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For Immediate Release


March 3, 2008

Office of the Premier

Ministry of Education




VICTORIA Premier Gordon Campbell marked the beginning of Education Month by honouring 20 teachers from around the province for their dedication to students and student learning, including beginning and veteran teachers, and those who teach environmental awareness, literacy and healthy living.


            “B.C. teachers are among the best in the world,” said Campbell. “These awards provide students, parents, teachers and all British Columbians with the opportunity to celebrate educators who bring out the best in their students every day.”


            The first-ever Premier’s Awards for Teaching Excellence recognize the efforts of outstanding teachers in British Columbia. The award winners are currently working directly with students within the B.C. K-12 public, independent or band school systems.


            “B.C. teachers do an amazing job, and I have witnessed their dedication first-hand in the many classrooms I’ve visited around the province,” said Education Minister Shirley Bond. “Teachers have an opportunity to help shape their students’ minds and inspire them to achieve their best. The Premier’s Awards for Teaching Excellence help to highlight some of the outstanding efforts teachers are making to create the best possible outcomes for their students.”


            The Ministry of Education received more than 150 nominations from principals, teachers, administrators, superintendents, trustees, parents, students and community members across B.C. A selection committee consisting of representatives from community and education partners reviewed the nominations and chose winners in the following award categories:

·      Aboriginal Learning

·      Beginning Teacher (0-5 years)

·      Community Engagement

·      Distributed Learning

·      Environmental Awareness

·      Healthy Living/Physical Education and Coaching

·      Lifetime Achievement (20+ years)

·      Literacy

·      School Leadership

·      Skills Training and Career Preparation


            “The award recipients are talented, passionate, and caring individuals who pour their hearts and souls into the work they do,” said Campbell. “On behalf of the province and all its citizens, thank you for being mentors and role models to our future generations.”


            Lt.-Gov. Steven Point and Premier Campbell presented the winning teachers with a certificate of achievement during an official ceremony at Government House to honour their commitment to excellence in education. In addition, each award winner will receive $1,500 for professional development.


                The Premier’s Awards for Teaching Excellence fulfil a platform and throne speech commitment to annually recognize and reward excellence in teaching, give teachers financial incentives to reward improvements in student achievement, and promote professional development. The awards also help support the Province’s goal of becoming the best educated, most literate jurisdiction on the continent.



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Dale Steeves

Communications Director

Office of the Premier

250 387-6605

Public Affairs Bureau

Ministry of Education

250 356-5963


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