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Definitely Durham is the Durham District School Board's (DDSB) Hall of Fame, celebrating and
showcasing the successes of former DDSB students and public education in our community.

The Durham District School Board has provided quality public education to thousands of students in
our community. In order to showcase and celebrate the successes of public education, the DDSB has
established a Hall of Fame, known as, Definitely Durham. Notable former students have an opportunity
to be highlighted and recognized with a nomination from community members, former classmates,
neighbours, friends and / or family.

The next Definitely Durham Induction ceremony will be held in February 2021.  Nomination forms will be available on this site in January 2020.

2017 Inductees

Definitely Durham is the District’s hall of fame, celebrating and showcasing the successes of former DDSB students and public education in our community.


Gail Elliott Gail Elliott
After attending Durham College and the University of Toronto for post-secondary studies, Gail became a teacher in 1971 and taught and served as an administrator at several schools including Raglan PS and Conant PS, as Vice Principal at Parkside PS and Gertrude Colpus, and as Principal at Claremont PS and Lord Durham PS.

Gail Elliott is a former student of Dr. C.F. Cannon Public School and Oshawa Central Collegiate &Vocational Institute.
Larry Jacula Larry Jacula
Larry was an individual who served his community with pride; first as a student within our school system, and later as a teacher/guidance counsellor for more than three decades.

Larry Jacula attended O’Neill Collegiate & Vocational Institute and R.S. McLaughlin Collegiate & Vocational Institute.
Nikki Shaffeeullah
Nikki Shaffeeullah
Nikki Shaffeeullah is an artist, facilitator, cultural leader who supports people in telling their own stories, and facilitates the development of creative communities.

Nikki Shaffeeullah attended Glen Dhu Public School, E.A. Fairman Public School, and Sinclair Secondary School.


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