ARES teacher recognized for outstanding service

Danielle Sonntag presented Rotary’s Paul Harris Recognition Award

Service above self! That has been the motto the world-wide service organization Rotary has upheld for the last 115 years. It is also a motto that inspired Gr. 6-7 teacher Danielle Sonntag to demonstrate for her students and in her classroom at Adam Robertson Elementary school in Creston for the last four years.

This past week, the Creston Valley Rotary Club awarded Sonntag the Paul Harris Recognition Award in a special virtual assembly at ARES for her outstanding service in the community.

This particular award is considered the highest award that Rotary presents to an individual (not a Rotary member) that stands out in the community in the way they live, work and serve others according to the “Service above self” motto.

Sonntag was born and raised in Creston, and first became involved with Rotary through the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) program at Selkirk College in Castlegar, after graduating from PCSS. She also attended a RYLA Camp in Crawford Bay. The camp was geared at teaching youth 18-25 leadership, organization and communication skills. These experiences inspired Danielle to return as a junior staff person for RYLA and become a mentor and mini-camp leader for youth.

Sonntag went on to obtain her teaching degree (UVIC) and then completed a practicum in Ireland before returning to the Canada to teach. As the Gr 6-7 teacher at ARES, she works closely with the oldest students in the school, helping and preparing them to transition into high school.

Sonntag seeks to inspire and challenge her students, steering them along the guidelines of the 4-Way Test of Rotary, by asking, “Of all the think we think, say and do: 1. Is it the Truth? 2. Is it Fair to all concerned? 3.Will it build goodwill and better friendships? 4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

The Kootenay Lake School District wishes to extend their congratulations to Danielle for this outstanding achievement and is proud to have such exemplary teachers such as Danielle on staff, exhibiting and modelling integral values for her students and the whole community. Congratulations Danielle!


For more information:

Joanne Beddoes, Principal – Adam Robertson Elementary School

About the Board of Education of School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake):

The Board of Education of School District No. 8 provides educational services to numerous diverse communities in the East & West Kootenays, including Crawford Bay, Creston, Kaslo, Meadow Creek, Nelson, Salmo, Slocan, South Slocan, Winlaw, Wynndel and Yahk. Its dedicated team focuses on providing the best possible educational opportunities for over 5,400 students and their families. Its mission is to focus on excellence for all learners in a nurturing environment.