Johan Cooke, Principal at Quinte Christian High School, has been named Educator of the Year and is to be presented with the Sir Mackenzie Bowell Award at a public event during Education Week.
He initiated what has become an annual trip to Halifax, during which he works alongside students and volunteer parents for five days in soup kitchens and performing various volunteer services such as painting, landscaping, construction and day care. Cooke’s intent was to encourage his students to have a positive impact on society, and bring their experience back with them and contribute locally. The nomination included several letters of support. A Grade 12 QCHS student wrote: “I have learned so much from Mr. Cooke. He has helped guide me in how to lead by sharing personal accounts from his life as a leader. I think Mr. Cooke deserves the Educator of the Year Award because more than any teacher, he has inspired me to work in life to my highest potential.”