Governor General Honours Finest Canadian History Teachers
Tuesday, November 29, 2005, Her Excellency the Right Honourable
Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, presented—at Rideau
Hall in Ottawa—nine teachers with the Governor General's Award for
Excellence in Teaching Canadian History.
The prize was established in 1996 by Canada's National History Society.
Every year, the award recognizes a teacher "who has inspired and
challenged students about Canadian history, be it through social
studies, economics, political studies, contemporary studies or
This year's teachers are:
- Jean-François Bélanger - Teaches at École Primaire
King George in Calgary, Alberta. He took his students along a Japanese
Arctic expedition via the Internet.
- Linda-Rae Carson - Teaches at the Harry Ainlay High
School in Edmonton, Alberta. She, along with her students, explored the
connections between family history and Canadian history.
- Paul Gifford - Teaches at Sedbergh High School in
Montebello, Quebec. His students learned the virtues of solidarity by
embarking on a snowshoe expedition and building log cabins.
- Sheila Hetherington and Jerry Berridge - Teach
history at Unionville High School in Unionville, Ontario. Their
students created documentaries of people in their communities.
- Valérie Rivard and Caroline Ricard - They teach at École Wilfrid-Pelletier in Anjou, Quebec and helped the students increase
their knowledge of New France by acting out historical figures and
putting on a large period banquet at the school gymnasium.
The Governor General concluded her remarks by saying, "I salute your
students and thank you most sincerely for the energy, determination and
originally with which you have sought to awaken an interest in history
in our youth. Through your dynamic, personalized approach to teaching
history, you have shown your students the history begins with each
individual and continues as each of us adds our own story."
- Loretta Stabler and Patti Thorne - Teaching at
Millarville Community School in Millarville, Alberta, their students
designed a web site and produced an operetta celebrating Alberta's
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