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Governor General’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching Canadian History

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November 16, 2010

Eight Teachers to be Honoured with the Governor General’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching Canadian History

OTTAWA—His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will present the Governor General’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching Canadian History to eight teachers at a ceremony at Rideau Hall, on Friday, November 19, 2010, at 10 a.m. 

The 2010 recipients, selected for their innovative and interactive teaching concepts, are as follows:

  • Daniel Conner – Rockridge Secondary School, West Vancouver, BC
  • Adrian Charles French – Mount Douglas Secondary School, Victoria, BC
  • Lucie Labbé, Paule Labbé and Marcelle Thibodeau – École Monseigneur-Fortier,
    Saint-Georges, QC
  • Darcie McDonald – St. Patrick’s Community School, Red Deer, AB
  • Amy Park – Heritage Heights School, DeWinton, AB
  • Diane Vautour – Loretto College, Toronto, ON

In addition to the awards being presented to the teachers, other Canadian history honours will be presented to the following individuals during the ceremony: 

  • Desmond Morton, Montréal, QC – the Pierre Berton Award, which recognizes excellence in popularizing history in the public media;
  • Billy Parrell, Toronto, ON, and Chanelle Albert, Verner, ON –the Kayak Kids Illustrated History Challenge;
  • Gregory Bailey, Gander, NL, and Eden Nzeyimana, Port Coquitlam, BC – the 2010 Begbie Canadian History Contest;  
  • Béatrice Craig, Ottawa, ON – the Canadian Historical Association’s Sir John A. Macdonald Prize, which honours excellence in published academic research; and
  • Carolyn Nakagawa, Coquitlam, BC, and Jesse Shulman, Toronto, ON – the Historica-Dominion Institute’s Great Canadian Questions Essay Competition. 

For more information on these awards, visit www.canadashistory.ca/Awards. 

About the Governor General’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching Canadian History
The Governor General’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching Canadian History were established in 1996, by Canada’s National History Society. Every year, the awards recognize teachers from elementary and secondary schools across Canada who have inspired and challenged students about Canadian history, be it in the field of social studies, economics, political studies, contemporary studies or geography. Since its creation, over 100 teachers have been honoured at Rideau Hall and at the Residence of the Governor General at the Citadelle of Québec. 

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Media information:

To confirm your attendance at the ceremony:
Marie-Ève Létourneau
Rideau Hall Press Office
613-998-0287
marie-eve.letourneau@gg.ca
www.gg.ca

To book an interview with recipients:
Nicole Harris
Maverick Media Solutions
204-470-4555
nharris@maverick-media.ca