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Awards and Recognition for Staff and Program

We have exceptional talent in our District and are proud of the dedication and commitment of employees; we’re pleased to share recent recognition and awards staff have received.

Travel Star Award – International Education Program
The District’s International Education Program has won the prestigious Study Travel Star Award in the category of Secondary Schools for Canadian school districts. The award is given by global organization Study Travel, with voting from agents around the world. The honour speaks to the quality and service provided by program staff, as well as the appreciation shown by international agents, students and their families.

District Teacher Wins BC Teacher-Librarian of the Year
The librarian for South Slope Elementary and the BC Provincial School for the Deaf (elementary), Jennifer Araujo, is the recipient of the BC Teacher-Librarian of the Year award. The provincial recognition is the highest honour of the British Columbia Teacher-Librarians’ Association for exemplary leadership, initiative, commitment and innovation. The award celebrates practicing teacher-librarians who are making outstanding contributions at and beyond the school level in BC.

Music Teacher Featured for Honouring First Responders
During the pandemic, Kitchener Elementary music teacher Adam Turpin has been singing Oh Canada from his home every night at 7pm to honour first responders. He reached his 365th consecutive night in April and was featured by several media outlets for his nightly rendition.

Winner of Education Advocate Award
Retired Burnaby Schools Elementary teacher Ray Myrtle has won the Education Advocate Award from the Association of BC Deans of Education. He was nominated by former colleagues, primarily from South Slope Elementary, where he used to teach. They told adjudicators about the thousands of hours of his own time, year after year, that Mr Myrtle has spent in teacher education programs and projects.

Posted April 2021