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HARPER HONOURS OUTSTANDING TEACHERS

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OTTAWA — Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced the recipients of the 2009 Prime Minister's Awards for Teaching Excellence and Excellence in Early Childhood Education. The Awards were presented at a ceremony in Ottawa on the occasion of World Teachers’ Day.



“A good teacher inspires a thirst for learning that lasts a lifetime,” said Prime Minister Harper. “The outstanding teachers honoured today are an inspiration to us all. They play an invaluable role in our children’s development and in the future success of our country.”

This year 84 Prime Minister's Awards were presented to educators from across Canada. The awards include Certificates of Excellence and Certificates of Achievement for teaching excellence at all grade levels, from preschool through to secondary school. All have been recognized by parents and fellow educators as leaders who have been innovative in helping students excel.

“As a parent, I know the difference an outstanding teacher can make in a child’s life,” said Prime Minister Harper. “As Prime Minister, I am grateful for the contributions of all Canadian teachers, and especially this year’s Prime Minister’s Award recipients, whose dedication and skills are enriching the lives of young Canadians across the country.”

For the first time this year, awards were presented to give specific recognition for excellence among Aboriginal teachers.

Oct. 5, 2009


* Prime Minister Stephen Harper poses with recipients of the 2009 Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Early Childhood Education.



PMO photo by Jason Ransom




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