Abbotsford – Local educational assistant Sandra Breslin, who goes above and beyond to creatively inspire her students’ learning experiences, has received a Premier’s Award for Excellence in Education at an award ceremony in Victoria.

Breslin was presented with her award Friday, Oct. 4, at the second annual Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Education ceremony held at Government House.

This year’s 10 winners, who were chosen from 140 nominations received between January and April 2019 and narrowed down to 30 finalists, were announced at the ceremony. Premier John Horgan, Rob Fleming, Minister of Education, and Lt. Gov. Janet Austin attended. The annual awards ceremony is held at the same time as World Teachers’ Day. This year’s is being marked internationally on Oct. 5.

The awards were launched last year to honour the outstanding achievements of public, independent and First Nations school teachers, principals, vice-principals, administrators and support staff in the K-12 school system.

Breslin, awarded in the category of Outstanding Support – Teaching Assistant, is an educational assistant at Prince Charles Elementary school. A dedicated, passionate and enthusiastic educational assistant, Breslin wants every child to be the best they can be and to feel safe, loved and cared for at school. She works hard to find strengths in all students and celebrates the differences that make every one of them special and unique. She is a natural leader in the area of supporting students with a range of learning and physical disabilities, mental illnesses and complex disabilities. She is committed to making her school a more inclusive and supportive place for all and has led her school on a transformative journey toward inclusion and growth in the areas of social and emotional learning.

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