2017 Recipients

2017 Recipients
Certificate Community Name of School Name of Teacher Grades and Subjects Taught Highlights
Certificate of Achievement Medicine Hat Crescent Heights High School Donna Armstrong Grades 7 and 9 Multimedia and Grades 10 to 12 Media, Design and Communication Arts Trust, respect and performance form the three pillars of this teacher's classroom – where students are not just studying communications technology, but also applying it in real and relevant contexts.
Certificate of Achievement Edmonton Victoria School of the Arts Bruce Cable Grades 7 to 12, Choral music This teacher creates music with his students and creatively integrates a multi-disciplinary approach to show them different viewpoints, by inviting members of local and national level music communities into his classroom.
Certificate of Achievement Medicine Hat River Heights Elementary School Laura Gale Kindergarten Kindergarten teacher sits behind the wheel of students' abilities and knowledge and lets their interests and curiosities drive the journey as they visit fascinating places together.
Certificate of Achievement Edmonton Queen Elizabeth High School Mark Mercer Grades 10-12, Computer science, robotics, and networking   Striving for inclusion, this computer science teacher creates a class culture of faith and trust where computers are the how and what we use to function and connect with each other in an ever-changing world.
British Columbia
Certificate of Excellence Vancouver Templeton Secondary School Jim Crescenzo Grades 11 and 12, Acting and Theatre Aspiring actor chooses teaching over a rising career in show business, turning his classroom into multi-disciplinary studio where students are the stars of the show.
Certificate of Excellence Bella Bella Bella Bella Community School Johanna Gordon-Walker Kindergarten to Grade 12 Supporting Emerging Aboriginal Stewards program teacher takes a boat to work and lives off the grid; empowers youth by showing them the importance of connecting culture to the outdoors.
Certificate of Achievement West Vancouver Rockridge Secondary School Thomas Harding Secondary level, Science, Biology, Physics, Leadership Local park keepers, visits to the marine station and forest exploration: an empty classroom characterizes this science teacher's approach as he takes his students outside and connects the content he teaches to the real world.
Certificate of Achievement Surrey L.A. Matheson Secondary Annie Ohana Grades 8 to 12, Aboriginal education, Social studies, Social justice A champion for her community and a believer in an interdisciplinary approach, this teacher infuses Indigenous learning into her classroom, asking her students how science and math can bring out the creative power of language. 
Certificate of Achievement Chemainus Chemainus Secondary Janet Ruest Grades 9 to 12, Social studies, History, Law High school teacher fosters the growth of curiosity and a thirst for knowledge, encouraging students to evaluate issues by examining the moral and ethical decisions made in the past.
Certificate of Achievement Port Coquitlam École Kwayhquitlum Middle School Greg Skerratt Grades 6 to 8, Technology Skateboard ramp building and custom long boards: in a classroom filled with the sounds of humming machines, active minds and hands at work, this teacher shows students what a career in trades could look like, as well as how to be a better citizen.
New Brunswick
Certificate of Achievement Fredericton Newcomer Support Centre, Anglophone West School District Chantal Lafargue Newcomer Support Teacher Passion for language fuels this teacher to spearhead partnerships with community and outside agencies to develop countless opportunities for her students, and to provide support for incoming Syrian refugees and their families.
Certificate of Achievement Doyles Belanger Memorial School Kristy Boland Grades 8, 10, 11 and 12, Math, Physics, Chemistry, Social studies Enthusiasm and positive energy resonate beyond this teacher's classroom walls as she demonstrates first hand that hard work can be fun through locally-recognized events like Mole Day.
Certificate of Achievement St. John's Waterford Valley High School John Walsh Grades 10 to 12, Science, Biology It's full STEAM ahead when this teacher takes the conductor seat and brings a hands-on and well-rounded approach to teaching science to his students.  
Nova Scotia
Certificate of Excellence Middle Musquodoboit Musquodoboit Rural High School Robert Hammer Grades 8 and 9, Science, Math "It's Hammer time": students in rural Nova Scotia are inspired by a math teacher who literally runs an extra mile to show them that math skills are useful in the real world.
Northwest Territories 
Certificate of Excellence Fort McPherson Chief Julius School Erica Thompson Grades 8 to 12, Language Arts, Visual Arts Individual talents are celebrated as this Northern teacher weaves the importance of community traditions and practices throughout practical learning, like a Caribou hunt that teaches students about body systems.
Certificate of Achievement Inuvik East Three Secondary School Alexandra Winchester Grades 7 to 12, Art, Ceramics, Make-up "Light's On! Drugs and Alcohol Off" - dubbed Inuvik's best kept secret, this dedicated art teacher keeps students off the street and founded a travelling art club that has her isolated rural students experiencing the world.
Certificate of Excellence Toronto The Linden School Beth Alexander Grades 4 to 11, Math, Science and Technology Bill Nye, Ada Lovelace and the Energizer Bunny have nothing on this science teacher and her innovative lessons that focus on getting young girls more involved in STEM.
