Canadian educators are coming together and doing their part in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. With resilience and compassion, they are ensuring that students—whether they are learning in the classroom or online—are developing and engaged every day. These dedicated individuals are nurturing a culture of curiosity in Canada and creating an environment where young people are encouraged to reflect, take on challenges and live their dreams.
Today, on World Teachers’ Day, the Prime Minister awarded 71 of Canada’s top educators with the country’s highest honours for Teaching Excellence, Teaching Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and Excellence in Early Childhood Education. Every day, each of these recipients motivates their students and demonstrates their innovative approach to education.
“Teachers are educators, coaches, caretakers, mentors, and number-one fans. Every day, they strengthen communities across our country, and this year, they have been working even harder to ensure that no student is left behind during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said. “I congratulate today’s award recipients as some of the many educators whose dedication, investments, and sacrifices are making a difference.”
Teaching in a community affected by socioeconomic challenges, Neeru Sekhon capitalizes on the richest resources she has access to—her students. They, in turn, appreciate all she has done to empower them, so much so that a group of 34 Morning Star Middle School students nominated their beloved Mississauga teacher for a Prime Minister’s Award. For a full list of the recipients, click here.
Today also launches the nomination period for the 2021 Prime Minister’s Awards for Teaching Excellence, Teaching Excellence in STEM and Excellence in Early Childhood Education. Canadians from coast to coast to coast are encouraged to recognize an inspirational educator who has made a real difference in their community by nominating them for an award.
Nominations will be open until 11:59 a.m. (PT) on January 12, 2021.