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Who’s Who: Ernie Checkeris

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Checkeris won first CBA for Education in ‘04

Last fall when the Rainbow District School Board held its first meeting in the Centre for Education in the former Wembley Public School, the board celebrated the naming of the boardroom in honour of Ernie Checkeris, who died in 2014.

“Ernie Checkeris was a pillar in the educational community, locally, provincially and nationally,” said Rainbow Board chair Doreen Dewar.

Checkeris was given the first Community Builders Award for Education in 2004.

The Sudbury businessman served on the public board of education for 55 years and was the longest serving trustee in Ontario.

He also played a key guidance role at Thorneloe University. A former member of the board of governors, he was named chancellor in 2001.

Checkeris was given an honorary doctor of Canon Law from Thorneloe. The theatre at Thorneloe was named the Ernie Checkeris Theatre in 2011.

Ernie Checkeris Public School was named in his honour in 1989.

During his lifetime, Checkeris has lent a hand to organizations such as the Bell Park Stewardship Committee, Science North, Sudbury Basin Potters Club, Ontario Crafts Council, St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, the Sudbury Jaycees, and the “Silver Seven,” the Sudbury Regional Restructuring Association that lobbied for the creation of Greater Sudbury.

His wife, Muiriel, won a Community Builders Award of her own in 2014. She won in the Arts category for her work with Artists on Elgin, Sudbury Basin Potters, and the art gallery.

Families and couples have won CBAs over the years, but Ernie and Muiriel are the only couple to each have won their own award for community service.

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Well-known Sudbury man Ernie Checkeris died Oct. 6, 2014 at the age of 89.

 He is best known for his work that shaped the education of public school students in Ontario. He served on the public board of education for 55 years.

During that time, he sat on numerous provincial committees and task forces, including the ground-breaking and influential Hall-Dennis Commission, which published the Living & Learning Report in 1968.

He has also played a key guidance role at Thorneloe University. A former member of the board of governors, he was named chancellor in 2001.

He has lent a hand to such a diverse organizations as the Bell Park Stewardship Committee, Science North, Sudbury Basin Potters Club, Ontario Crafts Council, St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, the Sudbury Jaycees, and the “Silver Seven,” the Sudbury Regional Restructuring Association that lobbied for the creation of Greater Sudbury.

He continues to make waves with his frequent letters to the editors of Sudbury newspapers. Checkeries was born in Toronto. He is proud of his Greek heritage. After the Second World War, Checkeris moved north, where he operated Wahnapitae Lumber Building Supplies and Home Hardware for 38 years.

In 1945, he was elected a trustee on the public school board for the unorganized township of Dryden. That board was amalgamated into the Sudbury Board of Education. By the time Checkeris retired in 2000, it had been renamed the Rainbow District School Board, which serves Sudbury, Espanola and Manitoulin Island.

Checkeris has won many honours including a Community Builders’ Award for Education. Perhaps his greatest tribute is the New Sudbury school that bears his name. Ernie Checkeris Public School was named in his honour in 1989.

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