The Light of Christ school division held their staff awards Friday night, where they paid tribute to staff as well as to this year’s two Lumen Christi award winners.
One of the Lumen Christi awards went to Keith Koberinski in the “friend” category.
Koberinski was recognized for his 19-year tenure on the Light of Christ board of education, including as vice-chair and as chair. Koberinski has been active with his other efforts towards the Catholic education and faith including serving on the parish council and as a member of the Knights of Columbus.
He’s also been involved in marriage preparation courses for over 20 years, and has been involved in Meals on Wheels and volunteering in the soup kitchen. Koberinski was also involved in the Theodore court case on the funding of non-Catholics attending Catholic schools.
The award was particularly special for Koberinski as it coincided with his birthday.
“He uses the teaching of his faith in his everyday life and embodies the values of the church,” said Stephanie Merkowsky, member of the Light of Christ board.
“Keith truly believes that he can make an impact on the world. He uses the teaching of our faith in his everyday life and embodies the values and mission of the church. His musical talent, sense of humour and writing are all ways in which he shares his faith.”
The Lumen Christi award in the staff category went to Frances Weber, who has taught at Rivier Elementary School in Spiritwood for 30 years, rising to become school principal.
She was described as “dedicated to her staff, students and school,” said board member Brandy Pyle. “She is always available to assist her staff with questions or concerns.” As principal she was described as “compassionate, loving and trustworthy,” and “did her job with the utmost grace and humility.”
Weber was also honoured as one of the retirees from the school division: the others were Becky Anderson who taught at Rivier, Carlo Hansen who was principal at John Paul II Collegiate, and Pat Loweryson who taught at Holy Family and Notre Dame schools.