Congratulations Ann Marie Vanneste! – 2023 Recipient of the Prime Minister’s Teaching Excellence Award

We are thrilled to congratulate Ann Marie Vanneste on receiving the 2023 Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence. Ann teaches at All Saints High School and is a devoted and supportive mentor within her school community. It’s no wonder her students affectionately describe her as a guiding pillar of empathy and resilience. Please take a moment to watch the video we put together celebrating her success.

Success is all in “The Kind of Classroom You Want to Create”

At the heart of Ann Marie’s success is her commitment to broadening her students’ worldview by emphasizing the importance of inclusion. She makes sure that every student, regardless of their background, feels essential and embraced. As a member of the All Saints Equity team, Ann Marie’s significant contributions have laid the groundwork for a number of programs and initiatives.

Two of her most notable achievements are the creation of the Black Student Association (BSA) and the Best Buddy Program. Both initiatives foster a deeper sense of unity among students from diverse backgrounds. With the support of her students in the BSA, Ann Marie has led pivotal school-wide commemorations during Black History Month. One of those pivotal events was the “Walk Till Justice” celebration, which saw over 900 students march in unity for Black History Month, braving the cold February chill. The Best Buddy Program pairs students of diverse abilities, providing support through teaching learning strategies and behavioral guidance for real-world applications. The program has sparked enduring friendships that have significantly impacted her students’ lives.

Ann Marie’s dedication shines through in every endeavor. It’s unsurprising that, in addition to the Prime Minister’s Award, she also received the Director of Education’s Award. She is an invaluable part of the OCSB community, and serves as an inspiration to us all. We are incredibly proud of her national recognition.

For more information on her outstanding efforts visit the Government of Canada’s website!

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