30 Exceptional Principals Chosen as Canada’s Most Outstanding

Thirty exceptional leaders in education from across the country have been chosen as Canada’s Outstanding Principals(TM) for 2006 and will be inducted into the National Academy of Principals. An initiative of The Learning Partnership (TLP), the group has been recognized
for their unique and crucial contributions as exceptionally dedicated principals of publicly funded schools. The honour acknowledges the extraordinary contributions made by each principal to the students and local community in helping to ensure quality education for Canada’s young people.

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“More than ever, it is important that we continue to recognize the efforts of our educational leaders,” says Veronica Lacey, TLP’s President and CEO. “Canada’s Outstanding Principals is a unique program that recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments made by school principals who provide leadership, guidance and an education to millions of Canada’s students.”
Now in its second year, Canada’s Outstanding Principals program was developed as an endeavour between The Learning Partnership and the Canadian Association of Principals, in collaboration with the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. Last year, 28 exceptional leaders from across the country were selected as Canada’s Outstanding Principals and this year the richness of the selection has taken the number to 30.
Nominations were received from every province and territory and selection was on a representation by population basis. Judging was conducted by a distinguished group of Canadian education, community and private sector leaders. Each candidate was scored in the categories of: characteristics of outstanding principals; evidence of partnerships with parents and community; a personal story illustrating successful change and innovation which resulted in improved student achievement, and letters of support.
“Canada’s Outstanding Principals gives us the opportunity to recognize those who give so much to their school communities and beyond,” says James Hibbs, president, Canadian Association of Principals. “We are proud to partner with The Learning Partnership in honouring 30 Canadians whose commitment and dedication have contributed to making our public education system one of the best in the world.”

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Canada’s Outstanding Principals 2006 is made possible through the generous support of CIBC, Deloitte, Delta Hotels, Multi-Health Systems Inc., Petro-Canada, Symcor, and the provinces of British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Prince Edward Island.
“The Learning Partnership is privileged to work with organizations and individuals that value the role of education and support our academic leaders,” adds Lacey.
From February 12 – 16, the 30 winning principals are invited to a five- day Executive Leadership Training Program at the prestigious University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management where they will have the opportunity to dialogue and reflect on leadership issues with other renowned leaders from the educational, social, cultural and business communities. Following these events, winners will be inducted into the National Academy of Principals and
will have the opportunity to participate in a year-long online forum. In addition, on February 14, the winners will be formally honoured for the contributions at a dinner in their honour, Canada’s Outstanding Principals Awards Gala Celebration, which is being held in Toronto at the Delta Chelsea Hotel.