The Angel Foundation for Learning will issue a cheque up to $500 made payable to the successful school once we have received the receipts and/or the invoice for the materials requested.

Donations to the George Ermellini Literacy Award

may be sent to The Angel Foundation for Learning, 80 Sheppard Avenue East, Toronto, Ontario, M2N 6E8. Donations may also be made through our website at Tax receipts will be issued for any donation of $20.00 or more.

Contact Person

Enquiries regarding this award can be made to Marisa Celenza, Executive Director, The Angel Foundation for Learning – 416 222-8282 Ext 2195 or email

Send your completed application form to Marisa Celenza, Executive Director
The Angel Foundation for Learning, CEC, 80 Sheppard Ave. East, Toronto, ON, M2N 6E8.

Application Due Date: Friday, April 13, 2018

Download an application

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