FREDERICTON (GNB) – Five teachers, one staff member of the early childhood sector, and two day-care centres will receive an Excellence in Education Award (francophone sector) in recognition of their exceptional work over the 2014-15 academic year.

The awards recognize those individuals, at all the levels of the education system, who have shown exceptional dedication, ingenuity, leadership, passion, and professionalism. They also highlight the success of innovative methods of fostering young children and students, exceptional efforts to promote a positive learning environment, and initiatives to support students with difficulties.

“This year, the ceremony marks an important turning point as the awards will be presented to individuals working in the early childhood sector as well as to teachers working in the school system,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Serge Rousselle. “We want to recognize the essential role played by teachers in our schools, but also that of early-childhood educators who prepare our young children for their educational journey.”

The 22nd annual Excellence in Education Awards ceremony will be held on Saturday, Feb. 6, in Fredericton. Awards will be presented to the following:

Francophone Nord-Est school district:

  • Véronique Cormier Aubé, École Terre des Jeunes, Paquetville;
  • Annick Brideau, École Cité de l’Amitié, Bathurst; and
  • Garderie Bimbo, Bathurst.

Francophone Nord-Ouest school district:

  • Carole Chiasson, École Grande-Rivière, Saint-Léonard; and
  • Garderie Centre Éducatif Les petits pas, Saint-Quentin.

Francophone Sud school district:

  • Rhéal Hébert, École Grande-Digue, Grande-Digue;
  • François R. LeBlanc, École Abbey-Landry, Memramcook; and
  • Julie Hachey, Garderie de la coopérative de Saint-Paul de Kent.

“The recipients are, individually and collectively, examples of excellence in supporting children in New Brunswick,” said Rousselle. “I commend them for their work and I acknowledge their ongoing commitment to helping our children reach their full potential.”

Rousselle also spoke of the important role played by all staff members, in the early childhood sector and in the school system, towards helping students to build their future, become active members of society and contribute to the province’s development.