Dear Mount Community:
In light of Mount Saint Joseph Academy’s yearlong theme of Service to the Dear Neighbor, I am excited to introduce the Distinguished Service to the Dear Neighbor Award. Throughout the 2022-2023 school year, we will be acknowledging community members who embody Service to the Dear Neighbor. Many among us contribute tirelessly to the Mount, to our local community and to the world as a whole and this is one small way to say thank you, to say SAWABONA—we see you. The recipients of this award can be students, teachers, staff or administrators. The essential requirement is that this individual exhibits a strong commitment to the mission of the Sisters of Saint Joseph, to treating others as sisters and brothers and to caring for the “dear neighbor” without distinction.
The first well-deserving recipient of the inaugural Distinguished Service to the Dear Neighbor Award is Mrs. Ana-Gabriela Bornancini. By title, she is a foreign language teacher, but she is much, much more. Señora Bornancini devotedly engages her students in learning and comprehending Spanish language and contributes constantly to departmental advancements. Beyond the classroom, she is actively involved in serving as an advisor, mentor, collaborator and listening ear to students and colleagues alike. This school year, she envisioned and thoughtfully planned for months to honor and celebrate Hispanic and Latinx Heritage month in a way that incorporated and uplifted all in the community. From guest speakers and advisory programming, to social opportunities, she created an enriching experience that contributed to making the Mount a more inclusive space. As a colleague, it is clear that Ana-Gabriela Bornancini seeks to understand and she uses this strength as a DEIJB Colleague Committee member and the Mounties Minds Matter club moderator. Mrs. Bornancini was presented with her award today during an all school assembly.
Please join us in congratulating Mrs. Bornancini for this fitting recognition. We see you—SAWABONA. Thank you for blessing us with your warming presence and your many gifts. Thank you for serving the dear neighbor with grace and positivity.
Yours in Saint Joseph,Yours in Saint Joseph,
Sister Charlene Diorka, SSJ