St. Lorenzo Ruiz teacher, Mr. Blair Gillies, awarded C95’s Teacher of the Year

Jun 16, 2022 | Good News, Greater Saskatoon Catholic School Division

Saskatoon radio station C95 and Saskatoon Teachers’ Association (STA) presented a Saskatoon teacher with C95’s Teacher of the Year award.

Mr. Blair Gillies, a Grade 3 teacher at St. Lorenzo Ruiz Catholic School, received a $10,000 cash prize. He was grateful and humbled by the recognition. “Wow. This is a huge, huge surprise. This is my first year at St. Lorenzo and I don’t think I would’ve had the year I’ve had if you hadn’t been so welcoming. This is truly an honour. It was really special hearing some of those words from my students. I love you guys. This is amazing.”

Mr. Gillies’s Gr. 3 class was with him for the award presentation and eagerly showed their appreciation for their teacher.

“Mr. Gillies is my favourite teacher I have ever had. He does fun things with us and they are always super awesome. He makes learning fun and he always makes me feel safe.” wrote current student, Alex, in his nomination.

Other student and parent comments about Mr. Gillies include:

“Mr. Gillies is very kind and thoughtful.”
“He goes out of his way to make his students feel comfortable and safe.”
“He makes learning fun.”
“He’s super awesome!”
“He goes above and beyond to bring out the best in each kid.”
“He is THE BEST teacher ever!”

C95 received thousands of nominations at from students and parents. “We continue to be amazed each year by the number of nominations we receive. Even more by the warmth and gratitude for our teachers highlighted in every, single nomination. We are so proud of all our teachers after another extraordinary year,” said STA President, John McGettigan.

A video of today’s announcement will be shared on the C95 Facebook page.

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