B.C. Teacher's Federation honours TWU graduate

Langley, B.C.—Surrey resident Laura Bortolin was the winner of the Maxwell A. Cameron Award as the outstanding graduate of Trinity Western University's teacher education program. During the spring graduation ceremony at Trinity Western's School of Education, Bortolin received a pin honouring her achievement as well as a cheque for $250.

The award is given annually by the British Columbia Teachers' Federation to the outstanding education students completing their Bachelor of Education degrees at each of the eight approved teacher education programs in B.C.

“Ms. Bortolin will be an outstanding teacher,” says Harro Van Brummelen, Ed.D, Dean of Education. “Even in her student teaching she already affected the lives of her students in significant ways.” Her faculty mentor, Ron Sawatsky, added that “Laura's keenness, enthusiasm, and love for working with children make her an exceptionally fine model for the teaching profession.”

The award is named after Maxwell Cameron who headed the Department of Education at the University of British Columbia in the 1940s. Dr. Cameron wrote a report on education for the provincial government, the Cameron Report, which led to B.C.'s public schools having a uniform taxation base and decreased class sizes throughout the province.

Bortolin currently works as a teacher on call in the Langley School District—her city of choice—but also hopes to teach overseas in Japan and the U.K. Wherever she teaches however, Bortolin's objectives remain consistent. “My primary teaching goal is to have a positive impact on 30 students a year until I retire,” she says. “I want them to come to value truth, justice and mercy and realize that they can have an impact on the world through the life they live and the person they choose to be.”

For Bortolin, teaching has always been a natural career path. Some of her inspiration stemmed from her own grade one, grade seven and senior high physics teachers, each of whom impacted her life significantly. “Teaching was obviously much more than a job to them,” she says. “They had outstanding relationships with their students and really inspired me to want to have the same kind of impact in the lives of my students.”

Bortolin is a member of the second class to graduate from Trinity Western University's School of Education. She is one of twenty-three students graduating this year with both a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education degree.

Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a not-for-profit Christian liberal arts university enrolling over 3,500 students this year. With a broad based, liberal arts and sciences curriculum, the University offers undergraduate degrees in 38 major areas of study ranging from business, education and computer science to biology and nursing, and 13 other graduate degrees including counselling psychology, theology and administrative leadership.

Last Updated: 2015-07-16
Author: Keela Keeping