Four outstanding Canadian teachers and schools receive $10,000 each - Amgen Award for Science Teaching Excellence

    2009 Recipients Recognized in Communities Across Canada

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, June 17 /CNW/ - Today, Amgen announced the four Canadian
science teachers who are this year's recipients of the Amgen Award for Science
Teaching Excellence (AASTE). The award recognizes teachers in grades K-12
whose dedication to students has had a significant impact on the learning and
interest of the future generation of scientists. A total of 34 teachers will
receive the award throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada.
    Since the program's inception in 1992, Amgen has awarded nearly $2.5
million to educators who have made exceptional science-teaching contributions
and who have had a measurable impact on the lives of their students. All the
teachers honoured have demonstrated an outstanding ability to inspire their
students and produce results in science education.
    This is the second year Amgen has recognized science educators in Canada
through the AASTE program to demonstrate the company's commitment to advancing
science education. This year, Amgen is announcing four winners in Canada, one
from each participating province:

    British Columbia

    David Riendl, York House School in Vancouver, British Columbia


    Jane Diner, Old Scona Academic School in Edmonton, Alberta


    Glenn Wagner, Centre Wellington District High School in Fergus, Ontario


    Chantale Maheaux, Ecole secondaire de l'Horizon in
    Saint-Jean Chrysostome, Quebec

    Each teacher will receive an unrestricted $5,000 grant and their schools
will receive a restricted $5,000 grant which can be used for the expansion or
enhancement of a school science program, science resources, or the
professional development of the school's science teachers.
    "We are thrilled to continue our sponsorship of the AASTE award. Our
ongoing commitment to this awards program will help to acknowledge and reward
remarkable teachers who continue to inspire and motivate students," says Dr.
Daniel Billen, Vice President and General Manager, Amgen Canada.
    Along with the award applications, teachers were asked to submit an
innovative science lesson plan which had been successfully introduced in their
classroom. Amgen will post select winning lesson plans to its website to
promote the sharing of this knowledge with educators across the country to
bolster excellence and innovation in science teaching.
    Applications are solicited every fall with winners selected based on the
following criteria: innovative science lesson plan, creativity and
effectiveness of teaching methods; and the plan for the use of grant money to
improve science education resources in their schools.
    As a leader in innovation, Amgen Canada understands the value of science.
With main operations located in Mississauga, Ontario's vibrant biomedical
cluster, and its research facility in Burnaby, British Columbia, Amgen Canada
has been an important contributor to advancements in science and innovation in
Canada since 1991. The company contributes to the development of new therapies
or new uses for existing medicines in partnership with many of Canada's
leading health-care, academic, research, government and patient organizations.

    2010 Applications
    Applications for the 2010 awards will be available in the Fall of 2009
with a submission deadline of early 2010. The applications and further
information about deadlines will be posted at

    About Amgen
    Amgen discovers, develops and manufacturers innovative human
therapeutics. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen was one of the first
companies to realize the new science's promise by bringing safe and effective
medicines from lab, to manufacturing plant, to patient. Amgen therapeutics
have changed the practice of medicine, helping millions of people around the
world in the fight against cancer, kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and
other serious illnesses. With a deep and broad pipeline of potential new
medicines, Amgen remains committed to advancing science to dramatically
improve people's lives. To learn more about our pioneering science and our
vital medicines, visit

For further information:

For further information: Natasha Bond, Amgen Canada, (905) 285-3007,; Ethan Pigott, Hill and Knowlton Canada, (416)

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