It’s awards season. The Golden Globes, The Grammys, The Oscars- all designed to applaud the work of the brightest stars of the year. The eloquent Clooney, the intense Streep, the effervescent Witherspoon. A celebratory moment of a life’s passion and recognition from peers and public.
It’s awards season in Canada too. The Canada’s Outstanding Principals Awards Gala from The Learning Partnership has taken center stage every February in Toronto for the past 11 years. The stars are the principals from across Canada who have been nominated and recognized for their exemplary work by their peers and school communities.
The energy in the room of the event is palatable and camaraderie enviable. No one can prepare you for that moment when the award winners walk in to a standing ovation. You bite your lip and try not to let the tears show when they read your nomination and you humbly walk to the stage to receive your award. You hear the cheers of your friends and colleagues- and your students- when you turn to say “thank you.”
Susan E. Murray is a Senior Education Officer for the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District. She is a Canada’s Outstanding Principal Alumni, having won the award in 2005.