Each year The Learning Partnership based in Toronto, Ontario recognises Canada’s Outstanding Principals.
Surrey School District principal Raminder Randhawa is part of the privileged elite who are being awarded at the upcoming 2013 gala.
In total, 51 principals from across the country will be recognised at a ceremony on February 26, 2013 at the Westin Harbour Castle hotel in Toronto.
In the Canada’s Outstanding Principals program, principals are nominated by their peers, school staff and community members.
Nominations are reviewed and final winners selected on a representation-by-population basis by a National Selection Committee made up of a distinguished group of Canadian education, community and private sector leaders.
Candidates are chosen using the following criteria: characteristics of outstanding principals; evidence of partnerships with parents and community; a personal story illustrating successful change and innovation that resulted in improved student achievement; and letters of support.
“I have been very lucky to work in this wonderful District for over 20 years where I have learned much about children, teaching and personal growth,” said Randhawa.
“This award is definitely the crown in the journey. However, it is also a reflection to the wonderful schools teams that I have been lucky to work with and support.”
“Over the years, the parents have also been so wonderful and supportive. Their endless work to make schools better places for their children has been a delight.”
Born in India, Randhawa emigrated to Canada in 1970 where he lived in a small town on the West Coast.
After obtaining his BA in International Relations from UBC, he went on to work with Special Needs' Children at The Woodlands School for 5 years. Subsequently he returned to UBC and completed his Bachelors in Education.
After Randhawa’s practicum in Surrey, he was hired at Henry Bose Elementary where taught for five years. Later stints included Old Yale Road for three years and Westerman Elementary for two more years, whereupon he became the Vice-Principal for three years at Strawberry Hill.
In 2003, Randhawa ascended to become the Principal at Cloverdale Traditional School. Recent stints have included Cougar Creek Elementary for five years in 2007 and now Strawberry Hill where he has worked since 2011.
“Public education, for me, is the vital piece for strengthening the beliefs and values of our democratic society,“ he finished.