Unconventional Comic Book Hero Honoured at Rideau Hall...

    Recipients of Canada's Top Teaching Prize Announced

    WINNIPEG, Oct. 1 /CNW/ - Canada's National History Society in partnership
with Library and Archives Canada and TD Bank Financial Group today announced
the six recipients for the 2007 Governor General's Awards for Excellence in
Teaching Canadian History.
    Canada's most passionate educators created life-changing lesson plans
that encouraged their students to serve as judge and jury for a monumental
trial, travel back in time to explore their favourite historical figures,
relive miles of memories with John Diefenbaker, solve a black super hero
deficit, hum and strum their way through historical folksongs, and unravel
archives from military mysteries.
    "These teachers are focused on finding ways to bring history to life for
their students, and we take great pride in awarding their exemplary efforts",
said Deborah Morrison, CEO and President of Canada's National History Society.
"We all win if the next generation of Canadians has a richer understanding and
a genuine interest in our past because of the dedication of their innovative
teachers", Morrison adds.

    The 2007 Recipients of the Governor General's Awards for Excellence in
Teaching Canadian History are:

                  Rhonda Draper - Kelowna, British Columbia
                     Rose Fine-Meyer - Toronto, Ontario
                       Susan Haynes - Toronto, Ontario
                      John MacPhail - Oakville, Ontario
                   Monique Martin - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
                       David Watkins - Toronto, Ontario

    Detailed biographical information and photos of each of the finalists are
available for download through the press room of the History Society's
    The six recipients will be awarded $2,500, a gold medal and their
respective schools will also benefit from a cash gift of $1,000. The Awards
prizes are also made possible through the generous support of the TD Bank
Financial Group.
    On November 2, 2007, Her Excellency, the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean,
Governor General of Canada, will present the Awards at Rideau Hall. The
recipients will also be honoured in the House of Commons as guests of the
Speaker. Another highlight of the Award festivities is the gala dinner, and a
rare insiders' tour of the Library and Archives Canada Preservation Centre,
one of the program partners. More details about the Award activities and media
opportunities will be announced closer to the event.

    The 2007 Governor General's Awards for Excellence in Teaching Canadian
History is sponsored by Canada's National History Society, which is a
charitable organization dedicated to popularizing Canadian History. Canada's
National History Society publishes The Beaver: Canada's History Magazine and
Kayak: Canada's History Magazine for Kids. The History Society also honours
achievement in popular history through the Pierre Berton Award.

For further information:

For further information: on the Governor General's Awards for Excellence
in Teaching Canadian History, please contact: Nicole Harris, Maverick Media
Solutions, Tel: (204) 470-4555, nharris@maverick-media.ca

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