Premier's Awards for Teaching Excellence

Premier's Award for Teaching Excellence

Chantal Bertrand, Hawkesbury, Ontario

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CB: So, let's take a look at the Personal Support Worker course. This is a really well-attended course.

MC:I enrolled in the course here in September. I studied to become a Personal Support Worker. At first, I was a bit shy, first of all, because of my age and second, about going back to school. There were a lot of young people. And then Chantal made me feel welcome. She listens to us and really helps us a lot.

CB: My name is Chantal Bertrand. I am the Coordinator of the Hawkesbury Campus of the Eastern Ontario Education and Training Centre. Our centre offers a wide range of adult education programs. First, our students range in age from 16 to 88. I coordinate the programs. One of my jobs is to find new courses that will meet the needs of all of our students. Let's take a look at our computer course for individuals 55 and over, Computer 50+.

Student: It's really interesting. She's a great teacher. This is an incredible class. We have a lot of fun.

CB: It's fun, isn't it? We also have general interest courses, language classes, and art classes. And we have programs for students under 20 years of age. I call them my raccrocheurs — my high school drop-back-ins.Some young people find that a regular school doesn't work for them. Our Centre throws them a life line.

JL: Chantal is a pioneer. She is constantly on the lookout for new ideas. She is always the one who comes up with new programs. This year, it was courses in esthetics and sewing. That was Chantal's idea. Adults come here looking to complete their education. But, after being out of school for X number of years, they need support. Where do they find this support? Chantal! I just had to nominate her for this award.

CB: I think that this award is a confirmation of all of the hard work that we have done as a team. It's recognition. Really, I accepted this award on behalf of the whole team.