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Tecumseh Vista Academy - Secondary
Vista Student and Educational Assistant Honoured at Council for Exceptional Children


Mitchell Prsa is a young man with a big heart and many talents. He has volunteered for the Terry Fox Run for the past 11 years, as well as the Windsor Community Living's Baseball Fun Day for the past 3 years.

Mitch is an accomplished athlete. He is the pitcher for Tecumseh's Thunder Midget Major U18 baseball team. He has played on Vista's volleyball team, football, basketball and baseball teams. This year Mitch made first-string on the all-city football team and in May 2017 he won a gold medal in WECSSAA discus.

Mitch carried an 83% average in his first semester of grade 12. He has been accepted to the pre-health program at St. Clair College with the hopes of eventually getting into the medical science program.

Mitch realizes he learns things differently than everyone else, but when he struggled in some areas he realized that he had great abilities in others. 

Mary Pellerin has been working for the public board as an educational assistant for the past 14 years, with students who have Down's syndrome, autism, and physical disabilities. Previous to joining the school board, Mary worked for 13 years with Community Living supporting adults with disabilities. Mary is also the union representative for support workers for both the Secondary and Elementary side of Tecumseh Vista.

Mary is a dedicated wife, mother, and daughter, and a wonderful educational assistant. She is a very humble person and never brags about the great work she does on a daily basis. She always has a smile on her face and is always asking the question, "What can I do to help?" Mary has a true genuine kindness about her. To witness Mary's interaction with any student is to see a true professional in action. She understands the needs of the students, and brings out the best in them in a patient and supporting manner. Mary builds up a student's self-confidence so they can believe in themselves.

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