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2016 Finalists

The 25 finalists of this year's History Award for Excellence in Teaching have been announced!

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Yoland Bouchard

2015 recipient of the Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Craig Brumwell

2015 recipient of the Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Jennifer Janzen

2015 recipient of the Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Kim Sadowsky

2015 recipient of the Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Shashi Shergill

2015 recipient of the Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Kathryn Whitfield

2015 recipient of the Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Governor General's Award for Excellence in Teaching


A teacher at the Collège Notre-Dame de Sherbrooke, Mr. Yoland Bouchard has based his innovative pedagogy on a deep-seated desire to understand his students and to instill in them the essential historical knowledge and skills for understanding Canada's history. His musical approach – whereby the student discovers and analyzes songs in their respective historical contexts – allows adolescents to connect with their age-specific fields of interest.

As part of a lesson called Shifting Commitments: Safety, Security and Sacrifice in a Changing World, Mr. Brumwell’s students use game technology to travel back to their high school during the Second World War. Learners are presented with primary source artifacts triggered through Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and Quick Response (QR) codes on their mobile devices.

Ms. Janzen’s students completed significant primary source research at local and provincial archives in order to investigate the lives of various people throughout Manitoba’s history. After gathering and interpreting their research, students then collaborated with a local playwright, Debbie Patterson, to create a play called Shadows of Manitoba’s Past.

In Ms. Sadowsky’s classroom, her Native Studies class begins with one simple question: “Who is a Treaty person?” From this question, the entire course unveils as students relive Canadian history as part of a semester-long simulation.

Ms. Shergill’s project, entitled All My Relations, involved an inquiry into the historical and contemporary relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples in Canada. Students reflected on collective rights through an examination of treaty agreements and researched and analyzed significant events that have shaped both the past and present state of the relationship.

Ms. Whitfield’s students took part in “Historical Thinking Missions,” where they conducted historical research and field work to learn about the history of Toronto’s St. John’s Ward. Students learned how to interpret and analyze historical photographs, fire insurance maps, tax assessment records, and census data.







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