Yoland Bouchard

Recipient of the 2015 Governor General's History Award for Excellence in Teaching

October 16, 2015
Yoland Bouchard accepting his award at Rideau Hall, Ottawa, 2015.

Collège Mont Notre Dame de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke (Quebec)

Mr. 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. They take ownership of their own past by conducting research as student-historians, not only to get closer to the mindsets of their ancestors, but more importantly, to take a stance of safeguarding the more intangible legacy that is music. The student-developed analytical tools will help them to better appreciate and protect our nation's past, and to understand the Canada of today, as well as of tomorrow.