The Ministry of Education has recently announced the 2021 Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Education.  The awards were created to recognize the enormous contributions of BC’s exceptional teachers, administrators and support staff that are vital to the cultural, economic and social well-being of the province.

The Premier’s Awards provide students, parents, teachers and other members of the community with an opportunity to celebrate those who make a real difference in BC Schools.  The awards are presented annually to exceptional education professionals in BC’s school system working within the public, independent or First Nations school systems.

There are 10 categories to choose from to nominate an individual or a team of education professionals who work in the public, independent or First Nations school systems as teachers, principals, vice principals, administrators and support staff.

Winners will receive a $3,000 taxable personal bursary for professional learning, and a $2,000 contribution to their school community for professional learning (for Outstanding Team Collaboration category, amount will be shared if members are from more than one school community).  Runners up will receive a $1,000 taxable personal bursary for professional learning, and a $1,000 contribution to their school community for professional learning (for Outstanding Team Collaboration category, amount will be shared if members are from more than one school community).

Nominations are now open and are welcome from all BC citizens, including students, parents, teachers, administrators, trustees and community organizations.  The deadline to submit nominations is January 7, 2022.   All previously submitted nominations from the 2020 awards program, which was postponed due to the pandemic, will be included in the 2021 submissions.

To nominate an education professional for the 2021 Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Education, please go to: www.gov.bc.ca/excellenceineducation (click on link).  This website provides information on the awards, categories and the nomination process including a downloadable poster (picture to the left) and a brochure on the Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Education.

Finalists will be announced in February and winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in Victoria in April.

 

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