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Archived — Prime Minister Honours Teachers Whose Innovative Methods Instill Students With a Love for Learning

May 10, 2001
Ottawa, Ontario

Prime Minister Jean Chrétien today announced the 2000-2001 recipients of the Prime Minister's Awards for Teaching Excellence (PMA) at a gala event on Parliament Hill in honour of national level winners. Fifteen teachers from across Canada received national recognition from Prime Minister Chrétien.

"These teachers are the best of the best," said the Prime Minister. "Men and women who have not only answered the call to teach but have done so in a singular and innovative way. They have been moved by the conviction that their students can learn and succeed beyond expectations and, by inspiring a love for learning, have helped them make that discovery in themselves."

This year's recipients teach many different subjects, ranging from science to Spanish and music to mathematics, to children of different grades and differing ability levels. However, all share an innovative spirit in their teaching philosophies and methods which enrich their students learning experience, greatly increases class attendance and improve student performance. Many of tonight's winners are also leaders in integrating information and communications technologies into their curricula.

The Prime Minister was joined at the ceremony by the Honourable Robert Thibault, Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency), along with Marilies Rettig, President of the Canadian Teachers' Federation, and representatives of the PMA program's corporate partners: Bell Canada, Canadian Learning Television, GE Canada, Kraft Canada, Microsoft Canada and the Royal Bank Financial Group. Minister Thibault thanked these partners for their continued commitment to the program.

A total of 65 awards were announced at the ceremony (15 national and 50 local). Awards are worth $5,000 at the national level and $1,000 at the local level. Funds are given to winning teachers' schools to be spent under the recipients' direction. Highlights about the 2000-2001 PMA award winners are attached.

For more details, please contact the PMA Program Office at: 1-800-575-9200 or visit the PMA website.

PMO Press Office: 613-957-5555
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