Carolyn Wilson, at teacher at St. Michael Catholic Secondary School, was presented with a Prime Minister's Award For Teaching Excellence on Tuesday in Ottawa.
Wilson teaches grades 11 and12 media studies and Canadian and world issues. She has been credited with helping her students better understand world trends and issues by discussing events and critically examining how the different media convey messages about these events.
She has also pioneered a interdisciplinary program in media studies and global education, which allows her students to get involved in community outreach and a billeting experience in the Dominican Republic.
"This life-changing experience broadens students understanding of the world, and they are often called upon to share their experiences with young people across the province," states notes accompanying a press release.
Wilson is also president of the Association for Media Literacy in Ontario.
She co-authored the best selling textbook, Mass Media and Popular Culture, Version 2, and prepares study guides for CHUM Television's classroom programming. She has given numerous workshops on a range of topics including global studies and the media, gender representation, and the role of media literacy in communications technology programs.
"Ms. Wilson is more to me than just a teacher," one student is quoted as saying. "She is an inspiration and a hero. She has broadened my horizons and inspired me to do great things."
"My daughter has taught in immigrant and refugee centres, jails, alternative schools, and international language schools, displaying the same creativity, passion, and cultural sensitivity which was modeled for her by Ms. Wilson," said a parent.
Wilson was given her award by Prime Minister Paul Martin.