Excerpt from the Official Report of
DEBATES OF THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY

(Hansard)


February 12, 2015

Recognizing Vancouver Technical Secondary teacher Mark Reid

S. Simpson: I’m pleased to be able to stand and celebrate Mark Reid, a remarkable teacher at Vancouver Technical Secondary School in Vancouver-Hastings. A music educator, Mark has been director of bands and choirs at Van Tech since 2006. This year he’s been nominated for the Global Teacher Prize and has reached the shortlist of the final 50 teachers in contention. This global competition and the accompanying $1 million prize to the winner seeks out the best teachers from around the world.

Mark is one of three Canadians and the only British Columbian on the list. Recognition of his accomplishments is not new to Mark. In 2013 he was the MusiCounts Teacher of the Year. That award was presented to him at the Junos by Shania Twain. President of the Canadian Music Educators Association and past president of the British Columbia Music Educators Association, Mark is also a conductor at the Saint James Music Academy, teaching classical music at no cost to children living in Canada’s lowest-income neighbourhoods.

Mark studied conducting at the University of British Columbia, earning admission to the Blue and Gold Circle and winning the Horning prize for most promising music educator. He has performed with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and is the music director for Carpe Ictus Music.

This is an impressive resumé of both accomplishments and recognition, but most important is his commitment day in and day out to the kids at Van Tech. He has motivated young people though music and created hope and opportunity for them to believe they can follow their dreams.

We all know there are many outstanding teachers in the public education system in British Columbia, teachers who every day go the extra mile to meet and exceed the needs of our children. Mark Reid is a shining example of that dedication and ability, and I’m very proud that he teaches young people in Vancouver-Hastings — a pride I know is shared by my colleague for Vancouver-Fairview who is Mark’s MLA.

I ask all members of this House to thank Mark for his work, congratulate him on his accomplishments and wish him well in the competition to be named the No.1 teacher in the world.

http://www.leg.bc.ca/hansard/40th4th/20150212pm-Hansard-v19n4.htm

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