Distinguished Educator Award

The Mensa Canada Distinguished Educator Award recognizes a teacher, professor, instructor, teaching assistant or other educator at any educational level who has had an especially positive influence on the education or life of a Mensa member. The educator can impact the Mensa member directly or as a result of their influence on the education of a dependent.

Nominations accepted until April 1

Mensa members may submit a nomination themselves or on behalf of a dependent. A joint submission by the Member and the dependant is encouraged if a dependent’s educator is being recognized. Please download and complete the official nomination and agreement form, then submit it to the national office or to distinguished.educator.award@mensacanada.org.

Nominations will be accepted only from members in good standing of Mensa Canada. Each nominated educator must agree in writing to the nomination. Complete entries include the nomination form, the signed educator agreement form and an essay of not more than 500 words written by the Mensa member [or jointly with their dependant] describing the impact that the educator had on his or her life.

Entries must be submitted to Mensa Canada not later than April 1.

Essays will be judged by a committee of three to five Mensa members. Nominations received that do not conform to the rules of the competition will be rejected.

The winning educator and their nominator are invited to the Mensa Canada President’s brunch at the Annual Gathering. If the educator does not attend, arrangements will be made to present the award at another time and place. Both the educator and the school or other educational institution receive a plaque.

Past Winners

  • 2020 – Dr. Simon Moore of the Review Course in Family Medicine, Vancouver, British Columbia (nominated by Dr. Paul Dhillon)
  • 2019Helen Griffin of Louise Arbour French Immersion Public School, London, Ontario (nominated by Alessandro and Ambreena De Menech)
  • 2018Colette Authier of Boucherville Elementary School, Boucherville, Quebec (nominated by Audrey Thériault)
  • 2017 – Alison Smart of Janet Johnstone School, Calgary, Alberta (nominated by Liam Ell)
  • 2016Stefan Gnys of Grimsby Central Public School, Grimsby, Ontario (nominated by Randy Moore)
  • 2015 – Verna Ahner of Springbank Middle School, Calgary, Alberta (nominated by Dan Hoch)
  • 2014David Hurat & Maureen Hyman of Cambridge Libraries and Galleries, Cambridge, Ontario (nominated by Carole & Terry Moran)
  • 2013 – The award was not given out in 2013 as the panel didn’t feel it had any nominations that warranted an award.
  • 2012 – Carole Foran-Swinkels of Leslie Thomas Junior High, Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia (nominated by Barry & Ben Schmidl)
  • 2011 – Gayla Worden of R.J.Hawkey Elementary, Airdrie, Alberta (nominated by Dan Hoch)
  • 2010 – Louise McCabe of Twentieth Street Junior School, Etobicoke, Ontario (nominated by Lisa McNeil)