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Within the Teacher Education department, there are a number of special recognitions and awards available for teacher candidates enrolled in the BEd.

BCTF Maxwell Cameron Award

Each year, the British Columbia Teachers' Federation honours the memory of Maxwell Cameron with the presentation of a silver lapel pin and monetary award to selected teacher candidates who are completing their final year of a professional education program at one of BC's public universities. At UFV, we have a process by which six teacher candidates are nominated by faculty members, mentors, and fellow teacher candidates. The six nominees then write a personal statement with a rationale related to the criteria of the Maxwell Cameron Award. In reviewing all submissions, the Teacher Education department then makes the final decision based on the teacher candidate's academic and professional preparation with a commitment to social justice issues.

Congratulations to the 2017 recipients: Rachelle Silver (BEd Elementary/Middle School Option) and Sarah Leduc (BEd Secondary School Option).

Congratulations to the 2018 recipients: Ryan Wugalter (BEd Elementary/Middle School Option) and Tasheena Styran (BEd Secondary School Option).

Evelyn McKenzie Memorial Endowment Scholarship

This scholarship is available to a current teacher candidate who has shown tremendous growth within the BEd program. The recipient for this award is chosen by the Teacher Education department each May, based on nominations made by faculty, faculty mentors, and teacher candidates. This monetary award is issued in June of every year. No application is required. Jeffrey Trainor was selected as the 2017 recipient. For 2018 Jessica Davies has been selected as the recipient for this award.

Dr. Rosetta Khalideen Internationalization Annual Leadership Award

The leadership award is available to one teacher candidate in the BEd program who meets the following criteria:

  • Works with a local or international community to promote the acceptance of diverse peoples and culture
  • Collaborates in an internationally focused teaching/learning activity
  • Increases international learning opportunities for students

This scholarship is selected by the department in May and is in the amount of $500 every year. No application is required. The 2017 winner for this award is Ashley Townsend. For 2018 Libby Biln has been selected as the recipient.

Outstanding Achievement

One teacher candidate in each BEd option is recognized each year for outstanding achievement. These teacher candidates have demonstrated strength and excellence in their course work and practica. They are leaders in the cohort and have demonstrated exceptional ability to incorporate the department values and program goals into their daily lives. The outstanding teacher candidates are selected through a process of nominations by faculty and mentors and are recognized with a letter/certificate from the dean of the Faculty of Professional Studies. A special notation is made in the convocation booklet. For 2017, Joshua Bloch (BEd Secondary School Option) and Ashley Munro (BEd Elementary/Middle School Option) were recognized for outstanding achievement. For 2018, Jeremy Wiebe (BEd Elementary/Middle School Option) and Farrah Kufske (BEd Secondary School Option) were recognized for outstanding achievement.

Student Speaker

Every year, one student from the Faculty of Professional Studies will be selected to represent all students at convocation with an address as student speaker. It is a great honour to be selected as convocation speaker and the nominee is a well-rounded student with excellent public speaking skills. Nomination are gathered every year by the Teacher Education department from faculty, mentors and teacher candidates, and a final nominee is recommended to a UFV-wide committee. The selected individual receives an honorary certificate, a letter from the Dean, and is featured in the convocation booklet. In 2017, the Teacher Education department was extremely honoured to have Nikita Griffioen selected as student speaker at the 2017 convocation ceremony.

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