Domenic Giorgi has been awarded the honour of 2011 Canada's Outstanding PrincipalTM. During the Canada's Outstanding Principals Executive Leadership training program held at the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, The Learning Partnership asked him about the impact of the program on his role as a leader.
As a new Principal Domenic Giorgi introduced exciting and innovative programs to spark creativity and build community at Cummer Valley Middle School in Toronto Ontario.
Grigori was recognized as one of Canada’s Outstanding Principals in 2011. We asked Giorgi to explain how being involved in The Learning Partnership’s Canada’s Outstanding Principals program affected him as an educator and as a leader.
Being recognized as one of Canada’s Outstanding Principals is an honour and a proud achievement. The week-long Rotman experience is life-altering. To be engaged with top administrators from across our country provides invaluable interaction on a national scale. While humbling and inspiring, the accolades have provided a “jolt of energy” to my career. The added confidence, balanced with just the right amount of humility, is a recipe for great things that lie ahead. Immediately upon my return to school from taking the course at Rotman, I was overwhelmed with the many requests for appearances and interviews. Professionally, I have been encouraged to pursue leadership within my association and have been invited to participate in and lead initiatives throughout my board. This fall, I connected with executive-level board officials to offer my leadership to the School Effectiveness Framework. I was given the task of leading District Reviews and being part of a team that brings about change in our public school system. The changes our team will recommend and implement will directly impact the teaching and learning in classrooms province-wide, with the aim of boosting student success. I have also partnered with non-profit organizations, such as Future Aces, to model and lead strong character education in an effort to build outstanding citizens. Ultimately, it is the students and school community with whom I serve who benefits the greatest. I’d like to thank The Learning Partnership for providing this unique opportunity to individuals such as myself.
— Domenic Giorgi