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Winners and runners up gather with the Cardus Education Team and Rozema Family for the second annual Rozema Award Gala, hosted at the the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington, Ontario on June 8, 2017.

Most teachers want their students to be excellent. But what does that mean? Unfortunately, many teachers and schools today have a limited understanding of "excellence" as academic performance. At Cardus, we are committed to teachers who have a more robust sense of excellence that includes but also goes beyond performance and towards nurturing student character, engaging the local community, and improving school culture.

2017 Award Winners and Runners-Up

Posted: June 8, 2017

Special thanks to Meghan Van Pelt, of the Christian School Foundation, for her invaluable assistance developing these videos.


Dunnville Christian School - Winner
Margaret Kamping
Timothy Christian School, Etobicoke
Barbara Ubbens


Chatham Christian School - Winner
Anneke Gretton
Hamilton District Christian High
Owen Webb


Unity Christian High School - Winner
Jeff Weening and Kim Furtney

Orillia Christian School
Marianne Frielink, Curtis Dulmage, Yvonne Buck, Kathy Brown, Rhonda Dykxhoorn, and Danae Yeboah
Strathroy Community Christian School
Joan Alexander, Shelley Berg, Natalie DeSchiffert, Jeanette Dykstra, Stephanie Gowan, Julie Reitsma, Susan Noordermeer, Diane Schelhaas, Stephanie Tiffin, Jennifer VanMinnen, Jean Verburg, and Kim Winia


Smithville Christian High School - Winner
Gord Park

King's Christian Collegiate
Timothy Veenstra
Kingston Christian School
Ruth Giffin

Sarnia Christian School
Mary Abma
Toronto District Christian High
Richard Peters

Trinity Christian School
Leanne Bulthuis
Woodland Christian High School
David Graham


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. Being shortlisted for the John Rozema Teaching Excellence Award is an indication of a particular educator or school community's reputation for giftedness and excellent practice.

The award panel will look for evidence that a teacher demonstrates excellence in all of the following categories:

  1. Purpose in teaching and learning
  2. Rigour in teaching and learning
  3. Service in teaching and learning


In 2017 four awards were awarded:

  • Group Excellence Award: a group award of up to $8,000.
  • Excellence in Elementary Teaching Award: an individual award of $5,000.
  • Excellence in Secondary Teaching Award: an individual award of $5,000.
  • Excellence in the Teaching of Creative and Performing Arts: an individual award of $5,000.

Instructions for Nominations

Nominations for 2017 are now closed.

(Download the nomination package for full details.)

The Inaugural 2016 Awards

Take a look at our 2016 shortlist for examples of award winning excellence. Get inspired!

Winners of the inaugural 2016 Awards:

Kasia Konstanty, Eric Brink, Richie VanderWier, Jonathan Devries, and Harry Blyleven, from Hamilton District Christian High School, were presented the group award.

Lisa Eelkema, of Laurentian Hills Christian School, won the elementary teaching award.

David Robinson, of Toronto District Christian High School, took home the secondary school award.

Deadlines and Announcements

Nominations for 2017 are now closed.

All submissions are considered final. Cardus does not comment on drafts or provide individual guidance to nominees.

Dates for shortlist announcements and award announcements will be made available at a later date.

At the 2016 Edifide conference, we honoured the inagural recipients of the John Rozema Teaching Excellence Award