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OISE celebrates excellence at Initial Teacher Education Entrance Awards ceremony


October 20, 2014

By OISE Staff

Sister Toni Sheehan and Michelle Lau

Sister Toni Sheehan of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, which supports the Roseann Runte Award, presents flowers to current recipient Michelle Lau. The Society supports women in education internationally.

Alumni and friends of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) of the University of Toronto gathered on Thursday, October 15 to celebrate excellence at a special ceremony and reception honouring  Initial Teacher Education Entrance Award recipients.

In her opening remarks, Dean Julia O’Sullivan noted, “I would like to thank all our alumni, friends and donors to teacher education at OISE whose generosity has made these awards possible, not just for our award winners this year, but for award winners over many decades who have pursued their teacher education program at OISE. You have contributed enormously to the profession of teaching in Ontario, because the students who win these awards go on to outstanding careers, and make a huge difference in the lives of the children and young people they teach. To the hundreds of people who, over the years have contributed to these entrance awards, on behalf of OISE and the University, I thank you.”

This year’s Initial Teacher Education Entrance Award recipients include: Michelle Lau – Borthwick-Duckworth Scholarship; Karen Luscombe – M. Penelope Carter Award; Emily Megan Young – James F. Johnson Masonic Award; Annemarie Kaas Broadhurst, Mosopeoluwa Adeyemi, Borks Pakling Lee, Chor Kin Stephen Tse, and Nishanthini Nithiyananthan – Professor Arthur Louden Memorial Entrance Scholarship in Science; Annemarie Kass Broadhurst, Ying Hong Cao and Terence Tse – Dr. and Mrs. R. L. Peterson Memorial Entrance Award; Ashley Weger – Bertha and Howard Robertson Entrance Scholarship; Michelle Lau – Roseann Runte Award; Danielle Prepanier – Jean Stirling Entrance Award; Anthony Pugliese – Keith and Leta Torrie Scholarship; Katherine Anne Joyce, Yvonne Luella Hunter, Olivia Maldonado and Eric Smale – University of Toronto Vari Scholarship.

In her concluding remarks, Dean O’Sullivan expressed gratitude to the teacher education instructors for their valuable contributions to the awards selection process each year.

The Initial Teacher Education Entrance Awards are made up of a number of scholarships and bursaries that are financially supported by OISE alumni and friends. These awards help ensure access to OISE teacher education programs for the best and brightest students. They also create a solid foundation for OISE to build on and enhance its reputation as a world leader in teacher education.


Photo credit: OISE News