A West Vancouver teacher is one of three finalists in the Social Equity and Diversity Award category in this year’s Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Education.
Antony Wilson of Mulgrave School is among 30 education professionals from throughout B.C. named as a finalist as part of the second annual awards.
Launched in 2018, the awards are “an opportunity to recognize the contributions of public, independent and First Nations school system teachers, principals, vice-principals, school and district leaders, and support staff who go above and beyond to make life better” for students in B.C., according to a press release from the provincial government.
One-hundred-and-forty nominations were received during the four-month nomination period held earlier this year.
Wilson, who is the head of global engagement and service learning at Mulgrave’s Upper School, is noted for creating the school’s Global Experiential Learning Project, which “enables students to expand their educational experiences, further develop real-world skills, and engage in authentic and impactful service learning – both locally and globally,” according to a release from Mulgrave spokeswoman Nadine Pettman.
Wilson has also spearheaded a number of student service clubs and special events, and supports students as they explore important themes such as human trafficking, youth mental health, gender identity, and environmental action, according to Pettman.
To qualify for nomination for the Social Equity and Diversity Award, a teacher must help students develop a sense of social responsibility which goes beyond the classroom and engages with complex issues, among other criteria.
The winners of this year’s Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Education will be announced during an awards ceremony in Victoria on Oct. 4, the day before World Teachers’ Day.