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A former Surrey principal has been awarded a Premier's Award for Excellence in Education for valuing, inspiring and empowering students.
Angelo Morelli, who recently retired from his role as principal at Ecole K.B. Woodward Elementary, was the winner in the School and District Leadership category of the provincial awards.
Morelli was among nine winners and 27 finalists of the inaugural awards – winners who were winnowed down from 188 nominees from across the province who have gone "above and beyond to make life better for students in British Columbia."
"Angelo has always believed that every child was born good," says Trustee Laurae McNally in a video honouring Morelli. "He looked for that goodness and built their self-esteem."
Winners were given a commemorative artwork, a $3,000 personal bursary for professional learning and a $2,000 contribution to their school community for professional learning.
Award recipients were invited to a ceremony in Victoria Oct. 5, with Premier Horgan, Minister of Education Rob Fleming, and Lt. Gov. Janet Austin.
"From these exceptional education professionals, students not only receive a practical education but also learn countless other ways to be empathetic, innovative and engaged British Columbians," said Austin. "I'm very proud to congratulate all recipients of this year's Premier's Awards for Excellence in Education and I am grateful for the opportunity to thank them in person at Government House."
For more information on the Premier's Awards for Excellence in Education and to view videos of all 27 finalists, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/excellenceineducation