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Team Giordano receives Calgary Board of Education Lighthouse Award

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames are proud to announce that captain Mark Giordano and his wife Lauren are the recipients of the Calgary Board of Education’s (CBE) Lighthouse Award in recognition of their Team Giordano program.

The Lighthouse Award is presented annually to an organization or program for its contributions to the CBE, its schools and its programs at the CBE Board of Trustees meeting. The meeting is open to the public and will be live streamed HERE.

In partnership with the CBE, the Calgary Flames Foundation and Pizza 73, Team Giordano provides resources to four Calgary schools to assist in meeting student needs and support personal student development.

“The Giordano’s have become an important part of the CBE community,” says Joy Bowen-Eyre, Chair, Board of Trustees. “Their work with students focuses on the importance of setting goals, working hard, persevering and building friendships. This reinforces the CBE’s mission of creating a foundation of learning necessary to thrive in life, work and continued learning.”

Team Giordano began in September 2014 with three Calgary Board of Education schools and has expanded to a fourth school this year, impacting over 1200 students. The program has donated significant funds as well as coordinated in-kind donations to the four participating schools, enabling them to support students by providing an array of experiences and opportunities to enhance their learning.

“I would like to thank the Calgary Board of Education for this incredible honour in naming my wife Lauren and I the recipients of this year’s Lighthouse Award,” said Mark Giordano. Most importantly, I would like to thank the students at Dr. Gladys McKelvie Egbert, Ian Bazalgette, Penbrooke Meadows and Radisson Park for welcoming Lauren and I into their respective schools.”

“When we first started Team Giordano two years ago, we had no idea the impact the students would make on our lives. To work alongside them has been incredibly rewarding and we look forward to supporting their future goals for years to come.”

Funded by the Calgary Italian Open with Mark Giordano, the Giordano’s and the Calgary Flames Foundation, the program has donated $100,000 to the four schools. The funding supports the purchase of new computers, floor hockey equipment, school supplies and each child's own journal together with a program that provides students mentorship opportunities developed and supported by Mark and Lauren. In December, over 1,200 students from the four schools were invited by the Giordano’s to take in a Flames practice and meet Mark for a question and answer session.

As a way to help students create and achieve their own goals, every student in each Team Giordano school received and was encouraged to complete the "Gio Journal" describing the 5 G's Mark believes are the keys to success in all walks of life.

The Team Giordano program aims to encourage and promote improved physical fitness and academics, healthy lifestyles, leadership development, community involvement and the positive behaviour that leads to academic achievement and success in life.

Team Giordano CBE Lighthouse Award

Date: Tuesday, January 12th

Who: Lauren Giordano accepting on behalf of the Giordano’s

Where: Calgary Board of Education Centre - 1221 8th Street SW

Time: 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM

Joy Bowen-Eyre will be available to speak to media at 11:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 12 at the Education Centre, 1221 – 8 St S.W.

The Lighthouse Award will be presented during the CBE’s Public Board Meeting, starting at 12 PM.

In recognition of his community efforts last season, Mark Giordano was named a finalist for the NHL Foundation Player Award presented annually to the player “who applies the core values of hockey – commitment, perseverance and teamwork – to enrich the lives of people in his community.”

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