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Education assistant honoured by Surrey school trustees

Special education assistant Mugs Staler receives a recognition certificate and pin from Surrey Board of Education chairperson Shawn Wilson. - Doug Strachan / Surrey School District
Special education assistant Mugs Staler receives a recognition certificate and pin from Surrey Board of Education chairperson Shawn Wilson.
— image credit: Doug Strachan / Surrey School District

The standing ovation she received when called to the front of the room said it all. Margaret ("Mugs") Staller makes a lasting impression on those she comes into contact with.

Her admirers – friends, family and current and former colleagues – were on hand last week as Staller was honoured by the Surrey Board of Education.

A longtime special education assistant at James Ardiel Elementary, Staller was recognized for her "unwavering" dedication to student success.

"Her exceptional passion – and compassion – are obvious and infectious; so much so, that students of all cultures, backgrounds, ages and stages of development are excited to attend James Ardiel," said school board chair Shawn Wilson. "Mugs sees only the best in people and makes everyone around her feel special, cared for and loved."

Wilson said her support and assistance are never-ending and staff at the school consider her irreplaceable.

Her selflessness, he added, extends outside the school walls as Staller can often be found volunteering to help local families in need or assisting the homeless.

Former James Ardiel principal Jackie Howard described Staller as "an exceptional person who continuously enriches the lives of those around her."

Trustee Pam Glass agreed, saying all B.C. schools could do with a person like her.

"Mugs is really unique and the youngsters she cares for are truly blessed," said Trustee Laurae McNally.

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