Martha Bennett, Jonathan Gillman, Enzo Venditti

Martha Bennett, Jonathan Gillman, Enzo Venditti
Posted on 02/18/2022
Every week we celebrate SMCDSB staff members who have been recognized by a parent, student or colleague.

This week we are celebrating Martha Bennett, Jonathan Gillman, and Enzo Venditti. 

Martha is a Disability Management Assistant at the CEC.  Martha was nominated by two colleagues, who said:

The first nomination says:

“I would like to nominate Martha Bennett as deserving positive recognition.  When IMartha Bennett became ill with symptoms very COVID-like, Martha responded to my emails and questions very quickly and put my mind at ease at a difficult time.  As I was recovering, I received emails checking on my health, which really made me feel like they were looking out for me.  I really appreciated the attention, and the service!”

And the second:

“I would like to nominate Martha Bennett for her professional and kind correspondence throughout COVID. When I was stressed about my students health and my own health and the guidelines were changing, Martha was quick to respond and compassionate. I am sure she was overworked having to adapt to the ever changing expectations but she was always helpful, thoughtful and reassuring. There was never a tone of exasperation even though she had to go back and correct a few mistakes I made. I really felt like someone understood and was taking care of me when I needed it most. I don’t know Martha but I would like to thank her for taking the time to help and for easing my worries.”

This week we are also celebrating Jonathan Gillman, an Educational Assistant at St. Jean de Brebeuf Catholic School. Jonathan was nominated by a colleague who said:

JOnathan GillmanDuring a recent end-of-day conversation with a colleague, Jon was brought up with complimentary praise. One particular comment stuck with me, as it was arguably the highest compliment I have ever heard about a colleague in education: Whatever student he works with, you see growth and development in that child. 

Jon is a dedicated professional who brings his experience and education into the lives of everyone at our school each day. His knowledge and understanding of learning and behaviour directly supports the students he works with and those who work alongside him. Additionally, he has become a cornerstone among a group of collaborative and dedicated EA’s at our school. Jon’s subtle leadership and diverse skills have not gone unnoticed and he should be commended for his efforts and influence.”

This week we are also celebrating Enzo Venditti, teacher at St. Marie of the Incarnation Catholic School. Enzo was nominated by a parent who said:

Mr. Venditti has a lot of experience with children - he listens, understands and knows about each child in his classroom and creates a specific plan for each of them to supportEnzo Venditti development in terms of academic learning and also personal growth. 


My son is a shy boy. Mr V. helped him see the opportunities of his personality. In class, Mr V. makes sure my son understands everything and encourages him to participate in class in a very positive, fun way so my son feels more confident everyday. Also, Mr V. supported my son to connect with classmates and encouraged him to make friends, making it possible for my son to play with others during breaks. When there were some issues with some students in the classroom, Mr V. took action quickly to protect the classroom environment. For me, the best gauge is that my son loves Mr. V. To hear this from him for the first time is priceless. I will be eternally grateful.”

We would like to thank Martha, Jonathan, and Enzo for their commitment to Catholic education at our board.