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News Release: FMPSD’s Shannon Noble Inducted into the Girls Inc. Women of Inspiration Series

News Release: FMPSD’s Shannon Noble Inducted into the Girls Inc. Women of Inspiration Series

(Fort McMurray, AB, September 20, 2019) Fort McMurray Public School Division (FMPSD) congratulates Shannon Noble, our Associate Superintendent, Inclusive Education on being named to the Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta’s Women of Inspiration series. The announcement was made yesterday. She is the third inductee into the coveted series. 

“Shannon has touched so many lives with her quiet diligence and tireless advocacy for special and inclusive education across the region. (She) is an inspiration and demonstrates what one person can accomplish with a warm heart and passion,” said the official Girls Inc. announcement. 

Indeed, Shannon’s diligence has made a difference in the lives of many local families, and she has been an integral member of our senior leadership team. 

A Fort McMurray resident for 30 years, she joined FMPSD over seven years ago as Director of Student Services. Whether it was a learning disability, medical, behaviour/mental challenges, or gifted students, Shannon has been “Doing What’s Best for Kids,” by being there for students, and parents alike.

“This is amazing. Thank you FMPSD for the nomination, and thank you Girls Inc., and Bouchier Group for the honour. I’m surrounded by inspiring people, and for that I’m truly blessed,” Shannon noted. 

Passionate about early learning, Shannon has been on The Hub’s board for a year now. She sits on the Regional Collaborative Service Delivery group to represent FMPSD, and almost two years ago voluntarily started a local Tourette’s Syndrome parent support group. She is also one of the co-founders of the Autism group, which is now the well-known Autism Society of Wood Buffalo. 

Tourette Canada noticed Shannon’s incessant efforts, and gave her the Educator Award, during National Volunteer Week last year. She also shared the prestigious Citizen Recognition Program: Mayor and Council’s Toast of Champions award with the Fort McMurray Catholic District and the Canadian Red Cross this January. The trio won for the Wood Buffalo You Can Ride 2 Program. Launched last June, the initiative provides adapted bikes so all children can have the opportunity to ride a bike. 

Doug Nicholls, Superintendent, FMPSD, congratulated Shannon.

“Shannon is what makes leadership teams strong. We are appreciative of her countless efforts in supporting our students, staff, and parents. Congratulations on a very well-deserved award.  There were numerous times during the wildfires when Shannon was our Division Office staff’s support system - as we continued to work in an Edmonton office. Along with her team, she ensured re-entry post wildfires went as smoothly as possible for our students, staff, and parents. She is critical in bringing many mental health grants, programs, and resources to FMPSD, and the committees she supports. Shannon is one of the first ones to arrive, and last ones to leave. Dedication and diligence define her, and for that we are thankful,” Superintendent Nicholls noted.

Shannon and four other Women of Inspiration will be formally inducted next March at a banquet.

Congratulations Shannon!


For more information, please contact:

Kiran Malik-Khan

Communications Manager

Fort McMurray Public School Division

Cell: 780-880-7666

Work: 780-788-8009