Certificate of Excellence Mississauga Cawthra Park Secondary School Don Ball Grades 9 to 12, Visual Arts Thinking globally and acting locally, this arts teacher encourages his students to challenge conventions and to think critically about the social issues around them.
Certificate of Achievement Toronto L'Amoreaux Collegiate Institute Grantley Blenman Grades 9-12, Physics, Science, Robotics Physics teacher assumes untraditional interdisciplinary approach that brings together STEM and industry, allowing students to learn from former graduates, specialists and community members.
Certificate of Excellence St. Thomas St. Joseph's Catholic High School Kathy Cepo Grades 9 to 12, Science and Chemistry 16-year veteran high school chemistry teacher starts competitive robotics teams in rural Ontario community that in five years has inspired 84% of graduates on her team to pursue STEM related fields.
Certificate of Achievement Arnprior Arnprior District High School Peter Cudmore Grade 10 Science and Grades 11 and 12 physics and robotics Preparing students for a digital-based innovation economy, this science teacher turns courses into video games as students can gain points and progress to the next level.
Certificate of Achievement Toronto Royal St. George's College Chris D'Arcy Grades 3 to 12, Information Technology, Computer Engineering Described by students and colleagues as a mentor, builder and risk taker, after 40 years of experience this teacher still makes sure that no lesson is ever delivered the same way.
Certificate of Excellence Balmertown Keewaytinook Okimakanak Board of Education Thomas Doherty Kindergarten to Grade 9, Student Retention Lead Teacher A strong enthusiasm to share his Métis heritage with his students, a respect for the land and a high regard for the Ojibwa culture and language inspires this teacher to show students how to think outside the box.
Certificate of Excellence Toronto John Polanyi Collegiate Institute Rahim Essabhai Grade 12, Business "Legacy is not what you leave for people but what you leave in people" is the mantra that guides this business teacher who leads his students to create business projects that are not just for profit, but to give back to a community or provide assistance internationally.
Certificate of Achievement Windsor Holy Names Catholic School Rocky Ieraci Grades 11 and 12, Computer Science "A man for all seasons", accordion playing teacher has paved the road for computer science in schools and inspired countless students to achieve their passions.
Certificate of Achievement Burlington Dr. Frank J. Hayden Secondary School James Mitchell Grades 9 to 12, Math From zombie games to jelly beans, no matter the material, this high school math teacher finds engaging and exciting ways to make learning relevant. 
Certificate of Achievement Belleville Queen Victoria Public School Sheryl Parker, Susan Grace Sewell-Charles Grades 1 to 6, Adventure Class Teacher duo heads multi-grade, family-based outdoor Adventure Class that emphasizes connections to the environment, global citizenship and local community.
Certificate of Achievement Toronto Chaminade College School Nadia Pasquini GPP 30, Leadership and Peer Support, Librarian This teacher does not call her students, "students" – she calls them family; with a passion for community, she demonstrates the value of youth-led initiatives and the lasting impact they can have on others.
Certificate of Achievement Vaughan St. Jean de Brébeuf Catholic High School John Senisi Grades 9 and 12, Visual Arts, Photography Integrating arts subject matter across other disciplines, this teacher shies from convention and encourages students to create community and business-education partnerships that allow them to succeed in the real world.
Certificate of Achievement Mississauga Glenforest Secondary School Diana Wang-Martin Grade 11, Science and Chemistry Online simulations, 3D modelling, electronic probes and countless large and small scale conferences, this teacher is a STEM enthusiast who stops at nothing to ensure the success of her students.
Certificate of Achievement Quebec École l'Odyssée Vincent Bilodeau Grade 9, Music Star Odyssée, Disney Performing Arts on Stage, Festival Jass-Pop de Québec, the possibilities are endless thanks the passion of this music teacher.
Certificate of Achievement Luceville École des Bois-et-Marées Karine St-Cyr French, Math, Art Lawyer, radio host, author, credit union director, or policewoman: this dynamic teacher presents a wide range of resources to her pupils in order to foster an awareness of their future reality.
Certificate of Excellence St-Jerome Ste-Thérèse-de-L'Enfant-Jésus Manon St-Hilaire Grade 6, all subjects Learning to know, knowing to understand, and understanding to act. This teacher has chosen to make civic engagement and educational projects the cornerstone of her professional activities.
Certificate of AchievementWeyburnWeyburn Comprehensive SchoolMargot ArnoldEntrepreneurship 30, Accounting 10-30, Drafting 10-30, Information Processing 10-30"When you're green you grow and when you're red you rot": Entrepreneurship teacher pushes students to step outside their comfort zone to surpass their goals and reach their dreams.
Certificate of AchievementSaskatoonOskayak High SchoolMarc GobeilGrades 11 and 12, all subjectsThose are sounds of success coming from this music teacher's classroom, where digital design meets physical craftsmanship, and creative teaching techniques with Indigenous youth inspired a visit from Prime Minister Trudeau.
Certificate of ExcellenceSaskatoonBishop James Mahoney High SchoolAndrea RegierGrades 9 to 12, Physics, ScienceFrom creative games and music in the classroom, to challenging educational experiences in state of the art research facilities; this science teacher has her students reaching great heights.