Congratulations to John F. Ross CVI history teacher and TBU Benefits Officer Erin Doupe, who has been awarded the Governor General's History Award for Excellence in Teaching Award for 2023.
The Governor General’s History Awards are Canada’s most prestigious history award that celebrates “teachers, volunteers, authors, broadcasters and museum professionals from across Canada who share a vision and passion for history—and for making a difference in their communities and schools.”
Erin stands out as one of merely six educators nationwide selected for the prestigious annual award. She led her high-school students through a local history project called The Story of a Soldier, which centered on the experiences of Guelph’s soldiers and their families during the First World War. The students transformed their research into narrative stories, which they mailed with a cover letter to their soldier’s last known address. This resulted in rich community connections, as homeowners responded to the letters with appreciation and, sometimes, more information on the soldier who once lived there. The students made important contributions to their community’s historical record, learning the value of preserving the past for future generations.