HCI Retirees

Harbord CI Retirees 2020



R. Leblanc


B. Martin


S. Sue



Richard Le Blanc is beginning his journey into retirement after 31 years in public education. Richard is a man of many talents. He is whip-smart with technology. He has an outstanding understanding of pedagogy and differentiation, and a true commitment to encouraging lifelong learning. During his time at Harbord, he taught BTT, Geography, Civics, Careers, many levels of Core French and French Immersion, and his beloved Ancient Civilizations class. His passion for history and opening his students’ eyes to the world as it was – and how it connects to our world today – is unparalleled. Richard is also extraordinarily organized and detail-oriented, something from which Harbord has benefitted, as he has supported our students’ participation in events like the Great Canadian Geography Challenge, CN Tower Climb, and several March Break trips, where his gentle touch helped routine itineraries become more dynamic and enjoyable. Over his career in the Toronto and Durham DSB, Richard’s dedication, enthusiasm, and exceptional hard work have impacted thousands of young people. Thank you and all the very best, Richard. Tu auras certainement eu un gros impact sur notre communaut√© ! Merci beaucoup.

Sadly, Barb Martin leaves teaching after 33 years of dedication to the arts and commitment to her students. From her direction of school plays and musicals to her conducting of the Harbord band and orchestra, Barb's passion for music and drama knew no bounds. Indeed, school concerts and assemblies will never quite be the same without the familiar image of Barb standing at the front of the auditorium leading her charges through one musical number after another. Fortunately, as with all great teachers Barb's legacy at the school will most certainly shine on in the form of the inevitable artistic accomplishments of present and future Harbord students. Bon voyage, Barb.

We want to celebrate the career of Shirley Sue, who is retiring this year! Ms. Sue has been teaching for 31 years, and we are lucky that she shared the last 18 years with Harbord CI. She prioritizes working with students and has been a dedicated volleyball coach, club advisor for Tigerline Announcements, and mentor to students involved in KEY Club. Ms. Sue epitomizes one of the major of tenets of KEY Club – make the world a better place through service. Ms. Sue is committed to helping others - her selflessness, loyalty and dedication are evident in everything she does to support families, students and colleagues. Ms. Sue – you have been such a big part of what makes Harbord, Harbord. And we celebrate everything you’ve done over the years for all of us! Onward Harbord! Enjoy your Retirement!