2013 APEQ Award Recipients
Joey Feith – Royal Charles Elementary School
About the Award:
The Dr. Andy Anderson Young Professional Award is presented yearly on behalf of Physical and Health Education Canada to one professional per province that best epitomizes exemplary work on behalf of the physical and health education profession. The recipient must be 35 years of age or younger. Dr. Anderson was an incredible leader and had an enormous impact on the field of health and physical education. Throughout his career, he nurtured many leaders who continue to serve as champions and carry on his legacy in our profession today.
Joey’s passion for developing the field of Physical Education and Health is difficult to rival. In his school, Joey offers an innovative and creative physical education program that promotes learning, competency building, and fun. He has developed user-friendly ways to integrate the progressions of learning into his teaching. Joey’s students receive not only a quality physical education program, but also memorable and realistic learning experiences.
Joey links technology and physical education, bringing Physical Educators from around the world together for professional development and community building. He founded a website, the ThePhysicalEducator.com, which is a highly active and valuable website for Physical Education and Health teachers. Every other Monday, Joey moderates an hour long #PEChat on twitter. Through the use of this social media outlet, he has allowed physical educators to reflect and discuss on curriculum development, behavior management techniques, the use of teaching models, and more.
Joey shares his knowledge and passion through professional workshops and resource development. With colleagues, he recently developed a health portfolio to evaluate competency 3 in elementary schools. Joey is committed to helping physical education teachers develop their teaching, and has presented his workshops in the majority of English school boards in Quebec. Despite the fact that he is only in the early stages of his career, Joey presented as a keynote speaker at the National PE Institute in Ashville, North Carolina, this past summer. He will also be the Keynote speaker at the Saskatchewan Physical Education Association conference in May of 2014. Joey is already, without question, a leader in the global physical education community.
Finally, Joey has been an invaluable part of the APEQ Executive. He has developed the In Motion newsletter, the APEQ website, and the organization’s use of social media. He shares his innovative ideas and contagious passion for PE generously through all his professional networks. As a young professional, he is well on his way to following in the footsteps of Dr. Andy Anderson.
Yann Dunrae - Gardens School (English Montreal School Board)
Yann has been the Physical Education and Health teacher at Dunrae Gardens School since 2000. During this time, Yann has developed a PEH program that includes a wide variety of Learning and Evaluation Situations. Yann believes that physical activity should extend beyond the gymnasium setting. He has developed links with key people in the community that has allowed students to benefit from the use of community infrastructure (skating rink, pool, tennis courts). Annually, Yann organizes more than 20 outings and school events to increase exposure to physical activity and develop good lifestyle habits. He also runs a full schedule of lunch-time and after-school extra-curricular activities to maximize physical activity time for his students.
Yann has participated in the development and implementation of teacher workshops on the use of multiple LESs for elementary Physical Education. He has taken part in many conferences over the years including APEQ, FEEPEQ, TGFU, MELS, as well as an exchange program with a Swiss school. He profoundly believes in professional development to stay motivated and up to date in physical education and health. In his personal life, Yann is an avid cyclist and currently an active member of CIBC/Wood-Gundy cycling team (national level team). He is also the coach of an adult outdoor cross-training/fitness club.
Gregory Longtin – Mountainview School (Sir Wilfren Laurier School Board)
Greg runs a varied Physical Education program. As a teacher, he adapts to the needs of the ever-changing clientele of the school. He is prepared to give quality lessons with very few students in attendance, as well as be prepared to adapt his lesson as more students join. He designs his classes to maximize use of sprawling campus that includes a covered ice rink, a football/soccer field, and baseball diamond. Greg is passionate about his subject, but more importantly about his students. He runs an extra-curricular outdoor education program, and coaches inter-scholastic teams. He also uses community resources to bring meaningful activities into the school. He values connection with students, and responds exceptionally well to the particular needs of Mountainview students.
About the Award:
The Health Educator Award from Physical and Health Education Canada honours an individual for their work to further the importance of health education. PHE Canada defines a health educator as someone who works collaboratively to engage all students in meaningful ways, providing equal and inclusive opportunities for everyone to explore all the dimensions of wellness. Partnerships and cooperative activities are built with other staff, parents, health professionals and the community.
From the nominations it receives, PHE Canada selects three national recipients of this award annually. We are proud to announce that Shelly Sharp, a Physical Education and Health Teacher at St. Gabriel School with the English Montreal School Board, was chosen as a 2013 National Recipient of the Health Educator Award. Shelly was officially presented with her award in October at the PHE Canada 2013 National Conference in Winnipeg. Congratulations Shelly!