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Saturday, March 03, 2007

LEONARDO DA VINCI ACADEMY PRESENTS THE  20TH GOVERNORS’ AWARD TO HELMA TRASS2007 marks the centenary of Maria Montessori’s child centered revolution in education. In commemoration, Helma Trass is being recognized by Leonardo Da Vinci Academy for distinguishing herself as an exemplary Montessorian and for furthering the cause of children.  

The Award will be conferred on Saturday, March 3, 2007 during LDVA’s 21st Governors’ Ball at Sala Caboto of Villa Colombo (40 Playfair Ave.).  
The evening is an occasion to celebrate education, children, and community and will feature fine dining, great music, a Silent Art Auction.

Reception: 6:30 pm
Dinner: 7:30 pm
Tickets: $75.00

For further details please visit  or phone (416) 247-6137.

Leonardo Da Vinci Academy
, an independent Canadian Catholic school founded in 1983, has the distinction of being officially recognized by the Government of Italy. 

The Award is presented each year to an individual whose achievements serve as an inspiration to students and the school community. 

Helma Trass has been active in education for over 60 years - not only as a teacher and principal, but also as a consultant and participant in various councils. Helma received her Principal’s Qualifications in Holland where she also completed training in Frobel and Montessori methodologies. In 1955 Helma Trass immigrated to Canada. Six years later she founded the Toronto Montessori Schools and in so doing so was the first to formally introduce the Montessori method to Canada. In 1971 she also founded a training centre for Montessori teachers - the Toronto Montessori Institute.

Maria Montessori (August 31, 1870 – May 6, 1952) was an Italian educator, scientist, physician, philosopher, devout Catholic, feminist, and humanitarian.
She was born in Chiaravalle (Ancona), Italy to Alessandro Montessori and Renilde Stoppani. Maria was the first female to graduate from the University of Rome Medical School. She was a member of the University's Psychiatric Clinic and became intrigued with trying to educate the "mentally retarded" and the "uneducable" in Rome. She opened her first school, in a housing project in Rome, on January 6, 1907.
Maria Montessori died in The Netherlands in 1952, after a lifetime devoted to the study of child development. Her early work centred on women’s rights and social reform and evolved to encompass a totally innovative approach to education. Her success in Italy led to international recognition, and for over 40 years she travelled all over the world, lecturing, writing and establishing training programmes. In later years, ‘Educate for Peace’ became a guiding principle, which underpinned her work.

(Updated on February 20, 2007)



Date: Saturday, March 03, 2007

Times: 6:30 pm

Venue: Sala Caboto of Villa Colombo (40 Playfair Ave., Toronto)

Presented by: Leonardo Da Vinci Academy

Information: Tickets: $75.00


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