Thomas Doherty, a teacher with the Keewaytinook Okimakanak Board of Education has been recognized by the Prime Minister’s Awards (PMA) for Teaching Excellence. Mr. Doherty is one of eleven national-level recipients who received the 2016/2017 PMA for Teaching Excellence Certificate of Excellence from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at an awards ceremony held in Ottawa May 03, 2017 to celebrate Canada’s top teachers and early childhood educators. This is the national level award and is considered the highest honour for teachers and early childhood educators in Canada. Recipients are honoured for their remarkable achievements in education and for their commitment to preparing their students for a digital and innovation-based economy.
The Prime Minister's Awards for Teaching Excellence honour outstanding and innovative elementary and secondary school teachers in all disciplines for their remarkable educational achievements and for their commitment to preparing their students for a digital and innovation-based economy.
Inspired by a strong enthusiasm to share his Métis heritage with his students, a respect for the land and a regard for the Ojibwa culture and language, Tom Doherty shows students how to think outside the box. By encouraging collaborative and independent online learning, Doherty creates a stimulating learning environment and engages his students in projects that broaden their global perspective and enhance their understanding. The Awards, offered at the Certificate of Excellence (national) and Certificate of Achievement (regional) levels, carry cash prizes of $5,000 and $1,000 respectively. Each recipient receives a pin, as well as a letter and a certificate signed by the Prime Minister. The Certificate of Excellence award includes a cash prize of $5,000 that may be used for professional development, equipment, resource materials, website development, teaching aids or other tools that improve teaching and student learning. Each recipient receives a pin, as well as a letter and a certificate signed by the Prime Minister.
Thomas Doherty is the Student Retention Lead with the Keewaytinook Okimakanak Board of Education in Balmertown, Ontario. Doherty is current on a leave of absence from the Kenora Catholic District School Board.