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Nominations sought for Premier's Awards for Excellence in Education that recognizes outstanding support staff, administrators and teachers

Do you know an outstanding teacher, administrator or support worker in School District 43?

Once again, the province is recognizing top educators in the public school system with a special award.

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Nominations are open for the third annual Premier's Awards for Excellence in Education. To nominate someone, visit here:  www.gov.bc.ca/excellenceineducation

School District 43 has had winners before, and could do so again.

The B.C. government created the annual awards program in 2018 to honour the contributions of those who go above and beyond to make life better for students. They are open to public, independent and First Nations school-system teachers, principals, vice-principals, administrators and support staff in the school system from kindergarten to Grade 12.

This year, six awards are open to any B.C. teacher certificate holder, two awards are open to any B.C. teacher certificate holder currently in a district or school leadership role and two awards are open to any support staff member.

"The teachers, administrators and support staff who have been honoured by the Premier's Awards for Excellence in Education are truly inspiring," stated Rob Fleming, minister of education, in a press release. "This awards program gives us an opportunity to celebrate the amazing things happening in classrooms throughout B.C. and the many ways students are benefiting from new ideas and approaches to K-12 education."

Winners will receive a $3,000 personal bursary for professional learning, a $2,000 contribution to the winner's school community for professional learning, and a commemorative work of art designed by a B.C. student. Each runner-up will receive a $1,000 personal bursary for professional learning and a $1,000 contribution to their school community for professional learning.

Nominations will be accepted until April 30 and finalists will be announced in May, with winners named at an awards ceremony in Victoria, timed with World Teachers' Day in October.

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