Vernon Teacher and Support Staff Member Recognized By Premier’s Award For Excellence In Education

Posted on August 30, 2018

The Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Education finalists have been announced and two School District 22 staff members have been recognized.

Murray Sasges from Vernon Community school is a finalist for the Community Engagement Award, while Jacquie Grypink, educational assistant at Hillview elementary school is a finalist in the Outstanding Support Award.

The awards honour the efforts of those who go above and beyond to make life better for students in British Columbia.

“We have a great group of teachers and support staff at School District 22,” said Superintendent Joe Rogers. “This award validates that we have staff here that make a positive, long-lasting impact in our schools, with our students and in our community at large.”

Launched during B.C.’s Education Week earlier this year, a total of 188 nominations were received in nine categories: seven honouring the dedication of teachers; one recognizing principals, vice-principals and administrators; and another celebrating support staff.

“Being this is the first year for the awards,” continued Rogers. “We look forward to the possibility of more of our teachers and support staff being recognized by the Premier in future years.”

Finalists are invited to an awards ceremony at Government House in Victoria on World Teachers’ Day on October 5, 2018. Premier John Horgan, Rob Fleming, Minister of Education, and Lt. Gov. Janet Austin will be in attendance.