Zopito Marini (2010)

Zopito-MariniAffiliation at the time of the award: Brock University, Child and Youth Studies.

Citation: Dr. Marini is the inspirational source and founding Chair of Brock University’s large, vibrant Department of Child and Youth Studies. From small to huge enrolment classes, the student verdict has invariably been the same for close to a quarter of a century: “Amazing class. Thank you!”

Zopito not only engages and fascinates, he changes lives. One former student summarizes the feeling of many: “Through his teaching and love of learning I have become the strong, caring and knowledgeable educator that I am today. I have been truly blessed to have Dr. Zopito Marini touch my life.”

Not only does he change the lives of his students, Zopito’s transformative touch has extended beyond the University walls, most noticeably to the whole Niagara region: “He shares his expertise generously with numerous social agencies, schools and parent groups.” With almost 150 glowing letters, notes, and e-mail messages received in support of his nomination, waves of gratitude carry Zopito into the 3M National Teaching Fellowship.

Obituary: Zopito passed away suddenly on October 23, 2017. A link to the Brock University release can be found here.