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May 3, 2004

Randy Brown named 2004 Educator of the Year!
The Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is very pleased to announce that Randy Brown, superintendent of Educational Services, has been named 2004 Educator of the Year. The award is presented each year at the kick-off celebration for Education Week, an annual event celebrated by school boards and schools across Ontario. It is a time for students, educators, support staff and parents/ guardians to celebrate teaching excellence and student achievement. The theme for this year’s Education Week is Excellence for All.

Mr. Brown has spent his entire 32-year teaching career with the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. Teachers, administrators and students alike have enjoyed the benefits of his long and varied career. He has served the Board as an educator in many capacities, and has also served the community by volunteering 14 years on the Board of the Counselling Services of Belleville and District, 12 of those years as president. Mr. Brown’s liaison with this and other community organizations is a testament to his belief in the concept of a holistic approach to children’s well-being.

“On behalf of the Board, I offer congratulations to Randy Brown on being selected as the 2004 Educator of the Year,” remarks Judy Edgar, Chair of the Board. “This special honour is bestowed upon individuals who provide meritorious service to education in Hastings and Prince Edward counties. As an exemplary model of leadership, Randy continuously mentors and encourages all staff to follow in his footsteps,” she adds.

Known as a visionary educator, Mr. Brown has always put students first. He believes in setting high expectations for himself, his colleagues and his students, while, at the same time ensuring that appropriate support and programming are in place to help students and staff reach their goals. Mr. Brown has always supported professional development for staff, and in his role as superintendent of Educational Services, recognizes the contributions made by all members of the educational community.

“I am honoured to accept this award. All of the research and our experience here in the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board tells us that it takes the entire team of educational professionals working together to make a real difference for students. I accept the award on behalf of all those who work in our system,” remarks Brown.

According to a letter of support for his nomination, ‘Everyday, Randy Brown helps make the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board a great place to learn and a great place to work.’

In early March, members of the educational community and general public were invited to submit nominations for any person who has made a valuable contribution to education in Hastings and Prince Edward counties. The nominee must have been active in education during the current school year.

The Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board has 46 elementary and eight secondary schools serving 18,700 students, employing 1,067 teachers and 775 support staff. The Board covers a wide geographical area of 7,221 square kilometres bordered by Maynooth to the north, Deseronto to the east, Prince Edward County to the south, and Quinte West to the west.

History of the Sir Mackenzie Bowell Award
This year marks the 38th anniversary of the Sir Mackenzie Bowell Award.

Sir Mackenzie Bowell (1823–1917) was a strong supporter of education and an active promoter of Hastings County. An outstanding Canadian, he was primarily a self-taught man who earned a teaching certificate. In 1854, he was elected to the Belleville Board of Education and served as chairperson of that board from 1856 to 1867. He was also a successful businessman who served as editor and proprietor of The Intelligencer for many years, and helped form the Belleville Board of Trade (now Chamber of Commerce) in 1865. In his editorials, he stressed education as a key to development and championed the growth of Belleville and Hastings County as a whole.

In addition, Sir Mackenzie Bowell was a man of steadfast character, courage and integrity, placing principle before political party. He held the highest positions in the Orange Lodge and served “on the frontier” with the militia when Irish-Americans threatened invasion in the 1860s. Politically, he distinguished himself as a federal cabinet minister, a senator, and Canada’s fifth prime minister (1894–1896).

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