Winners & Finalists of the Premier's Awards for Excellence in Education Awards

Premier’s Awards winners and finalists demonstrate the dedication and leadership of the many teachers, administrators and support staff working in B.C.'s educational system to make life better for students.

This year's winners and finalists are listed below by category, and include links to inspirational videos that portray their work. You can also see winners and finalists from previous years.

2019 Winners & Finalists

Community Engagement

  • Winner:  Alan Gee, Clarence Fulton Secondary School, SD 22 (Vernon)
  • Finalist:  Casey Litton, Nechako Valley Secondary School, SD 91 (Nechako Lakes)
  • Finalist:  Sheila Monroe, Okanagan Landing Elementary School, SD 22 (Vernon)

District Leadership

Extracurricular Leadership

  • WinnerScott Stefanek, Ecole Brantford Elementary School, SD 41 (Burnaby)
  • FinalistSabha Ghani, Burnaby South Secondary School, SD 41 (Burnaby)
  • FinalistPaul Lilly, Ecole Chief Dan George Middle School, SD 34 (Abbotsford)

Indigenous Education

  • WinnerJordan Smith, Twin Rivers Education Centre, SD 73 (Kamloops/Thompson)
  • FinalistMaria Bruneau, Ecole Dr. Charles Best Secondary School, SD 43 (Coquitlam)
  • FinalistIvy Chelsea, Chase Secondary School/Haldane Elementary School, SD 73 (Kamloops/Thompson)

Outstanding New Teacher

  • WinnerGrace Broadfoot, J.V. Humphries Elementary & Secondary School, SD 8 (Kootenay Lake)
  • FinalistRobert French, South Central Interior Distance Education School, SD 58 (Nicola-Similkameen)
  • FinalistPrabhjot Grewal, North Delta Secondary School, SD 37 (Delta)

Outstanding Support – Teaching Assistant

  • WinnerSandra Breslin, Prince Charles Elementary School, SD 34 (Abbotsford)
  • FinalistElaine Bayles, Glanford Middle School, SD 61 (Victoria)
  • FinalistMarie Kielpinski, Mount Boucherie Secondary School, SD 23 (Central Okanagan)

Outstanding Support - School Community

  • WinnerWendel Williams, Ecole Alpha Secondary School, SD 41 (Burnaby)
  • FinalistJodi Guy, Ecole Phoenix Middle School, SD 72 (Campbell River)
  • FinalistDorothy Jones, A.L. Fortune Secondary School, SD 83 (North Okanagan-Shuswap)

School Leadership

  • WinnerTroy White, Ecole Kelowna Secondary School, SD 23 (Central Okanagan)
  • FinalistCarol DeFehr, Juniper Ridge Elementary School, SD 73 (Kamloops/Thompson)
  • FinalistBrett Hancock, District Principal-Learning Alternatives, SD 68 (Nanaimo)

Social Equity & Diversity

  • WinnerChad Jobe, Vast Centre/Learning Alternatives, SD 68 (Nanaimo-Ladysmith)
  • FinalistBryan Gidinski, Chaffey-Burke Elementary School, SD 41 (Burnaby)
  • FinalistAntony Wilson, Mulgrave School (West Vancouver)

Technology and Innovation

  • WinnerBrendan Robertson, Ecole Beairsto Elementary School, SD 2 (Vernon)
  • FinalistTammy Tomm, Columbia Park Elementary School, SD 19 (Revelstoke)
  • FinalistDenise Underwood, McGowan Park Elementary School, SD 73 (Kamloops/Thompson)

Past Winners & Finalists 

2018 Premier's Awards finalists with Premier John Horgan, and Ministry of Education Rob Flemming  

Community Engagement Award

  • Winner: Murray Sasges, Vernon Community school, SD 22 (Vernon)
  • Finalist: Shelly Peel, Mountview Elementary school, SD 27 (Cariboo-Chilcotin)
  • Finalist: Katrina Sumrall, Lucerne Elementary Secondary school, SD 10 (Arrow Lakes)

Diversity and Inclusion Award

  • Winner: Kim Halayko, Lillooet Secondary school, SD 74 (Gold Trail)
  • Finalist: Hasheem Hakeem, École Dr. Charles Best Secondary school, SD 43 (Coquitlam)
  • Finalist: Amelia Witt, Salmon Arm Secondary school – Sullivan Campus, SD 83 (North Okanagan-Shuswap)

Extracurricular Leadership Award

  • Winner: Tanya Adelborg, Randerson Ridge Elementary school, SD 68 (Nanaimo-Ladysmith)
  • Finalist: Sandra Chan, Richmond Secondary school, SD 38 (Richmond)
  • Finalist: Nancy Sinclair, Lakeview Elementary school, SD 41 (Burnaby)

Indigenous Education Award

  • Winner: Verna (Mandy) Jones, Ladysmith Secondary school, SD 68 (Nanaimo-Ladysmith)
  • Finalist: Melissa Austin, Saanich School District, SD 63 (Saanich)
  • Finalist: Emily Recalma, Nanaimo District Secondary school, SD 68 (Nanaimo-Ladysmith)

Outstanding New Teacher Award

  • Winner: Maymie Tegart, Blue River Elementary school, SD 73 (Kamloops/Thompson)
  • Finalist: Carmen McDowell, Glenrosa Middle school, SD 23 (Central Okanagan)
  • Finalist: Kirsten Tancon, Highland Secondary school, SD 71 (Comox Valley)

Outstanding Support Award

  • Winner: Jeannine Lindsay, Aboriginal support worker, Lake Trail Middle school, SD 71 (Comox Valley)
  • Finalist: Jacquie Grypink, educational assistant, Hillview Elementary school, SD 22 (Vernon)
  • Finalist: Richard Morgan, custodian, Penticton Secondary school, SD 67 (Okanagan Skaha)

School and District Leadership Award

  • Winner: Angelo Morelli, principal, École K.B. Woodward Elementary school, SD 36 (Surrey)
  • Finalist: Jay Dixon, principal, North Island Secondary school, SD 85 (Vancouver Island North)
  • Finalist: Diana Samchuck, superintendent, SD 81 (Fort Nelson)

Social Equity Award

  • Winner: Ryan Cho, Terry Fox Secondary school, SD 43 (Coquitlam)
  • Finalist: Michael Iachetta, Seaquam Secondary school, SD 37 (Delta)
  • Finalist: Anne Ostwald, Alberni District Secondary school, SD 70 (Alberni)

Technology and Innovation Award

  • Winner: Sean Robinson, École Riverside Secondary school, SD 43 (Coquitlam)
  • Finalist: Heather McIntosh, Mount Boucherie Secondary school, SD 23 (Central Okanagan)
  • Finalist: Carl Savage, École Ballenas Secondary school, SD 69 (Qualicum)