Smithers Secondary School teacher Rick Hubert receives his certificate of excellence from Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Smithers teacher receives Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence

Smithers Secondary School teacher Rick Hubert received a Prime Minister's Award for Teaching Excellence in Ottawa this week.

Smithers Secondary School teacher Rick Hubert received a Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence in Ottawa this week.

Hubert teaches metal work to Grades 8-12. He was recognized for his efforts in getting his students directly involved in the community with projects like building bike racks.

The award was handed out to 10 teachers and seven early childhood educators from across Canada on Tuesday. The events honouring the national recipients commenced on Sunday, which coincided with World Teachers’ Day.

Twenty-five teachers and 12 early childhood educators received a regional Certificate of Achievement award as well.

The prime minister’s office describes the Prime Minister’s Awards for Teaching Excellence as recognizing outstanding elementary and secondary school teachers in all disciplines who, through the innovative use of information and communications technologies, help Canadian students to meet the challenges of a 21st century society and economy.

The Prime Minister’s Awards are administered on behalf of the prime minister by Industry Canada with the support of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, Employment and Social Development Canada, Health Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada and the RBC Foundation.

“The tireless dedication of our teachers inspires our children and encourages them to succeed. Today we celebrate the recipients of this year’s teaching awards for their outstanding achievements and thank them for continuously enriching the lives of their students,” said Prime Minister Harper at the announcement.