NORTH BATTLEFORD, Sask. — On May 13, board members of the Light of Christ Catholic School Division (LOCCSD) in North Battleford presented the Lumen Christi awards to two individuals whose lives of faith have transformed the lives of others and affected society as a whole at Staff Appreciation Night.
The Staff Award was presented to Eugene Rice, a longtime employee of the school division, and the Friend of the Board award was given to Bishop Albert Thévenot, M. Afr.
Board member Stephanie Merkowsky presented the staff award to Rice. Co-MC Pam Spence noted that Rice had been a part of the division since 1981, beginning at St. Thomas College. According to Spence, students and parents knew when they interacted with Rice, they had not only his utmost respect, but his heart and his prayers. Rice thanked the division for the opportunity to work in an environment that allowed him to live his faith every day.
Presenting the Friend of the Board Award was co-MC Keith Koberinski, longtime member of the LOCCS board. Koberinski noted that Thévenot has been a pillar in faith education for students and the province as a whole, calling him “a true shepherd of God.”
Earlier that day, Thévenot visited almost 150 students in five Grade 2 classrooms. Many students were in preparation to receive the sacraments of confirmation and first eucharist. the bishop said he felt it was important to meet with them prior to the events.
When asked what the favourite part of his job was, he responded, “The time I get to be with you students!”