Two Manitoba school principals have been named as Canada's Outstanding Principals 2017.
The Learning Partnership's Canada's Outstanding Principals program recognizes the unique and vital contribution of principals in publicly funded schools. These principals are nominated by people within the community and are being celebrated for demonstrating innovation, leadership and for employing creativity in finding solutions within their school communities.
Two Manitoba principals were named. Gail McDonald is the principal of George Fitton School in Brandon, Manitoba. With a diverse student population, Gail and her teachers decided to go throughout the community to understand where the kids were coming from and how they could better support them on their journey. She believes every student can learn, but is aware that they all must learn differently.
Tony Carvey from Institut collegial Vincent Massey Collegiate in Winnipeg, Manitoba was the other Manitoba recipient. He's been principal since 2014 and has spearheaded massive renovations to make a 50-year-old school accessible. Vincent Massey has been recognized as one of Winnipeg's top three schools due to his efforts. At his school, fewer students are leaving before graduating and provincial assessment achievements are up.
Both Manitoba winners along with 38 other principals across Canada will join the National Academy of Canada's Outstanding Principals, which offers ongoing networking, mentoring and professional development opportunities so they can continue to enhance their leadership skills.