PM Announces Winners of the 2014 Prime Minister’s Awards for Teachers

2014GroupwithMountieOttawa, Ontario – Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced the recipients of the Prime Minister’s Awards for Teaching Excellence and for Excellence in Early Childhood Education.

This year’s awards were presented to 54 teachers from across Canada. Of these, 17 national-level winners received their awards from the Prime Minister at a special event (on Tuesday) in Ottawa.

The Prime Minister’s Awards for Teaching Excellence recognize outstanding elementary and secondary school teachers in all disciplines who, through the innovative use of information and communications technologies, help Canadian students to meet the challenges of a 21st century society and economy.

The Prime Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Early Childhood Education honour exceptional early childhood educators. A total of ten teachers and seven early childhood educators (including a team of three) received a Certificate of Excellence (a national-level award). Twenty-five teachers and 12 early childhood educators (including two teams of two) received a Certificate of Achievement (a regional-level award). Of these, four teachers and one early childhood educator received designated awards for outstanding Aboriginal educators (two national and three regional-level awards).

Quick Facts

  • Since 1993, the Prime Minister’s Awards have honoured over 1,600 Canadian educators.
  • The Prime Minister’s Awards are administered on behalf of the Prime Minister by Industry Canada with the support of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, Employment and Social Development Canada, Health Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada and the RBC Foundation.
  • This year’s events honouring the national recipients commenced on October 5, 2014, which coincides with World Teachers’ Day, an annual international celebration of all teachers celebrated by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization.

“The tireless dedication of our teachers inspires our children and encourages them to succeed. Today we celebrate the recipients of this year’s teaching awards for their outstanding achievements and thank them for continuously enriching the lives of their students.” – Prime Minister Stephen Harper

(Office of the Prime Minister)

Prime Minister’s Awards for Teaching Excellence — 2014 Recipients List

Alberta – Certificate of Achievement

Calgary – Prince of Wales School – Leah Smith (All subjects for Grades 1‑6)

Mailing ‘Flat Stanley’ across Canada is one way this elementary teacher makes geography fun for her young students.

Cremona – Cremona School – Corina MacDonald (Mathematics for Grades 8‑12)

Students flock to this teacher’s classes because she makes math fun, informative and relevant.

Fort McMurray – Father Patrick Mercredi High School – Tom MacIsaac (Engineering and Robotics for Grades 7‑12)

Hosting high‑profile guest speakers and encouraging student participation in global robotics competitions are just a few of the innovative ways that this Engineering teacher motivates and engages minds in the classroom.

Prime Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Early Childhood Education 2014 Recipients List

Alberta – Certificate of Achievement

St. Paul – École enfantine de St. Paul – Aline Beaudoin (Francophone preschool for children age 3 and a half)

This educator is constantly coming up with new strategies for communicating with the children. She encourages children to tune into all five senses to observe the world around them.

For the complete list of Awards in Teaching Excellence and Excellence in Early Childhood Education click these links: