Cheryl is an educational trailblazer. When she graduated from the Native Indian Teacher Education Program (NITEP), there were only 24 other NITEP graduates. In B.C. and across Canada, the numbers of Aboriginal people who have Bachelor of Education degrees has been and continues to be small (less than 1%). Cheryl’s success in classrooms, school districts, and communities includes effective partnerships and local education agreements, and the development and implementation of Aboriginal language and culture curriculum.
Scott Ormiston’s caring approach has contributed to improved student engagement and success for students in the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows School District. For 43 consecutive years, Scott has volunteered as a coach in both schools and communities. Additionally, Aboriginal student graduation rates in Scott’s school district have increased almost 20 per cent since 2012. Scott’s implementation of a case management model and his extensive experience teaching and coordinating secondary school special needs programs have directly contributed to these gains.