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Please note that in c5675 sent at 5:59 ET today, June 14th, the school of award finalist Marie-Laure Chevrier, École Anne-Hébert - Vancouver, BC, was incorrectly referenced. Correct copy follows:

Mash-ups, War Memoirs, & a Titanic Movie Earn Canada's Top Educators a Casting Call at Rideau Hall

WINNIPEG, June 14, 2011 /CNW/ - Canada's top educators are expanding their traditional teaching methods to reach beyond reading, writing and arithmetic.  The new cornerstones of learning in their classrooms include social media, cyberspace and digitized projects.

Twenty-two remarkable teachers from across the nation are receiving national attention for bringing 'history to life' for their students.  These passionate educators are encouraging their students to digitally record interviews with World War II veterans and Holocaust survivors, create multimedia resources on Indian Residential Schools, and produce a film featuring Canada's connection to the fatal voyage of the Titanic.

For their innovative and interactive teaching approaches, Canada's History Society has selected the following twenty-two educators as the finalists of the 2011 Governor General's Awards for Excellence in Teaching Canadian History.

Lindsay Anderson, Niv Stilman & Yossi Suissa - Calgary Jewish Academy - Calgary, AB
Kimberly Bartlett - Pickering College - Newmarket, ON
Raymond Bédard - D'éducation Internationale de McMasterville - McMasterville, QC
Sarah Beech & Chad Howie - Valley Creek Middle School - Calgary, AB
Gregory Birkett - Nelson A. Boylen Collegiate - Toronto, ON
Shantelle Browning-Morgan - Walkerville Collegiate Institute - Windsor, ON
Pam Calvert - Oakville Trafalgar High School - Oakville, ON
Marie-Laure Chevrier - École Anne-Hébert - Vancouver, BC
François Desmarais - École Secondaire de Mortagne - Boucherville, QC
Flora Fung - Oshawa Central Collegiate - Oshawa, ON
Cynthia Mundell Hahn - Wes Hosford Elementary School - Sherwood Park, AB
Clint Lovell - Eastview Secondary School - Barrie ON
Scott Masters - Crestwood Preparatory College - Toronto, ON
Gilles Paulin - Centre Scolaire et Communautaire La Fontaine - Neguac, NB
Elizabeth Phipps - Mayfair Community School - Saskatoon, SK
Sylvia Smith - Elizabeth Wyn Wood Alternate High School Program - Ottawa, ON
Andrew Stickings - École Grosvenor Wentworth Park School - Halifax, NS
Michael Sweet & Raymond Tomasino - Lester B. Pearson High School - Montreal, QC

Now in its 15th year, the Awards recognize the outstanding contributions of Canada's history teachers, ranging from elementary grades through to secondary schools.  Deborah Morrison, President and CEO of Canada's History Society says, "Teachers like this years finalists not only change students' perceptions of Canadian history, but they're changing our perceptions of teaching as well."

A national judging panel will next select six recipients out of the 22 finalists, based on a submission outlining the nominee's innovations and achievements in the field of teaching Canadian History or Social Studies.  Those six recipients will receive $2,500, a gold medal and a trip this fall to the Awards ceremonies at Rideau Hall.  Their respective schools will also be awarded a cash gift of $1,000.  The program, including the Awards prizes are made possible through the generous support of TD Bank Group.

"Few things are more powerful than a teacher's passion for their subject.  Their in-class enthusiasm can excite, inspire and even transform the lives of their students," says Frank McKenna, Deputy Chair, TD Bank Group.  "TD is proud to support the 2011 Governor General's Awards for Excellence in Teaching Canadian History recognizing the incredible contributions our Canadian history teachers are making in the classroom."

About Canada's History Society

Canada's History Society is a Winnipeg-based charitable organization devoted to popularizing Canadian history. In addition to publishing Canada's History (formerly The Beaver) magazine, and  Kayak: Canada's History Magazine for Kids, the Society also produces a number of awards and programs to encourage more discovery, celebration, and understanding about our rich history and culture.  More details can be found at www.CanadasHistory.ca/Awards.

About TD Community Giving

TD invests in communities to make a positive impact where it does business and where our customers, clients and employees live and work.  In 2010, TD donated over $50 million to support community organizations in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom.  In Canada, we focus on Education and Financial Literacy, Creating Opportunities for Young People, and the Environment.  For more information, visit www.td.com/corporateresponsibility.

SOURCE Canada's National History Society

For further information:

Deborah Morrison, President and CEO            Nicole Harris
Canada's History Society               Maverick Media
1-866-952-3444, ext.222              Mobile: 204-470-4555
dmorrison@canadashistory.ca                nharris@maverick-media.ca

 

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