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News Release - Manitoba

October 5, 2016


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Awards Recognize Exemplary Teachers Who Help Students Reach Their Full Potential: Wishart

The Manitoba government is encouraging Manitobans to celebrate World Teachers’ Day today by nominating a teacher for Manitoba’s Excellence in Education Awards, Education and Training Minister Ian Wishart has announced.

“These awards allow us to recognize exemplary teachers who bring out the best in their students by making learning an enriching experience and giving their students the tools to thrive in and out of the classroom,” said Wishart.  “Quality education lays the foundation for a successful and productive adult life, and I would like to thank all Manitoba teachers for their continued dedication to our students.”

This year, awards will be presented in the following categories:

  • teaching excellence (three awards);
  • outstanding new teacher;
  • outstanding team collaboration;
  • outstanding school leader; and
  • the inaugural Premier’s Award for Excellence in Education.

All nominees must be educators who hold valid, permanent Manitoba teaching certificates and work directly with kindergarten to Grade 12 students on a daily basis in a school setting.  Nominees for the outstanding school leader award must be principals or vice-principals.

Nominations may be submitted by parents or legal guardians, students, school trustees, fellow teachers and school or school division administrators.  Recipients for the Premier’s Award for Excellence in Education, established to recognize teachers who go above and beyond to benefit their students, will be chosen from the nominees in the above four categories.

The deadline for nominations is Dec. 1.  A reception to honour the recipients will be held in April 2017 at the Legislative Building.

More information on the nomination process, selection criteria and all necessary forms are available at

World Teachers’ Day was proclaimed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Education International, and has been celebrated around the world since 1994.

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