Does Your Child Have One of Canada's Most Inspiring Teachers?

Digital Holocaust Memoirs, Website Dedicated to Historic Pipeline Debate & 
Tracing Environmental Changes Earn These Educators Top Marks from Governor 
WINNIPEG, Nov. 7, 2012 /CNW/ - The best teachers think outside the box, 
outside the classroom, and outside the norms of everyday curriculum. They 
'bring history to life' by giving their students a real world application for 
knowledge, taking learning to the next action-packed memorable level. 
The Governor General's History Awards for Excellence in Teaching is Canada's 
way of honouring our brightest teachers, celebrating their accomplishments and 
sharing their innovative and interactive teaching concepts. Established in 
1996 by Canada's History Society, the Awards recognize teachers from 
elementary and secondary schools, who have inspired and challenged students to 
explore Canadian history in an engaging atmosphere. 
This year's recipients encouraged their students to create an interactive 
website that investigates a controversial pipeline in the North; build 
historical First Nations communities; explore on foot pivotal landmarks from 
the past; interview and document holocaust and war veterans' personal accounts 
of bravery and courage; re-connect with their personal cultural and 
immigration histories; and study Canadians who stood up to social injustices 
while making a difference in the lives of people victimized by human rights 
For their unique teaching concepts, Canada's History has selected the 
following seven educators as the recipients of the 2012 Governor General's 
History Awards for Excellence in Teaching: 

    --  Daraius M. Bharucha & Stefano Fornazzari San Martín - Bill
        Crothers Secondary School - Unionville, ON
    --  Milena Ivkovic - Newtonbrook Secondary School - Toronto, ON
    --  Brian Jaffray - Dencho Divisional Education Council - Fort
        Simpson, NT
    --  Scott Masters - Crestwood Preparatory College - Toronto, ON
    --  Elizabeth Phipps - Fairhaven School - Saskatoon, SK
    --  Janet Thompson - Gladstone Secondary School - Vancouver, BC

Deborah Morrison, President and CEO of Canada's History Society explained, "We 
all win if the next generation of Canadians has a better understanding and a 
greater interest in our past because they had a great history teacher. The 
teachers recognized through the Governor General's History Awards have 
exceptional abilities to make the past more relevant and interesting for their 
students." Morrison added, "This programme celebrates those achievements, but 
also creates opportunities to share their knowledge so more teachers and young 
Canadians will benefit from their expertise."

On Monday, December 10, 2012 at 10 a.m., His Excellency the Right Honourable 
David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will honour these teachers along 
with other outstanding Canadians for their achievements and contributions to 
furthering interest in and understanding of our history and heritage. 
Detailed biographical information, photos, and audio-visual materials of the 
recipients are available at

The Governor General's History Awards bring together students, teachers, 
historians, museums and community organizations, writers and media producers 
to celebrate as well as learn from each other. The day prior to the award 
ceremonies, recipients will participate in a public history forum at the 
Canadian War Museum. This year's forum, "How Should the Great War Be 
Remembered?" is open to the public to attend onsite or online by registering 

Festivities will also include a celebratory "History-Makers" dinner hosted by 
TD Bank Group at the Canadian War Museum. TD Bank Group is the presenting 
sponsor of the Governor General's History Awards and also supports the 
generous prizing for this year's teaching recipients who will be awarded 
$2,500 and a gold medal. Their respective schools will also receive a cash 
gift of $1,000.

"Encouraging our youth to express themselves through creative means not only 
teaches them about history, but also allows them to experience it in exciting 
ways," said Frank McKenna, Deputy Chair, TD Bank Group and TD's Literacy 
Champion. "TD is proud to support the Governor General's History Awards for 
Excellence in Teaching, recognizing these educators who give so much of 
themselves to their students every day."

Media are invited to attend the 2012 Governor General's History Awards on 
Monday, December 10(th) at 10 a.m. at Rideau Hall in Ottawa.

In addition, each recipient will have the opportunity to join other Canadian 
teachers on an EF Educational Tours teachers' program tour (valued at $2,000), 
in the summer of 2013. The trip will take teachers to historical sites in 
Europe, providing them with first-hand experience they can bring back to the 

About Canada's History Society
Canada's History Society is a national charitable organization devoted to 
popularizing Canadian history. In addition to presenting the Governor 
General's History Awards and publishing Canada's History (formerly The Beaver) 
magazine, as well as Kayak: Canada's History Magazine for Kids, the Society 
also produces a number of educational and online programs to encourage more 
discovery, celebration, and understanding about our rich history and 
culture. More details can be found at

About TD Bank Group
The Toronto-Dominion Bank and its subsidiaries are collectively known as TD 
Bank Group (TD). TD is the sixth largest bank in North America by branches 
and serves approximately 22 million customers in four key businesses operating 
in a number of locations in key financial centres around the globe: Canadian 
Personal and Commercial Banking, including TD Canada Trust and TD Auto Finance 
Canada; Wealth and Insurance, including TD Waterhouse, an investment in TD 
Ameritrade, and TD Insurance; U.S. Personal and Commercial Banking, including 
TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank, and TD Auto Finance U.S.; and 
Wholesale Banking, including TD Securities. TD also ranks among the world's 
leading online financial services firms, with approximately 8.5 million online 
customers. TD had CDN$806 billion in assets on July 31, 2012. The 
Toronto-Dominion Bank trades under the symbol "TD" on the Toronto and New York 
Stock Exchanges.
    To arrange an interview or for further information, please contact:

Nicole Harris Maverick Media Solutions Cell: 204-470-4555

Deborah Morrison President & CEO, Canada's History Society 1-866-952-3444, 
ext. 222

SOURCE: Canada's History

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