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April 17, 2008
Winners of this year’s Celebration of Excellence in Teaching awards have demonstrated leadership and commitment that has made a meaningful difference in the lives of students, Education, Citizenship and Youth Minister Peter Bjornson said today.“Manitoba’s schools are among the best in Canada and our government recognizes the role that teachers play in unlocking the potential of the students whose lives they touch,” Bjornson said. “These awards recognize the achievements of the everyday heroes who have inspired their students with their words and deeds.”
A total of 29 nominations were received for the five award categories including three teacher excellence awards and an outstanding new teacher award.
Awards were presented in the teacher excellence category to Brian Borkowsky of Teulon Elementary School in the Interlake School Division who received the award for early years; Joan Duerksen of John Pritchard School in River East Transcona School Division who received the award for middle years; and Bradley Dowler of Springs Christian Academy, an independent school, who received the award for senior years. The award for outstanding new teacher went to Danys Dorge of École Précieux-Sang in the Division scolaire franco-manitobaine.
Award recipients received a certificate of recognition and a $500 cash award at a luncheon held at the Legislative Building. Award recipients’ schools will also receive $500 for school projects or equipment. Partners in the awards include the Manitoba Association of School Trustees, the Manitoba Federation of Independent Schools and the Manitoba Association of Parent Councils.
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