33 exceptional principals chosen as Canada's most outstanding

    TORONTO, Jan. 8 /CNW/ - Thirty-three exceptional leaders in education
from across the country have been chosen as Canada's Outstanding
Principals(TM) for 2008.
    An initiative of The Learning Partnership, a national not-for-profit
organization dedicated to championing a strong public education system in
Canada, Canada's Outstanding Principals program honours the extraordinary
contributions of dynamic education leaders in publicly funded schools.
Principals, who have made a measurable difference in the lives of their
students and their own local communities and help ensure that Canada's young
people continue to receive a quality education, have been selected from across
the country for the prestigious honour.
    "Canada's public education system is a crucial part of the ultimate
quality of our country's fabric. In helping to prepare young people to one day
assume their place as leaders, more than ever, it is important that we
continue to recognize the efforts of the educational leaders, the principals
who are shaping today's youth for a better Canada tomorrow," says Veronica
Lacey, The Learning Partnership's President and CEO. "It is truly a privilege
to be able to recognize a group of principals whose talents and
accomplishments are as diverse as the students they teach and the communities
they serve."
    Now in its fourth year, Canada's Outstanding Principals program was
developed as an endeavour between The Learning Partnership and the Canadian
Association of Principals, in collaboration with the University of Toronto's
Rotman School of Management. Since being launched, 90 exceptional leaders from
across the country have been selected as Canada's Outstanding Principals and
this year 33 principals will join their colleagues in the National Academy of
Canada's Outstanding Principals(TM).

    Canada's Outstanding Principals for 2008 are:


    Victoria Barlow         Edgemont School                  Calgary
    Joan Green              Radisson Park School             Calgary
    Myra Hood               Rideau Park School               Calgary

    British Columbia

    David Betts             School District 62 Sooke         Victoria
    Carol MacWilliams       KLO Middle School                Kelowna
    Tarjeet Mann            Braefoot Elementary School       Victoria
    Curtis Schreiber        Rutland Middle School            Kelowna


    Gordon Crook            Technical-Vocational
                             High School                     Winnipeg
    Susan Gustafson         Stony Mountain School            Stony Mountain

    New Brunswick

    Greg Moffitt            Garden Creek Elementary School   Fredericton


    James Lynch             Mobile Central High School       Mobile
    Gerald Mercer           Vanier Elementary School         St. John's

    Nova Scotia

    Allison McNeil          Trenton Middle School            Trenton

    Northwest Territories

    Mohammed Odeen          Deninu School                    Fort Resolution


    Terry Young             Inuksuk High School              Iqaluit


    Tony Ceelen             St. Andrew Catholic School       Oakville
    Heather Conlin          Tecumseh Public School           Burlington
    Caroline Conn-Smith     Aldershot School                 Burlington
    Dina Dalia              St. John's College               Brantford
    Scott Enns              F.J. Rutland Public School       Niagara Falls
    Aliomid Jahangir        Lord Roberts Junior Public
                             School                          Toronto
    Darlene Kennedy         Catholic Central High School     Windsor
    Gail Lyon               Adult High School                Ottawa
    Leslie Moody            Queen Victoria Public School     Toronto
    Robert Morrallee        Ridgemount Elementary School     Hamilton
    David Tomlin            Ecole John English
                             Junior Middle School            Toronto
    Dan Trainor             St. James Catholic
                            Elementary School                St. Catharines

    Prince Edward Island

    George Aiken            Kensington Intermediate-Senior
                             High School                     Kensington


    James Aitken            MacDonald High School            Ste. Anne de
    Ivana Colatriano        Willingdon School                Montreal


    Terry Craig             Lakeview Elementary School       Meadow Lake
    Sandra Emke-Kish        Grenfell High Community School   Grenfell


    Patrice Berrel          Whitehorse Elementary School     Whitehorse

    Nominations were received from every province and territory and selection
was on a representation by population basis. Judging was conducted by a
distinguished group of Canadian education, community and private sector
leaders. Each candidate was scored in the categories of: characteristics of
outstanding principals; evidence of partnerships with parents and community; a
personal story illustrating successful change and innovation which resulted in
improved student achievement as well as letters of support.
    "Canada's Outstanding Principals provides us with an opportunity to
recognize principals who invest so much of themselves in their schools,
communities and beyond," says Maria Di Perna, president, Canadian Association
of Principals. "CAP is very proud to partner with The Learning Partnership in
honouring 33 representative Canadian instructional leaders whose commitment
and dedication have made a difference in the lives of their students and who
have contributed to making our public education system one of the best in the
    Canada's Outstanding Principals 2008 is made possible through the
generous support of CIBC, Deloitte, Petro-Canada, the Governments of Ontario,
British Columbia, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, Delta Hotels and
Multi-Health Systems Inc.
    "Canada's Outstanding Principals allows us as Canadians - and as
champions of public education - to celebrate the incredible accomplishments
made by school principals from across the country who provide exceptional
leadership, guidance and a meaningful education to students from coast to
coast to coast," adds Lacey.
    From February 24 to 28, the 33 winning principals will participate in a
five-day Executive Leadership Training Program at the prestigious University
of Toronto's Rotman School of Management where they will have the opportunity
to dialogue and reflect on leadership issues with other renowned leaders from
the educational, social, cultural and business communities. Following these
events, winners will be inducted into the National Academy of Principals and
will have the opportunity to participate in a year-long online forum. In
addition, on February 26, the winners will be formally honoured for the
contributions at a dinner in their honour, Canada's Outstanding Principals
Awards Gala Celebration, which is being held in Toronto.

    Established in 1993, The Learning Partnership (TLP) is a national
not-for-profit organization dedicated to championing a strong public education
system in Canada through innovative programs, credible research, policy
initiatives and public engagement. Since its inception, more than three
million students and teachers have participated in one or more of TLP's
programs, including Take Our Kids to Work(TM) and Welcome to Kindergarten(TM).
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For further information: George James, The Learning Partnership, Tel:
(416) 440-5124, Cell: (416) 402-3783, Email: gjames@thelearningpartnership.ca

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