Winning Teachers


October 01, 2008

Three teachers who just never stop will be honoured October 2 as Ontario’s best at the annual OTIP Teaching Awards Ceremony in Toronto.

The Ontario Teachers Insurance Plan (OTIP) sponsors the awards which are administered by the Ontario Teachers’ Federation (OTF).

“To do a job with skill is an accomplishment. To do a job with zeal is a gift,” says Randy McGlynn, Chief Executive Officer of OTIP. “We are all beneficiaries of the tremendous energy and dedication offered to our children by this special group of teachers.

The recipients include a high school teacher who works stock car racing into the curriculum, a special education teacher who uses grocery shopping to complement academics and a new teacher who found a way to offer after-school activities for kids who had been going without. Grade 3 teacher Alicia Gunn captures the honourees’ common trait. “My passion is interacting and having fun with the kids,” she says.

At the same time, Gunn insists on instilling an understanding of social justice in her classroom. “We need to feel safe to take risks. We need to feel safe to learn together.”
World Teachers’ Day is October 5

Proclaimed more than four decades ago to keep alive the recognition of the contribution of teachers to society. “They are the common link, the consistent face and the key to an educated community,” says OTF President Joe Lamoureux.

“Through our awards, we recognize teachers who use innovative methods, enthuse and engage students, reflect the multi-ethnic heritage of Ontario and encourage the creative use of technology in the classroom,” Lamoureux says.

A slate of teachers was nominated by students, parents and colleagues, each entry with a unique story of how the nominee works to motivate, challenges and inspires, gives selflessly of time and dedication and puts students’ needs first.

OTIP is a non-profit organization serving education employees and their families with reliable, affordable insurance and financial solutions.

The Ontario Teachers’ Federation represents 144,000 full-time, part-time and occasional teachers in the publicly funded public, Catholic and francophone schools in Ontario.