York Region Teacher Wins Award for Global Perspective Teaching



 April 17, 2019

HAMILTON, ON – A high school teacher at a school in Vaughan, ON is being recognised for her work in leading students through a special cultural immersion program in the Dominican Republic. Rachael Weening will receive a John Rozema Teaching Excellence Award in the Global Perspective category. Under Weening’s guidance, students attending Toronto District Christian High School participated in a semester-long program that included eight weeks in the Dominican Republic. During their time there, the Canadian students learned Spanish, took English and Philosophy courses, and worked to serve others through manual labour, teaching, and as personal support workers at an orphanage.

“Rachael Weening has truly expanded the perspectives of her students, making them more culturally aware and more sensitive to others’ needs,” says Ray Pennings, Executive Vice President of think tank Cardus. “This is another example of an independent Christian school contributing to the common good.”

As part of the award, Weening will receive $5,000 to help fund her personal professional development as a teacher. Also winning Rozema Awards this year are:

  • Laurie Blue at Niagara Christian Collegiate in the Humanities and Fine Arts category
  • Harry Blyleven at Hamilton District Christian High School in the STEM Teaching category
  • Brenda Boks at Beacon Christian School in the Special Education category

Rozema Award winners will be honoured at the 2019 Edvance Christian Schools Association conference on October 24.


 Daniel Proussalidis
 Cardus - Director of Communications
 613-241-4500 x508

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About the Award

The John Rozema Teaching Excellence Award recognises excellence as an ongoing investment into the life of a Christian school community and a positive public contribution to the common good. Open to all independent Christian schools in Ontario, the award is presented in partnership with the Christian School Foundation and EduDeo Ministries.


Cardus is a non-partisan, not-for-profit public policy think tank focused on the following areas: education, family, work & economics, communities, end-of-life care, and religious freedom. It conducts independent and original research, produces several periodicals, and regularly stages events with Senior Fellows and interested constituents across Canada and the U.S.