Sylvia Smith is retiring this year from the OCDSB and has taught for many years in an alternate high school, working with some of the most at-risk students in the city. As a vibrant member of the Elizabeth Wyn Wood Alternative High School in Ottawa, she was a Winner of the 2011 Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Teaching. Sylvia has enthusiastically attended and contributed to OHASSTA and local Ottawa PD. She started “Project of Heart”, a project which connects students and community members with the history of residential schools in a very concrete way. Through this project students are engaged in an “inquiry-based, hands-on, collaborative, inter-generational, artistic journey of seeking truth about the history of Aboriginal people in Canada. It was originally designed to bring awareness both to the settler community and communities of new Canadians and has evolved, through community ownership of the project itself, to educate all Canadians about the history and legacy of this crime and tragedy.”