Exceptional Educator Award

Recognizing outstanding efforts and dedication of secondary school and post-secondary welding educators


The CWA Foundation Exceptional Educator Award was created in 2016 to recognize outstanding efforts and displays of dedication of one individual secondary school welding educator and one post-secondary welding educator within Canada. Through National recognition of this individual, the CWA Foundation seeks to:

  • to highlight the educators accomplishments
  • recognize outstanding Canadian welding teachers
  • honour creative, innovative, and effective teaching
  • focus public attention on the welding teaching profession
  • involve Canadians in celebrating welding teaching excellence

Exceptional Educator Award Recognition:

  • all eligible nominees receive certificates of recognition
  • nominees who are not award recipients receive certificates of recognition and access to $500 for professional learning
  • award recipients receive certificates of recognition, commemorative plaques and access to $1,500 for professional learning
  • award recipients’ schools receive monetary awards, certificates of recognition
  • award recipients are invited to attend expenses paid and honoured at a reception, dinner and awards presentation at the CWA CanWeld Conference
  • teach or support the teaching of welding programs
  • work directly with students in a school setting on a daily basis
  • you may only submit one nomination
  • previous Exceptional Educator Award recipients are not eligible,
  • teachers must be nominated individually; teacher teams are not eligible

Selection of recipients for the award will be made by the Executive Director of the CWA Foundation in conjunction with CWA Foundation Technical Outreach Officers and the Communications Coordinator, based on a 750 word (minimum) essay prepared as a Word document. This essay must outline the following:

How the nominee’s teaching or leadership excels at:

  • fostering the development of students and their intellectual, social, emotional, and physical growth,
  • establishing a stimulating learning environment,
  • motivating students to exceed their own expectations,
  • attending to individual student needs,
  • working collaboratively with colleagues,
  • demonstrating an in-depth knowledge of subject matter and curriculum,
  • being involved in professional growth activities,
  • achieving positive results in student learning, and
  • demonstrating caring for the well-being of students and colleagues, thereby contributing to a positive school climate.
  • All applicants must confirm the agreement with the following expectations should they be a recipient of the award:
  • Recipients must agree to be publically acknowledged and recognized at the CWA CanWeld Conference to Conference delegates and guests. This may include published information such as the CWA CanWeld Conference program.
  • Recipients must agree to include their name and photograph in any internal and/or external communications or marketing collateral that the CWA Foundation deems appropriate.