Teachers play pivotal role in all of our lives

Residents can nominate Great Teachers through the link found on this website

Few of us are able to look back on our formative early years without reflecting on a teacher who played an integral role in the person that we’ve become today.

In many cases, it is our teachers who have inspired us to become what we are today. It is our teachers who kindled that interest in a subject that eventually became a rewarding career. It is our teachers who created a love of learning that fostered a desire to expand our horizons throughout our lives. And it is our teachers who helped open our eyes and minds to both people and ideas that we might not otherwise have been exposed.

It is for those reasons, among many others too numerous to mention, that Black Press has partnered with Staples to recognize and honour those passionate individuals who go above and beyond for their students. The Oak Bay News is highlighting the achievements of some of the extraordinary educators that Victoria is home to in our second annual Great Teachers celebration.

The passion for teaching shown by last year’s honourees – now-retired ‘Kelset elementary teacher Marilyn Hodgson, music director Andrea Blair from Gordon Head middle school and high school music director Jamie Davis from Spectrum – inspired past and present students and parents alike to nominate them with stories of admiration, respect and genuine affection.

We encourage you, our reader, to get involved in this year’s celebration and recognize a teacher who has played an important role in your life or the life on someone you know. You’ll find a link to the Great Teachers nomination form at www.oakbaynews.com, where readers can submit stories about the awesome teachers in their lives.

The nomination period closes May 31, and the three honourees for 2015 will be announced in June in a special supplement that will include the nomination letters, offering a chance to get a better sense of how these special individuals make an impact.

We hope you’ll join us in recognizing the achievements of those special teachers who devote so much time and effort to help our children reach their goals.

 

Just Posted

Thousands attend 31st TD Art Gallery Paint-In

Artists display their work along 20 blocks of Moss Street

City of Victoria joins national food waste reduction program

The City is partnering in the Love Food, Hate Waste Program

Details scarce as union confirms probe underway involving Victoria care homes

Island Health, VicPD offer no comment on report of investigation into alleged sexual assaults

Swimmer set for double crossing of Georgia Strait

Jill Yoneda’s Aug. 3 swim will benefit Canuck Place

Sport fishing ban protest organizers trolling for attention

Hook-less anglers hitting Sooke area waters July 29 to protest DFO’s summer fin-fish ban

Here’s what you need to know about Day 2 at the BC Games

From equestrian to volleyball to swimming, all 18 events in full swing here in the Cowichan Valley

Two significant wildfires burning in southeastern B.C.

More than 20 fires were burning in the Southeast Fire Centre as of Saturday afternoon

Volunteers provide the glue that keeps BC Games moving

The 2018 Cowichan Summer Games had more than 2,300 volunteers on hand across Vancouver Island

No Name brand chicken nuggets recalled due to possible salmonella

Canadian Food Inspection Agency says multiple illnesses reported in B.C., Alberta and Ontario

Lodeiro scores twice to help Sounders beat Whitecaps 2-0

Seattle’s Nicolas Lodeiro opened the scoring in the fifth minute when he converted a penalty kick

Race walker breaks 18-year-old BC Games record

Zone 6 athlete Olivia Lundman crossed finish line with ease, to loud cheers in Cowichan

PHOTO GALLERY: BC Games Day 2

A brief look at action from the 2018 BC Summer Games in the Cowichan Valley

BC Wildfire update on 14 major Okanagan blazes

Watch the media briefing on the current fire situation in the Okanagan.

Most Read