Making A Difference In Education

    Education Reporter To Chair Selection Panel For Teaching Awards

    TORONTO, Jan. 19 /CNW/ -


    Cynthia Mulligan, education reporter with Toronto's Citytv, will chair
the selection panel for the Premier's Awards for Teaching Excellence. The
nomination deadline is January 31.
    Mulligan (
has worked with BT-BreakfastTelevision, CityPulse and is now education
specialist and host with CityNews. She will be joined on the selection panel
( by a parent,
principal, student, support staff member and a teacher.
    Every day, school and school board staff motivate, support and inspire
Ontario's students to reach their full potential. The Premier's Awards for
Teaching Excellence ( recognize and
celebrate those individuals who make a difference in education.
    There are six award categories (,
including teacher of the year and excellent support staff.
    There are just two weeks left to nominate. Award recipients will be
announced before the end of the school year.


    "We know the positive difference one individual can make in a school and
in the lives of students. These awards are a very special way to say thank you
to those people," said Education Minister Kathleen Wynne
    "As a mother with two daughters in elementary school I know first hand
what a difference a great teacher can make in a child's life. I am thrilled to
have this opportunity to help recognize some of the remarkable people who work
in our schools," said Cynthia Mulligan


    -  The nomination deadline is January 31, 2009.
    -  Over the last two years more than 2,000 nominations have been received
       and more than 30 educators and support staff
       ( have been
       recognized with this prestigious award.
    -  Information kits have been sent to every publicly funded school in


    Find out how you can nominate someone
( and download a
nomination package (
    Watch the moving story
( of a previous

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For further information:

For further information: Michelle Despault, Minister's Office, (416)
212-3747; Patricia MacNeil, Communications Branch, (416) 325-2676; Public
Inquiries, (416) 325-2929 or 1-800-387-5514, TTY 1-800-263-2892

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