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October 06, 2011 12:38 ET

Minister Paradis Congratulates Nine Outstanding Primary and Secondary School Educators from Quebec Recognized at 2010-11 Prime Minister's Awards for Teaching Excellence

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 6, 2011) - The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry, today announced that nine primary and secondary school educators from the Province of Quebec have won 2010–11 Prime Minister's Awards for Teaching Ex cellence. One of the winners was recognized with a Certificate of Excellence, the national-level award.

"On behalf of all Quebecers, I thank these nine out standing teachers for the diligence and dedication they bring to their classrooms and congratulate them on this important recognition," said Minister Paradis. "The love of learning they h ave instilled in their students will help ensure a bright future for us all within the digital economy."

The award recipients from Quebec are as follows:

  • Louis Laroche, École Lanaudière, Montréal (Certificate of Excellence)
  • Nancy Beauchemin, École l'Envol, Métis-sur-Mer (Cer tificate of Achievement)
  • Judy Derick, Butler Elementary School, Bedford (Certificate of Achievement, posthumously—Judy passed away in November 2010)
  • Nathalie Deschênes, École secondaire Paul-Le Jeune, Saint-Tite (Certificate of Achievement)
  • Étienne Fortin, École Sacré-Coeur, Jonquière (Certi ficate of Achievement)
  • Annie Jolicoeur, École Marguerite-Bourgeoys, Pointe -Claire (Certificate of Achievement)
  • Jean-Marc Perreault, École secondaire de la Rive, L avaltrie (Certificate of Achievement)
  • Marcy Stein, Bialik High School, Côte Saint-Luc (Ce rtificate of Achievement)
  • Megan Webster, St. George's School of Montréal, Montréal (Certificate of Achievement)

All award recipients were recognized as leaders who have been exceptionally innovative in helping students excel and young children get the best possible start in life. Award winners receive a certificate, a pin and a letter from the Prime Minister.

Certificates of Excellence are presented for educational excellence at all levels, from preschool through to secondary school. Certificate of Excellence recipients were honoured at a ceremony in Ottawa, fittingly held on October 5, World Teachers' Day. Certificate of Excellence winners receive $5,000, which is to be shared equally between the winner and his or her school or childcare institution.

The Certificate of Achievement award is worth $1,000 and is given directly to the recipient. The school or childcare institution in which the award recipient works also receives a certificate recognizing its support of, and contribution to, the educator's achievement.

Industry Canada delivers the Teaching Excellence awards program on behalf of the Prime Minister, in partnership with Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada. Research In Motion Limited and the RBC Foundation are corporate partners of the program.

Information on all of the 2010–11 award recipients, along with guidelines and nomination forms for the 2011–12 Awards, can be fou nd on the Prime Minister's Awards website (www.ic.gc.ca/epic/home.nsf/html/pma_site-select-eng.html).

BACKGROUNDER

Prime Minister's Awards for Teaching Excellence

For many of us, at least one teacher stands out in our memories—someone who encouraged, enabled and inspired us to do our very best. Teachers play a tremendous role, not only in the academic achievement of students but also in the attitudes and abilities they carry with them beyond the classroom.

The Prime Minister's Awards for Teaching Excellence honour outstanding and innovative elementary and secondary school teachers in all disciplines who use information and communications technologies (ICT) to better equip their students with the skills needed to excel in a 21st-century society and economy.

Award recipients are selected by an external committee composed of education experts from across Canada. Recipients are chosen based on their innovative use of ICT in the classroom, the excellence and innovation of their teaching practices, and their ability to achieve outstanding results with students. While an exemplary project or practice may form part of a nomination, nominees are judged on their overall merits as teachers. The selection committee looks for clear evidence that nominees have excelled in all of the following five areas:

  • digital literacy and ICT use in the classroom
  • innovative and exemplary teaching practices
  • student skills development
  • student achievement and participation
  • commitment and leadership

Teachers are eligible for two awards: the Certificate of Excellence and the Certificate of Achievement. All winners receive a certificate, a pin and a letter from the Prime Minister. The Certificate of Excellence award is worth $5,000 and is shared equally between the winning teacher and his or her school. The Certificate of Achievement award is worth $1,000 and is given directly to the recipient. Award funds may be used for professional development or equipment, resource materials, website development, teaching aids or other tools that improve teaching and student learning. The school in which the award recipient works also receives a certificate recognizing its support of, and contribution to, the educator's achievement.

Up to 15 Certificates of Excellence and up to 50 Certificates of Achievement are awarded per competition. At least one of each type of certificate is awarded to the top-ranked Aboriginal teacher teaching at a First Nation school on-reserve. In 2010–11, a new space educator award was given to a Certificate of Excellence recipient who demonstrated outstanding, innovative and creative teaching in the area of space sciences. Special recognition of a space educator will again be offered in 2011–12 courtesy of the Canadian Space Agency.

For more information about the program, please visit the Prime Minister's Awards website (www.ic.gc.ca/epic/home.nsf/html/pma_site-select-eng.html).

Contact Information

  • Richard Walker
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Honourable Christian Paradis
    Minister of Industry
    613-995-9001

    Media Relations
    Industry Canada
    613-943-2502