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The Fraser Institute

November 12, 2009 14:45 ET

The Fraser Institute: Annual Awards Honour B.C. Schools for Ongoing Academic Performance and Improvement

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 12, 2009) - Educators from outstanding B.C. elementary and secondary schools will be recognized at the annual Garfield Weston Awards for Excellence in Education on Wednesday, November 18 at The Pan Pacific. Just over 160 educators from across the province will attend the reception and awards dinner.

The annual awards honour teachers, principals, support staff, and volunteers in two categories of academic achievement. Improvement in Academics recognizes elementary schools that have experienced the fastest, most consistent improvement in their academic performance over the past five years. Determination in Academic Achievement honours the top-performing elementary and secondary schools where the average parental income at the school is among the bottom 25 per cent of the province.

The awards are based on an analysis of the Ministry of Education's student results data for each school included in the Fraser Institute's 2009 annual Report Card on British Columbia's Elementary Schools and Report Card on Secondary Schools in British Columbia and Yukon.

During dinner, the winning elementary and secondary schools will be announced in each category and presented with a $3,000 award. The two runners-up in each category will receive a $1,000 award. The remaining school teams receive School of Distinction recognition.

Event details

DATE: Wednesday, November 18, 2009

WHEN: 5:30 reception; 6:30 banquet and awards presentation.

LOCATION: The Pan Pacific

999 Canada Place, Vancouver

Interested media are invited to the awards presentation and are asked to confirm attendance with Kendal Egli, Fraser Institute media relations coordinator, at (604) 688-0221 ext. 568 or School principals in attendance will be available for interviews and photographs.

A complete list of participating schools follows.

Participating schools (listed by award category and community)


Montecito Elementary School, Burnaby

Khalsa School, Vancouver

St. Jude School, Vancouver

St. Joseph's School, Vancouver

St. Andrew's Catholic School, Vancouver

John Norquay Elementary School, Vancouver

Lord Beaconsfield Elementary School, Vancouver


Boundary Central Secondary School, Midway

L. V. Rogers Secondary School, Nelson

Princess Margaret Secondary School, Surrey

Kwantlen Park Secondary School, Surrey


St. James Catholic School, Abbotsford

Buckingham Elementary School, Burnaby

Bernard Elementary School, Chilliwack

John Tod Elementary School, Kamloops

West Langley Elementary School, Langley

Langley Fundamental Elementary School, Langley

Maple Ridge Christian School, Maple Ridge

North Cedar Intermediate School, Nanaimo

Tuc-el-Nuit Elementary School, Oliver

Giant's Head Elementary School, Penticton

Rosedale Elementary School, Rosedale

Frank J. Mitchell Elementary School, Sparwood

Southridge School, Surrey

Lord Nelson Elementary School, Vancouver

Evelyn Dickson Elementary School, Vanderhoof

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