Port Coquitlam resident and teacher Carol Todd has been recognized for her outstanding contributions to education.
The June 20 board of education meeting for School District 43 (SD43) saw the long-time online safety advocate receive recognition from the University of BC.
Todd, SD43’s co-ordinator for digital literacy, citizenship and supportive technologies, was awarded UBC’s Faculty of Education Alumni Educator of the Year Award for 2023.
The annual award is presented to recognize the outstanding achievements of a UBC Faculty of Education graduate to acknowledge the profound and unique contributions educators are making in the lives of students and the community.
Todd’s award nomination demonstrated how she has “consistently incorporated equity, diversity and inclusion in her professional practice while ensuring every student and educator feels valued and heard,” a press releases states.
Her passionate efforts in promoting and advocating for more awareness around online safety and exploitation were also heralded by the selection committee.
“This award is given to individuals who have a record of outstanding teaching practice, which includes evidence of student engagement and empowerment; incorporation of equity, diversity and inclusion into teaching; and leadership within their school or organization. I can say with confidence that Carol Todd exemplifies each of these qualities,” stated Karen Ragoonden, associate dean of the Faculty of Education at UBC
Following the formal presentation, SD43 board chair Michael Thomas told the crowd, “I wish to convey my heartfelt congratulations to Carol Todd as she receives this honour from her alma mater.
“We are proud of the work Carol does supporting teachers of students with learning barriers, which allows these students to thrive. Also, we are amazed by Carol’s tireless efforts to raise awareness around online safety and the exploitation of young people.”
Superintendent and CEO Patricia Gartland also acknowledged that Todd is deserving of the accolade.
“As the superintendent of schools, I am inspired by Carol’s legacy and the impact that she has had on our communities.
“Her work has helped to raise awareness about the importance of digital literacy and online safety and has provided valuable resources and support for young people who may be struggling with these issues,” Gartland stated.
Carol Todd is a well-respected colleague and educator within SD43 and is also recognized for her work across B.C. with the Amanda Todd Legacy Foundation, advocating for online safety and combating online exploitation of young people.
Todd was recently recognized for her efforts and advocacy as the provincial government is planning legal changes to protect those whose intimate photos are shared without their consent.
Todd was propelled into the limelight — and started the Amanda Todd Legacy Foundation — after the death of her daughter, Amanda, a CABE student, in 2012.
Amanda’s tormentor, Dutch citizen Aydin Coban, was sentenced in October 2022 to 13 years in jail for his “persistent campaign” of online sextortion against the 15-year-old girl, who took her life.